I think that is a great idea. But Wikidata is not
suited yet a lexical
knowledge base, and I think that would be a necessary precondition for your
There is a project plan to make Wikidata suitable to be a lexical
And I sure hope that we will hear soon how this will move forward :)
On Tue, May 3, 2016 at 8:02 AM Ester Pantaleo <esterpantaleo(a)gmail.com>
I am writing to get some feedback on an IGE grant proposal
submitted to Wikimedia that might be of interest to the Wikidata community
as it aims at building a database from Wiktionary data.
More specifically the aim of the project is to develop an interactive
visualization for etymological relationships using dbnary's
extraction-framework (for Wiktionary)
The data behind the visualization will consist of an RDF database of
Wiktionary data (definition, part of speech, synonyms, etc) built using
dbnary and a database of etymological relationships built using a custom
code (to be integrated into dbnary) that translates Wiktionary textual
etymology into a graph database of etymological relationships.
A demo of my interactive visualization *etytree* is available here:
The visualization will present - in one graph - the etymology of all
words deriving from the same ancestor. Users can expand/collapse
the tree to visualize what they are interested in. The textual part
attached to the graph can be easily translated in any language and the app
would become a multilingual resource.
I am writing to the Wikidata community because I would like to know if
the Wikidata community thinks Wikidata could host this data. This project
could help integrate dbnary into a Wikimedia environment and create a
database from Wiktionary. In particular, the database of etymological
relationships will be available for the community and can be used as a
resource to study the history of languages, how pronunciation evolved
through time, and eventually how semantics evolved through time.
The link to the grant proposal is
Feedback is very welcome on the grant proposal page or on the talk page
of the grant
Looking forward to read your comments.
Thanks a lot!
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