I just gave a talk to the 11th International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics entitled The Austronesian Basic Vocabulary Database – why databases are better than dictionaries:

The basic comparative data on the languages of the world is often widely dispersed in hard to obtain sources. Here we outline how our Austronesian Basic Vocabulary Database (ABVD) helps remedy this situation by collating wordlists from over 550 languages into one web-accessible database. We describe the technology underlying the ABVD and discuss the benefits that a “bioinformatic” approach to data and databases can provide.