Academic, evidence-based lexicography has a long tradition of analyzing large amounts of language data in a scientific way in order to compile concise, high-quality knowledge about words and their usage with an eye to serving the entire language community. However, lexicography increasingly faces challenges with respect to:
- its role in society, science and the knowledge economy,
- the scalability of both the analysis and production process, and
- the customizability and accessibility of its content for a diverse audience and for integration in new IT applications.
The Lorentz workshop on the “Future of Academic Lexicography” (Leiden 4-9 November 2019) brought together lexicographers and experts from neighboring disciplines like Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Citizen Science, Human-Computer Interaction and Sociology to explore how each of these challenges can be tackled in a multidisciplinary way to strengthen the position of academic lexicography as a locus for scientific research with direct relevance for, and impact on, society. The conclusions and recommendations of the workshop were summarized in a White Paper and will be presented at the start of the panel session and will form the point of departure for the discussion which will be moderated by Kris Heylen and Vincent Vandeghinste.