When? 11 June 2021
Where? virtual (Link will be emailed to registered participants.)

•    The European Language Resource Coordination (ELRC) consortium
•    Dutch Language Institute
•    Utrecht University

Language Technology is shaping our multilingual future. It has already been transforming the way we interact with our devices and with each other, the way we shop, work and travel. More and more it reshapes our interaction with service providers, either public or private. Programs that automatically correct spelling errors and aid sophisticated writing, 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 much more, are already empowering our everyday lives, our businesses and our administrations. But can we fully use our own language in our digital interactions? Is our language adequately supported and ready to keep pace with the technological advancements of the AI era?   

The third European Language Resource Coordination (ELRC) workshop in the Netherlands has addressed these questions and engaged participants in a fruitful discussion on the status and prospects of Language Technology for Dutch. Developers, integrators and users of Language Technology, both from the private and public sector have shared experiences, requirements and ways for transforming digital interaction in our multilingual Europe with Language Technologies. Finally, an interesting discussion took place on how language data, i.e. texts and speech, can fuel development in Artificial Intelligence.

All presentations are linked in the agenda below (click the link Presentation in each session).

Workshop programme

09:15 - 09:30


09:30 - 09:40

Welcome and introduction

Carole Tiberius, Instituut voor de Nederlandse Taal


09:40 - 10:00

The potential of Language Technology and AI – where we are, where we should be heading

Khalil Sima’an, Universiteit van Amsterdam


10:00 - 10:20

ELRC, Language Technology and AI for Dutch

Carole Tiberius, Instituut voor de Nederlandse Taal & Jan Odijk, Universiteit Utrecht


10:20 - 10:30

Coffee Break

10:30 - 11:00

The CEF AT Platform

François Thunus, Europese Commissie


11:00 - 11:40

Language technologies by/for the public sector - Panel session

Emma Hartkamp,  Europese Commissie, directoraat-generaal Vertaling (Moderator)
Catia Cucchiarini, Taalunie
Arjan van Hessen, Universiteit Twente
Oele Koornwinder, Belastingdienst
Harvey van der Meer, Gemeente Tilburg


11:40 - 11:45

Short Break

11:45 - 12:15

Language data creation, management and sharing: existing practices and challenges - Panel session

Steven Krauwer, Universiteit Utrecht & CLARIN ERIC (Moderator)  
Franciska de Jong, Universiteit Utrecht, Executive Director CLARIN ERIC
Hans Overbeek, Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninkrijksrelaties; Kennis- en Exploitatiecentrum Officiële Overheidspublicaties (KOOP)
Ted van der Togt, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, Afdeling Onderzoek
Vincent Vandeghinste, Instituut voor de Nederlandse Taal, ELG


12:15 - 12:30