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ELRC & other EU-funded LT projects presented at 6th Translators’ Congress “Translator in the changing world”

In parallel to the successful cooperation between Polish Academia and Industry, the dissemination activities by our Polish Public Services National Anchor Point, Anna Kotarska, continue, resulting in an increasing awareness of the CEF AT language technology solutions available to the public and a growing number of eTranslation users. In March, she held a presentation on “Machine translation and other language technologies at the service of EU public administrations, eTranslation service and the ELRC programme” at the 6th Translators’ Congress (Kongres Tłumaczy), also showcasing other ongoing LT projects funded by the European Commission. This included the European Language Equality initiative (ELE), Multilingual Anonymisation for Public Administrations (MAPA), and Neural Translation for the European Union (NTEU). The online event, which took place under the motto “Translator in the changing world” was organised by the Lublin Association of Translators and Interpreters (LST) in cooperation with two local universities: University of Maria Curie-Skłodowska in Lublin (UMCS) and the Catholic University of Lublin (KUL) and also hosted speakers from the Directorate-General for Translation (DGT), the International Federation of Translators (FIT) and representatives of a number of translators’ and interpreters’ organisations. Furthermore, Anna Kotarska contributed to an open publication focusing on the legal aspects related to the use of machine translationThe essay included in the collection titled "Lawyer 4.0. The modern adviser in the age of digital (r)evolution", which is mainly targeting legal professionals, is also available separately in English."

Polish AI Strategy – Approved!

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In addition to these essential awareness-raising activities that are key for ELRC, there were also important advances in the Polish public sector: In December 2020, the Polish AI strategy was finally approved by the Council of Ministers. The long-awaited document specifies short-term goals (until 2023), including the development of projects adapted to Polish needs and challenges, such as machine processing of the Polish language and its translation into foreign languages. A number of tools to support this goal have been identified: The Foundation for Polish Science (FNP), the National Science Centre (NCN) and the National Centre for Research and Development (NCBiR) grants and scholarships for projects related to:

  • Polish language processing based on world-leading algorithms;
  • Elimination of legal barriers to the exploration of Polish language text corpora under copyright protection;
  • Provision of architectures, trained models and training data sets for common use.

Translating ideas into practice, only recently, NCBiR has opened a call under the INFOSTRATEG programme to develop an intelligent speech processing system for medical doctors and an applicant assistant in public institutions, allocating a total of approx. EUR 13.3 million for both tasks.

In February 2021, the Council of Ministers also adopted the new Open Data Programme for 2021-2027, which is a national strategy that covers the issues of data openness policy and defines the priorities of the government administration in this area. The Programme will ensure the continuation of the implemented policy of data openness, adapted to the development of new technologies. The resolution includes references to improving language services through open data, e.g. by increasing the use of machine translation, increasing interoperability through multilingual data, as well as standardisation recommendations for API taking into account different language versions of the resource.

Last but not least, another ambitious document drawing upon the above AI strategy has just been published by the Digital Poland Foundation – “The State of Polish AI”– declared by the authors to be “the most comprehensive publication on the Polish AI ecosystem”. The new Foundation independent report provides latest information about the pulse of the Polish AI ecosystem including expert insights on the use of NLP and speech recognition technology. The full report can be downloaded in both English and Polish.