Towards the Primary Platform for
Language Technologies in Europe

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

Successful ELG kick-off meeting at DFKI

On 22/23 January 2019, the kick-off meeting of the new EU project European Language Grid took place at DFKI in Berlin. The aim of the project is to develop the first – and primary – platform for European Language Technologies, which, in the medium to long term, is meant to turn into the most important digital marketplace for language technology solutions in Europe.

In addition to a business directory of companies, universities, research centres and independent experts, the platform will also contain a repository of thousands of data sets as well as hundreds of functional services that can be used directly from the grid. These include machine translation for all major language pairs, speech recognition and synthesis, named entity recognition, parsing and many more.

The project consortium consists of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI, Germany), the Institute for Language and Speech Processing (ILSP, Greece), University of Sheffield (United Kingdom), Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic), ELDA (France), TILDE (Latvia), SAIL LABS Technology (Austria), Expert System (Spain) and the University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom). ELG started on 1 January 2019 and has a runtime of three years.

Kick-off meeting of the European Language Grid project at DFKI Berlin (22/23 January, 2019).
Front row (from left to right): Ulrich German (UEDIN), Stelios Piperidis (ILSP), Jose Manuel Gomez-Perez (ESI), Andres Garcia (ESI), Stefanie Hegele (DFKI), Julian Moreno Schneider (DFKI), Katja Prinz (SAIL), Khalid Choukri (ELDA), Gerhard Backfried (SAIL), Alexandru Ceausu (EU).
Back row (from left to right): Georg Rehm (DFKI), Severin Stampler (SAIL), Ian Roberts (USFD), Maria Moritz (DFKI), Christoph Prinz (SAIL), Ela Elsholz (DFKI), Thierry Declerck (DFKI), Josef van Genabith (DFKI), Dimitris Galanis (ILSP), Penny Labropoulou (ILSP), Lukas Kacena (CUNI), Jana Hamrlova (CUNI), Jan Hajic (CUNI), Katrin Marheinecke (DFKI), Andrejs Vasiļjevs (TILDE), Julija Melnika (TILDE), Ondrej Klejch (UEDIN), Philippe Gelin (EU), Florian Kintzel (DFKI).