[Elsnet-list] Call for participation in the project Le Petit Prince
r.martins at undlfoundation.org
Mon Aug 2 12:42:09 CEST 2010
The UNDL Foundation is extending the set of funded languages in the UNL
Programme. Financial support will be initially granted to freelancers
participating in the project Le Petit Prince (LPP). Any language is
eligible, except those already funded by the UNDL Foundation (namely
English, French, Arabic, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese and Armenian).
Contributions are paid through PayPal according to the UNLdots system.
Tasks are distributed upon availability and will be carried out in a
distance-working environment through a specific web interface. Candidates
are not required to have any previous experience in natural language
processing but are expected to have some acquaintance with descriptive
Linguistics and a good knowledge of English. Undergraduate and graduate
students of Language Studies and Translation Studies from minority and
less-resourced languages are especially welcomed.
The Project Le Petit Prince (LPP)
The Project Le Petit Prince (LPP) aims at providing dictionary entries and
grammar rules for automatically generating into natural language (NL) the
UNL-ized version of Le Petit Prince, the famous novella by Antoine de
Saint-Exupéry, first published in 1943. LPP comprises 1,889 different UWs,
which are expected to be included in the UNL-NL dictionaries and further
treated in the NL dictionaries. Tasks are distributed upon availability and
will be carried out through the UNLarium, a linguist-friendly web interface.
Candidates are not required to have any previous experience in natural
language processing but are expected to have some acquaintance with
descriptive Linguistics and a good knowledge of English. They are also
expected to be approved in CLEA250. CLEA is a free certification in language
description that introduces some of the UNDL Foundation's standards for
language engineering. It is offered by VALERIE, the Virtual Learning
Environment for UNL.
Payment is done every month through PayPal according to the UNLdots system.
UNLdot is a unit of time and complexity for measuring the effort spent in
performing UNL-related tasks. UNLdots are used not only for calculating how
long it takes to create dictionary entries and grammar rules, but also to
evaluate the expertise of a given contributor. For the time being, each new
dictionary entry or grammar rule corresponds to 1 (one) UNLdot. The rates
for UNLdots vary according to the expertise. The current values are the
A0 (below 5,000 UNLdots) = USD 0.25
A1 (5,001 to 15,000 UNLdots) = USD 0.50
A2 (15,000 to 30,000 UNLdots) = USD 0.60
B1 (30,001 to 50,000 UNLdots) = USD 0.70
B2 (50,001 to 75,000 UNLdots) = USD 0.80
C1 (75,001 to 100,000 UNLdots) = USD 0.90
C2 (above 100,001 UNLdots) = USD 1.00
Candidates must register in the UNLweb (http://www.unlweb.net) and pursue
the CLEA certificate. Approved candidates will be accredited to work within
the UNLarium, the database management system used to provide the dictionary
entries. Candidates must also contact the UNDL Foundation to request the
inclusion of the language in the set of funded languages.
For further information please contact:
Language Resources Manager
48, route de Chancy, CH-1213, Petit-Lancy, Geneva, Switzerland
+41 22 879 8090
r.martins at undlfoundation.org
The UNDL Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Geneva,
Switzerland, which has received, from the United Nations, the mandate for
implementing the Universal Networking Language (UNL). The UNL is an
artificial language that has been used for several different tasks in
natural language engineering, such as machine translation, multilingual
document generation, summarization, information retrieval and semantic
reasoning. It has been, since 1996, a unique initiative to reduce language
barriers and strengthen cross-cultural communication in the framework of the
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