Jenny Azarian presents at the XV Seminario del Programa de Doctorado en Filología of the UNED

Jenny Azarian, predoctoral researcher of the arText team, has participated in the XV Seminario de Investigación del Programa de Doctorado en Filología de la UNED, which took place on April 18-20. Jenny presented the progress of her thesis in a chat entitled “Análisis del impacto del software arText claro en la comprensión y la percepción de claridad de textos administrativos”.

Iria da Cunha participates in the II Congreso de Traducción y Sostenibilidad Cultural (Salamanca)

Iria da Cunha (arText team, UNED) participated as a guest speaker in the II Congreso Internacional de Traducción y Sostenibilidad Cultural, organized by the Departamento de Traducción e Interpretación of the Universidad de Salamanca on April 17, 18 and 19, 2024. She participated in the round table “Didáctica de la traducción y la interpretación y globalización lingüística y tecnológica”, together with Michaela Albl-Mikasa (ZHAW, Zurich University of Applied Sciences) and Astrid Schmidhofe (Universität Innsbruck).

Click here to see the full conference program.

 

Eighth artext team seminar (2023-2024)

Mari Carmen Suárez de Figueroa (Ontology Engineering Group de la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid) participated as an external guest speaker in the eighth pre- and post-doctoral seminar of the current academic year of the arText team. Dr. Suárez de Figueroa spoke about Easy Reading, Cognitive Accessibility and Inclusive Artificial Intelligence”.

Thank you very much, Mari Carmen, for sharing your knowledge with the arText team!

Fifth artext team seminar (2023-2024)

In the fifth pre- and postdoctoral arText team seminar of the current academic year, Marc Bayés, external collaborator of the EDAP group and professor at the Universidad de Barcelona, spoke about the test of perception of clarity of an administrative text. The work he presented is related to his PhD thesis, directed by Estrella Montolío and María Ángeles García.

Thank you very much, Marc Bayés, for such an inspiring talk!

Inauguration of the UAM’s TFG and TFM writing workshop

Iria da Cunha, once again this year, participated in the inauguration of the workshop “La escritura del Trabajo Final de Grado y Trabajo Final de Máster en Educación”, organized by the Centro de Escritura and the Facultad de Formación de Profesorado y Educación.

¡Thank you, Jesús Manso (dean), Marta Ferrero (research vice-dean) and Juan Antonio Núñez (coordinator of the Centro de Escritura and member of the arText team), for the invitation!

You can see the program here.

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Sara Pistola presents at the Encuentro Virtual de Estudiantes de Doctorados en Lingüística

Sara Pistola, FPI predoctoral researcher at the Departamento de Filologías Extranjeras y sus Lingüísticas de la UNED, presented “Los géneros textuales del ámbito de la Administración en España: análisis de corpus y escritura mediante el uso de la tecnología” at the Encuentro Virtual de Estudiantes de Doctorados en Lingüística of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV). In this event Sara has shared the progress of her thesis with other PhD students.

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Presentation of the publication “Mujeres referentes del siglo XXI”

The 2023 edition of the INNOVADORASTIC program publication “Mujeres referentes del Siglo XXI” was presented today in Madrid. Iria da Cunha, one of the interviewees who appears in the publication as a leading scientist woman of the 21st century, participated in this event along with Marina Sánchez and Cynthia Gálvez. The three researchers talked about their respective work in the field of science and technology.

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Participation of the arText team in the II Jornadas de Filologías Extranjeras Comunicación Intercultural, Mediación e Interacción en Línea

M. Ángeles Escobar and Sara Pistola participated in the II Jornadas de Filologías Extranjeras: Comunicación Intercultural, Mediación e Interacción en Línea, organized by the Departamento de Filologías Extranjeras y sus lingüísticas of the Facultad de Filología at UNED. They presented the talk “La mediación a través del lenguaje claro en español y en inglés”, in which she also explained the new project EUPlainTech of the arText team.

You can see the video of the presentation in this link.

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ArText team participates in the COMCLARA congress

On November 9th and 10th took place the I Congreso Internacional de Comunicación Clara -COMCLARA. Several members of the arText team participated in this congress:

  • Iria da Cunha took part in the round table on Clear Communication in specialized languages, with the talk “Redacción asistida en lenguaje claro de géneros textuales de ámbitos especializados”.
  • Sara Pistola and Susana Viñuales presented “Una propuesta para implementar el lenguaje claro en la enseñanza universitaria del derecho administrativo”, within the panel on Specialized languages and clear communication.
  • Laia Vidal-Sabanés presented “La infografía terminológica al servicio del paciente: una propuesta que favorece la comprensión de los tratamientos del cáncer de mama”, within the panel on Design, technology and clear communication.

