[freedict] Re: Making Dictionaries
- From: Sebastian Humenda <shumenda@xxxxxx>
- To: freedict@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Tue, 29 Jun 2021 22:54:44 +0200
Julius Hamilton schrieb am 29.06.2021, 16:51 +0200:
Are any dictionaries that are part of the Freedict project comparable in
breadth and accuracy to leading, authoritative dictionaries, for example,
the Oxford English Dictionary, in English?
With FreeDict not being an authority, this is hard to answer with a yes. The
trouble with authoritive source is usually that they are not freely licenced.
We do have a few dictionaries which are based on officially published,
proof-read sources, such as bre-fra/fra-bre and I believe eng-pol.
How are the Freedicts created? Is the data scraped from pre-existing
dictionary-type resources, or is it generated by some kind of algorithm on
This depends. Each dictionary has its own history. There are a few categories:
1. Hand-written ones. Not so many, one example is lat-deu.
2. Imported dictionaries: dictionaries from other projects that are imported
using dedicated tooling into our TEI format.
- Examples: DING deu-eng/eng-deu, WikDict dictionaries
Some more explanations on
the import centre at <>.
I am looking to find or maybe make a really comprehensive dictionary,
perhaps German -> English.
This already exists and I would suggest participating in the DING project.
They would probably benefit a lot from a more regular encoding, i.e. cleanup
of that data would certainly help.
The question is whether you would like to contribute on the techincal or on
the linguistic side of affairs. We have many orphaned dictionaries, just go to
fd-dictionaries and grep for `up for grabs`.
If you are willing to write an importer, I suggest you take a look at our
> and pick a
FreeDict - Free And Open Dictionaries
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