Distributed program to translate many languages

by Rael Dornfest

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The World Wide Lexicon will attempt to harness distributed spare multi-lingual brain cycles in an effort to build a translation database. Modeled on distributed computation applications the likes of SETI@home and distributed.net, the WWL will tap idle users for a moment of their time to translate a word or phrase for inclusion in its database. By exposing its API (via SOAP) as a Web Service, the WWL hopes to encourage integration of the service into client software (word processors, email clients, and so forth) beyond WWL's standard application.

WWL's Brian McConnell will be presenting "Worldwide Lexicon - Using P2P Technology To Build A Global Translation Dictionary" at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, May 13-16, 2002 in Santa Clara, CA.