The SIGN-HUB project is articulated into the following Work Packages (WPs):


  • WP 1. Coordination and management

Lead partner: Prof. Josep Quer, Universidad Pompeu Fabra (Spain)

The objectives of this work package are the scientific and administrative coordination of the SIGN-HUB project.

  • WP 2. Content

Lead partners: Dr. Meltem Kelepir, Bogaziçi Universitesi (Turkey) and Prof. Carlo Cecchetto, Università degli studi di Milano-Bicocca (Italy)

The main objectives of this WP are (i) to contribute to the preservation of the cultural and linguistic heritage of Deaf sign language users (Tasks 2.1 and 2.4), (ii) to chart structural differences and similarities across a number of (European) sign languages (Tasks 2.1 and 2.2), (iii) to develop instruments for the assessment of linguistic abilities in diverse populations of sign language users (Task 2.3) and (iv) to document diachronic change in European sign languages (Task 2.4). The WP is articulated into four tasks briefly described below.

  • Task 2.1 Online Grammars
    Lead partners: Dr. Meltem Kelepir, Bogaziçi Universitesi (Turkey) and Prof. Josep Quer, Universidad Pompeu Fabra (Spain)

    This task aims at implementing the SignGram Blueprint (outcome of COST Action IS1006) to produce online grammars of the following European sign languages: German Sign Language (DGS), Catalan Sign Language (LSC), Spanish Sign Language (LSE), Italian Sign Language (LIS), Sign Language of the Netherlands (NGT) and Turkish Sign Language (T D).

  • Task 2.2 The Atlas of sign language structure
    Lead partner: Prof. Markus Steinbach and Dr. Jana Hosemann, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen Stiftung Öffentlichen Rechts (Germany)

    The objective of this task is to produce an interactive online atlas of the sign languages of the world. This will be hosted in a technologically high standard platform that will provide grammatical and socio- linguistic information of European and non-European sign languages.

  • Task 2.3 Development of tools of sign language assessment
    Lead partners: Prof. Caterina Donati, Université Paris Diderot, Paris 7 (France) and Prof. Naama Friedmann, Tel Aviv University (Israel)

    Within this task, we shall develop reliable tests to assess sign language impairments in signing populations that are able to distinguish between poor performance due to late language learning and poor performance as a result of a language disorder. We will build assessment tools for the following sign languages: LIS, LSF, ISL, LSC and LSE, and develop general guidelines for the development of similar tools in other sign languages.

  • Task 2.4 Digital archive of old signers’ linguistic and cultural heritage
    Lead partner: Dr. Roland Pfau, Universiteit van Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

    This task aims at creating a digital archive of old signers’ linguistic and cultural heritage. We will systematically record, document, analyze, make available online the linguistic uses as well as the cultural heritage and historical memories of elderly deaf people in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and Turkey, while in France and Israel SIGN-HUB will digitalize and/or extend existing archives of deaf signers that are at the risk of loss.


  • WP 3. Digital infrastructure

Lead partner: Prof. Paolo Prinetto, Consorzio Interuniversitario Nazionale per l’Informatica - CINI (Italy)

The fundamental objective of this WP is developing the digital infrastructures that will host the contents to be produced by WP2 and WP4. Specifically, i) A platform hosting multimedia contents, the grammars of sign languages and the language assessment tools will be created; ii) Customized interfaces will be implemented so that various types of final users may have full access to the contents; iii) A reliable system to stream sign language video contents both on standard and portable devices will be implemented. The final product of this WP will be an open platform with customized interfaces. Contributions will be evaluated, challenged and tested in an interdisciplinary fashion in a lean and agile approach, created and practiced within CINI.


  • WP 4. Dissemination and outreach activities

Lead partner: Dr. Chiara Branchini and Prof. Anna Cardinaletti, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia (Italy)

WP4 will promote public disclosure of results and actions to make the contents implemented in the digital platform highly visible within the scientific community and among stakeholders (Deaf signers, sign language interpreters, professionals working with Deaf signers). It will also organize outreach events for the general populations, so that products of Deaf culture and history of Deaf communities become available to a more general audience.

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