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Towards Digital Language Equality: META-FORUM 2022 presents project results and newest release of European Language Grid

Three years after the last in-person meeting, the annual European conference on Language Technology returns to Brussels: META-FORUM 2022 takes place as a hybrid event on 8 and 9 June and focuses on “Joining the European Language Grid – Together Towards Digital Language Equality”. The conference presents the results of the European Language Grid and European Language Equality projects, but also includes highlights such as an LT industry session and insights into the needs and future demands of the European Language Technology community. Registration for online and on-site participation is open and, as usual, free of charge.

The 11th META-FORUM will be a very special edition of the international conference series on powerful and innovative language technologies for the information society: With both projects, European Language Grid and European Language Equality, coming to an end in June, the two-day event will be divided into presentations of the final results of the two initiatives, their continuation and the next steps. META-FORUM 2022: Joining the European Language Grid – Together Towards European Language Equality takes place on 8 and 9 June 2022 in Brussels as well as online and is as usual free of charge.

The first conference day will be devoted to the European Language Grid as well as the European Language Technology (LT) industry, with highlights such as a demonstration of the newest ELG platform and its features and use cases, a panel discussion on language-centric Artificial Intelligence (AI), an LT industry session, an outlook on the future of ELG and more. On the second day, the focus lies on the results and continuation of the European Language Equality project. The project team will present the measurement and monitoring of Digital Language Equality over the next years, in order to achieve the goal of full Digital Language Equality in Europe by 2030. A strategic research agenda according to this goal will be presented at META-FORUM 2022 and illustrated with numerous project results, such as the state of national LT and AI strategies in Europe and a demonstration of the Digital Language Equality Metric and Dashboard.

Georg Rehm, coordinator of ELG and co-coordinator of ELE: “We are extremely happy to return to Brussels for META-FORUM 2022 to celebrate the successful end of our two projects. For both of them, this year’s conference is more of a milestone than a curtain call. With the newest release of the ELG platform, a wide array of findings on the state of Digital Language Equality in Europe and a range of speakers from industry and research, the 11th META-FORUM will be more insightful and – thanks to its hybrid form – more accessible to the European LT community than ever. For both projects, we will also present our plans for the next steps and continuation of the initiatives.”

The registration is, as usual, free of charge. For further information, the full programme and the opportunity to register, please visit Current updates about the conference and the named initiatives are shared through the European Language Technology social media channels on Twitter and LinkedIn and featured in the ELT Newsletter.

Joining the European Language Grid – Towards Digital Language Equality
Hybrid conference
BluePoint Brussels (Boulevard Auguste Reyers 80, 1030 Brussels) and online
8-9 June 2022
Free of charge
Programme, info and registration:

Prof. Dr. Georg Rehm
Coordinator European Language Grid, Co-Coordinator European Language Equality
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)
Speech and Language Technology (SLT)
+49 30 23895 1833

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

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).