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The Language Technologies for Lifelong Learning (LTfLL) project is developing a set of next-generation services to support users during the lifelong learning process. These services are offered for integration in existing learning environments.
The target groups in the organisational point of view are:
Clients of learning organisations,
namely schools, school networks, higher education institutions, training providers and Human Resource companies and departments. Learning organisations can offer the LTfLL services as tools supporting their client services. Social Networking Media can also play a role in reaching individual lifelong learners not connected to any learning organisations. The LTfLL services can also be provided as part of functionality on social networking media to give learners the tools to enhance their learning experience from this media.
All these organisations will depend on some internal support for the set-up and maintenance of the services, but also on some essential business-to-business cooperation to be able to offer these services to a wider public. The companies in an LTfLL ecosystem are:
Content and service providers:
the LTfLL services build on underlying general language and domain-specific corpora and ontologies. A widespread sustained exploitation of these and other NLP-based services needs commercial providers of this type of databases. Possible candidates are (academic and public) libraries, library networks, publishing houses, etc. Also, social networking media can be interested in offering these services to their clients directly, as tools for clients to gain more value from their networks.
Consumer functionality developers and developer networks:
the LTfLL services in their current shape are prototypes that offer functionality for one domain. Exploitation will require some development to make these services ready for a consumer market. Also, some further development will be needed to extend functionality to other domains, or even investigate new NLP-based functionality. Considering this, developers in developing communities and software companies and SME’s specialising in NLP-based applications will be targeted.
the LTfLL services are designed to offer functionality through widgets. The integration of these widgets into customer environments may require some customisation in look-and-feel. For this, developers of customer environments and technical support staff at learning organisations may be required.