You can see the program of the congress in this link.

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Protocol signed between UNED and semFYC

The UNED and the Sociedad Española de Medicina de Familia y Comunitaria (semFYC) have signed this morning, at the semFYC headquarters in Barcelona, a General Protocol of Action that will help to advance in the development of the sistema arText in the field of medicine.

The event was attended by:

Both semFYC and UNED have published this news : semFYC press release / UNED press release.

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Sara Pistola gives a seminar at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso

Yesterday Sara Pistola gave the seminar “Hacia la escritura de textos jurídicos-administrativos más claros mediante el uso de la tecnología” at the Propedéutico program of the Facultad y Escuela de Derecho de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV). The seminar was organized by Carlos Figueroa, A. Paola Duarte and Jadranka Gladic.

Thank you for the invitation!

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Second arText team seminar (2023-2024)

In the second session of the pre- and post-doctoral seminar of the arText team, we invited two external specialists, who talked about the work in clear communication in the field of administration that is carried out in the Generalitat de Catalunya:

Thanks a lot for accepting our invitation! 🙂

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New project of the arText team: EUPlainTech

The arText team will continue working on plain language and natural language processing thanks to the new Generación de Conocimiento project granted by the Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación e Universidades. The project is entitled “Plain language and natural language processing in legal-administrative texts in English: the European Commission as a case study (EUPlainTech)”.

Consult the resolution here.

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UNED has become a member of the Red Panhispánica de Lenguaje Claro

The Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED) has become a member of the Red Panhispánica de Lenguaje Claro (Pan-Hispanic Plain Language Network), promoted by the Real Academia Española (RAE). On the occasion of this initiative, Iria da Cunha, director of the arText team at UNED, met with Santiago Muñoz Machado, director of this network, to discuss the projects on plain language and artificial intelligence that are being carried out by the arText team.

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We participate in PLAIN 2023

Iria da Cunha presented the sistema arText at the PLAIN 2023 International Conference, which this year took place at the Law School of the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) on September 27, 28 and 29 and it was organized by the Observatorio de Lenguaje Claro of the Law School at the UBA and the Plain Language Association International (PLAIN). Specifically, Iria participated, along with other specialists, in the panel “Artificial intelligence as a tool to clarify language” and her presentation was entitled “Assisted writing in plain language using natural language processing techniques: the arText system”. The full conference program can be read here.

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arText team at CIT2023

Yesterday, Sara Pistola and Iria da Cunha participated in the Working Group on Plain Language at the VIII International Congress on Transparency and Open Government (CIT2023), which took place in Alcalá de Henares. Sara Pistola presented the paper entitled “Los textos que la Administración dirige a la ciudadanía: el caso del Ayuntamiento de Madrid”, which is part of the arText_IMPACT project. You can read the summary of the paper here.

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Publication “Lingüistas de hoy. Profesiones para el siglo XXI”

Iria da Cunha has participated in the book Lingüistas de hoy. Profesiones para el siglo XXI, coordinated by Dr. Sheila Queralt and published by Editorial Síntesis. In this publication, 36 linguists talk about their specialty and highlight the available professional opportunities. One of these disciplines is computational linguistics, which Iria da Cunha explains and exemplifies with the creation of the sistema arText. You can see the table of contents and read a sample chapter of the book here.

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New publication in Íkala journal

A new issue of Íkala journal has just been published, in which Sara Pistola and Iria da Cunha identify the most frequent and difficult administrative texts to write for the staff of the Ayuntamiento de Madrid (Madrid City Council) and Facultad de Derecho (Law School) at UNED. The article can be read here.

The reference of the article is:

Pistola, Sara y Da Cunha, Iria. (2023). Escritura de géneros textuales administrativos en el contexto académico y profesional español. Íkala, Revista De Lenguaje Y Cultura, 28(3), 1–30. https://doi.org/10.17533/udea.ikala.348531.

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The sistema arText in the eScience data repository of Consorcio Madroño

A new space on the sistema arText has been launched in the eScience data repository of the Consorcio Madroño. In this space you can find results of the TIC-eADMIN and arText_IMPACT projects which, at the same time, are part of the results of Sara Pistola’s doctoral thesis in progress, supervised by Dr. Iria da Cunha and Dr. Susana Viñuales.

