State-of-the-art review of implicit crowdsourcing approaches and experiments for collecting language-related data
by Lavinia-Nicoleta Aparaschivei
Ciao! My name is Lavinia-Nicoleta Aparaschivei and I am a master student at the Faculty of Computer Science, “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University in Iasi, Romania and I will give a brief description of my experience during my STSM at Eurac Research’s Institute for Applied Linguistics in Bolzano, Italy.
“Tell me, and I will forget. Show me, and I may remember. Involve me, and I will understand. ” This famous lesson of Confucius around 540 BC reveals the importance of active engagement and real time experiences in learning. I can say that my STSM was an active experimentation and a pleasant experience, and I am thankful to my mentors for providing me the necessary guidance.
During the internship I met great people who guided my steps to see how the research work is carried out. With their help, I could achieve the first concrete steps for the creation of a comprehensive literature review of the state of the art for implicit crowdsourcing approaches and experiments, with a special focus on the technique used for collecting language-related data such as NLP datasets, along with several other enetCollect-relevant outputs on which we decided to collaborate on after the STSM. In parallel, I studied several tutorials to upgrade my programming skills. I selected D3.js visualization and partially adapted it to the needs of the “galaxy” display foreseen by the Crowdfest task 4.
I was also invited to attend and contribute to the WG2 meeting organized in Malta in November of this year. In the context of another STSM foreseen in February, together with the hosts we intend to fine tune an experiment that will focus on existing resources of the Romanian NLP repertoire and for which the targeted crowds will consist of Romanian students with the aim of implementing the experiment during the first half of 2020.
In my opinion, Italy is a country that pays attention to science, art and technology and allows all this knowledge to be shared with other people around the world. Thanks to its double perspective, Bolzano is able to mesmerize students who come from all over. Its two lifestyles, one Northern European and the other more Mediterranean, combine to make the perfect union, which can be clearly seen in the historic and artistic treasures of this city. This STSM project was also an opportunity to learn more about both Italian and German life and culture and to make new friends.