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European Language Grid

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Towards the primary platform for Language Technologies in Europe

The existence of 24 official languages and many more additional languages within the EU makes Language Technologies (LT) vital to maintain an inclusive Digital Single Market. However, the fragmentation of the LT business environment in Europe, due to the high number of specialised companies, prevents advanced LT research transfer into industry and commerce. The EU-funded ELG project has established the European Language Grid (ELG) as a scalable platform delivering easy access to hundreds of commercial and non-commercial LT for all European languages, aiming to be the key platform for LT in Europe. The platform includes running instruments and services, data sets and resources aiming to improve the Multilingual Digital Single Market and create new jobs.


With 24 official EU and many more additional languages, multilingualism in Europe and an inclusive Digital Single Market can only be enabled through Language Technologies (LTs). European LT business is dominated by thousands of SMEs and a few large players. Many are world-class, with technologies that outperform the global players. However, European LT business is also fragmented – by nation states, languages, verticals and sectors. Likewise, while much of European LT research is world-class, with results transferred into industry and commercial products, its full impact is held back by fragmentation. The key issue and challenge is the fragmentation of the European LT landscape. The European Language Grid (ELG) project will address this fragmentation by establishing the ELG as the primary platform for LT in Europe. The ELG will be a scalable cloud platform, providing, in an easy-to-integrate way, access to hundreds of commercial and non-commercial Language Technologies for all European languages, including running tools and services as well as data sets and resources. It will enable the commercial and non-commercial European LT community to deposit and upload their technologies and data sets into the ELG, to deploy them through the grid, and to connect with other resources. The ELG will boost the Multilingual Digital Single Market towards a thriving European LT community, creating new jobs and opportunities. Through open calls, up to 20 pilot projects will be financially supported to demonstrate the usefulness of the ELG. The proposal is rooted in the experience of a consortium with partners involved in all relevant initiatives. Based on these, 30+ national competence centres and the European LT Board will be set up for European coordination. The ELG will foster “language technologies for Europe built in Europe”, tailored to our languages and cultures and to our societal and economical demands, benefitting the European citizen, society, innovation and industry.

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Net EU contribution
€ 1 723 750,00
67663 Kaiserslautern

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Rheinland-Pfalz Rheinhessen-Pfalz Kaiserslautern, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Research Organisations
Total cost
€ 1 723 750,00

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