Working Group III on Educational Materials and Tools

Report from the Prague meeting, March 17-19, 2000

Coordinator: Koenraad de Smedt

Subgroup coordinators:


Working group members:

funding name site e-mail previous
ACO Koenraad de Smedt Bergen - Norway desmedt@uib.no CL
ACO Bill Black Manchester - UK bill@ccl.umist.ac.uk CL
ACO Felisa Verdejo Madrid - Spain felisa@ieec.uned.es CL
ACO Julio Gonzalo Madrid - Spain julio@ieec.uned.es CL
ACO Joakim Nivre Göteborg/Växjö - Sweden nivre@masda.vxu.se CL
ACO Gosse Bouma  Groningen - Netherlands gosse@let.rug.nl CL
ACO Antal van den Bosch (not in Praha) Tilburg - Netherlands Antal.vdnBosch@kub.nl CL
ACO Arvi Hurskainen  Helsinki - Finland arvi.hurskainen@helsinki.fi NEL
none Karel Pala Brno - Czech Republic pala@informatics.muni.cz (CL)
none Ivan Kopecek Brno - Czech Republic kopecek@informatics.muni.cz (CL)
ACO Petr Zemánek Praha - Czech Rep. petr.zemanek@ff.cuni.cz NEL
ACO Jacques Souillot Paris - France jacques.souillot@inalco.fr NEL
SCS Eva Wigforss Lund - Sweden eva.wigforss@logopedi.lu.se SLT
SCS Matti Lehtihalmes Oulu - Finland mlehtiha@sun3.oulu.fi SLT
SCS Mick Perkins Sheffield - UK m.perkins@sheffield.ac.uk (SLT)
SCS Mike McTear Belfast - Northern Ireland mf.mctear@ulst.ac.uk SLE
SCS Bojan Petek Ljubljana - Slovenia Bojan.Petek@Uni-Lj.si SLE
SCS Marian Boldea (not coming to Praha) Timisoara - Romania marian.boldea@lia.univ-avignon.fr, SLE
none Noam Amir Holon - Israel  noamoto@wine.cteh.ac.il (SLE)
SCS Ole Bernsen Odense - Danmark nob@nis.sdu.dk SLE
SCS Ruediger Hoffmann Dresden - Germany kom@eakss2.et.tu-dresden.de SLE
SCS James Monaghan Herfordshire - UK J.Monaghan@herts.ac.uk (sle)
SCS Tom Brondsted Aalborg - DK tb@cpk.auc.dk (sle)
SCS Francesco Cutugno Napels - Italy cutugno@unina.it PHON
? Mercedes Cabrera-Abreu Las Palma - Spain mercedes@adv.es PHON
SCS Geta Ciobanu Timisoara - Romania gciobanu@dsplabs.utt.ro PHON
SCS Maciej Karpinski Poznan - Poland maciejk@main.amu.edu.pl PHON
SCS Maria Luisa Garcia Lecumberti Vitoria - Spain fipgalem@vc.ehu.es PHON
SCS Valerie Hazan London - UK val@phonetics.ucl.ac.uk PHON


Providing information on various kinds of materials for education and training available in electronic form. This information will be provided by means of a searchable and extensible database.

Material types

The following types of materials are considered for inclusion in the database:

Material descriptions

These materials will be listed in a database that is browsable and searchable on the web. Suggestion for database fields for each item: Not all fields are obligatory, e.g. illustration is optional.  Unless a field has free text, consensus must be reached on a set of keywords (e.g. avoid that one entry has "multiple choice ex." while the other has "MC exercises"), although the list of keywords must be dynamically extensible. Translations of the keywords and fields to different languages will be considered. For every field, there will be help and suggestions or examples. There must be room for feedback on desired new fields.

Data collection

Proposal for initial data collection: the initial database is filled with descriptions of some relevant materials collected by the subject expert groups for the different fields. By way of testing, at least some materials will be coded separately by different people and the resulting entries will be compared.

Proposal for self-sustainability: authors (i.e. anybody, in practice) must be able to register their materials themselves. Entry by authors is preferable to entry by others. There will be no limitation to Europe.

Proposal for comments: users must be able to enter user comments. Comments must be signed. There will be no rating system. There will be no requirement to log in or register before accessing the database or giving comments.


The database must be searchable/browsable in different ways.
  1. Basic search/browsing is by choosing one or more types (from a menu), one or more content keywords (from a keyword list, either alphabetical or hierarchical), and/or one or more subject fields (from a menu). The resulting list of results can be browsed or further restricted.
  2. Advanced search is by placing restrictions on any number of fields.  This search mask will be basically similar to the data entry mask.
  3. Free text search is by searching all fields with keywords (easy but not very reliable)

Inventory of computational resources

Further work

We must establish a web site and an email list for coordinating further work.  This will mainly be the responsibility of the WG coordinator.  A prototype data entry mask will be made, possibly based on an XML skeleton.

The subgroup coordinators will be responsible for making sure that example codings are established for some materials within their field of expertise. They will further divide work within their subgroups and may in some later stage also contact the authors of materials in order to stimulate them to do data entry themselves.

P.S. The following task has been transferred to the supervision of WG I.

General pedagogical and technical considerations

There will be a synthesis of earlier formulated pedagogical considerations for building and using these resources (CAL group, SCS Book 1, chapter 5; Book 2, chapter 6, Book 3, chapter 5; ACO*HUM Book, chapters 4 and 5; and other material).