SOCRATES THEMATIC NETWORK PROJECTS
SPEECH COMMUNICATION SCIENCES &
ADVANCED COMPUTING IN THE HUMANITIES
Co-operation in the framework of a 4th dissemination year
(Nov 1, 1999 - Nov 1, 2000)
Working group 5: Promotion and Facilities
Working group members:
This component relates to the general promotion of language and speech
research and technology. For the technology part it may heavily rely on
what's developed in the general ELSNET pages. The goal of this component
is to answer (at least) the following questions:
Two major audiences for such promotion are students (see also Student Awareness
Plan, WG IV) and companies wishing to use NL&Speech technologies and
therefore wishing to attract graduates as employees. These target
groups may need quite different presentations.
what is language and speech technology / phonetics / SLT about?
what is it good for, both at the society level and the very practical level,
why is it difficult?
why is it interesting?
where to get more information?
The working group should reflect on how the JEWELS site can be made
known and should make plans for presenting quality information in an attractive
way. Secondly, how can we stimulate interest in the field of language
and speech in general by tailoring the presentations to the specific
target groups? The latter is also the terrain of HLT Central. Demonstrations
can be found at the Linglink site http://www.linglink.lu/hlt/showcase/.
Visions on future of education (by
It is suggested that experts be invited to present personal views on future
developments on the JEWELS site. These views could for instance be a detailed
outline of an ideal curriculum in language and speech technology, or an
infrastructure that could help the trainers to adequately respond to needs
emerging in research and in industry (the reactive variant), or it could
even be more proactive in that it would be an infrastructure that would
allow us to have the right level of competence ready at the very moment
when it is needed.
It is suggested that new visions be published every three months. Regular
contributions could be an interesting incentive for the public to visit
the JEWELS website.
Facilities for education and training
The WG should collect and provide information on additional facilities
not explicitly covered by other working groups:
a dynamic searchable database for traineeships should be established, with
announcements of offers and requests. A structure for this database
should be outlined in terms of required fields (such as: name, contact,
topic, platforms, location, expiration date of offer, etc.). Requirements
for easy public entry of offers and requests into the database should be
grants and scholarships (this could also be a dynamic database with public
student exchange offers
description of EU, national, regional and local support programmes, including
advice as how to enter these programmes (this may need a bit more descriptive
guide to international infrastructures (e.g. professional organisations,