In its resolution Language equality in the digital age (2018), partially based on the 2017 STOA study with the same name, the European Parliament recommended to “establish a large-scale, long-term coordinated funding programme for research, development and innovation in the field of language technologies, […] tailored specifically to Europe’s needs and demands”, and to create an “LT platform for sharing of services” to secure Europe’s “leadership in language-centric AI”1.
These recommendations are addressed by European Language Equality (ELE), a new EU project coordinated by ADAPT Centre (Dublin City University) with the aim of developing a strategic research, innovation and deployment agenda to achieve digital language equality in Europe by 2030. The project does not only involve the consortium partners ADAPT Centre (Dublin City University), DFKI, Charles University, ILSP, and University of the Basque Country, but also 53 additional partners from industry, research and many different networks, initiatives and associations from all across Europe.
Thanks to the close collaboration with its sister project European Language Grid (ELG), as well as the intended overlap with the ELG Consortium, the National Competence Centres (NCCs) and the META-NET members, ELE brings together all main European initiatives on Language Technologies, and has the potential to influence the European Language Technology Landscape for the next 10 to 15 years. Under the principle that digital language equality will only be achieved when no language will be under-resourced anymore, the Consortium aims to address and solve the crucial topic of digital language equality by:
- creating more public visibility – for the topic, for the consortium, and for the LT community,
- strengthening the European Language Grid, as well as the relationship with the European AI community, and
- helping to establish LT and language-centric AI in the Horizon Europe and Digital Europe Programme.
More information on the goals and strategies of the project can be found on the ADAPT website.