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LINGUIST List 21.1562

Wed Mar 31 2010

FYI: Certificate of Language Engineering Aptitude-CLEA

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        1.    Ronaldo Martins, Certificate of Language Engineering Aptitude-CLEA

Message 1: Certificate of Language Engineering Aptitude-CLEA
Date: 29-Mar-2010
From: Ronaldo Martins <r.martinsundlfoundation.org>
Subject: Certificate of Language Engineering Aptitude-CLEA
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The Universal Networking Digital Language (UNDL) Foundation has released
two new versions of the Certificate of Language Engineering Aptitude
(CLEA): CLEA250 and CLEA700. The certifications are open and free, and can
be pursued on-line at VALERIE, the VirtuAl LEaRnIng Environment for UNL, at
http://www.unlweb.net/valerie. (To create an UNL web account, click the
'Sign In' button at the top right-hand corner of the VALERIE page.)

What is CLEA?

CLEA is a series of certificates issued by the UNDL Foundation to prepare
linguists and language specialists to describe natural language (NL)
phenomena according to the standards for language engineering of the
Universal Networking Language (UNL) Programme. They are required to create
NL resources, such as dictionaries and grammars, within the UNLarium
framework. The certificates are divided in different levels, consisting of
a brief explanation about a subject in Machine-Oriented Descriptive
Linguistics and a set of exercises, which are evaluated automatically by
the system. Certificates are not time-constrained, and may be stopped and
resumed at any time.

For the time being, CLEA has three versions:

- CLEA250 (basic level) targets concept-to-word mapping and is required for
creating entries in UNL-NL dictionaries;

- CLEA450 (intermediate level) targets word description and is required for
creating entries in NL dictionaries; and

- CLEA700 (advanced level) targets grammar description and is required for
creating rules in NL grammars.

Former holders of CLEA450 have been automatically granted CLEA250, which is
a lighter version of CLEA450.

Further information

For further information, please contact
Ronaldo Martins (r.martinsundlfoundation.org)
Language Resources Manager
UNDL Foundation
48, route de Chancy
CH-1213 – Geneva - Switzerland
+41 22 879 8090

What is UNL?

The Universal Networking Language is an artificial language that has been
used for several different tasks in natural language processing, such as
machine translation, multilingual document generation, summarization,
information retrieval and semantic reasoning. It has been originally
proposed by the Institute of Advanced Studies of the United Nations
University, in Tokyo, and has been currently promoted by the UNDL
Foundation, in Geneva, Switzerland, under a mandate of the United Nations.
[read more about UNL at http://www.unlweb.net]

The UNDL Foundation

The UNDL Foundation (http://www.undlfoundation.org) is a non-profit
organization based in Geneva, Switzerland, which has received, from the
United Nations, the mandate for implementing the Universal Networking
Language (UNL). The UNL Programme is a collaborative effort to create
natural language resources and technology to reduce language barriers and
strengthen cross-cultural communication in the framework of the United
Nations. Participation in the Programme is free and open to individuals and
institutions, either as researchers or as developers. Special funds are
available for some languages.

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

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