Why and how to become a member
Why become a member
LinMiTech was created to pool language and technology resources and good practices in linguistic policy. Becoming a member, however, means gaining access to the resources and technology that the association makes available through its LMT system and to contribute one’s own expertise in the field of defending linguistic diversity, linguistic policies and computational linguistics in the small languages sector.
The reasons for joining are many and as well as the most obvious, there are also others:
- often in the institutions of linguistic policies or applied linguistics budgets intended for technology have a periodic tendency. Relatively 'well-off' years are followed by periods in which the budgetary allocations associated with information and technology are meagre or non-existent. The membership model allows those who become members to see the project move ahead even during periods of lower investment capacity.
- The expertise acquired over the years and carried on by all those who are members allows those who join to make use of the expertise (and above all a prior investment) in a way that on their own they would never have been able to do, unless over a lengthy period of time and at unaffordable costs.
- Only by collaborating practically amongst themselves can the Italian and European minorities aspire to a certain ‘contractual’ strength and to create actual political-cultural pressure in the offices of government. The collaboration has up until now been with good intention but has not been backed up by concrete facts. LinMiTech is already a more than practical reality and, what is more, in a sector - the so-called 'information society' – that is enjoying this period of 'good press' but in which the best practices are little known about.
How to become a member
Membership of LinMiTech is open to organisations, associations and individuals who share in its goals and its mission. Members of LinMiTech concur with users of the software system operated by the association, in the sense that all the members of the association use and promote the system and conversely anyone wishing to access the system has to become a member.
Organisations, associations and individuals wishing to become members can submit their application to the Association, supported by appropriate documentation (statute, CV, projects et similia) that demonstrates that the prospective member has the ability to make a scientific-operational contribution to the Association’s activities. The Governing Body will assess the application offering a contract of admission that will determine what sort of initial support will be requested (services, scientific or practical contributions - not necessarily in the form of money). The acceptance of new members is subject to the approval of the Board of Governors.
By signing the contract of admission the new member will have the right to use – in its present status - the LiMTT system. Refusal of the contract of admission will result in a failure to become a member.
Download a draft of the contract of admission from here