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A System for Uniform and Multilingual Access to Structured Database and Web Information in a Tourism Domain

Feiyu Xu; Klaus Netter; Holger Stenzhorn
In: Proceedings of the 38th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics. Demo Session (ACL'00), October 3-6. Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), 2000.


We present an information system, which was developed within the project MIETTA (Multilingual Information Extraction for Tourism and Travel Assistance), a project in the Language Engineering Sector of the Telematics Application Program of the European Commission. MIETTA facilitates multilingual information access in a number of languages (English, Finnish, French, German, Italian) to the tourist information (web documents and database information) provided by three different geographical regions: the German federal state of Saarland, the Finnish region around Turku and the Italian City of Rome. The challenge of the approach is to merge the technologies of crosslingual information retrieval (Jamie Carbonell et al, 1997) and natural language processing to achieve the following goals: · Provide full access to all information independent of the language the information was originally encoded in and independent of the query language; · Provide transparent natural language access to structured database information; · Provide hybrid and flexible query options to enable users to obtain maximally precise information.

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