FIN-CLARIN: Finnish Language Resource Consortium (FiLRC)

These pages serve the purpose of helping the Finnish players to act as an operational infrastucture wich would collect, manage and develop language resources and related services, and various tools and methods for building and utilizing the resources No formal organization exists yet and the aim is to establish such a consortium, collect the relevant players and find a useful structure of forms of its activities.

It is understood that a tighter cooperation with language resources among Finnish researchers, university teaching and even some commercial companies would benefit all parties. Sharing and reusing materials is becoming more common among different institutions and even distant disciplines. Collecting and developing tools is often if not always useful for many, and so is the accumulation of experience and knowledge.

See also A new set of FIN-CLARIN pages (which is still under construction).

Index to FinClarin pages at this site

If you need to enter a new page, you are requested to use the box below. Using the box sets up some useful technical details including the access rights. You must select a Wiki word for the new FinClarin page (see WikiWord). The Wiki word must start with FinClarin and be followed by a capital letter, see examples above. After entering the name of the page, you must click the Create button to the right of the box in order to create the new page and start editing it.:

Background

One motivation for establishing such a national centre is the current 7th framework program of the EU where infrastructures are seen as an important area, see the ESFRI pages (see http://cordis.europa.eu/esfri/ and the first calls of the EU Commission). Finland would have better possibilities, if our various groups and organizations could act as a consortium of coherent partner. The most relevant European consortium for us is CLARIN (see http://www.clarin.eu/) in which the University of Helsinki (through Department of General Linguistics) is a member. CLARIN is still a plan rather than an organization with concrete funding but it is preparing to submit an application in the FP7 call closing on 2nd of May 2007. Infrastructures must raise national funding in order to qualify for EU funding. The Academy of Finland (or the Ministry of Education) would be the main source of domestic funding in Finland.

Defining the topic and domain

Topics of the FinClarin might be: (1) relevant standards and guidelines for the resources, (2) accessing/acquiring resources from other sources, (3) collecting and using text, speech, lexical and other resources, (4) methods and tools to better utilize and use the resources, (5) intellectual property rights (IPR) of the resources, (6) training and education of related topics.

The Finnish Language Resource Consortium would build its activities around the CSC Language bank which would be the main depository of resources, tools and knowledge, see FiLRCKonsortioSopimus.

Internal organization

The consortium is based on a letter of intent. The consortium would have a steering group (johtoryhmä) with one representative from each university or centre. The steering group could exted itself by appointing some extra members e.g. from the National Library (Kansalliskirjasto) and the Academy of Finland.

Agenda

  1. Establish the consortium by designing a letter of intent or a consortium agreement (Kimmo K starts), getting the signatures and official commitments of the members of the consortium (Pirkko N, Juha H). Consortium established via a letter of intent (see FiLRCKonsortioSopimus). Copies signed by the (vice) rectors and directors of the organizations already arrived from: Kotus, CSC, Oulu.
  2. Secure the funding needed to join the CLARIN project as a significant partner.

Any other comments

 


-- KimmoKoskenniemi - 06 Oct 2006
Topic revision: r32 - 2010-05-19 - KimmoKoskenniemi
 
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