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Ready-to-use Multilingual Linked Language Data for Knowledge Services across Sectors

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - Pret-a-LLOD (Ready-to-use Multilingual Linked Language Data for Knowledge Services across Sectors)

Reporting period: 2019-01-01 to 2020-06-30

The Prêt-à-LLOD project is concerned with making linguistic linked open data ready-to-use and it is achieving this goal through three objectives: firstly through multilingual cross-sectoral data access based on our linguistic data portal, Linghub, and our license analysis system. Secondly, through making interoperable linguistic technology though our linking, transformation and workflow management systems and finally through providing sustainability of language resources to provide long-term access to both services and data. These goals are being demonstrated in four pilots associated with each of our commercial partners and showing the viability of these technologies in the areas of ICT, publishing, pharma and public services. As language technologies are increasingly becoming a part of the daily life of EU citizens, the project will provide direct benefits by making data for these language technologies more readily available and usable. In particular, the increase of data in minority languages will directly benefit speakers of these languages through Europe, ensuring that no citizens are left out of the digital revolution.
Work in this period has mostly proceeded as planned, however, there has been some impact due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

The management of the project has proceeded successfully and the necessary communication and development methodologies have been put in place, include mailing lists, a web site, open-source code repositories, a data management plan and a software quality plan.

The commercial pilots have made significant progress in defining the user stories and requirements. While there have been some difficulties in obtaining sufficient community feedback and in response to reviewers' feedback, we have improved and resubmitted our first version of the user stories. This requirement gathering has fed into the 4 pilots and the specification was submitted in M12. These pilots have now developed their first prototypes and the reports on these pilots are expected to be submitted on time in M24.

The research aspects of the project are also proceeding well as evinced by the many research publications that the project has produced in its first 18 months. While the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have caused difficulties for the development of some of the research outcomes, we are on track to produce these results in line with the amended timeline.

The dissemination, communication and community-building aspects of the project have achieved spectacular success in the first year, with the project being well-represented at a large number of events as well as organizing successful innovation and community-building events. Unfortunately, the global pandemic has mostly stopped these activities, however, we hope to restart this work next year.

In addition, the advisory board met on 11th December 2019 to provide feedback on the project in a virtual session. This was attended by Núria Bel, Florian Faes, Franciska de Jong and Gianfranco Cecconi. The feedback from this meeting is informing the progress on the project. After the meeting, Florian Faes decided to resign from the board and we have invited José Manuel Goméz Pérez of Expert Systems to replace him.
The project has achieved state-of-the-art results in several areas, including the development of new linking methodologies, the development of resources for minority languages and the creation of new platforms (such as Teanga and Fintan). The project organized the "Translation Inference Across Dictionaries" (TIAD) task that is leading to new tasks in multilingual linking and attracted much attention. The project has contributed very actively to the OntoLex model developed by the W3C community group and two new modules are planned to extend this standard and this work will contribute to the new LEXIDMA standard being developed by OASIS. The commercial partners have also had great success in combining research with commercially-relevant applications and have published papers, that in one case won a best paper award.

As the tools that are planned to be developed by the project, both from the research and commercial partners, become available we expect to see wider socio-economic impacts as well as new exploitation possibilities for the partner organizations.
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