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Collaboration Agreement between ACCURAT and META-NET

The Network of Excellence “Technologies for the Multilingual European Information Society”, henceforth META-NET, and the collaborative project “Analysis and evaluation of Comparable Corpora for Under Resourced Areas of machine Translation”, henceforth ACCURAT, both established within Framework Programme 7, recognise the complementarity of their objectives and declare their intent for multi-level collaboration.

Scope and Objectives of the Participants

ACCURAT is a project which aims to find, analyze and evaluate novel methods that exploit comparable corpora in order to compensate for one of the central problems of machine translation – the lack of linguistic resources for under-resourced areas of machine translation – and ultimately to significantly improve MT quality for under-resourced languages and narrow domains. To this end, the key innovation of ACCURAT will be the creation of a methodology and tools to measure, to find and to use comparable corpora. ACCURAT will make its novel methodology openly accessible for under-resourced areas of MT with respect to comparability metrics, methods and techniques of (a) alignment for comparable corpora, (b) information extraction from aligned comparable corpora at different levels, (c) collecting comparable corpora from the Web as well as collections of comparable corpora for the project languages. Thus, the ACCURAT project will make significant contributions not only to the theory of MT, but also to corpus linguistics, information extraction and natural language processing in general and will strongly advance theoretical foundations and methodology for research in corpus linguistics.

META-NET is a Network of Excellence dedicated to the technological foundations of the European multilingual information society. Its main goals are: to build a strategic alliance of national and international research programmes, corporate users and commercial technology providers and language communities; to strengthen the European research community through research networking and by creating new schemes and structures for sharing resources, that is the META-SHARE infrastructure; and to build bridges by approaching open problems in collaboration with other research fields such as machine learning, social computing, cognitive systems, knowledge technologies and multimedia content. META-NET will lead to a strong language technology community with ties to other R&D communities, with a network into industry and public administration, and with visions and plans for a strategic research agenda, to support the sustainability of the European, multilingual information society.

Areas of collaboration

META-NET, through META-SHARE will build an ecosystem in the language resource production and distribution area. META-NET and ACCURAT agree that, when ACCURAT results will be made available to the language technology community in the terms expressed in the ACCURAT Grant Agreement 248347, META-SHARE will be used as one of the channels to make these results public and accessible. To this end, ACCURAT partners (henceforth ACCURAT) agree that in respect to the public shareable language resources created by ACCURAT:

  1. ACCURAT will either establish a local (partner-site-resident) repository of its own using META-SHARE or other appropriate software package, OR will deposit its language resources to a META-SHARE non-local repository.

  2. ACCURAT will describe its resources using the META-SHARE metadata schema or will provide mappers from its own schema to the META-SHARE one.

  3. ACCURAT will export its metadata and allow their harvesting by the META-SHARE central servers, thus populating the META-SHARE central inventory and making its resources visible and accessible through META-SHARE.

  4. ACCURAT will test and use the META-SHARE facility (software, metadata schema, etc), provide feedback and report bugs to the META-SHARE development team.

  5. ACCURAT will provide their additional user requirements to META-SHARE for discussion, adoption and implementation, or they provide integratable software tools implementing additional services


Signed on behalf of ACCURAT

Signed on behalf of META-NET

Andrejs Vasiljevs

Coordinator of ACCURAT


Hans Uszkoreit

Coordinator of META-NET