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Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Language Technology Platforms (IWLTP 2020, co-located with LREC 2020)

Piperidis, Stelios; Rehm, Georg; Hajič, Jan; Choukri, Khalid; Vasiljevs, Andrejs; Bontcheva, Kalina;
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Published: 01 Jan 2020
Country: Czech Republic

With the increasing number of platforms, grids and infrastructures in the wider area of Language Technologies (LT), NLP, NLU, speech, interaction and language-centric AI, there is also a growing need for sharing experiences, approaches and best practices to learn and benefit from the work of others and also, practically, to start a collaboration towards platform interoperability. The 1st InternationalWorkshop for Language Technology Platforms (IWLTP 2020) addresses all smaller and larger language grids, language-related infrastructures, platform initiatives as well as collaborative research projects that touch upon LT platforms, especially platform interoperability and related topics, both in Europe and world-wide. Its objective is to exchange and discuss observations, experiences, solutions, best practices as well as current and future challenges. The workshop also addresses the issue of fragmentation in the Language Technology landscape. Instead of “platform islands” that simply exist side by side, possibly even competing with each other, initiatives should discuss how their platforms can be made interoperable and how they can interact with one another to create synergies towards a productive LT platform ecosystem. The EU project European Language Grid (ELG; 2019-2021) is creating a platform that will provide thousands of data sets and hundreds of LT services. ELG aims to promote technologies tailored to all European languages and cultures, adapted to their social and economic needs. At the same time, there are several established platforms or infrastructure-related initiatives as well as emerging new ones, both on the European but also on the national level as well as on other continents. Some of the initiatives are more language-related and have a strong industry focus, others are mainly research-oriented. Moreover, there are digital public service initiatives, and platforms, in which language is only one aspect of many. With all these established and emerging initiatives, there is a risk of even stronger fragmentation in the Language Technology field, which is already highly fragmented, at least in Europe. Our approach is to bring these initiatives together to discuss ways not only of preventing further fragmentation but, crucially, of reversing it. This will only be possible if interoperability and mutual data exchange is ensured and if metadata formats and technical requirements are compatible, among others. A total of 30 papers were submitted to IWLTP 2020, 17 of which were accepted (acceptance rate: 56.7%). The organisers would like to thank all contributors for their valuable submissions and all members of the Programme Committee for reviewing the submitted papers. Due to the ongoing SARSCoV-2 pandemic, the workshop cannot be held as originally foreseen. Together with the organisers of LREC 2020 we will explore if we can organise the workshop at a later point in time or if we can organise it as a virtual event. G. Rehm, K. Bontcheva, K. Choukri, J. Hajic, S. Piperidis, A. Vasil,jevs May 2020 iii

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European Language Grid
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 825627
  • Funding stream: H2020 | IA
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