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"The Commission wants to strengthen the dialogue with the business community by providing an open platform to address sector specific problems. As a first step we need to better understand the needs of commercial developers and vendors. We want to encourage experimentation of innovative solutions by early adopters."

  • Z. Stancic, Deputy Director General DG INFSO, June 2011, Budapest

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Please read the document detailing the preliminary provisions for the membership and operation of the Forum in the inception phase. Fill in the form and return it to:

If your company fulfils the basic requirements to become a member, you will receive a confirmation e-mail together with an invitation to join a dedicated LinkedIn group. The LinkedIn group will, for the time being, be the primary means of communication among the Forum members and the European Commission.

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Language Technologies

| Preparatory Meeting | Forum Launch |

Towards an Innovation Platform for Language Technology players

The need to overcome the fragmentation of the LT field and to improve the conditions for businesses operating in it was repeatedly brought to our attention in the interactions with stakeholders. The idea of creating a Business Forum emerged in the course of 2010 and we have since engaged in discussions with commercial players who take part in our programmes to investigate how the European Commission (EC) can best contribute to such joint efforts.

In the past EU funding focused on hard research challenges and European research laboratories did indeed produce excellent results. It is widely recognised, however, that we are not doing so well when it comes to exploiting research results and turning them into successful products and services. Recent EC initiatives stress the need to step up efforts in this respect and in particular to enhance the involvement of technology-driven SMEs.

The Forum is intended to help define the requirements of providers of commercial LT products and services, and to input them to our future strategy and work programmes, from 2012 onwards. It will give the participants an opportunity to reach out and network with other stakeholders, take part in focused consultations, and identify directions and priorities for the field at large.

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The Language Technology Business Stakeholders' Forum is launched

The launching event of the Language Technology Business Stakeholders' Forum, attended by some 40 delegates representing a wide range of companies from 17 countries, took place on 28 June 2011 in Budapest in the framework of the META-FORUM conference. The purpose of the meeting was to launch the Forum, to present a range of activities which are currently under preparation to support the Forum operations and to gather feedback from the participants. The initiative was welcomed as having a substantial potential to address some of the pressing needs of business players in the field.

The agenda of the launch event, together will all the presentations, a summary of the meeting and the participants list are available below for download.

Individual Presentations:

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Preparatory Meeting

The preparatory meeting for Language Technologies Business Forum took place on 20 January 2011 in the Jean Monnet conference centre in Luxembourg. The purpose of the meeting was to validate the idea of creating a "Business Forum", to refine the results of consultations to date regarding possible activity lines and to discuss the possible scope & operation of the forum.

Individual Presentations:

Feel free to contact us if you are interested to participate in the activities of the Business Forum:

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