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[edit] Kids Open Dictionary

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We are working on setting up a collaboration for an open kids simple dictionary. This will be aimed at primary and early secondary aged students and will be written in kid-friendly language.

If you are interested in being a part of this, let us know here.


Idea List

These are ideas for future features to incorporate:

  • Output of final "frozen" dictionary to various formats including:
    • Ebooks (Mobipocket, Microsoft Reader)
    • PDF
    • Print
    • Web-based
    • Cell phones (??)
  • Allow users to select a custom word list for output (This would allow people to put out mini-glossaries for various purposes.
  • Include pictures and voice pronunciations
  • Provide a way to do multilingual versions

Here is a brief analysis of some of the main open dictionaries available. The purpose of this analysis is to determine which might be the best to use as a base for the Kids Simple Dictionary. Toko bunga online, Properti semarang, Baby pink, Been pink, Toko bunga

[Note: We have decided not to use any of these for the various reasons listed, but we are starting with a public domain word list.

See sample entries from each of these here.

Dictionary: WordNet/Princeton
License: Custom, pretty open but probably not compatible with GFDL
Strengths:

  • includes good examples of use

Weaknesses:
Other comments:

Dictionary: Webster's 1913 (also at Gutenberg)
License: public domain
Strengths:
Weaknesses:

  • archaic language; would require LOTS of editing

Other comments:

Dictionary: The Online Plain Text English Dictionary
License: public domain; must remain free and open (yes, I know this doesn't make sense, but that's what it says)
Strengths:

  • SIMPLE (much less to weed out)

Weaknesses:

  • Some words are missing
  • Some are picked up from Websters and need editing

Other comments:

Dictionary: Wiktionary
License: GFDL
Strengths:
Weaknesses:

  • LOTS to weed out

Other comments:

  • There is also the Simple English Wiktionary. I added this to the spreadsheet with sample entries. What is there is good, but there is not much there. Only 2 of the 10 sample words had entries here. Perhaps this could be a base to expand from but the goals of non-native English speakers are quite different from English speaking kids in an academic setting.


Dictionary: [1].gov glossaries
License:
Strengths:
Weaknesses:
Other comments: These are glossaries mostly in the public domain. (Thanks Randy.) They mostly cover specific sub-topics (space, weather, etc.) and could work as valuable additions to one of the above standard dictionaries.

Dictionary:
License:
Strengths:
Weaknesses:
Other comments:

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