The bibliographic references of the publications currently available are:

  • Sara Pistola Grille; Iria Da Cunha Fanego; Susana Viñuales Ferreiro, 2023, “Fichas con información lingüística sobre 5 géneros textuales del ámbito de la Administración”, https://doi.org/10.21950/ZHXH9G, e-cienciaDatos, V1
  • Sara Pistola Grille; Iria Da Cunha Fanego; Susana Viñuales Ferreiro, 2023, “Materiales para la evaluación de arText por parte de estudiantes universitarios de derecho”, https://doi.org/10.21950/V45AMM, e-cienciaDatos, V1
  • Sara Pistola Grille; Iria Da Cunha Fanego; Susana Viñuales Ferreiro, 2023, “Adaptación a lenguaje claro de fraseología administrativa”, https://doi.org/10.21950/ZF2KRC, e-cienciaDatos, V1madroño

Iria da Cunha, a woman of reference in the ICT field

Iria da Cunha appears in the 2023 edition of the INNOVADORASTIC Mujeres referentes del Siglo XXI (Women of the 21st Century) publication as the creator of the sistema arText. This program aims to make visible stories of women of the 21st century who stand out for their work in the field of science and technology. You can find the interview with Iria on pages 88-95 of the publication, which can be downloaded through this link.

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ArText team research seminar by Jenny Azarian

Yesterday, Jenny Azarian, member of the arText team and student of the PhD program in Philology at UNED, gave a seminar entitled “Evaluation of the impact of the use of arText claro on the comprehension and perception of clarity of texts by vulnerable groups” as part of the pre- and post-doctoral seminars of the arText team. In this forum, Jenny Azarian contextualized her research, which is part of the arText_IMPACT project, and presented the objectives, methodology and ongoing work she is carrying out.

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M. Ángeles Escobar participate in the 5th Eduling Biannual Meeting

M. Ángeles Escobar, lecturer of the Departamento de Filologías Extranjeras y sus Lingüísticas at UNED and member of the arText team,  participated in the 5th Eduling Biannual Meeting: “Grammar teaching and Learning: challenges and opportunities”, which was held last week at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona.  The work presented was entitled “A Case Study of Connectors in ESP though a RST grammar as implemented in arText” and you can read the abstract here.

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Laia Vidal-Sabanés presents at the arText team’s research seminar

Laia Vidal-Sabanés, postdoctoral researcher Margarita Salas UPF-UNED of the arText team, gave yesterday the seminar “Towards the incorporation of medical plain language in arText claro”, in the framework of the pre- and postdoctoral research seminars of the arText team. Laia Vidal-Sabanés presented the objectives, the methodology and the first advances of her postdoctoral project, which aims to incorporate the medical field in arText claro.

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Susana Viñuales participates in the Ciclo “Lenguaje Claro en Español”

Susana Viñuales, member of the arText team, has participated in the Ciclo “Lenguaje Claro en Español”, organized by the IFPyGP and the Secretaría Legal y Técnica del Gobierno de la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires. This cycle of seminars consists of 11 meetings in which specialists in the plain language field present a topic related to this subject. Susana participated in the third meeting, entitled “Plain Language and Artificial Intelligence. The arText experience“, which was attended by more than 180 people.

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Iria da Cunha and the sistema arText are in the news in “El País”

Elena Sevillano’s article published in the newspaper El País highlights the resurgence of Humanities degrees, which are increasingly allied with other disciplines such as, for example, Computer Science. As an example of this synergy, in the article, the author dedicates a space to talk about Iria da Cunha and her work as a computational linguist, as well as the arText project that she coordinates, pioneer in our country.

You can read the full article at this link.

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Participation of the arText team at the INNDOC2023 Conference

Several members of the arText team participated in the 3rd International Conference on Innovation in Teaching and Research in the Social and Legal Sciences (INNDOC2023), which took place on July 8 and 9 in virtual format.

On the one hand, Sara Pistola and Susana Viñueales have presented the communication “Use of an assisted editor for writing administrative texts: a proposal for the preparation of the Final Degree Project (TFG)”. In this work, Sara and Susana have presented a TFG proposal that incorporates a writing administrative texts task using the sistema arText. You can read the abstract and watch the presentation in this link.

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On the other hand, Jadranka Gladic and Iria da Cunha presented the communication “A characterization of the Law Degree in Spanish and Chilean universities”. In this study, Jadranka and Iria make a contrastive analysis on the number of Final Degree Projects in the field of Law that exist in the two countries mentioned and the sub-themes they deal with. You can read the summary of the paper and retrieve the presentation in this link.

