This color thesaurus is one part of the PhD thesis work of Albrecht Lindner.
You can find more details on the respective research page.
If you are using (parts of) this work, please cite the respective publication:
Albrecht Lindner, Bryan Zhi Li, Nicolas Bonnier, and Sabine Süsstrunk,
A Large-Scale Multi-Lingual Color Thesaurus, IS&T Color and Imaging Conference, 2012.
This research is conducted in the IVRG lab at EPFL, Switzerland and sponsored by Oce/Canon, Paris.
Special thanks goes to XKCD as their English Color Survey inspired us to do this project.