Multi-Lingual and Multi-Cultural Aspects of Post-Disaster Emergency Communication: The LinguaNet® Experience

Henrik Selsøe Sørensen

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    LinguaNet® is a system for fast multi-lingual communications between police forces co-operating across frontiers. It has been in operation for more than two decades and proved its worth. From 1995 to 1998, CBS developed a number of add-ons to the system in the framework of an EU project in order to improve the multi-lingual and multi-cultural efficiency of the system. Three of these, namely multi-lingual casualty registration, cross-cultural ontology work, and a method for handling ontological discrepancies when country-specific data elements clash, are reported in this paper as examples. Given recent technological advances and the upcoming of social media as well as intelligent and instant big-data analyses since the reported research was carried out, it is suggested that the original ideas be revisited and re-engineered in view of improving efficiency in cross-frontier post-disaster emergency situations, where speed, robustness and reliability with respect to very divergent user profiles is a sine qua non.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationWorkshop Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC'14): DIMPLE : DIsaster Management and Principled Large-scale Information Extraction
    EditorsKhurshid Ahmad, Carl Vogel
    Place of Publicationwww
    PublisherEuropean Language Resources Association
    Publication date2014
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    EventThe 9th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation. LREC 2014 - Reykjavik, Iceland
    Duration: 26 May 201431 May 2014
    Conference number: 9


    ConferenceThe 9th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation. LREC 2014
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