ERCIM Workshop Proceedings - No. 97-W003



Cross-Language Information Retrieval

Zurich , 5-7 March 1997

ISBN 2-912335-02-7


 Title  Author(s)  Formats *
Introduction Paraic Sheridan - ETH Zurich       html
Cross-Language Text Retrieval Research in the USA Douglas W. Oard - University of Maryland ps.gz pdf    
MULINEX: Multilingual Indexing, Navigation and Editing Extensions for the World-Wide Web Gregor Erbach, Günter Neumann and Hans Uszkoreit - DFKI GmbH, Saarbrücken ps.gz pdf    
Automatic Term Recognition using Contextual Cues Katerina Frantzi and Sophia Ananiadou - Manchester Metropolitan University ps.gz pdf    
A Natural Language Approach to Multi-Word Term Conflation Judith Klavans, Columbia University; Christian Jacquemin IRIN, IUT de Nantes and Evelyne Tzoukermann, Bell Laboratories ps.gz pdf    
The EU Projecct 'Twenty-One' and Cross-Language IR Wessel Kraaij - TNO Delft ps.gz pdf    
The ILIAD Project: Analysing Information using Informetrics Techniques and Natural Language Processing Yannick Toussaint and Nicolas Capponi - INRIA & CRIN/CNRS ps.gz pdf    
A Contrastive Indexing Method and its Integration in Aquarelle Folders Patrice Bonhomme and Laurent Romary - INRIA & CRIN/CNRS ps.gz pdf    
Cross-Language Multi-Media Information Retrieval Páraic Sheridan and Peter Schäuble - ETH Zurich ps.gz pdf    
Using Linguistic Tools and Resources in Cross-Language Retrieval Carol Peters, IEI-CNR and Eugenio Picchi, ILC-CNR ps.gz pdf rtf  
EuroWordNet: A Multilingual Database for Information Retrieval Piek Vossen - Universiteit van Amsterdam ps.gz pdf rtf  




One of the great benefits of digital libraries is the ability to make information available to a wide audience without geographic constraints. As large-scale digital libraries contribute to the dismantling of the geographic barriers to information access however, the barrier raised by language considerations becomes apparent. In order to make information available to the widest possible audience, this language barrier must also be tackled. This workshop, the third in the DELOS series, therefore addressed issues related to multilingual access to digital information repositories.

The DELOS working group is funded by the ESPRIT Long Term Research Programme and has been promoted by ERCIM with the objective of supporting research in areas related to digital libraries. In particular the DELOS objectives are (i) to stimulate research activities in areas which are relevant for the efficient and cost-effective development of digital library systems, (ii) to encourage collaboration between research teams working in the field of digital libraries and (iii) to establish links with on-going projects and activities in the field of digital libraries in industry and other public and private institutions.

The third workshop was held in Zurich, Switzerland, March 5th-7th 1997 and was attended by 27 participants representing 9 different European contries, as well as invited participants from the United States and Korea who helped to broaden the discussions beyond the European perspective. Apart from the geographical diversity of the participants, backgrounds in Information Retrieval, Computational Linguistics, Lexicography, Controlled Vocabulary Thesauri, and Internet Technology, also helped to bring many different perspectives to the discussions of the work presented.

Presentations covered topics such as automatic term recognition and conflation, the use of linguistic tools in cross-language retrieval, cross-language retrieval of multimedia objects, project reports of several large European projects addressing issues of multilinguality, emerging standards for supporting multilingual information on the Worldwide Web, specific problems of processing Asian and non-roman alphabet languages and an overview of relevant research in the United States. Ten of the fourteen presentations are presented in these proceedings as short papers.

We take this opportunity to thank the participants of the workshop, and especially those who made presentations, for the many interesting discussion that took place and for making the workshop such a success. We also thank the ERCIM office for their valuable contribution to the organisation of the workshop and the publication of these proceedings.

Páraic Sheridan
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH)
Zurich, Switzerland

The DELOS Working Group is a part of the ESPRIT Long Term Research Programme (LTR No. 21057) and is managed by ERCIM (European Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics)

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