Oxford Master of Balliol, departing, talks about the Oxford Internet Institute ... and the ancient and the modern ...
WUaS hopes to facilitate a wiki 'Oxford English Dictionary' in ALL 3000-8000 languages - starting here : http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Languages - How far back with textual examples of any given word's etymology can we go?
WUaS will have to navigate copyright questions, and this idea may already be out there on the internet, but there's great potential here ... in every language ... as wiki ...
As I understand the fascinating story, the OED was a distributed NETWORK of group knowledge generation of folks, all over (mostly) Britain, delving into texts to find earliest examples of words in sentences, putting them on index cards, and mailing them to editors ...
Free Oxford English Dictionary online? I recently learned that non-San Francisco residents can get a SF public library card, by applying in person, and then get access to the online, Oxford English Dictionary (and Morningstar Guide to Mutual Funds) for free, for example. I hope such library resources and much more will emerge via the Digital Public Library of America, and eventually at World University and School, too, - both accessible here: http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Library_Resources :).
(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2011/10/serengeti-national-park-tanzania-nobel.html - October 13, 2011)