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European National Activities for Basic Language Resources
IST-2000-31069


ENABLER
NETWORK AGREEMENT






ART. 1THE NETWORK AIMS


1.1
The ENABLER Network (henceforth “the Network”) aims at improving co-operation among national activities established by national authorities for providing Language Resources for their languages.
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1.2
The Network actions aim at:
 
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establishing a regular exchange of information;
 
2.
identifying and fostering possible synergies and co-operation; promoting the compatibility and interoperability of their results, thus facilitating the successful transfer of technologies and tools among languages and the construction of multilingual Language Resources;
 
3.
increasing the visibility and the strategic impact of those national activities in the field of Human Language Technology;
 
4.
contributing to the creation of an overall framework in which the public and private sectors, national efforts and international co-ordination could co-operate in order to answer the Information Society Technology need for Language Resources;
 
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enlarging the Network by associating new potential members;
 
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looking for synergies with other existing or future international Networks and organizations on Language Resources.



ART. 2 – THE NETWORK MEMBERS


2.1
The Network Members (henceforth “the Members”) are Organisations which co-ordinate or are/were responsible for the creation of Language Resources supported by national funds, and national in scope, in the sense that their creation is supported to answer a national need.
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2.2
The Language Resources relevant for the Network include (but are not limited to):
 
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computational lexicons;
 
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WordNet-like semantic repertories;
 
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annotated textual corpora (general language or domain specific);
 
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spoken corpora for speech applications;
 
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syntactic/semantic treebanks;
 
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annotated spoken dialogues;
 
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formal repertories of reusable grammatical knowledge;
 
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multimodal resources;
 
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methods and tools for the creation, management, “semiautomatic construction and enrichment” of Language Resources;
 
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software frameworks to ease integration of Language Resources in industrial products and services;
 
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evaluation methods for Language Resources.
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2.3
The Members commit themselves to contribute to the Network activities in the following forms:
 
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to take part in the Network Board meetings;
 
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to propose/participate in the technical subgroups;
 
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to co-operate to the organisation of workshops, panel discussions, exhibitions etc.;
 
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to provide links with the relevant national authorities;
 
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to provide links with the national consortium/network;
 
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to provide the information (organisational and technical) on the national activities and their objectives, results, methods, specifications, evaluation procedures etc.;
 
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to exchange know-how, methods and tools;
 
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to co-operate to the formulation and discussion of strategic and technical recommendations;
 
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to promote and work towards the implementation, in the respective country and project, of these recommendations;
 
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to actively search for new members, initiatives of which we are not currently aware, or which we have not yet contacted, or new initiatives, launched during the lifetime of the Network.
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2.4
The initial Network Members are:
 
1.
Università degli Studi di Pisa
(UPI - Italy)
 
2.
Institute for Language and Speech Processing
(ILSP - Greece)
 
3.
European Language Resources-Distribution Agency
(ELDA S.A. - France)
 
4.
Center for Sprogteknologi
(CST - Denmark)
 
5.
Nederlandse Taalunie
(NTU - Netherlands)
 
6.
Institut d’Estudis Catalans
(IEC - Spain)
 
7.
Ludwig Maximilians Universität München
(LMU - Germany)
 
8.
Fundação da Universidade de Lisboa – Centro de Linguística da Universidade de Lisboa
(FUL-CLUL - Portugal)
 
9.
Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University in Prague
(MFF UK - Czech Republic)
 
10.
Beltext, Université de Liège
(ULg - Belgium)
 
11.
Department of Speech, Music and Hearing
(KTH - Sweden)
 
12.
Real Academia Española
(RAE - Spain)
 
13.
Instituut voor Nederlandse Lexicologie
(INL - Netherlands)
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2.5
New Members should meet the following basic criteria:
 
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they co-ordinate or are responsible for national initiatives in the field of Language Resources;
 
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the project should be supported by national funding;
 
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they are committed to transfer and sharing of specifications, methods and tools;
 
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the Language Resources envisaged should be explicitly conceived for Human Language Technology use or, if the primary goal is different (for example, a corpus for building a national dictionary), to be directly reusable in the Human Language Technology and Information Society Technology framework.
  Additional preferential criteria include:
 
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the Language Resources are built according to internationally agreed standards;
 
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the Language Resources are available for distribution through ELRA.
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2.6
Any institution that intends to join the Network will have to sign the present Network Agreement and to adhere to its regulations (and, in particular, to exchange and provide the required information, to share tools, to take part in the general strategic meetings, to participate in sub-groups dealing with topics within their competence and interest etc.).



ART. 3THE NETWORK BOARD


3.1
The Network Board (henceforth “the Board”) is the main decision taking body of the Network.
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3.2
The Board includes a representative of each Member.
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3.3
The Board is responsible for determining the overall policies and priorities of the Network.
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3.4
The Board meets every six months in order to:
 
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assess the achievements of the previous period in the light of the goals for that period and the overall objectives;
 
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determine the overall policy and the priorities for the next period;
 
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appoint new members presented for inclusion in the Network.
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3.5
The participants of the Board meetings will discuss and exchange experience, opinions, information, discuss points of common interest, select items for co-operation, formulate common policy lines.
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3.6
The Board will designate one of its members as the Network Chairman (henceforth “the Chairman”), who will last for a two-year term.
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3.7
Only the members of the Board have voting rights and the Chairman has a casting vote. The Board will be regarded as quorate if 1/2 of the members of the Board is present. Votes will be carried by a simple majority, except in the cases (listed below) where a qualified majority is required. A qualified majority of the Board will consist of 2/3 of those present.
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3.8
Voting will require a qualified majority in the following cases:
 
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changing the Network Agreement;
 
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starting and terminating committees;
 
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selecting or changing committee convenors;
 
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adopting new Network Members.
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3.9
The Chairman will be responsible for calling an extraordinary meeting of the Board, if requested to do so in writing (including electronic mail) by 1/3 of the members of the Board.
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3.10
The Board may set up rules for electronic votes in order to be able to take decisions in between meetings.
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3.11
The Chairman may, in consultation with the Board, invite individuals with relevant expertise to attend particular meetings.