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Subject: Re: English-Hindi Dictionary
Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2002 10:53:53 +0530 (IST)
 
Dear Sri Haribans Sharma,
	All our dictionaries (http://www.iiit.net/ltrc/downloads.html) are 
	available under GNU's General Public Licence (GPL).

	I have attached a copy of this license for your ready reference.

	This licence allows you to make copies of the dictionary and
distribute freely. It also allows you to build on top of this
dictionary
or a part thereof and redistribute the resulting work. However
essentially
there is only one condition, the resulting work must also be licenced
under GPL.

	GNU has one more license by name 'GNU Free Documentation License'.
	If you find this license suitable, then we can provide the
	dictionary under this license also.

	The GNU's Free Documnetation License is available at
	http://www.fsf.org/licenses/

With regards,
Amba Kulkarni


From: Amba P Kulkarni [Save Address] [Block Sender] To: Srinivas Annam
Subject: Re: FW: English to Hindi dictionary
Date: Sat, 16 Mar 2002 10:08:36 +0530 (IST)
Namaskar Srinivas,
I am Amba Kulkarni, from Language Technologies Research Center, International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad. Here are the clarifications/information you are looking for.
  1. Our group has been working in the area of Natural Language Processing for last two decades. The major contribution of the group is in the development of anusaarakas (language accessors). As a side product many bilingual dictionaries have been developed by our group. They are Telugu-Hindi; Kannada-Hindi; Marathi-Hindi; Punjabi-Hindi; Bengali-Hindi;
    All these dictionaries are available at http://www.iiit.net/ltrc/downloads.html for free download under GPL. Online dictionary search interface is also available for online search at http://www.iiit.net/ltrc/onlineservices.html

    In addition there are morphological analysers for some of the Indian langauges.

    Funding for this work was through TDIL project, DOE,India.

  2. Since 1999, funding for our group is from Satyam Computers. The English-Hindi dictionary as well as its new version Sabdaanjali have been developed during this period. Though many volunteers (from school children, teachers, house wives to retired persons, from various parts of India ) have contributed to the dictionary, the core group of this activity is being supported by Satyam Computers.

    Dr. Dipti Misra Sharma(dipti_{}abcdiiit.net) is the chief editor of this dictionary.

    This dictionary(like other dictionaries on our site) is also available under GPL.

  3. The Classical Hindi Literature that you see on our web site is mainly the one-man voluntary effort by Shri. Balaram Rathore, a retired Railway driver, at Ratlam, Madhya Pradesh, India

--- Amba Kulkarni

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	On Fri, 15 Mar 2002, Shree
Devi Kumar wrote:

> Hello Srinivas,
> 
> > 1. I would like to acknowledge the people involved before I
release it
> > for public. Any additional information on the source of English
to Hindi
> > is appreciated. Shree: Can you give me any more details?
> 
> Please see http://www.iiit.net/ltrc/Dictionaries/Dict_Frame.html
> whuch has link to many dictionaries in ISCII. Vineetji will be able
to
> better answer your questions.
> >
> > 2. What should be the mechanism to add/correct the dictionary?
Can I
> > redirect users to Sanskrit_{}abcdcheerful.com? How can I get updated
versions
> > of the dictionary? I am currently using tab-delimited ITX
version, which
> > serves my purpose very well.
> 
> The one on sanskrit.gde.to is probably version 1.0 of the
dictionary. I had
> taken that from the TDIL site which is not operational anymore - I
think. We
> also have a ITRANS version of 2.0 which was on bhajans.org - that
is not
> working either. We had converted the files from ISCII using IIIT's
> converters developed by Ambaji.
> 
> Since the messages are cc:ed to Vineetji I am sure you will hear
from him
> :-)
> 
> Shree


From: Srinivas Annam  [Save Address] [Block Sender] 
              To: "'Sanskrit Team_member'" 
Cc: samadhan_{}abcdmit.gov.in, vc_{}iiit.net, amba_{}iiit.net, shree_{}yahoo.com, sunderh_{}hotmail.com
Subject: RE: FW: English to Hindi dictionary
Date: Fri, 15 Mar 2002 10:13:37 -0500
 
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Hi,

Thank you for the reply and for nice words about the site.

