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Title: MEDAR : Collaboration between European and Mediterranean Arabic partners to support the development of language technology for Arabic
Authors: Maegaard, Bente
Atiyya, Mohammed
Choukri, Khalid
Krauwer, Steven
Mokbel, Chafic 
Yaseen, Mustafa
Affiliations: Department of Electrical Engineering 
Issue Date: 2008
Part of: Proceedings of the Sixth International Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC'08)
Start page: 3609
End page: 3614
Conference: International Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC) (6th : 28-30 May 2008 : Marrakesh, Morocco) 
After the successful completion of the NEMLAR project 2003-2005, a new opportunity for a project was opened by the European Commission, and a group of largely the same partners is now executing the MEDAR project. MEDAR will be updating the surveys and BLARK for Arabic already made, and will then focus on machine translation (and other tools for translation) and information retrieval with a focus on language resources, tools and evaluation for these applications. A very important part of the MEDAR project is to reinforce and extend the NEMLAR network and to create a cooperation roadmap for Human Language Technologies for Arabic. It is expected that the cooperation roadmap will attract wide attention from other parties and that it can help create a larger platform for collaborative projects. Finally, the project will focus on dissemination of knowledge about existing resources and tools, as well as actors and activities; this will happen through newsletter, website and an international conference which will follow up on the Cairo conference of 2004. Dissemination to user communities will also be important, e.g. through participation in translators' conferences. The goal of these activities is to create a stronger and lasting collaboration between EU countries and Arabic speaking countries.
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Type: Conference Paper
Appears in Collections:Department of Electrical Engineering

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