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Erhong Yang, Beijing Language and Culture University, addresses the LDC Institute on Monday November 20, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at LDC's Philadelphia headquarters, 3600 Market Street, Suite 810. The topic of the session is “Introduction to Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Language Resources (ACLR): Objective, Mission, and Projects,”

The Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Language Resources (ACLR) is a scientific research institution funded by the Beijing Municipal Education Commission. In this talk, Professor Yang reviews the Center’s objectives and mission, some language resources projects, and future work. This includes three programs -- Language Resources Bank, Language and Culture Museum, and Language Processing Service.  Language resources are represented by eight projects, grouped into three categories: language resources specifically to preserve world languages and display culture, resources for language teaching and technology research, and field-oriented or task-oriented language resources. The Center builds language resources from the aspects of resource protection, cultural inheritance and information processing. In the future, ACLR will conduct research on language processing with low resource languages, develop standards or specifications for language resource construction, and carry out evaluations on language resource applications.

The LDC Institute is a seminar series on issues broadly related to linguistics, computer science, natural language processing and human language technology development. For Information about past presentations, visit the LDC Institute page.

Web pages about data management plans (DMPs) describe the Consortium’s capabilities to develop and implement project specific proposals. To satisfy requirements from funders like the National Science Foundation (NSF) that researchers deposit data in an accessible, trustworthy repository, LDC provides archiving services and makes data publicly available at a reasonable cost while protecting intellectual property rights and privacy concerns.

Browse the pages to learn more about the advantages of data center distribution, the details of NSF DMP requirements and the infrastructures and processes LDC has in place for storing and distributing resources over the long-term. 

 

We've revamped our user services to make it easier than ever to access LDC data. Now you can become an LDC member, request corpora, sign agreements and submit payment online directly from your LDC user account.

You’ll receive email notifications of key points in the transaction, when for instance, an order is created, agreements are signed, payment is received and data is shipped. You can also track the status of a transaction from your user account. 

Visit the new Managing Your LDC Account page to learn more about user accounts and their privileges and the steps for online transactions.

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Podcasts from the complete set of staff interviews conducted as part of LDC's 20th Anniversary can be accessed from the LDC Blog. Hear what long-time staffers had to say about their experiences at LDC.

Christopher Cieri, Executive Director -- Chris reflects on the road that brought him to LDC, some of his early responsibilities and Consortium activities. 

Mohamed Maamouri, Senior Researcher -- Mohamed recounts his personal and professional experiences and comments on Arabic resource development at LDC.

David Graff, Lead Programmer -- Dave was one of LDC's first staff members and offers some insights on LDC's early days.

Yiwola Awoyale, Moussa Bamba, Researchers -- Yiwola and Moussa discuss how they came to LDC, their work on West African langauges and how it benefits multiple communities.

Natalia Bragilveskaya, Business Manager; Ilya Ahtaridis, Membership Coordinator; Marian Reed, Marketing Coordinator -- Natalia, Ilya and Marian recall the early days of LDC and the development of its interactions with the University of Pennsylvania, sponsors, members, licensees and collaborators.