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5.1.15. Italy

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Most programs in Italy are very generic calls for relatively small projects, without an overall strategic plan devoted to specific themes. The result is therefore that just few small projects are funded without any coherent plan or coordination. The Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca (MIUR) funds research projects through the Fondo per gli Investimenti della Ricerca di Base (FIRB), with projects such as PAISÀ - Piattaforma per l'Apprendimento dell'Italiano Su corpora Annotati, which aims at building a large and richly annotated open corpus of written Italian (~100 M words), or through the Programmi di ricerca di Rilevante Interesse Nazionale (PRIN), with projects such as PARLI - Valutazione e dffusione di risorse e strumenti di linguistica computazionale, aiming at creating a portal to enable access to data and tools for language technologies for Italian.

More specific was the Call of the MIUR, in 2008, for settling an Italian ESFRI infrastructure. The CLARIN.IT proposal was sent as an answer to this Call. Recently the Italian Roadmap for research infrastructures has been produced/updated and CLARIN.IT is inserted in the roadmap.

The Forum TAL (Forum Nazionale sul Trattamento Automatico della Lingua) was founded by the Ministry of Communications in 2002 and is hosted by the Fondazione Ugo Bordoni. Its aim is to promote the field, organize national conferences and other initiatives and try to coordinate other activities and disseminate information. A Libro Bianco has been produced some years ago, with information on the activities of the major groups in Italy (both academic and industrial), and was recently updated. Senso Comune is supported by IBM Italia Foundation. It is a non-profit association born with the aim of creating a linguistic knowledge base for Italian.

Contact Point Input

National/Regional contact: Nicoletta Calzolari, CNR.

Programs

Most programs are very generic calls for relatively small projects, without an overall strategic plan devoted to specific themes. The result is therefore that just few small projects are funded without any coherent plan or coordination.

- Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca (MIUR) through:

1) Fondo per gli Investimenti della Ricerca di Base (FIRB)

http://www.ricercaitaliana.it/firb.htm

Project:
PAISÀ - Piattaforma per l'Apprendimento dell'Italiano Su corpora Annotati
The aim of this project is to build a large and richly annotated open corpus of written Italian (~100 M words); the novelty of the project is using for the corpus an entirely non-copyrighted sample of texts. Thus, the corpus will be made freely accessible on-line by means of a user-friendly query interface.

2) Programmi di ricerca di Rilevante Interesse Nazionale (PRIN)

http://www.ricercaitaliana.it/PRIN.htm

Project:
PARLI - Valutazione e dffusione di risorse e strumenti di linguistica computazionale
A research project aiming at creating a portal to enable access to data and tools for language technologies for Italian.

Also:

  • Bando Firb "Futuro in Ricerca" (specific for "young" researchers, under 38 years)

http://futuroinricerca.miur.it

  • More specific was the following Call of the MIUR, in 2008, for the Italian ESFRI infrastructures:

Oggetto: Grandi infrastrutture di ricerca nazionali di livello pan-europeo.
   o Sub-Oggetto 1: Proposte di Infrastrutture di Ricerca per la predisposizione di una Roadmap Italiana con prospettiva decennale;
   o Sub-Oggetto 2: Proposte per l'aggiornamento della Roadmap ESFRI 2008 con deadline 15 novembre 2007.

The CLARIN.IT proposal was sent as an answer to this Call. Recently the Italian Roadmap has been produced/updated and CLARIN.IT is inserted in the roadmap.

The Forum TAL (Forum Nazionale sul Trattamento Automatico della Lingua) was founded by the Ministry of Communications in 2002 and is hosted by the Fondazione Ugo Bordoni: http://forumtal.fub.it. The aim of the Forum TAL is to promote the field, organize national conferences and other initiatives and try to coordinate other activities and disseminate information. A Libro Bianco has been produced some year ago, with information on the activities of the major groups in Italy (both academic and industrial), that was recently updated. It can be downloaded on the site of the Forum Tal: http://forumtal.fub.it/LibroBianco.php.

Senso Comune is supported by IBM Italia Foundation. It is a non-profit association born with the aim of creating a linguistic knowledge base for Italian.