UNL: Text Generation for WWW Applications
Universal Networking Language
The UNL project is a large scale international cooperation with the goal to provide information on the internet in all national languages of the members of the United Nations. The United Nations University (UNU) in Tokyo which leads the project has developed a single representation language ``Universal Networking Language'' (UNL). Source language specific analysis components will automatically transfer texts into a UNL representation from which target language specific generation components can generate text in all languages. These generation components will be available as plug-ins for WWW-browsers. This approach reduces the enormous translation task to a one-time analysis into a UNL document and the subsequent utilization of a generator for the selected target language.

The UNL project is projected by the Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS) of the United Nations University for a duration of 10 years. The development of the language specific components is carried out in close cooperation with international research institutes, universities, governments, and industrial partners all over the world. IAI Saarbrücken and DFKI GmbH are contracted for the development of the German language-technology components. Due to its comprehensive competence in the area of natural language generation (TAG-GEN, EFFENDI, VM-GEN), DFKI GmbH is developing the generation component, IAI realizes the analysis component. Together they develop a large coverage lexicon with 100,000 entries which maps German word stems to the concepts and roles of the Universal Networking Language. This lexicon will serve as a common knowledge base for the German generation as well as analysis.

Sponsor IAI Saarbrücken (Dr. Jörg Schütz)
Principal Investigator Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wahlster
Partners among others: Ministry of Electronics Industry, China; GETA, University Joseph Fourier, France; CNR, University Pisa, Italy; Brazilian Research Network, Brazil
Duration first phase: 12 months, 12/96 - 11/97

German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence GmbH
Stuhlsatzenhausweg 3
66123 Saarbrücken
Contact Dr. Tilman Becker
Phone (+ 49 681) 302-5252
Fax (+ 49 681) 302-5341
E-Mail becker@dfki.de
WWW http://unl.ias.unu.edu

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