issues/op-eds

ISO 639-3 changes, four years on

About a year ago, in working on this paper, I attempted to do rough count of the affiliations of people submitting code change requests for the ISO 639-3 language codes.

Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CF21)

As described in a recently posted Dear Colleague letter, NSF has set up six task forces including NSF Program Officers and "distinguished members from the external science and engineering community" to "develop a long term vision" for a Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CF21).

A "data problem"

On Jan 8, Fritz Newmeyer gave a very interesting talk at the University of Washington about the lack of evidence for a particular parameter from Principles and Parameters theory.

LSA Data Sharing Resolution

At the recently concluded Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA) in Baltimore, the following resolution on Data Sharing was passed by those at the Business Meeting. It will soon be sent along to the whole membership of the Society for their vote. The resolution was put forth by the LSA's Technology Advisory Committee.

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About Cyberling

Advances in computing technology from the past few decades, including general communications technology like the world wide web as well as specific advances in computational linguistics, have opened the possibility of a cyberinfrastructure for linguistics that will advance the field by allowing linguists to analyze and test hypotheses against much larger data sets, collaborate with more people across greater distances, and as a result ask questions not previously answerable.

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