What started as an attempt to make a desktop application for CEDICT turned into an ambitious attempt to create an omniformat dictionary database and interface. glot aims to be both a backend for managing and querying dictionaries of any (electronic) format–even those over network protocols like DICT–and also an intelligent interface for querying a massive amount of data.

Goals of the project include:

  • allowing plugins for import and export formats and display settings
  • allowing users to query not just by word, but also by source and target languages, dictionary, and more
  • running glot as a desktop application, command-line application, or web server

These goals are far-reaching, but likely attainable.

The project is currently run by me and my good friend Mike. We’ve just started, so there isn’t much to show yet, but we’ll be developing along the “release early, release often” mantra, so features will be added incrementally.

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  1. Posted 2010.01.08 at 07:07 | Permalink

    Wow, this sounds great. Do you think you can get it to query the tdl data from LKB grammars?

    And on an un-related subject, could you pst something and categorize it as Ubuntu? I am trying to get a WA LoCo planet aggregator going ;)

  2. goodmami
    Posted 2010.01.08 at 10:59 | Permalink

    Yes, that is one definite plan, once I get going on development again (likely this term). If I load a LKB grammar’s lexicon and another dictionary of the same language, hopefully glot can facilitate converting entries to lexical items.

    Yeah I could post something tagged as Ubuntu, once I post something :P

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