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Towards a MultiLingual Data and Services infrastructure

Objective

This proposal answers EC invitation (Objective 4.1 d) to provide the "foundations of a scalable platform for the joint development/enhancement and hosting of (multi-) language data sets, processing tools and basic services... The aim is to create over time a comprehensive online repository...underpinning research, technology transfer and industrial development efforts." Language Technology (LT) researchers, vendors and service providers have repeatedly stressed the strategic value of common platforms for their respective work. Broad-based initiatives such as META-NET (mostly research and technology centres) and LT-INNOVATE (LT commercial players) have all highlighted the crucial importance of an open, extensible infrastructure to support research, facilitate sharing and reuse of research results, act as an aggregation point for commercial technology developers and solution vendors, driving down innovation costs and promoting the EU LT ecosystem to higher levels of competitiveness. This Support Action will deliver the strategic vision and operational specifications needed for building the MLi (European MultiLingual data & services Infrastructure), formulate a multiannual plan for its development and deployment, and shape the multi-stakeholders alliances ensuring its long term sustainability. The consortium will deliver: a) the functional, technical and operational Specifications of the MLi, b) a multiannual roll-out Plan of the MLi and its constituent services, with stages of development and cost/effort estimates, c) a sustainable Governance model, as well as terms and conditions for an organisation tasked with the administration, operation and maintenance of the MLi, and d) the statements of Commitment of stakeholders, to actively support deployment of the MLi. Project outputs will be fed into new EU programmes, most notably Horizon 2020 and Connecting Europe Facility, and will be offered as inputs to calls for tenders/proposals the EC will launch in due time.
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Coordinator

INMARK EUROPA SA

Address

Calle Rafael Calvo 9
28010 Madrid

Spain

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

Administrative Contact

Sabina Guaylupo (Mrs.)

Participants (7)

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INMARK ESTUDIOS Y ESTRATEGIAS SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 401 767

ATOS SPAIN SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 409 596

EVALUATIONS AND LANGUAGE RESOURCES DISTRIBUTION AGENCY

France

EU Contribution

€ 234 864

DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 205 189

TILDE SIA

Latvia

EU Contribution

€ 214 214

ESTEAM AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 384 665

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 247 705

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 610951

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2013

  • End date

    30 April 2016

Funded under:

FP7-ICT

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 471 926

  • EU contribution

    € 2 098 000

Coordinated by:

INMARK EUROPA SA

Spain