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Cross-Lingual Embeddings for Less-Represented Languages in European News Media

Objective

Access to the internet is no longer a luxury---it is a basic component of everyday life and civic engagement, but one in which language continues to be a challenge for fair and equitable access. As Europe becomes more multicultural, and personal and professional mobility between cultures rapidly increases, access to fundamental resources such as local news and government services is limited by the great diversity of the EU's 37 languages. The internet mostly developed in English, and without clear planning for how language issues might form barriers to access and engagement, nor how multilingualism might be supported. In the EU, websites and online services for citizens have developed national local language resources, and often only provide a second language (usually English) when absolutely needed; but the great proliferation of web content, multiple and fast-changing content streams, and an expanding user interest base make this approach untenable. And while advanced natural language research and resources exist for a few dominant languages (English, French, German), many of Europe's smaller language communities---and the news media industry that serves them---lack appropriate tools for multilingual internet development. For the EU to realise a truly equitable, open, multilingual future internet, new tools allowing high quality transformations (not translations) between languages are urgently needed. The EMBEDDIA project seeks to address these challenges by leveraging innovations in the use of cross-lingual embeddings coupled with deep neural networks to allow existing monolingual resources to be used across languages, leveraging their high speed of operation for near real-time applications, without the need for large computational resources. Across three years, the project's six academic and four industry partners will develop novel solutions including for under-represented languages, and test them in real-world news and media production contexts.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/artificial intelligence/computational intelligence
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/internet
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services
  • /humanities/languages and literature/languages - general

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2018-2
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN
Address
Jamova 39
1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 560 059,54

Participants (10)

QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 451 800
Address
327 Mile End Road
E1 4NS London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 323 750
Address
Kongresni Trg 12
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LA ROCHELLE UNIVERSITE
France
EU contribution
€ 372 500
Address
Avenue Albert-einstein 23
17031 La Rochelle
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 448 125
Address
Yliopistonkatu 3
00014 Helsingin Yliopisto
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 175 000
Address
Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TEXTA OU
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 306 250
Address
Asula Tn 3
11312 Tallinn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AS EKSPRESS MEEDIA
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 113 437,50
Address
Narva Mnt 13
10151 Tallinn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STYRIA MEDIJSKI SERVISI DOO ZA TRGOVINU I USLUGE

Participation ended

Croatia
EU contribution
€ 11 013,75
Address
Oreskoviceva 6H/1
10000 Zagreb
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
OY SUOMEN TIETOTOIMISTO - FINSKA NOTISBYRAN AB
Finland
EU contribution
€ 111 737,50
Address
Malminkatu 16A
00100 Helsinki
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TRIKODER DRUSTVO S OGRANICENOM ODGOVORNOSCU ZA RAZVOJ INTERNET SUSTAVAI OBLIKOVANJE
Croatia
EU contribution
€ 125 176,71
Address
Ulica Miroslava Miholica 2
10000 Zagreb Grad Zagreb
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)