On 8 November 2022, STOA held a workshop on the research and development environment of language technologies in the context of EU multilingualism. This event follows STOA’s 20-year commitment to scientific developments in language technologies, including the STOA workshops in 2013 and 2017. A 2017 STOA study led to the European Parliament’s 2018 resolution on fostering language equality in the digital age.
In the event’s first session, the main conclusions of the first part of the EU-funded European Language Equality (ELE) project were discussed. As main project coordinator, Professor Andy Way introduced the ELE project and its strategic agenda to achieve full digital language equality in Europe by 2030.
The next steps, which are more ambitious in terms of the languages studied, tools explored and end goals, include developing large, open-access language models, fostering data availability and investing in computer infrastructure.
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