In line with the European Data Strategy and the launch of the DIGITAL Programme, the European Commission (CNECT.G3’s Multilingualism Sector) organised a series of seven workshops in May. They targeted several business sectors, such as News, Broadcasting, Advertising, Publishing, Language Technology, Telecommunication Industries as well as Libraries, Archives and Public Administrations. The goal was not only to present the Language Data Space concept, but also to gather insights from the different stakeholders’ groups.

The Language Data Space aims to give stakeholders the opportunity to monetise their efforts in terms of language resources (data, tools, services, models, etc.), while also supporting the deployment of language models and AI-based language technology services for their businesses − in one single marketplace. Its objective is to create an interconnected and competitive European data economy for the valorisation and re-use of language resources.

The Language Data Space will be financed as follows:

•    Framework Programme: Digital Europe Work Programme 2021-2022
•    Type of Action: PROCUREMENT 
•    Indicative Budget: EUR 6 million 
•    Indicative Time of the Call Opening: June – September 2022 
•    Indicative Starting Date: Early 2023

More than 100 attendees and their representative organisations (e.g., FEP, FEDMA, ETNO, EBU, etc.) participated in these workshops. All of them showed interest and identified several opportunities, for instance, monetising language data, counteracting the European Language Technologies landscape fragmentation and enriching it with high-quality data, covering different modalities, business domains and use cases. 

In addition, stakeholders maintained that indispensable ‘enabling conditions’ must be implemented and certain challenges have yet to be overcome, on a technical (e.g., promoting standards, normalising metadata, designing and developing the architecture), legal (e.g., complying with GDPR, implementing IPR clearance and correct licensing) or operational (e.g., defining governance, fostering sustainability and interoperability) level.

More to come soon – stay tuned!