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What is the LSD Project ?

"LSD" is the abbreviation of "Life Science Dictionary".

What is the LSD Project ?

In parallel with the recent progress in life sciences, vast numbers of words for new substances and phenomena have been appearing. Since 1993, we have been analyzing English texts of medical journals selected mainly from the public MEDLINE database and collecting frequently-used terms together with their frequencies, concordances, typical usages, definitions and translations. The data were recorded in a versatile relational database and edited into several text-based, English-Japanese and Japanese-English dictionaries intended for public release. We have also developed convenient online and offline systems for our electronic dictionaries and are providing them on our homepage (http://lsd.pharm.kyoto-u.ac.jp/). The recent 2009 version of the online dictionary WebLSD contains 103,143 entries of English terms and 116,740 entries of Japanese terms with their translations and definitions. The access log statistics of the WebLSD server indicate more than 125,000 searches per day, and the number has been increasing exponentially year by year. We are recording the English pronunciations of 16,000 terms using multiple scientists' voices, and the test version of the WebLSD voice was released recently. Since our database can be extended to any language, we are planning to collect Chinese translations of life science terms, with the aim of creating a multi-language life science dictionary that includes English, Japanese and Chinese.

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January 2010

Correspondence: Shuji Kaneko, Ph.D.
The Life Science DIctionary Project, Chair
Professor, Department of Molecular Pharmacology
Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kyoto University, Kyoto 606-8501, Japan


[Left, Aug 31, 2002 at Hamamatsu]
[Center, Jul. 28, 2000 at Mishima]
[Right, Oct 12, 1996 at Kyoto]


Shuji Kaneko
Ph.D., Professor, Kyoto University, Kyoto

Yoshihiro Ugawa
Ph.D., Professor, Miyagi Prefectural Univ., Sendai
Hiroshi Ohtake
Professor, Fukui Prefectural University, Fukui
Takeshi Kawamoto
Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Hiroshima Univ., Hiroshima
Hiroaki Takeuchi
Ph.D., Associate Professor, Shizuoka Univ., Shizuoka
Masataka Takekoshi
Ph.D., Associate Professor, Tokai Univ. Isehara
Nobuyuki Fujita
Ph.D., Natl. Inst. Tech. Eval., Tokyo

LSD and LSD-RAP projects have been supported by...
  1. Grants-in-Aid for Publication of Scientific Research Results (database) from JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. 2003-2009 to SK)
  2. Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C)(1) from JSPS (2002-2003 to HO)
  3. A collaborative donation from Cross Language, Inc. (2003 to SK)
  4. Buisiness-Academic Collaboration with LogoVista, Inc. (2002 to SK)
  5. A grant from The Telecommunications Advancement Foundation (2001 to HO)
  6. Grants-in-Aid for Publication of Scientific Research Results (database) fromMEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan. 1994-2001 to SK)
  7. Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Reseach (B)(1) from MEXT (1995-1996, to SK)