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ENABLER: European National Activities for Basic Language Resources

Information Society Technologies (IST) Programme - European Commission - Directorate - General Information Society - Action Line: IST - 2000 - 3.5.1.
Key Action: TN (Thematic Network) - Approved in March 2001
Università degli Studi di Pisa - Itália (coordinator)
Institute for Language and Speech Processing - Greece
European Language Resources Distribution Agency - France
Center for Sprogteknologi - Denmark
Dutch Language Union - Netherlands
Institut d'Estudis Catalans - Spain
Institut fuer Phonetik und Sprachliche Kommunikation - Germany
Centro de Linguística da Universidade de Lisboa - Portugal
Prague Group of Computational Linguistics - Chec Republic
Beltext, Université de Liège - Belgium
Department of Speech, Music and Hearing - Sweden
Instituto Cervantes - Spain
Instituut voor Nederlandse Lexicologie - Netherlands
CLUL's Research Team:
Maria Fernanda Bacelar do Nascimento
José Bettencourt Gonçalves
Rita Veloso
Florbela Barreto
Raquel Amaro
Sandra Antunes
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Description of the project :

In the last years, the majority of National Programmes in Europe in the field of HLT (Human Language Technologies) have identified Language Resources (LRs) as the first area to be supported by national funding, on the basis of consultations involving researchers, industry, service providers, etc.. Today, LRs are, in fact, unanimously recognised as a central component of the linguistic infrastructure, necessary for the development of HLT applications and products, and therefore for industrial development. The availability of adequate LRs for as many languages as possible and, in particular, of multilingual LRs, is a necessary condition for the development of a truly multilingual Information Society. The availability of LRs is also a "sensitive" issue, touching directly the sphere of linguistic and cultural identity, and is a crucial precondition for the participation of a language, and of the citizens speaking this language, in the Information Society. The proposed Network aims at improving cooperation among national activities established by national authorities for providing LRs for their languages. The action aims at:

The ENABLER questionnaire has been distributed in Portugal by CLUL, in order to include in the Linguistic Resources global network the work undertaken in Portuguese research and teaching institutions.

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