Moodle, an acronym for “Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment”, is a free and open-source learning platform designed to provide educators, administrators and learners with a single robust, secure and integrated system to create personalized learning environments. It is a user-friendly tool which allows tutors to create, host and deliver courses, which can be enhanced with various functionalities and additional supporting material. A number of available functionalities also facilitate its usage by the learners who decide to participate in one of the courses hosted in a Moodle instance. During its about 10 years of existence, Moodle has more than 85,000 registered and verified sites all over the world, serving more than 7 million courses to more than 70 million learners.… Click to read the full post
As I have already mentioned in one of the previous blog posts, I have been working with educational metadata and digital educational repositories since 2009, when I first got involved in EU-funded projects as a member of the AUA (Agricultural University of Athens) team in the context of the Organic.Edunet eContentPlus project. Starting as a domain expert in organic agriculture, then as a metadata expert and a reviewer, I spent countless hours with the Organic.Edunet Confolio tool, the tool we used for the creation of metadata records for digital educational resources for organic agriculture and agroecology, as well as for other green topics.… Click to read the full post
The Organic.Lingua project was an ICT-PSP project which aimed to build on the Organic.Edunet Web portal and enhance it with a number of features, focusing on the availability of several multilinguality options. Of course, apart from that, there were several enhancements in various aspects of Organic.Edunet, from the metadata aggregation workflow (in order to support the new multilinguality features of metadata) and the evolution of the Organic.Edunet ontology to the re-engineering of the portal and the development/adaptation/integration of multilinguality components, like the Xerox Statistical Machine Translation component and the Cross-Language Information Retrieval (CLIR) one. From March 1st, 2011 to February 28th, 2014, the project partners worked collaboratively in order to achieve the goals set in the Description of Work of the project.… Click to read the full post
The Organic.Lingua project officially ended on 28/2/2014, after 36 months of effort towards re-engineering the Organic.Edunet Web portal and enhancing it with multilingual functionalities, among several other outcomes. A consortium bringing together language technology experts, domain and ontology experts, content providers, developers etc. worked towards the development and integration of automatic metadata translation functionalities in the Organic.Edunet Web portal and other tools, a multilingual metadata authoring tool, a revised ontology and metadata application profile and a well-defined sustainability and exploitation plan, just to name a few of the project’s outcomes.
The project’s 3rd (and final) review meeting took place between 28-30/4/2014 at Luxembourg.… Click to read the full post
A couple of weeks ago I received an invitation from the FAO AIMS team to make a presentation on the management of Knowledge Organization Systems (KOSs), as a part of a series of Webinars. Many people know how I feel when it comes to FAO: as a student of agricultural sciences I used to consider FAO as the centre of agricultural decision making and I still remember my recent visit to the FAO HQ in Rome (during the VOA3R 7th Project Meeting) which sent shivers down my spine each time I walked up and down the building.. I felt honoured to receive the invitation and could not refuse of course; I still have a crush on FAO!… Click to read the full post
Another user trial of the Organic.Lingua project took place a few days before the end of the project, on the 12th of February 2014, at the premises of the Agricultural University of Athens (AUA), kindly hosted by the Laboratory of Viticulture and organized by Agro-Know. The audience consisted of approximately 15 people, mostly post-graduate students of AUA as well as faculty of the laboratory; participation was not easy for anyone wishing to participate, as the exam period was ongoing during these days but the trial was already postponed once so this would be a last chance.
The approach followed was according to the guidelines developed by the Organic.Lingua project, consisting of a couple of introductory presentations and a hands-on session.… Click to read the full post
The Final Workshop of the Organic.Lingua project, titled “Using multilingual technologies in web portals – Challenges & Promises”, took place on Thursday, February 6th, 2014 between 15.30-18.30 (CET) at the premises of Città dell’Altra Economia (CAE) in Rome, Italy. It was co-organised by Agro-Know Technologies and University of Alcalá (UAH), both project partners of the Organic.Lingua project. The Agro-Know team was represented at the Workshop by Nikos Marianos.
- Multilingual information services in the area of agricultural data : the use case of AGRIS (Keynote Speech): Fabrizio Celli (FAO)
- Applying language technologies in agricultural online services: The case of Organic.Edunet: Salvador Sanchez-Alonso (UAH)
- Managing multilingual vocabularies and ontologies: Mauro Dragoni (FBK)
- A multilingual framework for transforming online services to truly multilingual: Giannis Stoitsis (UAH)
The workshop begun with a key note speech by Fabrizio Celli from FAO on “Multilingual information services in the area of agricultural data : the use case of AGRIS”.… Click to read the full post
Are you a researcher, a student, a teacher or a practitioner in the agricultural domain? Are you interested in language technologies and translation innovations? Have you visited the re-designed Organic.Edunet Web portal with its new multilingual services? Check it out now and help us improve by providing your feedback!
Organic.Edunet is an international portal that has been serving the Organic and Sustainable Agriculture community since 2009, bridging together a network of learning repositories and providing its users (such as pupils & students, teachers, etc.) with a significant volume of relevant educational resources on Organic Agriculture (OA) and Agroecology (AE).… Click to read the full post
Just about a month before the end of the Organic.Lingua project, the Final Workshop of the project will be held. More specifically, the Workshop will be titled “Using multilingual technologies in web portals – Challenges & Promises” and will take place on Thursday, February 6th, 2014 between 15.30-18.30 (CET) at the premises of Città dell’Altra Economia (CAE) in Rome, Italy. It will be co-organised by Agro-Know Technologies and University of Alcalá (UAH), both project partners of the Organic.Lingua project.
The aim of this Workshop will be to present the produced multilingual technologies & framework applied to transform the Organic.Edunet to a truly multilingual service, and their potential to be used in other online services.… Click to read the full post
The 7th (and final) project meeting of the Organic.Lingua project took place between 15-17 of January 2014 at the lovely premises of the newly built Library of Birmingham, hosted by BCU. Just one month before the end of the project, the consortium had an opportunity to meet for the last time and coordinate on the final details before the end of the project and the upcoming final review meeting (to be held in Luxembourg by the end of April 2014). The K-C team could not physically attend the meeting; however, Christoph and Dominik participated through Skype video calls when needed (focusing on the sessions on the UGC widget and recommendation service) and thanks to the facilities of the meeting room their participation was smooth.… Click to read the full post