The Expert Advisory Group on Language Engineering Standards (EAGLES) is an initiative of the European Commission, within DG XIII Linguistic Research and Engineering programme, which aims to accelerate the provision of standards for:
- Very large-scale language resources (such as text corpora, computational lexicons and speech corpora);
- Means of manipulating such knowledge, via computational linguistic formalisms, mark up languages and various software tools;
- Means of assessing and evaluating resources, tools and products.
Numerous well-known companies, research centres, universities and professional bodies across the European Union are collaborating under the aegis of EC DGXIII to produce the EAGLES Guidelines which set out recommendations for de facto standards and for good practice in the above areas of language engineering.
The work towards common specifications is carried out by five working groups:
- Text Corpora
- Computational Lexicons
- Grammar Formalisms
- Spoken Language
These are concerned with firstly establishing common methodologies for the five areas of concern within EAGLES, in order to subsequently arrive at de facto standards.
Consorzio Pisa Ricerche, Pisa, IT (co-ordinator), DFKI Saarbrücken, DE, University of Edinburgh, SC, Universität Stuttgart, DE, UMIST Manchester, UK, Instituto Cervantes, Madrid, ES, GSI-ERLI, Paris, FR, Center for Sprogteknologi, Copenhagen, DK, Vocalis Ltd, Great Shelford, UK