I am proposing a joint venture of Wikipedia with fdicts.com
, a Free
Dictionaries Project (not run by me, BTW)
The aim of fdicts.com
is to provide free (GPL or GFDL) dictionaries in
multiple languages. What makes fdicts.com
unique is an algorithm for the
automatized creation of new dictionaries out of existing. This process
is similar to creating interlinks (to NONEXISTING pages) with a bot and
is more effective, the more free dictionaries already exist.
An example for de, en, fr and tr (turkish):
if there are these entries
[house - Haus] (en-de)
[house - maison] (en-fr)
[maison -Haus] (fr-de)
[house - ev] (en-tr)
[Haus - ev] (de-tr)
then you can be almost sure that the automatically generated
[maison - ev ](fr-tr)
will be correct, even if you know neither French nor Turkish. And that
is true for thousands of other words.
Nevertheless the results must then be improved with by-hand-validating.
This is a quite Wiki-like process, and the Wikipedia-community is
perfect for that.
This may not be very exciting for English and German. But think
of the language XY for which NO free dictionaries or JUST an English-XY
dictionary exist, but no German-XY, French-XY, Chinese-XY and so on.
This approach will produce a lot of fine free
What does that have to do with Wikipedia/Wiktionary? Wiktionary is also
a free dictionary, but with a different approach. The translations in
Wiktionary can be extracted to create free dictionaries for the
"smaller" languages, fdicts.com
can use its algorithm to multiply the
entries and the result can be given back to Wiktionary for adding more
details if necessary.
The final result would be a really global Free Dictionary. (sigh) Maybe
then hosted by Wikimedia?
If you like, have a look at the project page. (http://www.fdicts.com
Maybe someone on this list has also ideas how to cooperate with that