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International Cooperation Round Table

A round table devoted to "International Cooperation" will be organised after the closing session of the Forum.

FLaReNet aims at providing recommendations for future initiatives in the field of Language Resources and Technologies: we are aware that it is important to discuss future policy and priorities not only on the European scene, but also in a worldwide context. This is true both when we try to highlight future directions of research, and – even more – when we analyse which infrastructures are needed. The growth of the field should be complemented by a common effort that tries to look for synergies and to overcome fragmentation.

It is an achievement, and an opportunity for our field, that recently a number of strategic-infrastructural initiatives have started, or are going to start, all over the world. This is also a sign that funding agencies recognise the strategic value of our field and the importance of helping a coherent growth also through a number of coordinated actions.

Cooperation is an issue that needs to be prepared. FLaReNet may be the place where these – and future – initiatives get together to discuss and promote collaboration actions. The aim of this strategic planning round table is to start a discussion on the usefulness and the interest of promoting international cooperation among various initiatives and communities around the world, within and around the field of Language Resources and Technologies. This should lead to discussing the modalities of how to organise the cooperation.

Examples of the questions to be addressed are:

    • Which topics mostly deserve/require a worldwide effort for building consensus on priorities?
        • Strategies in the next years? In which frameworks?
        • Multilingualism as a unifying issue? Interoperability?
        • Relation between political and technical issues.
    • Which are the relevant initiatives in the various countries? Cooperation by initiatives or by people?
    • Which (realistic) modalities of cooperation among worldwide initiatives can be established?
        • What is the best model for cooperation? Formal structures? Flexible models? Set up a permanent Forum?
        • Consensus/cooperation through discussion or also through actions?
        • Or only bottom-up initiatives of cooperation are successful? See FLaReNet-SILT (EC-NSF) cooperation. How to be proactive?
    • Financial support.
        • How to manage the joint effort? Joint pot ? Separate funding of national teams?
        • How to address the support of languages of countries with various Gross Domestic Income?
    • Is it useful/possible to establish some form of “formal” cooperation between funding agencies? Something was done in the past…
        • Are there issues on which the respective agendas could be usefully coordinated?
        • What is the priority, if any?
        • Space for international cooperation programs? Are there instruments to be used?
        • Interaction between research communities and funding agencies.


Preliminary List of Participants

    • Nancy Ide (Vassar College - DCS, USA)
    • James Pustejovsky (Brandeis University - DCS, USA)
    • Gary Strong (HLT Center of Excellence, USA)
    • Jun'ichi Tsujii (University of Manchester - NacTeM, UK)
    • Christopher Cieri (University of Pennsylvania - LDC, USA)
    • Key-Sun Choi (KAIST, KR)
    • Nick Campbell (Trinity College Dublin, IRL & NIST, JP)
    • Eric Nyberg (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
    • Kiyotaka Uchimoto (NICT, JP)
    • Chu-Ren Huang (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HK)
    • Margaretha Mazura (European Multimedia Forum, BE)
    • Justus Roux (University of Stellenbosch, S. AFRICA)
    • Hans Uszkoreit (DFKI, DE)
    • Mohsen Rashwan (RDI Corp., EG)
    • Yohei Murakami (NICT, JP)
    • Roberto Cencioni (EC - DG Information Society & Media - Unit INFSO.E1 - LTs & MT, LUX / Head of Unit)
    • Kimmo Rossi (EC - DG Information Society & Media - Unit INFSO.E1 - LTs & MT, LUX / FLaReNet Project Officer)
    • FLaReNet Steering Committee


For the detailed program of the round table see the section Round Table.