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Over the Hurdle of Multilingualism to Global Leadership – a Vision to make the Digital Single Market a Reality

15 September 2015 @ 08:30 - 09:30

Over the Hurdle of Multilingualism to Global Leadership – a Vision to make the Digital Single Market a Reality

Paul Ruebig

Breakfast Meeting hosted at the European Parliament, by Dr. Paul Rübig, MEP

The purpose of this breakfast with Members of the European Parliament is to explore how the European Parliament and other European institutions can support and help implementing the multilingual infrastructure for the Digital Single Market. Experts from language technology industry and research will give a short overview of currently available solutions and point to the gaps where political support will be necessary.

PROGRAMME:

08.30-08.45: Welcome by Paul Rübig, Member of the European Parliament
08.45-09.30: Short statements introduced by Margaretha Mazura, Secretary General, EMF-The Forum of eExcellence:

09.30-10.00: Q & A

The event is co-organised by representatives of LT-Innovate, the association of language technology industry, META-NET, the network of langauge technology research, the LT Observatory project and the CRACKER project, both co-financed by Horizon 2020.

BACKGROUND:

The Digital Single Market (DSM) is a top priority for the European Commission. Vice-President Andrus Ansip has summarized the vision of the Digital Single Market: “Consumers need to be able to buy the best products at the best prices, wherever they are in Europe.” Commissioner Oettinger recently stated that “a Polish citizen being refused to buy products on a German website is not compatible with the idea of Europe”.

The main hurdle towards a Digital Single Market is at the same time Europe’s pride: its many languages.

Innovative language technologies such as search, automatic translation, voice recognition, knowledge management, sentiment analysis and many others, have achieved acceptable quality for the major languages. They are ready to be deployed. However, for achieving the vison of the multilingual Digital Single Market we have to support at least all 24 official languages and those of our most important trading partners. This requires a basic natural language processing infrastructure, the European Language Cloud (ELC), a public infrastructure providing the basic functionality required to process unstructured content.

The purpose of this breakfast with Members of the European Parliament is to explore how the European Parliament and other European institutions can support and help implementing these crucial infrastructures for the Digital Single Market.

FURTHER READING:

Riga Summit Declaration of Common Interest

Multilingual Europe: the Crowning Touch to the Digital single Market – a call for Action

REGISTRATION:

Participation is by invitation only. If you wish to participate, please contact us well in advance. Due to the security regulations of the European Parliament, only pre-registered persons will be admitted.

Organisers

LT-Innovate
META-NET
LT_Observatory
CRACKER

Venue

European Parliament (Brussels)
60 rue Wiertz
Brussels, 1047 Belgium
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Phone:
+32(0)2 28 42111
Website:
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/