Signbank: software to support web based dictionaries of sign language

Stephen Cassidy, Onno Crasborn, Henri Nieminen, Wessel Stoop, Micha Hulsbosch, Susan Even, Erwin Komen, Trevor Johnston

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Signbank is a web application that was originally built to support the Auslan Signbank on-line web dictionary, it was an Open Source re-implementation of an earlier version of that site. The application provides a framework for the development of a rich lexical database of sign language augmented with video samples of signs. As an Open Source project, the original Signbank has formed the basis of a number of new sign language dictionaries and corpora including those for British Sign Language, Sign Language of the Netherlands and Finnish Sign Language. Versions are under development for American Sign Language and Flemish Sign Language. This paper describes the overall architecture of the Signbank system and its representation of lexical entries and associated entities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLREC 2018, Eleventh International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation
EditorsNicoletta Calzolari, Khalid Choukri, Christopher Cieri, Thierry Declerck, Sara Goggi, Koiti Hasida, Hitoshi Isahara, Bente Maegaard, Joseph Mariani, Hélène Mazo, Asuncion Moreno, Jan Odijk, Stelios Piperidis, Takenobu Tokunaga
PublisherEuropean Language Resources Association
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9791095546009
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2018
EventInternational Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation - Miyazaki, Japan
Duration: 7 May 201811 May 2018
Conference number: 11


ConferenceInternational Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation
Abbreviated titleLREC 2018
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  • Sign language
  • Web-based information systems
  • Lexical database
  • Dictionary
  • Web application


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