It is aimed towards international understanding and cooperation.This is a pioneering effort that will have global impact.
Comparative work in Indo-European has been carried on for over 200 years, and excellent research tools have been produced.
This experience forms a basis for similar research tools to be produced for the pre-literate languages that have been more recently recorded.
The IDS will provide the research tools necessary for expanding studies such as phonological theory, word formation, language change, lexical distribution, symbolism and onomatopoeia, language classification, and other ideas that have to do with history of people and migrations.
The IDS will serve not only as a synonym dictionary (or cross-linguistic thesaurus) but as an index to meaning and to cultures of various peoples around the earth.
These advances have also brought with them challenges in adapting earlier IDS materials and assuring consistency and sustainability, considerably delaying the public launch of the new web site.