User Stories

We are currently preparing to submit a revised funding proposal for Text+ in the second round of the NFDI. We are continuing our plan to develop a research data infrastructure focused on text and language data. In order to integrate user requirements, we have invited you to send us user stories written from your field of research. The goal is to cover a wide range of the participating disciplines, data domains and research questions.

Within a short time, more than 120 user stories were submitted. Many thanks to the active community for your valuable contributions and your support! Your feedback is important for jointly shaping the Text+ offering. In general, we consider these contributions as an important participation in Text+.

Publication and Evaluation

Step by step we will publish the user stories on this website as consistent and referenceable posts. All contributions are clustered regarding to Text+ data domains: Collections, Lexical Resources, Editions, plus a fourth comprehensive category. As a further classification feature, we use the DFG subject area structure (on the level 101–113, the subdisciplines become evident from the texts themselves).

User stories were submitted on the basis of this template.

For subsequent calls this might get modified to better accommodate the experiences made in the first call.
Find the user stories sorted by DFG subject area here.
Distribution bases on 120 user stories on 24 August 2020.

The user stories have an overall focus on linguistics and literary studies (104–105) and only a few relate exclusively to history (102) or fine arts, music, theatre, media studies (103). Surprisingly classical philology (101) and social and cultural anthropology / non-European cultures, jewish studies and religious studies (106) as well as theology (107) and philosophy (108) submitted many user stories. Social science subjects also participated to a certain extent in our call. In addition, some user stories have a decidedly interdisciplinary focus. Many user stories refer specifically to infrastructural questions or possible services of Text+. On the basis of individual research questions, they show which requirements, but also suggested solutions, they contribute.

At first sight we realize that the expectations regarding the mission and solution provided by Text+ and the NFDI differ substantially depending on the context, whether it is an individual project, a larger research or a working group. A common issue throughout many user stories is the accessibility and usability of limited research data. Another important topic aims at the possibility of reusing valuable, but perhaps less prominent data from small languages or individual research projects with support from Text+. Also, the linking of distributed resources is a concern that is ongoing and has not yet been solved for the community.