SILT's major activities are:
  • carefully surveying the field to identify the resources, tools, and frameworks in order to examine what exists and what needs to be developed, and to identify those areas for which interoperability would have the broadest impact in advancing research and development and significant applications dependent on them;

  • identifying the major efforts on standards development and interoperable system design together with existing and developing technologies, and examining ways to leverage their results to define an interoperablity infrastructure for both tools and data;

  • analyzing innovative methods and techniques for the creation and maintenance of language resources in order to reduce the high costs, increase productivity, and enable rapid development of resources for languages that currently lack them;

  • implementing proposed annotation standards and best practices in corpora currently under development (e.g., American National Corpus, TimeBank) to evaluate their viability and feed into the process of further standards development, testing, and use of interoperability frameworks (e.g., GATE, UIMA) and implementation of processing modules, and distributing all software, data, and annotations.

  • ensuring the broadest possible community engagement in the development of consensus and agreement on strategies, priorities, and best approaches for achieving broad interoperability by means of sessions, open meetings, and special workshops at major conferences in the field, together with active maintenance of and involvement in open web forums and Wikis;

  • providing the technical expertise necessary to turn consensus and agreement into robust interoperability frameworks along with the appropriate tools and resources for their broad use and implementation by means of tutorials and training workshops, especially for undergraduate and graduate students in the field.