Kansai University Kubota and Kurokami Lab. Support Team
Today, numerous communities participate in international activities. The key to the success of these activities is that people all over the world can communicate in words or exchange information. However, there are often communication problems because the official language of the community is not the first language of the participants.
Kubota and Kurokami laboratory, Graduate School of Informatics, Kansai University, researches curricula that adopt information and communication technology (ICT). Curricula often face language problems when exchange studies are done involving people who speak different languages. Moreover, communicating through pictures is often needed in exchange studies, but there are very few tools available that support exchanges of pictures. Some tools have been developed for promoting smoother communication through pictures, but these are not very effective in overcoming the language barrier.
We support exchange studies between foreign countries using a collaboration tool called "Multilingual NOTA." Multilingual NOTA is based on the existing collaboration tool "NOTA" in combination with language resources or linguistic services of the Language Grid. NOTA allows participants to easily upload files and draw pictures. We hope that Multilingual NOTA will enable participants in these activities to use their first languages and pictures while communicating more actively with speakers of other languages.
SIG (Special Interest Group)