NLP/ML: Oxford Dictionary APIs

GDG Reading & Thames Valley
Mon, Mar 19, 2018, 6:30 PM (GMT)

About this event

• Agenda

18:30 Food and networking

19:00 Introduction to Oxford Dictionaries and APIs

19:30 Technical walk-through and use cases

20:00 Hands-on exploration of APIs

20:30 Discussion of possibilities and uses and next steps

21:00 Wrap Up

• What to bring
Bring your laptop with you, if you would like to register and explore the APIs during the session.

This meetup will give an introduction to Oxford Dictionaries’ language data programme with the opportunity to explore the application of their content in machine learning via a free API. The meetup will start with an overview of the API’s functionality and use cases, followed by a technical demonstration of some ways in which the content can be navigated and processed using Python. Participants will then be invited to register and explore the data themselves, with the opportunity for Q&A and discussion about possible projects and uses within the fields of natural language processing and machine learning.

Oxford University Press’s mission is to create world-class academic and educational resources and make them available as widely as possible. Within the Press, Oxford Dictionaries is at the forefront of language data, using its renowned expertise in the creation of dictionaries to develop tools and resources for many of the world’s languages. This data is used in the development of some of the world’s best known products and services, and the API is the latest step in reaching the next generation of technologies.

You can read more about Oxford Dictionaries API on Twitter or at our recently launched blog:

Phil Reimann is senior product manager for Oxford Dictionaries licensing programme and is responsible for the development of data, products, and services that meet the demands of various applications of language data, including dictionary search and display, game development, learning tools, and NLP. Amos Duveen is a data analyst at Oxford Dictionaries, specialising in dictionary data, and has been supporting the ODAPI since it launched. You can ask him anything about our language data and is also very keen to hear about the things you would like our API to do which it does not do already.

Sandro Cirulli is lead language technologist at Oxford Dictionaries, specialising in DevOps and system administration. He’s been involved in the Oxford Dictionaries API since its beginnings and manages the infrastructure upon which the API runs.

José Vallejo is a Language Technologist at Oxford Dictionaries and is one of the software developers working for the API development. He has been with Oxford Dictionaries for 1 year.

Thanks to Priocept ( for sponsoring the event.