15.592 news from ELRA

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 15, No. 592.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

       [1] From: Magali Duclaux <duclaux@elda.fr> (7)
             Subject: ELRA News 1/3

       [2] From: Magali Duclaux <duclaux@elda.fr> (53)
             Subject: ELRA News 2/3

       [3] From: Magali Duclaux <duclaux@elda.fr> (42)
             Subject: ELRA News 3/3

             Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2002 06:52:59 +0100
             From: Magali Duclaux <duclaux@elda.fr>
             Subject: ELRA News 1/3

    ELRA - European Language Resources Association

    A new resource is available in our catalogue of
    Language Resources:

    ELRA-W0015 Text Corpus "Le Monde" / Year 2001

    The texts for the year 2001 have been added to the collection.

             Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2002 06:53:39 +0100
             From: Magali Duclaux <duclaux@elda.fr>
             Subject: ELRA News 2/3

    ELRA - European Language Resources Association

    ELRA offers a new service in order to further enhance
    the quality of the databases in its catalogue:

                      The Bug Report Service

    Imperfections observed in a database distributed by
    ELRA and its distribution agency ELDA can be reported.
    This service is hosted by SPEX, which is ELRA's validation
    centre for speech databases.
    For the time being, this service is restricted to speech
    databases only, but the idea is that it will be extended
    to other types of language resources in the future.
    You will find a link in ELRA's web pages for Spoken
    Language Resources to this bug report service (http://www.icp.inpg.fr/ELRA/),
    in the section "Services around LRs".
    You may win an attractive prize if you use the new service!

    What is the idea?

    No speech database is perfect. This is the observation of
    all people who use them. The actual users are the best test
    persons to discover and report any remaining imperfections
    in a database.
    ELRA, being the intermediate between data providers and
    data users, considers quality maintenance of the databases
    in its catalogue as one of its key objectives.
    Therefore, ELRA is very keen in knowing and correcting any
    imperfections in the databases that it distributes. By offering a
    service where users can report bugs that they found in ELRA's
    databases, all can benefit.
    ELRA can offer databases with still better quality; users can
    obtain better results with the database.

    How does it work?

    Anybody who finds bugs in one of ELRA's speech databases
    is kindly invited and stimulated to go to the bug report.
    The errors detected should be reported as precisely as possible.
    Reported errors enter the following protocol:
    1. Acknowledgement of receipt of the bug report (by SPEX);
    2. Reported errors are verified (by SPEX);
    3. The 'verified error list' for the database is updated (by SPEX);
    4. The updated formal error lists are distributed to ELRA members (by ELDA);
    5. After compilation of a substantial amount of errors, a patch file
    is created and distributed (by ELDA).

    What does it bring?

    This joint effort of users, producers and ELRA will make the
    quality of speech databases better. The people who report
    some errors should be rewarded for that.
    Two prizes (PDA's in the range of 600 - 800 Euros) will be given
    once a year. One goes to the best contributor, i.e. the person who
    reports the most, serious, true bugs in a clear manner.
    The other goes to one of the other contributors by means of a random
    draw. So, this is your chance to get rid of your bugs and get hold of a

             Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2002 06:54:14 +0100
             From: Magali Duclaux <duclaux@elda.fr>
             Subject: ELRA News 3/3

    ELRA - European Language Resources Association
    The Mediterranean Language Technology Centre,
    MLTC, launched by ELRA & ELDA in Rabat, Morocco
    ELRA & ELDA to promote Human Language Technologies (HLT)
    for the Mediterranean Languages thanks to the MLTC centre.

    The project of the creation of an organisation similar to the
    European Language Resources Association (ELRA) was
    initiated by ELRA & ELDA, to promote HLT in the Mediterranean
    countries and encourage research and development in this area.

    The Mediterranean Language Technology Centre (MLTC) centre
    was officially launched at the end of year 2001. It is located in Rabat,
    Morocco, where a partner team has been set up.

    Since its creation, MLTC has been working closely with ELRA & ELDA
    to handle every aspect related to the resources and processing of the
    Mediterranean languages, in the framework of some European and
    international projects. The centre will also be responsible for a number
    of other activities and tasks outsourced by ELRA & ELDA.

    Thanks to the MLTC centre and our involvement in the various sectors
    covered by HLT, we expect to foster research and development in HLT for
    all the Mediterranean languages.

    Contact: Khalid Choukri
    Email: choukri@elda.fr

    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, and distributes
    language resources, along with the dissemination of general information in
    the field of HLT. ELDA also participates in some evaluation projects and
    campaigns, has considerable knowledge and skills in HLT applications and
    has participated in many French, European and international projects.

    To find out more about ELRA and ELDA, please visit our web site: www.elda.fr

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