META-NET - A Network of Excellence forging the Multilingual Europe Technology Alliance - A call for participation


META-NET needs your help to start building the technological foundations of a multilingual European information society. Please join the META strategic alliance today in order to play a part in this exciting initiative, which aims to bring about a large-scale increase in funding for Language Technology (LT) and LT-related research on the national and international level.


Some of the major challenges faced in Europe today include the following:

  • Preserving the European cultural and linguistic diversity in the united information and knowledge society
  • Securing at affordable costs the free flow of information and thought across language boundaries in the resulting single information space
  • Providing each language community with the most advanced technologies for communication, information and knowledge management so that maintaining their mother tongue does not turn into a disadvantage

Despite considerable research progress in recent years, as demonstrated by successful EU and national funded projects, the pace of progress is not sufficient to meet the challenges above within the next 10-20 years. Progress can be accelerated, but only if the relevant stakeholders such as research communities, LT industry, user industries, language communities, funding programs and policy makers team up for a dedicated major push.

META-NET Overview

META-NET is a Network of Excellence dedicated to fostering the technological foundations of the European multilingual information society:

  • Build META, a strategic alliance that includes multiple stakeholders to prepare the ground for a large-scale concerted effort.
  • Strengthen the European research community.
  • Approach open problems in MT in collaboration with other fields.

META-NET consists of three lines of action:

  1. META-VISION: Building a community with a shared vision and strategic research agenda
  2. META-SHARE: Building an open resource exchange infrastructure
  3. META-RESEARCH: Building bridges to neighbouring technology fields

Community involvment

The success of META-NET depends on the participation of the community to stregthen and enforce the Multiligual European Technology Alliance (META), which currently consists of 44 member institutions in 33 countries.

META-NET needs the cooperation and collaboration of researchers, decision makers, users and providers of Language Technology and Research & Development programmes to help with tasks such as the following:

  • Surveying and charting the field
  • Creating a shared vision
  • