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Welcome to KitWiki


Instructions and advice

The Language Bank

Resource listings

Other links

This site is for the teachers, researchers, students, professionals and other persons who have an interest in language technology or who use or build computational language resources.

This is a WIKI site and thus a place where users both use it by reading information and experiences written by others, and contribute themselves to it by writing about their experiences and findings to other users. We do not expect that the staff of the CSC Language Bank would provide the contents to this KitWiki, rather it is the task of the user community to build the contents incrementally. The KitWiki is also a perfect place for collaboration among groups of people at distance.

This KitWiki does not even attempt to cover everything. Instead, pages are expected to provide pointers to other existing or alternative sources whenever useful. This Kitwiki is not and will not become an encyclopedia like the Wikipedia. Instead, you are encouraged to write encyclopedic articles about language technology and language resources directly in WikiPedia and use here links to such articles.

Contents of the KitWiki

The contents of the KitWiki website is classified in some broader categories which need not be mutually exclusive. For these broader categories there is (or will be) a page listing subcategories and pointing to their start pages. The broad categories are:

  1. Joint Efforts and Activities: This group consists typically of activities who use this Kitwiki as their working space. The pages are thus more or less dynamic reflecting the progress of the efforts. Individual activities include networks for research and training, graduate schools and various working groups.
  2. Instructions and advice: Advice, documentation and tutorials for parsers, tools etc. at the CSC Corpus machine and also information and advice about useful tools for collaboration through the Internet.
  3. Some additional information about the CSC Language Bank (whose official pages can be found at
  4. Resources and Documentation: This group consists typically of more static collections of items. TWiki appears to be handy in collecting records (which TWiki calls forms) and presenting them as summary lists.

Joining the KitWiki

Most of the contents of the KitWiki site is free for anybody to read. All writing to KitWiki is restricted to registered users only, and some areas have more specific restrictions so that they may bee seen or altered by a smaller group only. If you think that you could benefit from using the KitWiki because you are a professional or a student in a related area, you are encouraged register in the KitWiki. Registering is done by clicking the Regisrer at the top of the left side column of this page and filling the form that opens. If you have filled in the form successfully, you will receive mail which either giver you further instructions, or confirms the registration and helps you to start using the KitWiki. If your email address is in one of the certified domains (such as most Finnish universities) you will get an immediate email reply, otherwise the reply may be slower and you may be requested to repeat the registration.

Getting started with the KitWiki

The new user is expected to learn some basics of the TWiki software which is used for writing the WIKI pages and presenting them to the users. See the TWiki documentation where you can find some welcoming information for the beginner. Later on, if one uses more the TWiki, one will be motivated to learn further features as one needs them.

It might be useful to pay attention to a few terms used throughout in the TWiki documentation and tutorials: pages are often called topics, and the main divisions of the site (Main, KitWiki, FiLT, SandBox and TWiki) are called webs. You are requested to create new topics/pages only in the Sandbox web and in the KitWiki web. Use the Sandbox for testing or learning, and the KitWiki web for writing new topics which you consider useful for others (i.e. all users or for a particular group). When creating new pages, please avoid short or general names. Instead, use somewhat longer names, preferably including some unique prefix.

See also: Main for introductory information, WebTools for system information on the KitWiki web and WelcomeGuest for advice.
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