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Category:   E-Announce
Subject:   ELSNET
From:   Steven Krauwer
Email:   steven.krauwer_(on)_elsnet.org
Date received:   04 May 2004

The Directory of National *and Private* Resources Projects World-wide Invitation to provide us with information on YOUR National Language and Speech Resources Projects at our site http://www.elsnet.org/nps.html _________________________________________________________________ The members of the ELSNET and ENABLER networks are now in the process of preparing a detailed map of the language and speech resources landscape world-wide. This map will take the form of a website which should contain pointers to all activities in the world that are relevant for those who are interested in language and speech resources (as well as multimodal resources that contain language or speech related components). Our target audience includes both users and developers of resources, as well as people involved in the creation and execution of national or regional resources projects. We see this site as an information portal for those who want to know what is happening with respect to resources for their own language, but also for those who want to know what is going on in other languages with a view to setting up collaboration links aimed at porting knowledge and experience between languages. As we all know the investments made in language resources are very much determined by economic factors and market prospects. Especially for the languages with limited commercial interest the funding opportunities are very poor, whereas the problems that have to be overcome are the same as for the major languages. Being able to learn from others and to port knowledge from another language to one's own is of crucial importance, and we hope that the resources landscape map will facilitate this. As part of the creation of our landscape map we have now started collecting information about past, ongoing and future national language resources projects world-wide. Via a very simple web interface people can submit national project data to this site, and update the information if and when necessary. Completing the web form should not take more than a minute or two, and we hope that within the next six weeks we will have collected information on a majority of national resources projects all over the world. We will use a rather loose definition of national project: we intend to cover all projects that are based on (partial or full) public funding and that have as one of their activities the creation of resources that will be made available to a wider audience than just those who are involved in the project. Please take a few minutes to provide us with a very brief description of YOUR projects at http://www.elsnet.org/nps.html A sample description of a (non-existent) project is provided to show what sort of information we expect. Please contact us if you have any questions or problems. Best regards, Steven Krauwer ELSNET Coordinator _______________________________________________ Elsnet-list mailing list Elsnet-list_(on)_mailman.elsnet. org http://mai lman.elsnet.org/mailman/listinfo/elsnet-list
 

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