Electronic Dictionary Research and Development Group

About The Group

The Electronic Dictionary Research and Development Group has been established within the Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University. The Group's objective is to undertake the compilation of electronic dictionaries, and to carry out research and development in applied computational linguistics with particular emphasis on computer lexicography.

The Group is currently the home of the "EDICT Project" which has been operating for many years, and which has led to the compilation of a number of major Japanese-English dictionary files. The copyright for these files has been assigned to the Group. (See the LICENCE statement.)

The EDICT Project.

The home page of the EDICT project can be found here.

The JMDict Project.

A new project of the Group involves the development of the major lexicographical information from the EDICT files into an expanded form using the XML language. An overview of the JMDict project is here.

Usage of the Dictionary Files.

In March 2000, Jim Breen, assigned ownership of the copyright of the dictionary files assembled, coordinated and edited by him to the Group, on the understanding that the Group will foster the development of the dictionary files, and will utilize all monies received for use of the files for the further development of the files, and for research into computer lexicography and electronic dictionaries. Hitherto the files were freely available for non-commercial use, and restricted from commercial exploitation.

Following a period during which the files were available for commercial use on payment of a negotiated royalty, in February 2003 it was decided to make the files more freely available for use, both commercial and non-commercial, subject to a number of conditions mainly to ensure adequate and appropriate acknowledgement.

At the same time, users of the files who are successful in using or incorporating the files in a commercial product or service are requested to make a donation to the Group commensurate with the benefits they receive from the files. These donations are used to fund the maintenance and development of the files and the related activities of the Group.

Details of the Licence arrangements are available here. Donations can be arranged by contacting Jim Breen. Donations within Australia are tax deductible.


All email contacts should be made to Jim Breen.

For further information, please go to Jim Breen's Japanese Page