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Sara Pistola participates in the III Jornadas de Corrección de Textos en Español

Sara Pistola, member of the arText team and student of the PhD program in Philology at UNED, presented the sistema arText at the III Jornadas de Corrección de Textos en Español (IIIJCTE), organized by the Universidad del Salvador and held virtually on June 1st and 2nd. Sara’s presentation was entitled “The arText system as a tool for writing texts in specialized fields and in clear language” and you can watch it in the following video:

Jadranka Gladic gives the 4th arText seminar

Yesterday, Jadranka Gladic, lecturer at the Pontífica Universidad Católica de Valparaiso, student of the PhD program in Philology at UNED since 2021 and member of the arText team, gave, as part of the pre- and post-doctoral seminars of the arText team, the seminar entitled “The Final Degree Project in Administrative Law: a comparative analysis between Spain and Chile”. Jadranka Gladic presented the objectives, methodology and first results of her doctoral thesis, supervised by Dr. Iria da Cunha.

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arText claro at Clear Writing for Europe 2023

Iria da Cunha, director of the arText team, presented arText claro at the Clear Writing for Europe 2023 conference. In this edition, the conference was about “Supporting European democracy and transparency through clear language”, with the aim of discussing how public administrations and the European Union can communicate in a clearer way when writing texts addressed to citizens. Iria participated in the Workshop “Drafting and editing tools and resources” together with Stéphanie Guillaume, with the presentation “arText claro: A writing Assistant to draft Spanish administrative texts in plain language”. The conference was attended by more than 1200 people.

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A collaboration agreement signed by the UNED and the Academia Joven de España

The UNED and the  Academia Joven de España (AJE) have signed a collaboration agreement with the aim of promoting scientific dissemination. Specifically, research work, studies, publications and dissemination of results on topics of common interest will be carried out. The rector of the university, Ricardo Mairal; the president of the Academia Joven de España, Javier García Martínez; the vice-rector for Research, Knowledge Transfer and Scientific Dissemination of the UNED,Rosa María Martín Aranda, and the UNED professors and members of the AJE, Iria da Cunha Fanego, director of the arText team, and Borja Franco Llopis, will participate in the events to be held on the occasion of the agreement.

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Lecture by Jia Chen at the VIII Jornadas de Doctorado en Educación of the UAM

Jia Chen, member of the arText team and student of the PhD program in Education at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), presented the progress of her doctoral thesis, supervised by Dr. Iria da Cunha (UNED) and Dr. Juan Antonio Núñez (UAM), at the VIII Jornadas de Doctorado en Educación de la UAM. The conference took place on May 18 and 19 at the Facultad de Formación de Profesorado y Educación of the UAM. The seminar given by Jia Chen was entitled “The use of arText in teaching Spanish as a foreign language to Chinese students: advances in the study”.

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Participation in the IV edition of Un Mundo de Fusión Digital

Iria da Cunha participated in the IV edition of Un Mundo de Fusión Digital, which took place yesterday at the headquarters of the Escuelas Pías in UNED Madrid. This event aimed to open a dialogue between humanities and technology through various conversations between professionals from different fields. Iria da Cunha participated in the space dedicated to artificial intelligence (AI) along with other specialists. She explained the importance of the sistema arText in the current context and highlighted the importance of interdisciplinary work to achieve integrative and respectful projects in the fields of AI, humanities and technology. The full program is available here and a photo gallery of the event can be viewed here.

arText_IMPACT in the II Jornadas Online de Proyectos de Investigación I+D+i

Iria da Cunha and Juan Antonio Núñez Cortés participated in the II Jornadas Online de Proyectos de Investigación I+D+i held by the Departamento de Filologías Extranjeras y sus Lingüísticas at UNED. The conference, presented by M. Dolores Castrillo, Department’s director, included four competitive research projects that are currently underway and concluded with a round table on good practices in the implementation of R&D+i projects. Iria da Cunha presented the project “Un prototipo tecnológico para la redacción en lenguaje claro: incorporación en la Administración pública y análisis de su impacto en la ciudadanía  (arText_IMPACT). Also, Juan Antonio Núñez talked about one of the studies being carried out in the framework of arText_IMPACT: “Comprensión lectora, percepción de claridad y herramientas digitales“. You can retrieve all the presentations of the conference at this link and, also, you can see the talks concerning the sistema arText below: