Open Morph Tagged Hebrew Bible?

Open Scriptures makes a really interesting announcement Morphological Hebrew Bible Version 1.0 if we had such a tool all sorts of interesting free and open source Bible projects become much more possible.

Sadly this looks more like version 0.1 than 1.0, as far as I can see there is as yet no actual morph tagging available :( But, and here the short announcement is frustratingly unclear. And not being a code junkie (despite my recent foray into mySQL database management) I can not make out if they even have yet a system to allow volunteers to make and discuss the coding. If they do what is needed are:

  • volunteers, people with good knowledge of Hebrew and a willingness to spend some time for a good cause but no kudos
  • checkers, people with an even better knowledge of Hebrew who will check and debate the determinations

I wonder if this might be a project people teaching Hebrew could give to their students as an assignment, to code a few verses, which the teacher then checks, marks, and then corrects. This is basically a task that Hebrew teachers regularly perform, moving it into the framework of such a project would make it more productive!

2 comments on “Open Morph Tagged Hebrew Bible?

  1. Daniel Owens

    Sorry to have made the post so unclear to you! The version number has to do with CrossWire’s module versioning, not the presence or absence of morphology. The module itself is complete in terms of text and largely complete with regard to Strongs numbers, I should add. It thus functions correctly with SWORD front-ends, making a version 1.0 the reasonable choice.

    You identify several key components to the project that still need to be put in place. We are looking at using Django and Pinax to manage user contributions, and certainly this is something that Hebrew students could contribute to. One of the things that Pinax offers is some apps that will help evaluate the quality of student contributions. Thus as experienced contributors check and agree with a student’s parsing, the reputation of students will rise.

    This is a big project that will take a long time to complete, but if you are interested in its progress, please follow the OpenScriptures blog. We will announce when a means of contributing is ready.

    1. tim

      I already subscribe :) I really do suggest talking to one or more Hebrew teachers, if I was currently teaching the language I can see ways to incorporate the activity into the class to the benefit of both students andf project, and giving the teacher at least the good feeling of having done somethinbg useful ;)