The third European Language Resource Coordination (ELRC) workshop in Germany



When? 20 April 2021
Where? Virtual event (The link will be emailed to registered participants.)
Organisation •    The European Language Resource Coordination (ELRC) consortium
•    Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community
•    Leibniz-Institute for the German Language
Workshop Language German

Language Technology is shaping our multilingual future. It has already been transforming the way we interact with each other, the way we work, shop and travel. More and more it reshapes our interaction with digital services, both public and private. Digital assistants that transform our voices to text messages on mobile phones, bots that answer our calls to the bank or to our social security organisation, systems that automatically translate from a foreign language, and many more innovative applications, are empowering our everyday lives, our businesses and our administrations. But do the existing solutions allow us to use our own language in all digital interactions? Are they really ready for use yet? And is our language adequately supported and ready to keep pace with the technological advancements of the AI era?

The third German European Language Resource Coordination (ELRC) workshop addresses these questions and seeks to engage participants from both public services and SMEs in a fruitful discussion on the status and prospects of Language Technology for German. Developers, integrators and users of Language Technology, both from the private and public sector will share experiences, requirements and ways for transforming digital interaction in our multilingual Europe with Language Technologies. Finally, we will discuss how language data, i.e. texts and speech, can fuel development in Artificial Intelligence.

Complementary to that, the European Language Grid will organise the 5th National ELG Workshop with a focus on Germany in the afternoon, starting from 14:00 pm CET. Further information is available here:

Participation is free of charge, but registration will be required. If you are interested in attending the ELRC Workshop and/or the ELG Workshop, please register here.

For further information, please contact the ELRC Secretariat at

This workshop is co-located with the 5th national ELG Workshop (link:


Workshop programme

09:30 - 09:40

Welcome by the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)

(Andrea Lösch, Group Leader Data and Resources, ELRC project manager, DFKI)


09:40 – 10:00

Language Technology and Artificial Intelligence: Latest trends and perspectives

(Josef van Genabith, Scientific Director Research department „Multilinguality and Language Technology”, DFKI)


10:00 – 10:30

Advances of the CEF AT platform

(Andreas Eisele, Project Manager Machine Translation, Directorate-General for Translation, European Commission)


10:30 - 10:45

Language technologies in and for Germany: Classifications of text input with machine learning methods & the Catalogue of Services

(Jörg Feuerhake, Assistant Head of Section "Imputation and Machine Learning", Federal Statistical Office; Andrea Lösch, Group Leader Data and Resources, Project leader ELRC, DFKI)

Presentation I  Presentation II

10:45 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 11:45

Language Technologies for the public sector and SMEs

(Alexandra Soska, Translator, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community; Jochen Hummel, CEO, Coreon GmbH)

Presentation I   Presentation II

11:45 – 12:30

Creating, managing and sharing language data: Recent developments in public services and SMEs in Germany

(Alexandra Soska, Translator, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community; Andreas Witt, Head of the Department "Digital Linguistics", Leibniz Institute for the German Language; Ralf Lemster, Vice President Public Affairs, BDÜ German Federal Association of Interpreters and Translators)

Presentation I  Presentation II Presentation III

12:30 – 12:45

Summary and Conclusions

(Andrea Lösch, Group Leader Data and Resources, ELRC project manager, DFKI)


In the afternoon (from 2 pm) 5th National ELG Workshop (