Job: 2 open positions for Arabic speakers to work on news analysis

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at LIPN.UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Fri Feb 8 19:48:15 UTC 2008

Date: Wed, 06 Feb 2008 15:46:12 +0100
From: Ralf Steinberger <ralf.steinberger at>
Message-id: <01ef01c868cf$05060a20$d947bf8b at IPSC.TLD>

Apologies for multiple postings!


The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Ispra,
Northern Italy, is looking for two native Arabic speakers with basic
IT skills to adapt its public news aggregation and analysis web
portals to Arabic.  Applicants should be available for a minimum of
three months, better more.


One position is an internship position, the other person would work
for an external IT service provider. Both persons would work out of
the offices of the JRC.


Location:         Ispra, at the Lago Maggiore in Italy, 60 km West of

Host:             European Commission - Joint Research Centre (JRC)

Starting date:    April 2008 or later;

Duration:         3 to 12 months;

Position 1:       traineeship / internship / stage / Praktikum /

Remuneration 1:   963 Euro per month + travel allowance;

Position 2:       contractor;

Remuneration 2:   ca. 100 Euro per working day, after taxes;

Working language: English;

Activity:         Web Technology, Language Technology; many other
                  subject areas

URL:    ,

Deadline:         To be filled as soon as possible.

Contact:          Erik.Van-der-Goot at


The JRC has developed and is running several public news aggregation
and analysis web portals (see and
provides a number of services to a wide range of international
customers. Arabic is one of the 35 languages currently covered, but no
user interfaces are currently provided for this language and tools
should be further tuned to this language. Tasks include:


- Translate interface menus;

- Translate, optimise and test Boolean search expressions for text

- Identify more Arabic language news sources;

- Help write the XSLT conversion programs that extract the news texts
  from the raw web pages;

- Provide linguistic resources for information extraction programs
  (persons, organisations, locations, quotations, relations, events)


Applicants must have the following qualifications:


- Required: Arabic native speaker competence;

- Required: good knowledge of read, written and spoken English;

- Required: Sensitivity for language, knowledge of regional

- Required: Basic IT skills, XML;

- Beneficial: further IT skills, web technology, HTML, XSLT, Java,
  Perl, Oracle, etc.;

- Beneficial: knowledge of further natural languages;


The JRC's news aggregation and analysis applications contribute added
value to the world of the written media:


- Unbiased reporting by aggregating news from multiple sources in many

- Transparency: users see the viewpoints of the others, even across

- Live information: updated every ten minutes;

- Multilingual: between 19 and 35 languages are covered;

- Cross-lingual information access;

- Aggregation of information from multiple documents and from many


For more information on traineeships, cost of living, location, etc.,




Ralf Steinberger (Ralf.Steinberger at

European Commission - Joint Research Centre (JRC)
IPSC - SeS - Language Technology 
URL: Applications:
URL: The science behind them:

JRC-Acquis Multilingual Parallel Corpus (Version 3)

* Freely available for research purposes.

* 22 languages: Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, German, Greek, English,
  Spanish, Estonian, Finnish, French, Hungarian, Italian, Lithuanian,
  Latvian, Maltese, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak,
  Slovene and Swedish.

* Altogether over 1 Billion words.

* Sentence alignment for 231 language pairs.

* For more information and download, see


DGT-Translation Memory

* Freely available for research purposes.

* Aligned translation units for 231 language pairs.

* Alignment manually verified.

* For more information and download, see


The JRC's Language Technology group specialises in the development of
highly multilingual text analysis tools and in cross-lingual
applications. Many applications are accessible online, e.g.:

* NewsExplorer: multilingual news
  aggregation and analysis (19 languages); allows to navigate the news
  over time and across languages; trend analysis; collects information
  about people from the news; social network detection.

* NewsBrief: breaking news detection and display
  of the very latest thematic news from around the world; email
  alerting (22+ languages).

* MedISys Medical Information System: latest
  health-related news from around the world according to themes and
  diseases (22+ languages).

* EMM-Labs : Latest developments; social
  networks; live people-in-the-news; country and theme fact sheets;
  maps showing violent events world-wide.

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