Towards the Primary Platform for
Language Technologies in Europe

Enormous interest in the first ELG Open Call for Pilot Projects

The first ELG open call for pilot projects was closed on 30 April 2020. In total, 110 project proposals were accepted for evaluation with applicants from 29 countries.

We received slightly more project proposals from SMEs (62) than research organisations (48). The majority of the proposals focus on contributing resources, services, tools, or data sets to the European Language Grid platform to increase its coverage (79), while there are 31 proposals developing applications using language resources and technologies available in the ELG platform.

All proposals will be evaluated by three independent experts and by the ELG Pilot Board. We expect to announce the results of the evaluation and selection process by the end of June 2020. The selected projects will start in July 2020.

The whole ELG team is excited about this enormous interest in the European Language Grid and the Language Technology topic in general. Good luck to all proposers!

For more information on the ELG open calls, don’t hesitate to contact us at pilot-projects@european-language-grid.eu.


Deadline for projects of First Open Call confirmed

We are pleased by the great interest in the first ELG open call for pilot projects so far. The deadline for submitting your projects is 30 April 2020.

As mentioned in the call documentation, we have no specific priorities in this open call. At the same time, projects related to the current COVID-19 situation are more than welcome.

Please note that we updated the Frequently Asked Questions with new ones that have been raised since the First Open Call was opened.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at
pilot-projects@european-language-grid.eu.


First Call for Pilot Projects Published

Within the ELG project, we will run two open calls. The first call was opened on 1 March 2020, projects can be submitted until 30 April 2020. The second call for pilot projects will be opened in September 2020.

The projects should last 9–12 months and can be funded with a budget of up to €200,000. They should contribute resources, services, tools or datasets to the ELG to increase its coverage, or they should develop applications using language resources and technologies available in the ELG. SMEs and research organisations are eligible for project funding. Proposals are to be submitted via the ELG Open Calls Platform.

This is a good opportunity for interested parties to boost their language technologies and to become part of the European Language Grid.

For more information see the call documentation and the Open Calls page on the ELG website.


Call for Evaluators

ELG is looking for external evaluators to evaluate project proposals submitted in the open calls for the pilot projects.

The proposal template is simple and the evaluation procedure is set to be lightweight. Project proposals will be max. 10 pages long, including title page and formalities. We estimate the evaluation of single project to last approx. 1 hour. Evaluators will receive a fee of EUR 40 per one evaluated project. We expect each evaluator to be assigned to 4 – 8 projects for evaluation.

This is a continuous call for evaluators, and it will remain open as long as needed; applicants can select the call (first or second call or both) they would like to evaluate. 

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QURATOR 2020 – Conference on Digital Curation Technologies

These days, those who don’t communicate digitally simply aren’t noticed. The result: More and more content has to be edited for a wide variety of devices in the shortest possible time – information management is increasing dramatically. To ensure that companies and organisations keep afloat in everyday life, the QURATOR project is working on an innovative approach: Curation technologies based on artificial intelligence support knowledge workers, media managers and business strategists in enriching and structuring digital content with machine-readable data and using it profitably.

One of QURATOR’s goals is to establish the Metropolitan Area Berlin/Brandenburg as an international centre of excellence for the development and use of certain technologies. ELG, aiming at becoming the primary platform for LT in Europe, can serve as a perfect link to represent QURATOR and its services to the public. This cooperation was elaborated in the keynote given by Georg Rehm on 20 January at the QURATOR 2020 conference.

