In this section, you may learn more about the history, data source, and technology used to bring TOIDP to you.
How did this project originate?
In my quest to learn more about my culture, I enrolled in a few Ilokano courses at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM). Therefore, the motivation for TOIDP originally came from the problem of constantly having to look up definitions of Ilokano terms in a paper dictionary. Being born in the information age, the process was tedious and time consuming. In some cases, the information in the books were outdated and incorrect, and I found that there are not many Ilokano resources in existence today. Hence, TOIDP was born.
After some extensive research on existing Ilokano resources, I determined that an online Ilokano dictionary application would be the most effective solution. I continued to enroll in more Ilokano courses throughout my college career and was able to learn more about the language and my culture. Due to the lack of resources in existence today, I realized that the Ilokano language may be in jeopardy. At this point, the objective of TOIDP changed from providing a simple online dictionary application, to buliding a tool that would help keep the Ilokano language alive throughout future generations. Today, the project is still in development.
Development of TOIDP began in Spring of 2008 as a computer project for one of my Information & Computer Sciences (ICS) courses at the UHM. The project was an opportunity for me to take the knowledge and skills that I was able to gain from the ICS and Ilokano courses at the UHM, and apply them to an application with the goal of keeping the Ilokano language alive.
Special thanks to Dr. Julius Soria for all his support throughout the years.
Where does the data come from?
TOIDP content is user-provided. The content is made available by our motivated user group and screened by a select group of administrators. If you are interested in helping out, please register for an administrator account. You could play an important role in keeping the language alive.
What powers this site?
TOIDP is built on a collection of open-source technologies available on the web. The core of the application is built on PHP/XHTML/CSS and utilizes a MySQL database to store all of the information associated with TOIDP. The entire website is powered by the Apache HTTP Server and is currently being hosted on a Linux configuration. For more information about each product, click on the logos below.