Despite the recognizable advantages and historical and cultural worth of multilingualism, the many European languages face a striking imbalance in terms of their preservation in the digital world and their support by language technology. The European Language Equality project (ELE) addresses this risk to European identity in the digital age by preparing a Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda and Roadmap working towards digital language equality by 2030. The European Language Grid (ELG) is closely related to this project, offering LT developers, researchers and providers an inclusive platform to present, share and market their language technologies and connect within the European LT community.
As part of the two projects that are funded by the European Commission and address an appeal by the European Parliament resolution titled “Language equality in the digital age”, we are reaching out both to LT developers and LT users to participate in a large-scale, EU-wide consultation that will impact and shape the future of language technologies in the multilingual continent. The two surveys are aimed on the one hand at academic and commercial developers in the field of Language Technology (LT), Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Language-centric Artificial Intelligence (AI) and on the other at all Language Technology users and consumers.
The questionnaire takes approximately 20 minutes to fill in; your answers will help evaluating the level of LT support for European Languages, indicating the challenges and highlighting the needs and expectations of professionals and users in the future. Your contributions will be carefully taken into account when preparing the ELE strategic agenda and roadmap.
The European Language Equality project is a pan-European effort that will significantly impact the field and funding situation of LT in Europe for the next 10 to 15 years. Help us shape the future of multilingualism in the digital age – join in!
Survey for Language Technology developers
Survey for Language Technology users and consumers
On 25 May 2021, the H2020 project LT-Bridge will organise a training day focusing on anonymisation, which is especially targeted at young researchers in the area of computer linguistics, computer science and language technology. Supported by the Latvian Language Technology company Tilde, the free online event will take place from 11:00 am to 15:30 pm CEST via Zoom.
The training day will give early-stage researchers the possibility to get together to explore the possibilities of anonymisation in the context of language data, in addition to connecting and extending their networks. Besides a general overview of anonymisation, including different strategies, levels and challenges with regard to language data, the training day will also focus more specifically on:
– Anonymisation for monolingual text analysis
– Named Entity Recognition for anonymisation
– Parallel text anonymisation for machine translation
– Anonymisation of speech data
– Legal aspects of anonymisation
– Available tools and applications
To join the event, register here
The LT-Bridge project is coordinated by the University of Malta’s AI Department and the Institute of Computational Linguistics. It aims to strengthen both the research and innovation capacities at the University of Malta and to create a European-level Centre of Excellence, which is capable of narrowing or even closing the technology gap for Maltese. The Horizon 2020 project started on 1 January 2021 and is based on a collaboration between University of Malta, the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), the ADAPT Centre of Dublin City University (DCU), and the IDIAP Research Institute (IDIAP) in Switzerland.