Oxford University Press API competition 3scale is happy to support the Oxford Dictionaries API competition 2017. Oxford Dictionaries’ world-renowned dictionary data powers search engines, provides definitions in e-readers, and makes predictive text and language-learning software possible. Now they provide an excellent API on top of that.

We invited Kirsty Gibson from the Oxford University Press to publish a guest post on our blog.


At Oxford Dictionaries, we love language, and we want the world to communicate more easily. Since the beginnings of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) in 1858, we’ve been looking for ways to provide people with authoritative dictionary content and language advice; and, in the last few years, we’ve made it easier than ever to access our data and content in line with the changing needs of the world.

Perhaps our biggest step is the launch of our Oxford Dictionaries API. Although we’ve licensed data to big businesses for years, we’re delighted to give individuals and companies of all sizes the opportunity to access our world-renowned dictionary data for the first time, be it for a natural language processing programme, language-learning app, game, or anything else.

We’ve been working with smaller language communities to create dictionaries in digitally under-represented languages, too, so as well as prominent languages such as English and Spanish we have datasets for Latvian, Malay, Hindi, isiZulu, and more. All of this helps us make language data and dictionaries even more accessible to people around the globe.

So, to celebrate language, communication, and the launch of our API, we’re holding the Oxford Dictionaries API competition. To enter, simply create an app that uses one or more of the languages in the Oxford Dictionaries API. It doesn’t matter if your app is an existing application that has recently integrated Oxford Dictionaries data or a brand new app; already published in an app store or never-before publicised. You can enter as an individual or as a team. We want to see what you can create!

The winner and four runners-up will be showcased on our site and receive PRO subscriptions to our API and a collectors’ mug, and we will send all entrants a collectors’ T-shirt. You can find out more about the completion and how to enter here.