Fostering the Next Generation of European Language Technology: Recent Developments ― Emerging Initiatives ― Challenges and Opportunities

Georg Rehm; Jan Hajic; Josef van Genabith; Andrejs Vasiljevs

In: Nicoletta Calzolari; Khalid Choukri; Thierry Declerck; Marko Grobelnik; Bente Maegaard; Joseph Mariani; Asuncion Moreno; Jan Odijk; Stelios Piperidis (Hrsg.). Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation. International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC-2016), 10th, May 23-28, Portoro¸, Slovenia, ISBN 978-2-9517408-9-1, European Language Resources Association (ELRA), Paris, France, 5/2016.


META-NET is a European network of excellence, founded in 2010, that consists of 60 research centres in 34 European countries. One of the key visions and goals of META-NET is a truly multilingual Europe, which is substantially supported and realised through language technologies. In this article we provide an overview of recent developments around the multilingual Europe topic, we also describe recent and upcoming events as well as recent and upcoming strategy papers. Furthermore, we provide overviews of two new emerging initiatives, the CEF.AT and ELRC activity on the one hand and the Cracking the Language Barrier federation on the other. The paper closes with several suggested next steps in order to address the current challenges and to open up new opportunities.


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