Language technologies and technical communication opportunities in FP5

Language technologies and technical communication opportunities in FP5

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Lancluacre U U U technical communication Opportunities in FP5 by Rose Lockwood The diversity of languages is one of the main barriers to international trade and a cause of relative isolation for parts of the population. Retaining and supporting this diversity is a determining factor for social and political cohesion within the European Union. European support in the field of language engineering will help to realise and exploit fully the potential of language technologies. ey market and technology trends will have a significant impact on the future of technical communication, particularly in the business , context. Information intensity will increase dramatically across many more industries, particularly as companies consolidate their internal and external publishing efforts on Web platforms via the Internet and intranets. This will intensify the trend toward multi- platform publishing in businesses of many types, and will demand a much higher level of engineering for documents and corporate digital knowledge resources. In the course of these developments, language technology (LT) will be integrated into all phases of the infocycle. Core infocycle tools include (Fig. 1): terminology management, for control over use of language at all stages of the infocycle authoring and author memory, introducing discipline into the creation of information, and reducing redundant re-authoring translation memory, for near-complete leveraging of existing multilingual material machine translation, for fully automated translation- possible as a result of using other core tools. Tools which are co-ordinated with these core technologies to implement the infocycle include: documentNVeb repositories, for versioning and multi- lingual alignment of information elements document management to control the use of informa- tion elements multi-platform publishing tools to generate info for different delivery platforms, formats, audiences, environments information retrieval engines to improve accessibility of digital information comprehension aids to assist in multilingual access. Technical cornrnunications-predictions Language technology will become core technology, embedded within standard applications and services of all types. NLP and speech applications will converge, and multi- modality will be a normal part of the information society/digital economy. Authors and linguists will become technologists, making a key contribution to the creation, main- tenance and management of information resources. EUROMAP project The European Union lays great stress on the role that language plays in the social, cultural, business and political life of Europe. As Europe faces profound change resulting from the emergence of the information society, and the enlargement of the Union, language issues are becoming even more important (Fig. 2). Europe has had an active programme of research and
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