[freedict] Re: Tons Of New Dictionaries?

  • From: Piotr Bański <bansp@xxxxx>
  • To: freedict@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2018 23:56:45 +0200

One tentative way to go about this would be to point the existing Freedict vocabulary lists / lexica to the respective Wiktionary communities, and get a semblance of the merge via the import from Wiktionaries.

At this point, Freedict becomes a mere redistributor of the contents of those databases, but possibly that's the way for free free-data providers, to consolidate rather than split.



On 19/06/18 08:21, Karl Bartel wrote:

     > … a non-WikDict version exists: [...]

    Is it worth consideration to somehow merge them?

The dictionaries are automatically generated from Wiktionary dumps (after a lot of processing steps). Since Wiktionary sees a lot more activity than FreeDict it makes sense not to edit them in our FreeDict repo, but regularly regenerate the dictoinaries from more recent Wiktionary dumps.

Actually merging two different dictionaries will require
- license compatibility
- a lot of work (automating a good merge is not trivial; you quickly get lots of duplicates due to minor differences)
- continuous work to keep the merged dictionary better then either original source in the long run

So if someone has a good plan on doing that and is willing to spend the work, it's a great thing. But until someone steps up and shows promising results, we should assume this is not going happen in the near future.


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