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                Announcing a NEW RELEASE from the
                   LINGUISTIC DATA CONSORTIUM
 
                  SPANISH NEWS TEXT COLLECTION
 
 
The Spanish News Corpus consists of journalistic text data from one
newspaper (El Norte, Mexico) and from the Spanish-language services
of three newswire sources: Agence France Presse, Associated Press
Worldstream, and Reuters.  (The Reuters collection comprises two
distinct services: Reuters Spanish Language News Service and Reuters
Latin American Business Report.)
 
All text data are stored on one CD-ROM, in a standard compressed
form.  The fours sets of newswire data (AFP, APWS, and two Reuters
services) are each organized as one data file per day of collection.
The period covered by these collections runs from December 1993 (for
APWS and Reuters) or May 1994 (APWS) through December 1995.  (The El
Norte data, provided to us by INFOSEL Mexico, are arbitrarily grouped
into files of about 1 megabyte in size when uncompressed; date
information is not available for individual articles, but the general
period of the collection is 1993.)
 
The approximate amounts of data per source (when uncompressed) is
indicated below (in total megabytes and millions of words of text):
 
       Source   MB      MW
       -------------------
        AFP     345     44
        APWS    253     33
        REUSL   333     41
        REULA   233     23
        INFOSEL 209     31
 
The presentation of text data in these collections is modeled on the
TIPSTER corpus.  Within each data file, SGML tagging is used (1) to
mark article boundaries, (2) to delimit the text portion within each
article, and (3) to label various pieces of information about the
article that are external to the text content (e.g. headlines,
bylines, and so on).
 
The copyright holders of this text have requested that it be made
available to LDC members only. Due to the release date this corpus is
available to 1995 and 1996 members.  In order to obtain this corpus,
current LDC members must submit a signed User Agreement Form.
 
Inquiries about the corpus or requests for it, or information about
becoming members should be directed to [log in to unmask]
 
Further information about the LDC and its available corpora can be
accessed on the Linguistic Data Consortium WWW Home Page at URL
http://www.cis.upenn.edu/~ldc. Information is also available via ftp
at ftp.cis.upenn.edu under pub/ldc; for ftp access, please use
"anonymous" as your login name, and give your email address when asked
for password.