[Elsnet-list] Certificate of Language Engineering Aptitude (CLEA)

Ronaldo Martins r.martins at undlfoundation.org
Mon Mar 29 12:19:40 CEST 2010

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The UNDL Foundation has released two new versions of the Certificate of
Language Engineering Aptitude (CLEA): CLEA250 and CLEA700. The
certifications are open and free, and can be pursued online at VALERIE, the
VirtuAl LEaRnIng Environment for UNL, at http://www.unlweb.net/valerie.



What is CLEA?


CLEA is a series of certificates issued by the UNDL Foundation to prepare
linguists and language specialists to describe natural language (NL)
phenomena according to the standards for language engineering of the UNL
Programme. They are required to create NL resources, such as dictionaries
and grammars, within the UNLarium framework. The certificates are divided in
different levels,  consisting of a brief explanation about a subject in
Machine-Oriented Descriptive Linguistics and a set of exercises, which are
evaluated automatically by the system. Certificates are not
time-constrained, and may be stopped and resumed at any time.

For the time being, CLEA has three versions:

*CLEA250 (basic level) targets concept-to-word mapping and is required for
creating entries in UNL-NL dictionaries;

*CLEA450 (intermediate level) targets word description and is required for
creating entries in NL dictionaries; and

*CLEA700 (advanced level) targets grammar description and is required for
creating rules in NL grammars.

Former holders of CLEA450 have been automatically granted CLEA250, which is
a lighter version of CLEA450. 



Further information


For further information, please contact 

Ronaldo MARTINS (mailto:r.martins at undlfoundation.org)

Language Resources Manager

UNDL Foundation

48, route de Chancy

CH-1213 - Geneva - Switzerland 

+41 22 879 8090



What is UNL?


The UNL is an artificial language that has been used for several different
tasks in natural language processing, such as machine translation,
multilingual document generation, summarization, information retrieval and
semantic reasoning. It has been originally proposed by the Institute of
Advanced Studies of the United Nations University, in Tokyo, and has been
currently promoted by the UNDL Foundation, in Geneva, Switzerland, under a
mandate of the United Nations. [read more about UNL in



The UNDL Foundation


The UNDL Foundation ( <http://www.undlfoundation.org>
http://www.undlfoundation.org) 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 Programme is a
collaborative effort to create natural language resources and technology to
reduce language barriers and strengthen cross-cultural communication in the
framework of the United Nations. Participation in the Programme is free and
open to individuals and institutions, either as researchers or as
developers. Special funds are available for some languages.




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