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Category:   E-Material
Subject:   ELRA Press Release
From:   Magali Duclaux
Email:   duclaux_(on)_elda.fr
Date received:   23 Jan 2002

************************************************************************ ** Press Release - Immediate - Paris, France, January, 21st 2002 ************************************************************************ ** New Activity Launched at ELRA, European Language Resources Association and ELDA, Evaluation and Language resources Distribution Agency *** ELRA & ELDA to devote more resources to the evaluation of Human Language Technologies (HLT). *** If at the very beginning the main activity of ELRA & ELDA in the framework of the evaluation task was to supply the language resources appropriate for testing and evaluation, both are now getting involved in the evaluation process itself, the evaluation of products, systems, and applications developed for HLT. The evaluation has become a major activity in the field of HLT. This activity is highly critical, as its main objectives are to check the quality of the developed applications and systems, and ensure that these are ready for the market. To evaluate a specific techno- logy means measuring the progress achieved, comparing different approaches to a given problem, and choosing the best solution, assuming that its advantages and disadvantages have been analy- sed. The evaluation also involves the assessment of the availability of technologies for a given application, product benchmarking, and assessment of system usability and user satisfaction. ELDA actively participates in evaluation projects, at French (e.g. Amaryllis), European (e.g. CLEF, Cross-Language Evaluation Forum), and world (e.g. Aurora) levels. The main objective of the Amaryllis project is to evaluate information retrieval systems with French text documents (corpora and questions and answers), and to provide a common methodology for the evaluation of such search tools. The corpora designed for these purposes are avai- lable in the ELDA catalogue, at http://www.elda.fr/catalog.html The main task of the CLEF project consists of providing an infrastructure for the evaluation of information retrieval systems that operate on Euro- pean languages, in multilingual, monolingual, and cross-language contexts. Test-suites of reusable data will also be developed for benchmarking purposes. In the framework of CLEF, ELDA is in charge of conducting the user needs survey, identifying the data and negotiating their distribution rights with the owners, and participating in the production of an exit plan that will set some evaluation procedures and recommendations regarding the evaluation of multilingual and cross-lingual systems. As for the Aurora project, it aims at establishing a worldwide standard for the feature extraction software in a DSR (Distributed Speech Recognition) system (evaluation of algorithms for front-end feature extraction in back- ground noise on one hand; on the other hand, the evaluation and comparison of the performance of speech recognition algorithms' robustness. The databases which have been created in the framework of Aurora are distributed by ELDA. Indeed, several resources developed in the framework of these evaluation projects are already available in our catalogue, which may be consulted at the following address: http://www.elda.fr/catalog.html In the near future, as we are getting more and more involved in the evaluation activity, ELRA & ELDA will add in its catalogue further resources and tools related to evaluation, and a new team, whose task will include the organi- sation of evaluation campaigns and every other aspects of the evaluation activity, will join the agency. Contact: Khalid Choukri Email: choukri_(on)_elda.fr ELRA & ELDA 55-57, rue Brillat Savarin 75013 Paris (France) Tel.: +33 1 43 13 33 33 Fax: +33 1 43 13 33 30 *** About ELRA & ELDA *** The European Language Resources Association (ELRA) is a non-profit making organisation founded by the European Commission in 1995, with the mission of providing a clearing house for language resources and promoting Human Language Technologies (HLT). The Evaluation and Language resources Distribution Agency (ELDA) is ELRA's operational body. ELDA identifies, collects, markets, evaluates and distributes language resources, along with the dissemination of general information in the field of HLT. ELDA has considerable knowledge and skills in HLT applications and has participated in many French, European and international projects, such as Prisme, Amaryllis, C-Oral-Rom, Network-DC, ISLE, Speecon, SpeechDat-Car, LRsP&P, etc. To find out more about ELRA and ELDA, please visit our web site: http://www.elda.fr ************************************************************************ ****
 

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