Newsletter #14 – May 2022

Dear reader,

After two years of being bound to our screens, META-FORUM 2022 finally returns to the analogue model – while keeping the advantages of the digital: live streaming and chat rooms. The programme for our hybrid conference on European Language Technology has just been updated and we look forward to two days full of presentations, discussions and demos about ELG, ELE and so much more. If you haven’t registered yet, what are you waiting for? We’d be happy to have you.

Further ELG news concerns the past and the present: While a number of important project deliverables have been submitted to the European Commission in April, two national workshops in Malta and Slovenia are coming up this month. Details can be found in the ELG section of the newsletter, while the ELE section informs you about our interactive dashboard for the Digital Language Equality Metric as well as the six papers accepted for the workshop Towards Digital Language Equality (TDLE 2022) at LREC 2022.

Finally, we want to thank all of you who participated in our survey on the digital support for European languages: After its closure on 30 April, we counted 21,455 responses from all European countries! The results are now analysed and will be presented at META-FORUM 2022, so make sure to attend. Until then, enjoy another ELE partner profile, this time about the Dutch Language Institute (INT) and its role as a “developer, keeper and distributor of corpora, lexica, dictionaries and grammars”.

With best regards

Georg Rehm

Language Technology and NLP in the news
Social media highlights
  • Since the start of the Russian attack on Ukraine, many European companies have started offering free services for the support of Ukrainians arriving in the EU. ELG partner Pangeanic followed suit and decided to help make language barriers disappear.
  • Interactive educational books for children show that it’s never too early to start learning about things like colours, animals, numbers or even computer engineering.
  • A LinkedIn post with a screenshot of a Tweet discussing the usage of Reddit – crossposting at its finest, but the advice given is worth being shared on every platform.
  • Daniel Kahnemann’s central work on the human ways of thinking has been inspiring people in and outside of AI research for years – including Microsoft’s Fabio Maioli, who only has the highest praise to offer for Thinking Fast and Slow.
General news

Three years have passed since the last META-FORUM in presence, but for the (formal) end of the ELG and ELE projects, the international conference series on powerful and innovative language technologies can finally return to Brussels: We invite you to join us on 8 and 9 June for the 11th META-FORUM 2022 with a fitting motto: “Joining the European Language Grid – Together Towards Digital Language Equality”. The programme has just been updated and includes highlights such as a demo of the final ELG release, the findings on the state of Digital Language Equality in Europe, a panel on language-centric AI and an LT industry session. Learn more and register for free at

By the end of April, the ELG consortium handed several deliverables to the European Commission, increasing the total count to 32. The reports, such as the evaluation of the pilot project execution, have also been published through the ELG website, where close to 3.5 years of work on the European Language Grid platform are documented, clocking in at 1,887 pages. If you’re ever in need of reading material … 

Good things come in pairs: The ELG project hosts two more national workshops this month – an online event organised from Malta on 20 May and a hybrid event taking place in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on 27 May. More information on both workshops that introduce the European Language Grid and its application to the respective national language technology community, but also to interested parties from all over Europe, will follow shortly. Keep an eye on our event list for further information.
Selected new tools and resources on the
European Language Grid
Annotate Annotate is a web and desktop application that should simplify the process of transforming photos of manuscripts to a browsable collection. It also allows users to annotate parts of the displayed images. Annotate was added by the Faculty of Arts of the Charles University in Prague on 8 May 2022.
Selected new ELG members
Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology – LIST develops competitive and market-oriented product/service prototypes for public and private stakeholders, and works across the entire innovation chain: fundamental and applied research, incubation, transfer of technologies. By transforming scientific knowledge into technologies, smart data and tools, LIST empowers citizens in their choices, public authorities in their decisions and businesses in their strategies.

LIST has three departments: the Environmental Research and Innovation (ERIN), the Materials Research and Technology (MRT), and the IT for Innovative Services (ITIS) department.

LIST is the National Competence Centre of Luxembourg for the European Language Equality (ELE) and European Language Grid (ELG) project. 

General news

If you like data and data visualisation, you will enjoy this: Our Digital Language Equality Metric is now live in the shape of an interactive dashboard! The dashboard presents an overview of the technological and contextual support that European languages currently receive, as represented in the European Language Grid (with additional help from the ELE consortium). You can compare languages with one another, choose different types of factors and inspect the numbers of speakers of the languages on an interactive map. We hope that the dashboard is insightful and easy to use for everyone who cares about equality amongst European languages.

Digital Language Equality in Europe by 2030 and Deep Natural Language Understanding are the socio-political and scientific goals, respectively, envisioned by the ELE project. But what needs to be done to achieve this – which scientific breakthroughs are necessary, which developments need to be supported? In the Report on the state of Language Technology in 2030, the ELE consortium lays out the most important research topics to achieve our goals and presents the findings from more than 450 survey responses and 65 expert interviews with the European LT community. The report is part of a long list of deliverables that the project team produced in the past year, which will not get any shorter in the last few months of the project – keep an eye on the list and our social media channels for further reports.

The call for papers for our workshop Towards Digital Language Equality (TDLE 2022) at LREC 2020 in Marseille, France, has closed: Six papers have been accepted for presentation at the workshop on 20 June, with titles such as “The Nós Project: Opening routes for the Galician language in the field of language technologies” and “Collaborative Metadata Aggregation and Curation in Support of Digital Language Equality Monitoring”. Have a look at the workshop website for the list of all accepted papers and the workshop programme. We hope to see you in Marseille later in June!
Upcoming events
The ELE consortium Partner presentation

Instituut voor de Nederlandse Taal

The Instituut voor de Nederlandse Taal (INT) (or Dutch Language Institute) is the place for anyone who wants to know anything about the Dutch language through the centuries. It is a scholarly but at the same time easily accessible institute that studies all aspects of the Dutch language, including its vocabulary, grammar and linguistic variations. The institute collects new Dutch words, updates important reference works such as the Algemene Nederlandse Spraakkunst, the main standard work on Dutch grammar, and creates terminology lists to make professional specialised vocabularies accessible.

The institute also plays a central role in the Dutch-speaking world (Netherlands, Flanders, Suriname and the Dutch-speaking Caribbean islands) as a developer, keeper and distributor of corpora, lexica, dictionaries and grammars. With these sustainable language resources, all results of scholarly methods, the Dutch Language Institute provides the necessary building blocks for the study of Dutch. These are available at

The INT builds the digital language infrastructure for Dutch, and as a CLARIN B Centre, the INT is part of CLARIN. This European program offers a stable, sustainable, accessible and expandable common infrastructure for research in the humanities. It provides researchers and students with the digital materials and tools relevant to their research. The institute is a CLARIN Knowledge Centre for Dutch (, collecting and providing information on the Dutch language, as well as links to tools and resources; it is also coordinating CLARIN-Belgium.

The Dutch Language Institute is very glad and proud to contribute to the ELE project. It is convinced that languages that are not supported by the necessary digital infrastructure may die a digital death. The cooperation between language technologists, linguists and other experts will lead to an interdisciplinary workforce that may maintain and support multilingualism in Europe. The INT is also the National Competence Centre for the Netherlands for ELG and a partner in ELRC. It is convinced that its e-translation project is a very strong asset in Europe to provide high-quality machine translation.
Next edition

The next ELT newsletter will be sent out on 7 June 2022. Until then, follow our ELT social media accounts (as linked below) for the latest news! 

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