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5.3.3. Australia

FLaReNet Summary

Australia has a single research funding body to all intents and purposes. It does not generally earmark funds for specific areas of research activity, so there are no national programs on HLT of the kind that one finds in the US and in Europe. However, there are two recent initiatives that may be of interest: the Bog ASC (Australian Speech Corpus) and the Australian National Corpus.

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Contact Point Input

National/Regional contact: Robert Dale, Macquarie University - Center for Language Technology.

Programs

Australia has a single research funding body to all intents and purposes. It does not generally earmark funds for specific areas of research activity, so there are no national programs on HLT of the kind that one finds in the US and in Europe. The same applies at the regional (ie state) level. There are no registries of activity, although the Australasian Language Technology Association (see http://www.alta.asn.au) has a rudimentary resources listing.

However, there are two recent initiatives that may be of interest.
  1. The Big ASC (= Australian Speech Corpus) Project has just started with government funding of around A$1m; over the next year this aims to collect around 3000 hours of speech data.
  2. The Australian National Corpus is a text-gathering initiative which is in its startup stage.