Hindi Wordnet and Associated Software Programs / हिन्दी शब्दतंत्र और संबिधित सॉफ्टवेअर is a system of language data and tools consisting of sets of synonyms; lexical relations like antonyms; semantic relations; Application Programming Interface API) to access all this information.
More languages are being added to this experiment including Sanskrit making it a unique experiment in linguistic development through the World Wide Web which is a permanent medium. It is also linked with the similar Wordnet initiatives in the USA & EU which is all the more creditable in language development. Wordnet system is based on a simple principle: capture word associations as correctly, completely and richly as possible.
The benefits of information technology can reach to the common people, only when software tools and human machine interface systems are available in one’s own language. To enable wide proliferation of Information and communication Technologies (ICT) in Indian languages, tools, products and resources should be freely available to the general public.
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The interface is simple to use, and the words, their associations and usages are presented elegantly and comprehensively. There is no way a gap can exist between the Hindi Wordnet and its users. The project inspired by EU Wordnet will be undertaken for 13 other Indian languages including Sanskrit.
India is a multilingual country, with 22 constitutionally recognized languages and 11 scripts. In view of the fact that a small number of people know English in India, others are deprived of the advantages of IT development.
Technology Development for Indian Languages (TDIL) Programme initiated by the Department of Information Technology (DIT), Ministry of communications & Information Technology, Government of India has the objective to develop information-processing tools to facilitate human machine interaction in Indian languages and to develop technologies to access multilingual knowledge resources.
Digital Knowledge Center (DKC) is an initiative of Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) & National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) to function as an ‘Online repository’ of best digital contents for development in India and South Asia.
With the incoming of new technology in ICT and digital content technology along with various technology delivery platforms, a lot many interventions in digital content have been taking place in South Asia. Interventions are visible in all major areas – Education, Learning, Health, Governance, Entertainment, Localization, Commerce, Culture, Environment, Tourism, Infrastructure and so on. Creation of digital content, its deployment, service delivery and usage has increased each day.
While these developments are taking place, it is equally critical to have these interventions and practices shared, exchanged, and deployable from one place to another. For this to happen, one needs to have a resource bank available for learning, sharing and replication. Digital Knowledge Centre works as such a platform in audio-visual documentation format, which provides solutions to many of our social, economic, cultural and governance challenges.