News/Events – 2008

The Mongolian State University of Education will use Moodle for training

We are pleased to inform you that number of users of Mongolian version of Moodle is increasing as Mongolian State University of Education (MSUE) starts using it officially. The MSUE has 12 branch schools in Mongolia. The university administration has sent official request to us for using localized Moodle for their Distance Education needs at their branch colleges. Initial training on Moodle using our (PANdora I) training materials will be conducted for over 60 trainers at MSUE during 18-19 October 2008. It has also agreed that any further/future upgrade of localization by MSUE will be freely shared with public on www.elearning.mn portal site maintained by InfoCon and at Moodle’s official website. The localization of Moodle for Mongolian, Vietnamese and Sinhala language and development of 9 modules were carried within framework of PANdora I project.

International Development and Research Centre, Canada (IDRC) made scene about the current situation of Information and Technology in Mongolia

International Development and Research Center, initially set up internet connection in 1996 in Mongolia, has been contributing for developing of Information Technology and providing internet services for rural people during 12 years. The IDRC is one of the most important partner and contributor. The IDRC made short period scene about its activities conducted and current situation of the Information and Technology conducting in Mongolia. You can click here to see the scene. In addition, you can click HERE to obtain more information about projects conducted by the IDRC and our company.

Possibility to use Information and Technology through own native language

Currently, the inability to access to computers skillfully and to access to the information on computer network causes a lot of disadvantages. The opportunity in the information society is differentiated by the ability in accessing and expressing each own knowledge. The Internet connecting people dramatically changes the way we communicate with each other, i.e. computer to computer and human to computer. By means of computer and the Internet, many research and development projects have been continuously conducted to facilitate the interaction between human and computer in a natural and smart way. However, language as a communication tool that we can efficiently use to communicate and record our experiences. Many advanced countries have been spending a lot of attempts to enable their people to communicate with computers by their natural communication skills, mostly by their own mother tongue. To maintain the language diversity, we realize that the technology of digitizing and processing the natural language plays an important role.
Thai Computational Linguistics Laboratory of NICT Asia Research Center, NECTEC, Asian Language Resource Network of NUT and SIIT, who are in the forefront of the research in natural language processing(NLP), are cooperating in organizing a series of applied NLP lectures for enlarging the NLP expert community especially through the viable experiences. They call this training as the School of Asian Applied Natural Language Processing for Linguistics Diversity and Language Resource Development(ADD). The series of lectures delivered during this training covers the broad range of NLP research realized in many practical projects. Experts in the successful projects are invited to provide the fundamental theories and their implementations. Many systems and development tools are introduced in hands-on exercises aiming at future adoption of the technologies. And in the end of the school workshop is held. The workshop aims to bring together researchers in NLP and computational Linguistics, updating and exploring novel ideas on NLP. In other words, another interest of organizers is enlargement of the NLP expert community, collaboration, knowledge and resource sharing. Third school of ADD(ADD-3) was organized on title “Studies on Speech – Image Processing” from Feb 25 to Mar 3, 2008 in Bangkok. Two of us(one from MUST and another from MNU) attended ADD-3 representing Mongolia.
The primary participants/trainees in this school are researchers, developers, and integrators from Asian region who have a high potential to be a leader and to continue establishing R&D on this field in the country. Each course has a capacity of 30 participants. For each course, the project prepares some financial support to subsidize only 12 participants whom will be nominated from the institutional representatives of each country and will be selected by the program committee on profile basis. They appreciate the person who has good knowledge background of NLP, strong interest in NLP and language study, good computer programming skill, and strong willing to participate and make contribution in NLP implementation projects.