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1. Foreword

The first version of this survey was produced as Deliverable 7.1 of the FLaReNet (Fostering Language Resources Network) project supported by the European Commission, which was delivered on 30th August 2010.

In order to get reliable information in this survey, it was decided to settle a Network of FLaReNet Contact Points all over the world, including but not limited to Europe and the European Union. The initiative was very successful and we received many positive feedbacks during Summer 2010, from more than 100 colleagues who appear in the worldwide map of the Contact Points.

We would like to warmly thank the International Contact Points for their contribution!

This report is a survey of existing initiatives on Language Resources all over the world. The responses we received were of different style (verbose, synthetic, a pointer to a web site, etc.) and of various lengths. For each country or region, we therefore decided to include both a summary written by the Survey Editors[1] and the input from the Contact Points.

We also produced an overview of the situation in the European Union, in Europe and for the non-European countries, and an analysis of transnational initiatives.

Each country or region is directly accessible through hypertext links in the Table of Content.

This precious data can be used for various purposes, but especially to get a better understanding of the Language Resources which exist worldwide and to ensure the availability of such types of Language Resources for all languages, in order to facilitate the development of Language Technologies, to promote the existence of multilingualism, and to preserve languages while allowing for better communication among humans.

It considerably benefits from the existence of a permanent network of national/regional Contact Points as information sources, and it is planned to regularly update online its content thanks to their contribution.

All Contact Points are therefore invited to update the information related to their country/region, while the Survey Editors will update the corresponding summaries and analyses.

The reader may send any comment to the Survey Editors: flarenet_wg7survey@ilc.cnr.it.

 


[1] Joseph Mariani (LIMSI/IMMI-CNRS), Paola Baroni (ILC-CNR) and Claudia Soria (ILC-CNR).