European Language Grid: towards the primary platform for language technology in Europe

A new European project that will boost Europe’s language technology offering has launched under the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, with strong links to the Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative.

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 (UEDIN), 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).

On 1 January 2019, the 36-months project European Language Grid (ELG) was launched under the umbrella of the EU innovation programme Horizon 2020, funded by the NGI call ICT-29-2018. 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 Centre 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). The project is coordinated by DFKI.

ELG participates in the wider European Union’s NGI initiative towards a more human-centric internet.


For further information, visit www.european-language-grid.eu.