[open-linguistics] New and extended MultiTree

Damir Cavar dcavar at me.com
Mon Aug 22 10:56:20 UTC 2016

Hi there,

we will maintain the URLs of course. The old interface still requires a Java plugin, and it will be phased out to


while new.multitree.org will become equivalent to the default without the new-prefix.

The URL approach that we are implementing for LL-map (http://llmap.org), MultiTree, LEGO, GOLD, and also GORILLA will be using a similar approach as SIL's Ethnologue, that is:


for example should give you back a page with links to all maps related to Croatian or with Croatian in them.

Of course, another option is also to make an RDF catalogue available, link everything to the different catalog systems and sites, etc.

If you have suggestions for some URL schema, please let us know.


Best wishes


Damir Cavar

> On Aug 19, 2016, at 4:42 AM, Robert Forkel <xrotwang at googlemail.com> wrote:
> Congrats for getting this online!
> Just a quick question: Is new.multitree.org going to be the final domain name, i.e. can URLs like the one you have given be considered stable?
> best
> robert
>> On Fri, Aug 19, 2016 at 4:20 AM, Damir Cavar <dcavar at me.com> wrote:
>> Dear colleagues,
>> We were working hard on MultiTree over the last two years. We were rebuilding a new system that would free us from a dependency to Java-plugins in browsers. The software has been redeveloped to use only compatible technologies that would allow us to use multi-tree on all modern operating systems and browsers, including tablets and mobile phones.
>> MultiTree provides a unique approach to historical linguistic research, representing the most complete collection of language relationship hypotheses in a user-friendly, visually-appealing, and interactive format. Not only is it fun and informative, but it is a useful resource that gathers scholarly work and makes it accessible to academics and the public alike.
>> MultiTree is also an innovative tool for typological analysis, especially among lesser-known languages. It facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration with linguists to reach more accurate conclusions about human language, culture, and history.
>> We are glad to announce that there are new visualizations available for the trees. Please, take a look at the Indo-European Composite Tree:
>> http://new.multitree.org/trees/id/19655
>> You will see on the left the bibliographic entry where this tree was taken from (read from the book or text, put manually into a digital data structure, and then visualized in a graph).
>> If you select the "View" button, you will not see new views like:
>> - Infovis
>> - Partition
>> - Pack
>> etc.
>> We are grateful to all people who were involved and helped us making this possible, our graduate assistants at LINGUIST List, Lwin Moe, our tech-person, and all interns who participated in the LINGUIST List summer activities in 2015 and 2016: Chloe Chen, Noah Kaufman, Louis Dunham, and many others.
>> The interface is not ready yet, it is not perfect, but it is usable and stable.
>> You can add your own data to this system. We can show you how you can contribute.
>> We would be happy to integrate this system in the LLOD enterprise!
>> Sincerely
>> Malgosia Cavar and Damir Cavar
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>> Indiana University
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