This report summarizes work carried out since my appointment as Resource Development Officer in August 1996. My primary responsibilities are to provide support provision to current users of the BNC and to publicise and increase awareness of the BNC and its applications among potential users.
The database was ported from a DOS based SQL system to Microsoft Access. I then added all the names of new licensees, and checked that the email details of current licensees were correct. Having updated our list of contacts I then subscribed all licensees to the email discussion list bnc-discuss, so that they can be kept informed about any new developments. As new orders come in I add the details about the licensees to the database, before the CDs are sent out.
The existing mailing list, bnc-discuss, was moved from the OUCS VAX system to a new maillist program, and I have been actively trying to encourage subscribers to use it as the primary location for discussion of matters relevant to the BNC and corpus linguistics in general. It is also used for announcements about the BNC, for error reports etc. I answer email queries sent to the list and also sent directly to us at OUCS. This provides ongoing support for users, especially new ones who may experience problems installing the system.
I have helped in the preparation of the handbook for the BNC, by checking that all the suggested tasks using the Sara software package work properly, and by helping with the proof-reading of the handbook
A substantial amount of effort has gone into revising and expanding the BNC project's web pages. I redesigned and restructured the pages to provide more immediate access to matters of common concern and to simplify navigation through them. I also set up some new sections: a bibliography of published articles about the BNC, including their full text where this was available, and a set of reports on conferences relevant to the BNC. I have also enlarged and keep updated a page of links to other corpora, and to relevant resources in corpus linguistics.
I have attended the following conferences this year,
Through my attendance at conferences I have aimed to disseminate information about the BNC and to promote its use and that of the SARA software package to the user community. The varied types of audience attracted by the different conferences has allowed such information to reach a wide variety of potential new users.