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  1. Magali Jeanmaire, LREC 2004 - COCOSDA-ICCWLRE meeting

Message 1: LREC 2004 - COCOSDA-ICCWLRE meeting

Date: Wed, 03 Mar 2004 16:21:28 +0100
From: Magali Jeanmaire <>
Subject: LREC 2004 - COCOSDA-ICCWLRE meeting


 Building the Language Resources and Evaluation Roadmap

 Joint COCOSDA and ICCWLRE Meeting in conjunction with LREC 2004 in

 30th May 2004

The first joint meeting of COCOSDA and of the new International
Committee for Written Language Resources and Evaluation (ICCWLRE) aims
at bringing together the communities of Spoken and Written LRs to
foster integration between them and to build a common vision of the
future of HLT.

We think that working together on the preparation of a Technology
Roadmap for Language and Speech Technology offers a good opportunity
to discuss in rather concrete terms issues related to the future of
LRs and Evaluation. In our view such a technology roadmap is a broadly
shared vision of our future, which identifies the main technological
challenges ahead of us, the prerequisites for addressing them and
their potential impact in terms of applications or services they would

We will start from the approach to roadmapping adopted in ELSNET. It
involves defining independent milestones (these could be a resource, a
technology or an application) to be available in a specific year.
Milestones are interlinked in various ways, as they may require or
enable other milestones. The ELSNET Roadmaps are available
electronically and can thus be easily maintained. On the website you can find an account of our
approach, and an overview of the activities we have undertaken thus
far. For an initial overview of what we have, presented in a graphical
format, see, and select "LREC 2004 Resources
Roadmap", where you will find a very preliminary example of a roadmap
showing some advanced applications and the basic technologies required
for them.

The results we have collected during the various roadmap workshops and
sessions we have organized over the last few years are still being
integrated, but in parallel we would like to start our process towards
consensus building, as it is clear that a roadmap based on the
opinions of a small group of people can not be seen as a broadly
shared view of a whole community. It is essential that we consult a
larger cross-section of our community to an agreement on milestones
and their expected year of completion.

As part of the consensus building process we will be consulting a
number of experts on each of the topics of language and speech
technology covered by the roadmap in its present form. A Roadmap Task
Force will collect the results, integrate them in the roadmap if there
is a consensus, and put them on the agenda of the meeting at LREC:
some of the milestones will be clustered to be presented together,
while cases where there is divergence between the experts' opinions
will require individual presentations and discussion at the meeting,
hopefully resulting in a consensus view.

We envisage that the co-ordination of the continued maintenance of the
language resources roadmap will become the joint responsibility of
COCOSDA and ICCWLRE. The organization of similar meetings at future
events will be one of their instruments to implement this.

Participation in the meeting is open to everybody and free (there is
no registration fee), but registration is mandatory because of space

Meeting URL:
LREC 2004 URL:

The meeting is organized by the joint ELSNET/ENABLER/ELRA Roadmap Task

- Stephan Busemann (, DFKI)
- Nicoletta Calzolari (, ILC-CNR)
- Khalid Choukri (, ELDA)
- Steven Krauwer (, ELSNET)

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