Congreso, coloquio o simposioInfoling 1.32 (2014)

Título:Summer School "Coding for Language Communites" (CLC 2014)
Entidad organizadora:CIDLeS - Interdisciplinary Centre for Social and Language Documentation
Lugar de celebración:Minde, Portugal
Fecha de inicio:11 de agosto de 2014
Fecha de finalización:15 de agosto de 2014
Circular Nº:1
Contacto:Vera Ferreira,
DescripciónThere are currently around 7.000 languages spoken all over the world - but each month a language dies. In general we see a strong tendency to learn and use only the major languages such as English, German, French, etc., especially in electronic communication. This is partly caused by the lack of hardware (e.g. keyboards) and software (for transliteration, text completion, etc.) for under-resourced languages, which constrain the natural usage of people's own language in many tasks. The Summer School "Coding for Language Communities" is about ongoing research and development to turn that process in exactly the other direction: every successful technology can also be used to teach, revitalize and therefore boost the use of regional languages. This technology should also assist the renewal of local languages and cultures by allowing people to actively teach, learn, extend, and spread their language in their community. Our aim is to give people the ability to use their mother tongue in everyday electronic communication, no matter where they are or what language they speak.

The Summer School "Coding for Language Communites" aims to bring together three groups:
- Speakers of languages that are currently not supported by language technologies and that want to use their language on electronic devices;
- Students of linguistics and language-related disciplines interested in learning about software development;
- Software developers and students of computational sciences that are interested in supporting under-resourced languages by technological means.

During an exciting and exhausting week we will work together to develop new software and tools for under-resourced languages. We will create five interdisciplinary teams to tackle real-world problems in ongoing or new open source projects. Each team will consist of five members, with at least one participant of each of the groups mentioned above. Each team will have an expert as mentor to guide and supervise the progress, in addition to three senior software developers that will be available to support all the teams in the implementation of the solution. At the end of the week there will be prizes for the most creative solutions. Each day we start with a theoretical talk by one of the mentors, which complements the practical experience of developing language technologies as a team within an open source project.

This summer school is the first part of a larger event. There will be a second summer school the week after this one about Community-driven Language Documentation (CDLD 2014

Kevin Scannell (Saint Louis University, USA)
Bruce Birch (The Australian National University)
Dorothee Beermann ((Saint Louis University, Trondheim)
Peter Bouda (CIDLeS)
other mentors to be announced

Deadline for application is May 31st, 2014. The number of participants is limited to 25. Admission will be based on the track record and a motivational statement that is part of the application form.
Apply here:

The summer school costs 250 Euros for the whole week. The fee includes summer school materials, all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and a place to sleep.

We plan to provide scholarships for students to participate in the summer school. If possible, the scholarship will cover the fee of 250 Euros and travel costs up to 1.000 Euros. Describe in the application form why you need a scholarship.
Área temática:Lingüística computacional, Lingüística de corpus
ProgramaThe summer school will focus on the practical implementation of software that supports specific language communities. Therefore, a large part of the summer school will be reserved for working in teams together with the mentors and experienced software developers. On the first day we will create the teams and each team will discuss a project to implement during the week together with its mentor.

Each day will consist of two learning sessions in the morning and practical team work in the afternoon:

09h-11h: Theoretical talk by one of the mentors. Each mentor will focus on a specific issue in language technologies and how those technologies can be used to support under-resourced languages.
11h-13h: A workshop about practical software development. You will learn how open source software projects are organized, what tools are used by distributed teams and how programmers and non-programmers collaborate within the projects.
13h-14h: Lunch
14h-18h: Team work to implement the project
18h-19h: Dinner
19h- Evening activities, free time or more team work

The topics of the learning sessions will be announced soon!
Comité organizadorVera Ferreira (CIDLeS)
Peter Bouda (CIDLeS)
Rita Pedro (CIDLeS)
Felix Rau (University of Cologne)
Kevin Scannell (Saint Louis University)
Dorothee Beermann (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
Eva Schinzel (CIDLeS)
Lengua(s) oficial(es) del evento:English

Fecha de publicación en Infoling:15 de enero de 2014
Vera Ferreira
CIDLeS - Interdisciplinary Centre for Social and Language Documentation