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European Language Grid: An Overview

Georg Rehm; Maria Berger; Ela Elsholz; Stefanie Hegele; Florian Kintzel; Katrin Marheinecke; Stelios Piperidis; Miltos Deligiannis; Dimitris Galanis; Katerina Gkirtzou; Penny Labropoulou; Kalina Bontcheva; David Jones; Ian Roberts; Jan Hajic; Jana Hamrlová; Lukás Kacena; Khalid Choukri; Victoria Arranz; Andrejs Vasiljevs; Orians Anvari; Andis Lagzdins; Julija Melnika; Gerhard Backfried; Erinc Dikici; Miroslav Janosik; Katja Prinz; Christoph Prinz; Severin Stampler; Dorothea Thomas-Aniola; José Manuel Gómez Pérez; Andres Garcia Silva; Christian Berrío; Ulrich Germann; Steve Renals; Ondrej Klejch
In: Nicoletta Calzolari; Frédéric Béchet; Philippe Blache; Christopher Cieri; Khalid Choukri; Thierry Declerck; Hitoshi Isahara; Bente Maegaard; Joseph Mariani; Asuncion Moreno; Jan Odijk; Stelios Piperidis (Hrsg.). Proceedings of the 12th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC 2020). International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC-2020), Marseille, France, Pages 3359-3373, ISBN 979-10-95546-34-4, European Language Resources Association (ELRA), 5/2020.


With 24 official EU and many additional languages, multilingualism in Europe and an inclusive Digital Single Market can only been abled through Language Technologies (LTs). European LT business is dominated by hundreds of SMEs and a few large players. Many are world-class, with technologies that outperform the global players. However, European LT business is also fragmented – by nation states, languages, verticals and sectors –, significantly holding back its impact. The European Language Grid (ELG) project addresses this fragmentation by establishing the ELG as the primary platform for LT in Europe. The ELG is a scalable cloud platform, providing, in an easy-to-integrate way, access to hundreds of commercial and non-commercial LTs for all European languages, including running tools and services as well as data sets and resources. Once fully operational, it will enable the commercial and non-commercial European LT community to deposit and upload their technologies and data sets into the ELG, to deploy them through the grid, and to connect withother resources. The ELG will boost the Multilingual Digital Single Market towards a thriving European LT community, creating new jobs and opportunities. Furthermore, the ELG project organises two open calls for up to 20 pilot projects. It also sets up 32 National Competence Centres (NCCs) and the European LT Council (LTC) for outreach and coordination purposes.


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