NEMLAR; An ambitious project to scan and boost Arabic HLT Industry.
stands for “Network for Euro-Mediterranean LAnguage Resources and human language technology development and
support”. This identifies an ambitious 30-month project aiming to
create a network of qualified Euro-Mediterranean partners, and to
specify and support the development of high priority language resources
This project is supported by the INCO-MED programme under the
European Commission. While the technical management of this project
is conducted by ELDA “Evaluations and Language resources Distribution
Agency” based in France
www.ELDA.fr, the project coordination is
carried out by CST “Center for Sprogteknologi” based in Denmark
NEMLAR is shared by 16 academic and industrial institutions
who are specialized in Arabic HLT R&D based in 12 different countries
in the Arab region and Europe; see
Having been launched officially in Feb. 2003, NEMLAR partners
have completed one of its major Work Packages; namely WP3
where as much industrial and academic Arabic HLT players as possible
inside and outside the Arab region are surveyed in detail. Moreover,
their Arabic HLT needs of standards, tools, and resources are specified.
The essential conclusions of NEMLAR’s WP3 draw an integral picture
of the Arabic HLT field today.
The consortium then realized WP4
a Basic LAnguage Resources Kit (BLARK) for the Arabic language.
The detailed formal definition of this BLARK had been completed
during a 3-day work shop in Morocco from Mar. 15th to 17th 2004.
As one of NEMLAR’s work packages; an international conference on Arabic HLT
has been held in Cairo-Egypt on Sept. 22nd and 23rd 2004 where the findings, achievements, conclusions, and recommendations of the project
were disseminated and discussed. This international conference
was the biggest event devoted to Arabic HLT in the year 2004.
Besides being a rich web site,
where one can find links to valuable Arabic HLT publications, new software, institutions, and events, the consortium members aim to make
the NEMLAR site
grow into a permanent item in the list of favorites of Arabic HLT researchers and developers all over the world.
By emailing to
NEMLAR@CST.dk; you can get more info, exchange comments and suggestions on the project, and moreover one can subscribe to an informative quarterly news letter on Arabic HLT.
The NEMLAR project is being followed up by the
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For conclusions of the NEMLAR project, click
For more info on this project, download...
Building Annotated Written and Spoken Arabic LR ’s in NEMLAR
Project, LREC06 Conference
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