Create your own language tools
Would you like to create a spelling checker or a terminology bank using reliable data? The federal government provides access to all of the terminological data from TERMIUM Plus®, which allows you to build your own language tool.
To learn how to download the data, please follow the instructions below.
- Go to the Government of Canada’s Open Data Portal
- In the field Search – Open data, type “Termium”. Click Submit (or press Enter)
- Select the dataset found
- On the page of data called TERMIUM Plus®, find the field you are interested in and then click the Download button
- You will see a window that asks "Do you want to open or save this file?" Click Save
- Once the zipped files are saved to your computer, simply open them. You will see a list of CSV files
- Copy the CVS files that you are interested to the drive of your choice
- In each file, you have to convert the data so that you can read them. Here’s how to do so:
- 8.1. Launch a spreadsheet software (such as Microsoft Excel or OpenOffice Calc) and click Open
- 8.2. Choose the drive that you want to copy the CSV files to. If you do not see a choice of files, select the option "all files" beside the window called "File Name"
- 8.3. Open the CVS file you want
- 8.4. In the Text Import Wizard, choose the Delimited option and click Next
- 8.5. In the second window, unmark the Tab delimiter and click on Comma. Click on Next
- 8.6. In the third window, make sure the chosen format is General and click Finish
- You’ll see the data clearly organized by column. All that is left to do is ajust the columns to see all the data for each one
- Based on these data, you can create a variety of language tools such as a spelling checker or a terminology data bank
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