Extending a Tool Resource Framework with U-Compare

  • Michael Rosner
  • Andrew Attard
  • Paul Thompson
  • Albert Gatt
  • Sophia Ananiadou
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8387)


This paper deals with the issue of two-way traffic between on the one hand, language resources that have been conceived from a local perspective, i.e. from within a local project or institution, and on the other, a shared framework conceived from a global perspective that supplies such resources for local re-use or enhancement. We believe that a key enabler to such traffic is the choice of an appropriate sharing platform, and here we illustrate the point with respect to a constellation of EU projects that is attempting to enhance the quality and scope of shared resources, and a local project that has some already-developed local functionality. The paper first introduces the underlying projects, then goes on to discuss the proposed platform (U-Compare) whose use is then illustrated for a small module developed for a local project.


Language resources Sharing Sharing platform 



The work described above has been carried out under the auspices of the METANET4U project jointly funded by the EU (grant number 270893) and the Universities of Malta and Manchester.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Rosner
    • 1
  • Andrew Attard
    • 1
  • Paul Thompson
    • 2
  • Albert Gatt
    • 1
  • Sophia Ananiadou
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of ICSUniversity of MaltaMsidaMalta
  2. 2.School of Computer ScienceUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUK

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