24 settembre 2012

Memidex: the moon on a stick?


In recent weeks I have found myself really obsessed with searching for a one stop stop for terminology search and dictionary/thesaurus lookups. 

I acknowledge that we already have a wealth of tools at our disposal and I am simply glad that we have access to all these online research resources which weren't around 20 years ago. Even if the few seconds or minutes required switching from one site to another don't bother us, I’m realizing that what we want is to search a range of resources without visiting individual websites.

So far the tool that better performs this function seems to be Memidex.

Memidex is a free online dictionary and thesaurus with a simple interface, complete inflections, auto-suggest, adult-filtering, frequent updates, a browsable index, support for mobile devices, and millions of external reference links for definitions, audio, and etymology.  
The original Memidex database was derived from the high-quality WordNet® database developed by Princeton University, and used by Google and others.
Memidex provides also several free tools for making dictionary/thesaurus lookups even more faster and simpler.
The downside of this website is that it is available only for English resources. Can’t wait to see one tool like Memidex based on multilingual resources.