COSMAS I (Project completed March 2003)

Corpus Search, Management and Analysis System

Project Management: Cyril Belica

The COSMAS I project pursued the idea of fostering a methodologically sound (in terms of reliability, validity and generability) approach in corpus-based linguistic explorations. Since 1991 (until 1993 in collaboration with Makrolog GmbH, Wiesbaden), a number of fundamental corpus linguistic assumptions and underlying principles have been incorporated in a software system of the same name: COSMAS I - the Corpus Search, Management and Analysis System. ( The Overall Corpus Linguistic Concept of the COSMAS Platform ). In 1993, a follow-up project proposal has been worked out and was incorporated into an international collaborative project. Thanks to external funding provided by the EU-project MECOLB (MLAP93-21), the implementation of the extended COSMAS concept was started under the name of COSMAS II in 1994. A first prototype of COSMAS II has been installed at the Institut for Erhvervsforskning in Kolding, Denmark, and at LOGOS, a company in Mt. Arlington, N.J. in the US in mid-1995.

The COSMAS I software system has been in use well beyond the release of COSMAS II in March 2003. The COSMAS I research project ended on March 7, 2003. After that, two projects took over specific tasks as follows:

  • Methods of Corpus Analysis and Corpus Mining pursues the basic research in corpus linguistics
  • Implementation tasks and the corpus research service are carried out by COSMAS II

Fig.: Milestones of the COSMAS Projects
  • COSMAS-I-Review
  • The Overall Corpus Linguistic Concept of the COSMAS Platform:  premises, principles, approaches and solution strategies
  • COSMAS I user statistics
  • Main features of COSMAS I (version R.2.9-1):
    • Virtual corpus composition
    • Queries  (general explanations)
    • Lemmatization programme
    • Morphosyntactic annotations
    • Presentation of results
    • Sorting options
    • Collocation analysis and collocation clustering
    • Chronological sorting of research results
    • Menus at a glance
    • Screen views
  • User Manual for COSMAS I full version