Type of project: European | Start date: 01/01/2008 | End date: 30/06/2011
The ultimate goal ofwas the construction and operation of a shared distributed infrastructure aiming at making language resources and technologies available to the humanities and social sciences research communities at-large.
The project Preparatory Phase paved the way to the implementation of the infrastructure along four dimensions.
- Funding and Governance
The aim is to bring together funding agencies and to work out a ready-to-sign draft agreement among funding agencies in the participating countries about governance, financing, construction and operation of the infrastructure.
The technical objective is to provide a detailed specification of the infrastructure, an agreement on data and interoperability standards to be adopted and a running, validated prototype based on these specifications. The validation should cover technical, linguistic and user-related aspects.
For the validation the prototype will be populated with a selection of language resources and technologies for all participating languages. The objective is to deliver a sufficiently populated and thoroughly tested prototype that demonstrates the adequacy of the approach for all participating languages.
In order to fully exploit the potential of what language resources and technologies have to offer to the humanities and social sciences communities, the project consortium will: (i) make an analysis of current practice in the use of language technologies in the humanities in order to establish the needs; (ii) launch and monitor typical humanities projects in order to validate the prototype and its specifications; (iii) create the awareness – in the humanities and social sciences communities – of the potential of the use of language resources and technologies to improve or innovate their research; (iv) bring together the humanities and language technologies communities in order to ensure lasting synergies.
7th Framework Programme
Riccardo Del Gratta