Arabic is one the fastest growing language on the internet. According to a study carried out by Semiocast, a French company that provides data intelligence and research on social media, Arabic grew fastest compared to other languages. The study said that the growth of languages such as Spanish and Dutch looked weak compared to Arabic.
After the launch of an Arabic interface on Twitter a few weeks ago, 400 Emiratis volunteered to create a dictionary of technological and social media-related terminology, Gulf News report. Overall 2,500 volunteers across the Middle East volunteered to participate in the project.
This new dictionary aims at "standardising Arabic definitions of online e-terms," which exist in English but not in Arabic. "The glossary will break a big barrier because many users resort to combining English terminology with the Arabic text, so we want to change that and introduce the first Arabic technology and social media glossary," said Sami Mubarak, co-founder of Taghreedat, quoted by Gulf news.
Despite a wide range of Arabic dialects used throughout the Arab world, the dictionary will take a standardized approach and create a list of words that could be used by any Arabic speakers.
Taghreedat, an initiative founded with the aim of increasing Arabic digital content, and twofour54 ibtikar an investment group are both taking part in the project.
The first Arabic Tech/Web 2.0 Dictionary will be made available 'soon', Mina Nagy Michel Takla, co-founder of Taghreedat told Gulf News. An online application to download for free will also be made available, she added.
Despite a growth rate significantly high, the amount of Arabic content available on the internet is pretty low with only two per cent of online content.
"Our goal is to increase Arabic e-content, whether written or audio, and to do that we have got to increase Arabic content," said Mubarak.