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Title: Open Lexicon Exchange Format v.2
Submitter: Susan McCormick
Description: The Open Lexicon Interchange Format (OLIF) v.2, an open standard for users of language technology, is XML-compliant and freely available to the community from the OLIF Consortium web site www.olif.net. Originally designed to facilitate the exchange of data among electronic terminology databases and MT lexicons, OLIF has evolved into a general solution for language technol ogy development and language data management.

OLIF currently offers support for both lexical and concept-oriented views of the data and provides speci fic coverage of the linguistic requirements for six European languages (English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Danish). Users may select data categories from the OLIF registry of administrative, morphological, syntactic,
and semantic data categories, or integrate their own analyses. OLIF also offers a modeling of transfer restrictions for representing context- dependent transfer statements. The flexibility and user extensibility of the XML Data Type Definition (DTD) implementation of
OLIF are expanded on an d improved in the soon-to-be-released OLIF XML Schema Definition Language (XSD) implementation.

Please direct questions and comments to the coordinator, Susan McCormick at olifConsortium@yahoogroups.com or
Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

LL Issue: 14.3463
Date Posted: 12-Dec-2003

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