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The Language Resources Landscape
How to facilitate identification and access to Language Resources: surveys, metadata, networks etc..

Networks and Associations
The ENABLER (European National Activities for Basic Language Resources) Network aims at improving cooperation among national activities established by national authorities for providing LRs for their languages. The action aims at: establishing a regular exchange of information; identifying and fostering possible synergies and cooperation; promoting the compatibility and interoperability of their results, thus facilitating the successful transfer of technologies and tools among languages and the construction of multilingual LRs; increasing the visibility and the strategic impact of those national activities in the field of HLT; contributing to the creation of an overall framework in which the public and private sectors, national efforts and international coordination could cooperate in order to answer the IST need for LRs.
The main objective of ELSNET (European Network of Excellence in Human Language Technologies) is to advance human language technologies in a broad sense by bringing together Europe's key players in research, development, integration or deployment in the field of language and speech technology and neighbouring areas. The network's role is to offer an environment that allows for optimal exploitation of the available human and intellectual resources in order to advance the field. This environment comprises a number of structures (committees, special interest groups), actions (summer schools, workshops) and services (web site, email lists, newsletter, information dissemination, knowledge brokerage).
The goal of the NEMLAR (Network for Euro-Mediterranean LAnguage Resources) is to create a network of qualified Euro-Mediterranean partners to specify and support the development of high priority LRs for Arabic and other local languages in a systematic, standards-driven, collaborative learning context. The project will focus on identifying the state of the art of LRs in the region, assessing priority requirements through consultations with language industry and communication players, and establishing a protocol for developing a basic LR kit for the major forms of the region’s predominant language – Arabic, and other local wide-spoken languages where appropriate.
The mission of AFNLP (Asian Federation of Natural Language Processing) is to promote and enhance research and development in natural language processing in Asian region through information sharing, conference organization, and research and publication coordination.
The Dutch Language Union (Nederlandse Taalunie, abbreviated NTU) is an intergovernmental organisation created in 1980, with the mission to strengthen the position of the Dutch language. The NTU has adopted a pragmatic, instrumental approach to language policy, aiming at a situation in which the appropriate resources, knowledge, infrastructure and tools are available for the efficient and effective use of Dutch under all circumstances and by all categories of users.
ATILF (Analyse et Traitement Informatique de la Langue Française) is a laboratory born from the union of INALF-CNRS (Institut National de la Langue Française) and LANDISCO (Langues Discours Cognition - Université Nancy 2). These two laboratories, located in Nancy and specialized in the field of Sciences of Language, have brought their competencies within the new mixed unit of research 7118, connected to the department SHS (Département des Sciences de l'Homme et de la Société).
The purpose of ALTA (Australasian Language Technology Association) is to promote language technology research and development in Australia and New Zealand. ALTA will organize regular events for the exchange of research results and for academic and industrial training and will co-ordinate activities with other professional societies.
The TELRI (Trans-European Language Resources Infrastructure) Association is the independent pan-European voice of the multilingual research and development community, a devoted though impartial partner of the European language industry and a respected consultant of the European Commission for the Multilingual Information Society. The purpose of the association is to set up and maintain a trans-European infrastructure for the development and distribution of written language resources, with the main focus on Central and Eastern Europe. The association seeks to establish and maintain cooperation between research institutions on a trans-national level and the acquisition, development and adaptation of language resources as well as providing technical support for these activities.
OntoWeb (Ontology-based information exchange for knowledge management and electronic commerce) is a network whose goal is to bring together researchers and industrials coming from the research and applications areas above, promoting interdisciplinary work and strengthening the European influence on Semantic Web standardisation efforts such as those based on RDF and XML. Europe's cultural diversity and multi linguality, together with the strong scientific competences existing in the ontology field, may give Europe a unique opportunity to fully exploit ontology-based technology and to play a leading role in these emerging area.
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