With the increasing number of platforms, grids and infrastructures in the wider area of Language Technologies (LT), NLP, NLU, speech, interaction and language-centric AI, there is also a growing need for sharing experiences, approaches and best practices to benefit of the work of others’ and also to start collaborating towards platform interoperability. This workshop is meant to be a forum that fills this gap.
Among its key topics are platforms and infrastructure architectures, containerisation and virtualisation technologies, APIs for applications and services, data and metadata exchange formats, operational policies and governance structures, legal aspects, billing and business models etc.
The workshop addresses all smaller and larger language grids, language-related infrastructures, platform initiatives (including general and domain-specific) as well as collaborative research projects that touch upon one or more of the topics mentioned above, both in Europe and world-wide. The objective is to assemble representatives of these initiatives and all interested parties to exchange and discuss observations, experiences, challenges, solutions and best practices.
The workshop also addresses the issue of fragmentation in the Language Technology landscape. Instead of “platform islands” that simply exist side by side, possibly even competing with each other, initiatives should discuss how their platforms can be made interoperable and how they can interact with one another to create synergies towards a productive platform ecosystem.
This long-term vision of platform interoperability has several prerequisites including technical requirements that need to be addressed, for example, through the use of common standards, but also community-related aspects that need to be addressed and strengthened through open discussions and further joint development. Both aspects are to be covered by this workshop.