What is IRIS?
IRIS is a text analysis tool that converts terms into hyperlinks to useful information to understand and translate them in an optimal way.
What is it used for?
to motivate cosnauts to review difficult medical terms that are frequently
overlooked. Not all terms of intricate understanding and translation are to be
found in a dictionary. Frequently, we underestimate the complexity of similar
words in the source and target languages, or we are unaware of polysemy and
contextual variation. There are many terms that are more difficult than they
seem, terms that are frequently barely understood and badly translated, and
despite this they are listed in Cosnautas resources. How can we know if a
seemingly simple lexical unit, one that we would never normally seek help for,
might pose some difficulty? The solution is very easy: by analysing the source
text with IRIS.
IRIS highlights resource content that would otherwise rarely be found by other web searches and demonstrates that such searches are not the only means to find useful lexicographical resources. IRIS alerts against unforeseen difficulty.
How does it work?
The tool is very simple. The first step consists of sending the text that you want to analyse to IRIS, which can be done in three different ways: writing it directly in the text field, copying it from the source document and pasting it in the field, or uploading a document by clicking on the corresponding button.
IRIS automatically applies a series of search algorithms and contrasts the text with corpora from all the selected resources. Next, it highlights all the matches and inserts hyperlinks to the corresponding related entries.
then simply clicks on any marked term to open a pop-up window showing the
resources that literally list the word, with exact matches highlighted in blue,
as well as other resources that might hold possibly useful information or
partial matches, highlighted in green.
Upon clicking on any of these terms, a new tab is opened with the article showing the possible translations.