A consortium of European institutions working in the area of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Language Technology (LT), as well as European organisations working towards the goal of European language equality (the ECSPM among them), have responded to the call by European Commission and have been selected to execute the LANGEQ-2020 PPPA-AG funded with 1.800.000,00 euros. The project foresees the development of a “Strategic research, innovation and implementation agenda and a roadmap for achieving full digital language equality in Europe by 2030”.
The team of people that produced and submitted the European Language Equality (ELE) project proposal explain:
This ambitious endeavour stems from the findings of various studies and resolutions, showing that there is a striking imbalance in terms of digital language technologies across Europe with only a few languages (e.g., English, French and Spanish) being well supported. At the moment, more than 20 official languages and many more regional and minority languages are considered to be in danger of digital extinction. European language technologies have the potential to overcome this linguistic divide in the digital world. Therefore, the project’s mission will be to create:
- a sustainable evidence-based strategic research agenda
- a roadmap, setting out actions, processes, tools and actors to achieve full digital language equality of all languages used within Europe (official or otherwise).
The research agenda should illustrate the current state of language technologies and language equality within the EU and provide a detailed picture of the situation that is needed to achieve digital language equality. The roadmap will then outline the path and the means required to implement the agenda and to ensure that digital language equality becomes a reality by 2030.
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