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5.1.3.2. Belgium / Wallons

FLaReNet Summary

There is no comparable program in the French speaking part of Belgium. There are several sources of funding for LRT research activities, such as the Institute for the encouragement of Scientific Research and Innovation of Brussels, the Service public de Wallonie, or the National Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS). The Service de la langue de la Communauté française de Belgique has funded the development of terminological researches in the past and is officially in charge of coordinating the terminological activities (at the government level) in the French speaking part of Belgium. The OWIL (Observatoire du Traitement Informatique des Langues et de l'Inforoute) has centralized information on NLP research and activities for several years, but has stopped its activities in 2008.

Contact Point Input

National/Regional contact : Cédrick Fairon, UCL/CENTAL.

Programs

The two main sources of funding for LRT research activities are:

  - the Institute for the encouragement of Scientific Research and Innovation of Brussels;
  - the Service public de Wallonie - Direction générale opérationnelle de l'Economie, de l'Emploi & de la Recherche (DGO6).

These two regional organizations work to strengthen the local economic growth. Research activities must involve industrial partners that can demonstrate their interest in the project.

  - If the research does not focus on the production of language resources, but on the fundamental aspects of language description, the Scientific Fund For Research (FNRS) could also be a possible source of funding.

  - The Service de la langue de la Communauté française de Belgique has also funded the development of terminological researches in the past and is officially in charge of coordinating the terminological activities (at the government level) in the French speaking part of Belgium.

  - The OWIL (Observatoire du Traitement Informatique des Langues et de l'Inforoute) has centralized information on NLP research and activities for several years, but has stopped its activities in 2008.

  - Several organization are coordinating network activities for companies involved in technologies. They might be a good starting point for finding partners among Belgian R&D technological companies:
  * Agence de stimulation technologique (AST);
  * Technologies Wallonnes de l'image, du son et du texte;
  * Infopole.