Global WordNet Association

Global Wordnet Association (2000-ongoing)

Vossen is Founder and President of the Global WordNet Association. He founded GWA (with Christiane Fellbaum of Princeton University) in 2000 as a public and non-commercial organization that provides a platform for discussing, sharing and connecting wordnets for all languages in the world. For more information see:

  • 10th Global WordNet Conference 2019 (GWC2019) in Wroclaw, Poland, July 23-27, 2019
  • 9th Global WordNet Conference 2018 (GWC2018) in Singapore, January 8-12, 2018


At the 3rd GWA Conference in Korea, we launched the idea to start building a completely free worldwide Global Wordnet Grid. This grid will be build around a shared set of concepts, such as the Common Base Concepts used in many wordnet projects. These concepts will be expressed in terms of Wordnet synsets and SUMO terms. We invite people from all language communities to upload synsets from their language to the Grid. Gradually, the Grid will then be represented by all languages.

Francis Bond has taken this idea and created the MultiLingual WordNet, which is a full implementation of the Grid.

The Grid will be free and language contributions must therefore be provided under one of the following licenses to be included: