QT21: Quality Translation 21

Logo: QT21

A European Digital Single Market free of barriers, including language barriers, is a stated EU objective to be achieved by 2020. The findings of the META-NET Language White Papers show that currently only 3 of the EU-27 languages enjoy moderate to good support by our machine translation technologies, with either weak (at best fragmentary) or no support for the vast majority of the EU-27 languages. This lack is a key obstacle impeding the free flow of people, information and trade in the European Digital Single Market.

Many of the languages not supported by our current technologies show common traits: they are morphologically complex, with free and diverse word order. Often there are not enough training resources and/or processing tools. Together this results in drastic drops in translation quality. The combined challenges of linguistic phenomena and resource scenarios have created a large and under-explored grey area in the language technology map of European languages. Combining support from key stakeholders, QT21 addresses this grey area developing

To continuously measure progress, and to provide a platform for sharing and collaboration (QT21 internally and beyond), the project revolves around a series of Shared Tasks, for maximum impact co-organised with the annual workshops on machine translation (WMT).

The project QT21 has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 645452.

Funded by:European Union
Project Manager:Josef van Genabith (Josef.van_Genabith@dfki.de)
Contact:Stephan Busemann (Stephan.Busemann@dfki.de)
Duration: 01.02.2015 - 31.01.2018
Partners:GermanyRWTH Aachen,
NetherlandsUniversiteit van Amsterdam,
IrelandDublin City University,
ScotlandUniversity of Edinburgh,
GermanyKarlsruher Institut für Technologie,
FranceCNRS: Centre National De La Recherche Scientifique, Paris,
Czech RepublicUniverzita Karlova v Praze,
ItalyFBK: Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento,
EnglandSheffield University,
GermanyText & Form GmbH,
Hong KongHong Kong University of Science and Technology