1. I would like to acknowledge the people involved before I release it
for public. Any additional information on the source of English to
Hindi
is appreciated. Shree: Can you give me any more details?

2. What should be the mechanism to add/correct the dictionary? Can I
redirect users to Sanskrit_{}abcdcheerful.com? How can I get updated
versions
of the dictionary? I am currently using tab-delimited ITX version,
which
serves my purpose very well.

3. Aksharamala product is certainly my brain-child but it certainly is
not one man effort. Although, I have been working fulltime on this
project for close to two years now, I also have a graphic designer and
few other people for marketing. Our company is incorporated in India.
We
are also planning to setup a real office in India soon.

I am not sure if have heard of return2india.com. I have created that
site and SIFY bought it over in 2000. Of course, the site used to be
maintained better then :-)

4. I know Shree since he provided lot of feedback for Aksharamala and
had few emails with Vineet-ji (from IIIT, I presume), who are others?
I
would like to get to know more about all of you.

5. Would any of you or anyone you know be interested in creating
content
in Hindi? Specifically for Hindi section front-page in Hindi would be
nice. Same goes for Marathi and Sanskrit (in future). Although, as of
now, I won't be able to pay for your time I can certainly provide with
few licenses of Aksharamala.

6. Do you know of any other content that is in GPL or other
source-able
formats? 

What about other content on
sanskrit.bhaarat.com/The_Document_Project/hindi/ are they GPL'ed too?
I
can gladly convert the Bhajans, Chalisas to Unicode and host them in
Hindi section. But, I can't figure out their licensing by reading the
page. 

As of you now, Hindi, Marathi and Sanskrit are priority. Gujarati,
Telugu, Kannada, Tamil and others are coming soon.

Btw, by any chance are you related to Harshad Abhyankar (returned from
US to Pune before a year or so)

Regards,
Srinivas

-----Original Message-----
From: Sanskrit Team_member [mailto:sanskrit_{}abcdcheerful.com] 
Sent: Friday, March 15, 2002 1:47 AM
To: annam_{}abcddeshweb.com
Subject: Re: FW: English to Hindi dictionary

Srinivas,

The dictionary was supplied by IIIT from TDIL.  See the note in
http://sanskrit.bhaarat.com/The_Document_Project/hindi/  (since the
the
main gde.to site is down at the moment)

"The dictionary has been encoded by Technology Development for Indian
Languages as part of the Anusaaraka project. The files which are in
ISCII format have been made freely available under the GNU general
public license."  The TDIL's new site is
http://tdil.mit.gov.in/download/menu.htm.

I have copied the message to a few friends who may know more about it.
It was reformatted for presentation by Shree Devi Kumar.  I think it
was
entered/translated by people in Ratlam and provided by group of people
at Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) at Hyderabad.

Charles Wikner has written Sanskrit Introductory tutorial but not the
dictionary.

Your Aksharamala site is well done.  The English-Hindi search engine
is
also appealing.
Is yours a one man effort at deshweb.com?

Hope this helps.


----- Original Message -----
From: Srinivas Annam 
Date: Thu, 14 Mar 2002 10:11:59 -0500
To: Sanskrit_{}abcdcheerful.com
Subject: FW: English to Hindi dictionary
> Hello,
> Could you tell me whether I am allowed to make the popular English
to
> Hindi dictionary available online? I see Sanskrit_{}abcdcheerful.com as
the
> contact email but I was told by someone that this written by Charles
> Wikner.
> 
> It is being planned to made public from the following link:
> http://www.aksharamala.com/hindi/e2h/search/search.php
> 
> Thanks for your help.
> 
> Regards,
> Srinivas Annam
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Srinivas Annam [mailto:annam_{}abcddeshweb.com] 
> Sent: Thursday, March 14, 2002 9:57 AM
> Subject: English to Hindi dictionary
> 
> Hello Sir,
> 
> I have found a GPL'ed dictionary that (I was told) was created by
you.
I
> would like to use this on my web site for the benefit of Hindi
> enthusiasts. Could you tell me if it is ok?
> 
> Here is the link for the online version:
> http://www.aksharamala.com/hindi/e2h/search/search.php
> 
> Thank you,
> Srinivas Annam