Developer and Researcher Licenses for Wenlin Data and Technologies
In addition to publishing our own ready-to-use software for learning Chinese,
Wenlin Institute also grants licenses to other developers and researchers,
enabling them to use portions of Wenlin's data and technologies for new applications.
Data and technologies which are potentially available for licensing include:
- Chinese and English Dictionaries, including:
◇ the ABC Chinese-English Dictionary (with over 200,000 entries; which we maintain and sublicense by agreement with the University of Hawai’i);
◇ English-Chinese Dictionary (with over 62,000 entries);
◇ our own Zidian (Chinese character dictionary, with over 67,000 entries)
- The source code for our published Wenlin Software for Learning Chinese (mostly written in the C programming language)
- CDL (Character Description Language) Database
◇ XML descriptions of over 82,000 CJK characters, providing stroke/component analysis, and high-quality graphic images and stroke diagrams as outlines convertible to SVG, PostScript, MetaFont, etc.
- CDL source code
◇ C source code for processing/rendering descriptions and stroke diagrams.
- Other source code used for processing dictionary and linguistic data
◇ Various programs for typesetting, consistency checking, conversion, indexing, etc.
(written in C, Perl, TeX, etc.)
We welcome inquiries about licensing, and have already negotiated several licenses.
Since each developer or researcher has unique requirements, we don't publish a price list.
If you are interested, we ask that you provide us with the answers to these questions:
- Who are you?
— Please tell us about your company or organization.
- What data or technologies are you interested in licensing?
— Please be specific; for example, CDL descriptions for three
thousand most commonly used simple form characters.
- What would you like to do with the licensed material?
— For example: private use for academic research for twelve months;
publication in commercial software on CD-ROM; etc.
- How would you be able to pay for the license?
— For commercial use, please provide at least the outline of
your business plan. For non-commercial research, payment is still
probably necessary; do you have a grant, etc.?
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