The European Language Grid (ELG), the H2020 project in which SAIL LABS participates, reports an enormous interest in its first open call for pilot projects that was closed on April 30, 2020. In total, 110 project proposals were accepted for evaluation with applicants coming from 29 countries.
When it comes to the proportion of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and research organizations, ELG received a slighly higher number of proposals from SMEs (62), while research organisations accounted for 48 proposals. The majority of the proposals focus on contributing resources, services, tools, or data sets to the ELG platform to increase its coverage (79), while there are 31 proposals developing applications using language resources and technologies available in the ELG platform. All proposals will be evaluated by three independent experts and by the ELG Pilot Board. ELG expects to announce the results of the evaluation and selection process by the end of June 2020. The selected projects will start in July 2020.
The H2020 project ELG is composed of a consortium of 9 members, including SAIL LABS. The project addresses the fragmentation of the European LT by establishing the ELG as the primary platform for LT in Europe. It aims to be a scalable cloud platform, providing, in an easy-to-integrate way, access to hundreds of commercial and non-commercial LT for all European languages, including running tools and services as well as data sets and resources. It was launched in January 2019 and will continue for 3 years.
SAIL LABS participates in ELG in a variety of ways: as a provider of technologies and models, taking part in communication and dissemination activities and being responsible for innovation management within the project.