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CEF Market Study Report published


Cover page of the market study
Market study PDF download

diagram of LT technology use, headline: Are you interested in or already using
Status of use of LT in Europe
In October 2019 the „Final study report on CEF Automated Translation value proposition in the context of the European LT market/ecosystem“ was published. The study was commissioned by the European Commission and it was carried out by Luc Meertens (CROSSLANG), Stefania Aguzzi (IDC) as well as ELG consortium members Khalid Choukri (ELDA) and Andrejs Vasiljevs (Tilde).
This study provides an analysis of the Language Technology market in the EU (taking into account supply and demand), of LT adoption by public services in the EU, and of the EU’s competitiveness with respect to the US and Asia in three LT areas. The analyses show that suppliers are often SMEs with local solutions and that public services have a strong interest for translation technology.
However, the worldwide LT market, that is dominated by large players, has deficiencies regarding under-resourced languages, customisation needs, and security and privacy requirements. Based on the results of the analyses, the study develops a business model for CEF AT by defining the latter’s value proposition in the context of the market.
Title: Report on CEF Automated Translation value proposition in the context of the European LT market/ecosystem
Project Number: 2019.1438
Linguistic version Media/Volume Catalogue number ISBN DOI
EN PDF PDF/Volume_01 KK-03-19-154-EN-N 978-92-76-00783-8 10.2759/142151


2. Hackathon: 29 July-2 August in Sheffield

group photo hackathon Sheffield
Hackathon of the European Language Grid project at the University of Sheffield (UK) (29 July – 02 August, 2019).
Front row (from left to right): Gerhard Backfried (SAIL LABS), Florian Kintzel (DFKI), Ian Roberts (USFD), Ela Elsholz (DFKI), Severin Stampler (SAIL LABS), Uldis Silins (Tilde), Miltos Deligiannis (ILSP), Cristian Berrio (ESI), Dimitris Galanis (ILSP).

On our way to demonstrating the European Language Grid at META-FORUM 2019, (8/9 October in Brussels, Belgium), members of the various technical teams came together for the 2nd ELG-Hackathon at the University of Sheffield (UK) between 29 July and 2 August, 2019. The goal of the hackathon was to discuss current topics and to extend the grid in order to accommodate emerging issues. In a productive and innovative atmosphere, several new components could successfully be added to the grid this way.

The ELG technical team is looking forward to continuing the work on the system and to demonstrating it in October at META-FORUM 2019.


Hackathon at DFKI, 20-24 May 2019

Hackathon of the European Language Grid project at DFKI Berlin (20-24 May, 2019).
Front row (from left to right): Maria Moritz (DFKI), Katrin Marheinecke (DFKI), Florian Kintzel (DFKI), Andres Garcia (ESI).
Back row (from left to right): Georg Rehm (DFKI), Ela Elsholz (DFKI), Miltos Deligiannis (ILSP), Ian Roberts (USFD), Cristian Berrio (ESI), Dimitris Galanis (ILSP), Andis Lagzdiņš (Tilde).

The very first version of the European Language Grid will be demonstrated at META-FORUM 2019, which will take place on 8/9 October in Brussels, Belgium. The demo will include key pieces of the ELG core functionality.

To reach this ambitious goal, five of the technical ELG partners (DFKI, ILSP, USFD, Tilde, ESI) came together for a coding week at DFKI, Berlin, between 20 and 24 May 2019. The goal of this hackathon was to get all participants involved in the distributed development process and to come to a shared understanding how to include components and services in the platform.

Each day started with a daily stand-up meeting in which open questions were discussed. We identified who had to work with whom over the day to get the needed functionality working, and defined the overall aim for the day.

We’re happy to report that the coding week was a great success. A very first end-to-end demo version of the system has been realised and will be further extended in the coming weeks.

The ELG technical team looks forward to continue working on the system and demostrating it in October at META-FORUM 2019.


Welcome meeting: defining goals for the week

Daily stand-up
Coding day and night, even when having pizza

ELG Website launched

The website of the European Language Grid project was launched on 28 March 2019. In its first version, the website provides a basic overview of the project, its history, methodology and approach.

This initial face to the public will be developed further and extended with additional content and details about the project until the European Language Grid proper will be deployed.

The project website will regularly report on the ELG progress and events, for example, META-FORUM 2019, which will take place on 8/9 October 2019. The open calls for pilot projects will also be announced and published on this website.

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Screenshot of the ELG landing page