This looks like a great idea and though I am a big fan of helpful maps as
illustrations, generating a .png per word could be very burdensome. Could
your software reside on Toollabs? I see uses for such visualizations with
words on Wikidata, not only through the context of Wiktionary, but also in
the Wikidata class tree (still mostly unconnected).
On Tue, May 3, 2016 at 5:01 PM, 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
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
Looking forward to read your comments.
Thanks a lot!
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