Home News Call for Participation in the Project MIR

Call for Participation in the Project MIR

E-mail Print PDF
The UNDL Foundation is seeking students, translators, interpreters and language specialists to join the global effort of creating language resources for the UNL Programme. Selected candidates will be accredited to work as freelancers in providing dictionary entries for the project MIR in 10 different languages.

Tasks are distributed upon availability and will be carried out in a distance-working environment through a specific web interface. Candidates are not required to have any previous experience in natural language processing but are expected to have some acquaintance with descriptive Linguistics and a good knowledge of English. Undergraduate students of Language Studies and Translation Studies from all over the world are especially welcomed.

Sponsored project and languages

The UNDL Foundation will remunerate entries created for the project UNL MIR for the following languages:

  • Chinese (Standard Mandarin in Simplified Chinese)
  • French
  • French Sign Language
  • German
  • Hindi
  • Japanese
  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Swahili

Entries will be paid through the PayPal system according to the rates indicated below.

Entries created for other projects and for other languages are not being remunerated for the moment but are equally welcomed, as new languages and projects may be granted in the future. In any case, the UNDL Foundation will issue a certificate of participation for anyone who achieve at least 1,000 UNLdots in the period of three months from the date of enrolment, regardless of the language or the project.

Due to special funds, Arabic, Armenian and English have also been addressed, but are not being remunerated by the UNLdots system.

The UNL MIR project aims at creating a core dictionary to be used in natural language processing.


Candidates must register in VALERIE, the UNL Virtual Learning Environment, and pursue the CLEA certificate. CLEA is a free certification in language description that introduces some of the UNDLF standards for language engineering. Approved candidates will be accredited to work within the UNLarium, a database management system used to provide dictionary entries for projects hosted by the UNDLF.


UNLdot is a unit of time and complexity for measuring the effort spent in performing UNLarium-related tasks. UNLdots are used not only for calculating how long it takes to create dictionary entries and grammar rules, but also to evaluate the expertise of a given contributor. For the time being, each new dictionary entry or grammar rule corresponds to 1 (one) UNLdot. The rates for UNLdots vary according to the expertise. The current values are the following:

A0 (below 5,000 UNLdots) USD 0.25
A1 (5,001 to 15,000 UNLdots) USD 0.50
A2 (15,000 to 30,000 UNLdots) USD 0.60
B1 (30,001 to 50,000 UNLdots) USD 0.70 
B2 (50,001 to 75,000 UNLdots) USD 0.80
C1 (75,001 to 100,000 UNLdots) USD 0.90
C2 (above 100,001 UNLdots) USD 1.00

Further information

For further information please contact:

Language Resources Manager
UNDL Foundation
48, route de Chancy, CH-1213, Petit-Lancy, Geneva, Switzerland
+41 22 879 8090
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


The UNDL Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Geneva, Switzerland, which has received, from the United Nations, the mandate for implementing the Universal Networking Language (UNL). The UNL is a knowledge representation language that has been used for several different tasks in natural language engineering, such as machine translation, multilingual document generation, summarization, information retrieval and semantic reasoning. It has been, since 1996, a unique initiative to reduce language barriers and strengthen cross-cultural communication in the framework of the UN.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 November 2011 13:42