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LRE Map of Language Resources and Tools

FLaReNet, together with ELRA, launched the LRE Map of Language Resources and Tools.

The LRE Map is an entirely new instrument for discovering, searching and documenting language resources, here intended in a broad sense, as both data and tools.

The purpose of the LRE Map is to complement ongoing cataloguing efforts in order to enhance visibility for all resources, for all languages and intended applications.

In a nutshell, the LRE Map is an integrated database of information about language resources coming from various sources, most notably from major conferences but also from the community itself.

Authors submitting a paper to one of the conferences that joined the initiative were asked to provide basic informative data about the resource that represent the background of their research.

With only the data related to the LREC 2010 conference, the LRE Map already contained almost 2.000 descriptions of resources.

This was a sensational success, and the LRE Map got an enthusiastic acceptance during LREC 2010, when it was presented.

Already before its official launch, the COLING 2010 conference agreed to adopt the initiative and, since then, also EMNLP, ACL, NAACL, IJCNLP conferences and the Springer Journal “Language Resource and Evaluation” (LRE) showed an interest in joining it.

This is a major achievement: this way, the LRE Map will become an instrument used by all the major conferences of the field.

The LRE Map will contribute not only to achieve massive documentation about resources, but also to seed a change of culture in the field, actively engaging each researcher in the documentation task about resources.

The Beta Version 1.0 of the LRE Map is publicly available here through a browsing interface that allows to interactively searching for details on resources' uses, languages, availability etc.

Editing and updating functionalities are planned for the second version.

The idea is to make the LRE Map become a repository of information about language resources and, at the same time, a community for users of resources, a place to share and discover resources, discuss opinions, provide feedback, discover new trends, etc.