SOURCE: ProZ.com

April 24, 2006 07:00 ET

Announcing Wikiwords -- The World's Largest Collaborative Dictionary

Created by the World's Leading Network of Professional Translators, Wikiwords Already Boasts Over a Million Member-Submitted Terms

SYRACUSE, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 24, 2006 -- ProZ.com, the translation industry's leading portal and professional community, today announced Wikiwords (http://www.wikiwords.org), a project to create a universal dictionary of all terms in all languages.

Wikiwords.org is the first site built from scratch for the express purpose of creating a massive collaborative lexicon. What is more, out of the gate, Wikiwords includes more than a million terms in several hundred languages. This volume of terms -- entered one-by-one over six years by tens of thousands of language professionals at ProZ.com -- immediately qualifies Wikiwords as the web's largest member-built dictionary.

This is just a beginning. The goal of the project is to create a one-stop resource for language reference, eventually including hundreds of millions of terms and definitions, as well as translations, example sentences and more.

ProZ.com's president, Henry Dotterer, explained, "Throughout history, the idea of building a single dictionary of all the world's terms has had to be discarded as impractical. Now, however, the spread of the Internet and the combined expertise of large collaborative communities like ProZ.com's have made such a project feasible. In Wikiwords, we intend to build the first comprehensive 'world's dictionary.'"

Wikiwords has already been greeted with enthusiasm from the language community, to whom the project provides a valuable new reference and a unique platform for collaboration. "The possibilities of Wikiwords are endless," commented professional translator Viktoria Gimbe of Canada. "I went and tried it out and am crazy about the concept."

ProZ.com's intends to make the site and content available free of charge under an open license, as a resource for anyone working with language in their professional, academic or personal lives. Linguists, developers and others who may be interested in taking part in the formative "beta" stage of the project are invited to visit http://www.wikiwords.org to join in the open discussions.

About ProZ.com

With more than $60 million in translation jobs posted last year and more than 140,000 registered translators, interpreters and linguists, ProZ.com is the world's leading community of language professionals. ProZ.com members, located in virtually every country on the globe, use the site's unique "online workplace" to network, collaborate, meet new clients and add enjoyment to their work.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Henry Dotterer
    Email: Email Contact
    Phone: +1 (315) 463-7323