LRC launches Localisation Tools and
Technologies Distribution (19 April 2006)
The Localisation Research Centre (LRC) at the University of Limerick announces
the release of the LOTS Satellite Distribution, a unique collection of
localisation tools and technologies from six leading developers worth tens of
thousands of Euro, which will be distributed to selected Partner Universities by
the LRC free-of-charge. Full details can be found
Localisation Research Centre — Malaysia (19 April 2006)
The leading Malaysian University, the Universiti Malaysia Sarawak at Kuching
(UNIMAS), and the University of Limerick’s Localisation Research Centre (LRC)
establish closer links between the two institutions to promote
internationalisation and localisation–related research and teaching. Full
details can be found
Free Toolkit for Syntax-driven
Statistical Machine Translation (29 November 2005)
The 2005 JHU Language Engineering Workshop has released a free toolkit for syntax-driven statistical machine translation
(SMT), which is also known as 'translation by parsing'. The GenPar Toolkit is intended to serve as a springboard
for research. Its modular design makes it also useful for educational purposes.
- User, system, and design documentation
- Flexibility -- it is dynamically configurable via nested config files
- Intuitive, object-oriented design, making it easy to modify and extend
- Complete validation suite
- Fully integrated prototype SMT systems for 3 language pairs
These prototypes are certainly not state-of-the-art (yet). However, they are
complete, in the sense that no additional software is required to build an MT system,
apply it to new input, and automatically evaluate the results. These prototypes can also serve as blueprints/templates for
other language pairs.
GenPar is downloadable from here.
The accompanying 'MTV' tool for visualising tree-structured alignments is downloadable from
A report outlining the context in which these tools were created is available here.
Researchers at several institutions are actively developing GenPar and MTV. We welcome inquiries from potential contributors and
collaborators. Of course, we also welcome feedback from users.
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GILC Call for Papers (18 October 2005)
There will be a GILC panel presentation at the 2nd
Conference of the International Association for Translation and Intercultural
Studies which takes place at the University of the Western Cape, South
Africa from 12-14 July 2006. The organisers of this panel invite papers which
relate to or report on any one of the following issues:
- Development of ICT systems able to work in all major languages, with
encodings and rendering engines for their writing systems and freely
available software and fonts to support their use;
- Activities of working groups which are actively adding new languages to those for which computers have already been enabled;
- Local human activities in all their diversity, which are being supported by appropriate software and information technologies.
Abstracts (maximum 300 words, in English) for 30 minute papers (including 10 minutes' discussion time) can be sent:
Localisation Research Centre (LRC)
University of Limerick
Tel: ++353 (0)61 202881
- extended deadline for submitting abstracts: November 30th 2005.
- Notification of acceptance of abstracts: January 15th 2006.
for full details on this special panel call for papers
GILC to be launched in Latin America (01 October 2005)
There will be a session at LISE Brasil
2005, which runs from 10-11 November 2005, to launch the GILC initiative in Latin America.
Official Launch of GILC (13-14 September 2005)
GILC officially launched at the
Conference in Limerick, Ireland - culminating in the signing of The
GILC.info launches (31 March 2005)
GILC.info, the official website for GILC was launched today. Aimed at helping local computing globally, the site aims to keep visitors apprised of the latest activities of the Global Initiative for Local Computing (GILC).
The Global Initiative for Local Computing (GILC) will be officially launched in September 2005.
Its aims are to work with appropriate organisations and individuals around the world to ensure that all people have access to computers and information technologies
- in their preferred language and adhering to their favoured cultural practices.
The GILC office is based at the Localisation Research Centre (LRC) at the University of Limerick.