OED Researcher API

OED Researcher API

We believe that the OED should be able to serve all scholars who want to investigate the sociological, historical, economic, or geographical record of the English language or use this data to fuel research in the wider humanities disciplines.


Our goal is to further develop the OED’s offering to actively support the needs of academic research as they evolve in the coming years.


The OED Researcher API will allow researchers to dig deeper into the OED’s data, providing unprecedented access to this huge and uniquely curated English language dataset.


We are offering access to a prototype API, inviting you to experiment with the data and share your experience with us.


We want to learn which endpoints you find the most or least useful, what types of data you would like access to that aren’t currently surfaced through the API, and, most importantly, why specific types of data are useful and how the API could further your research.


Your constructive feedback and commentary will help us to shape the OED Researcher API to meet the needs of the wider academic community, enabling researchers with the desire to consume raw historical language data to advance their academic research.


How could you use the OED Researcher API in your research?


Register your interest in accessing our prototype and a member of the OED team will be in touch with more information.