Multilingual and Multimedia Tool on Environment, Town and Country Planning, Building and Architecture
In 1995, 5 institutions from different European Countries founded the URBANDATA Association, with the aims to spread scientific, technical and cultural information on urban planning, transport, environment, architecture and building; to develop common products and facilities; to promote exchanges between national, European and international institutions and to develop other co-operative action on related matters.
URBANDATA members produce 10 bibliographic databases, distributed both online and on CD-ROM. The databases as a whole are distributed through the URBADISC CD-ROM, with more than 625,000 bibliographical references to documents on urban and regional planning, environment, architecture and building. Such joint activity has emphasised the communication obstacles that arise because of language and culture differences - chiefly when dealing with a specialised subject context, as does URBANDATA. At a national level, members have developed lexicons and thesauri for specific subjects, and within URBANDATA, they have prepared preliminary products such as bilingual dictionaries (English-French, French-Spanish and vice-versa) that emphasise the need and the importance of such a global aid to international communication.
The MULETA project will produce a multilingual and multimedia tool, based on a lexical database of urban planning, environment, architecture and building. The first five languages chosen are French, English, German, Italian and Spanish. Other European languages will be added to the project when new partners are found.
MULETA aims are to provide:
MULETA's potential end users are all citizens involved in work, study and research activities in the relevant fields, such as building contractors and building sector firms, CAD & GIS software companies, professionals, university teachers, researchers and students, local authorities, research centres, boards, associations and industries involved with planning and building. Once marketed and sold to these users, MULETA will facilitate immediate trans-lation of a specific word or concept into other languages, thus enabling a full understanding of its meaning (definitions and explanatory images) and the exact pronunciation.
MULETA can play an active role in promoting exchanges, cultural policies and study and research activities at the European level, in line with EU policies.
Principal actions to be undertaken are:
Contact PersonSusanne Plagemann
Deutsches Institut für Urbanistik
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