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Open dictionary databases: an overview

July 21, 2009 in CKAN, Exemplars, Open Data, Public Domain


Open dictionaries are excellent examples of open knowledge projects. Whether monolingual or bilingual, and whether dealing with definitions, etymology, translation or pronounciation – they can often be large, collaborative undertakings.

Dictionary databases have a wide variety of potential applications – from education and research to machine translation and integration with software applications and services.

We’ve listed several open dictionary projects and packages on CKAN:

These include:

We’d like to start using tags to correspond with the ISO 639-2 codes for the representation of names of languages, such as:

If you know of any other open dictionary projects – we’d love to hear about them! You can either pop us a line to the okfn-discuss list, or add packages directly to CKAN:

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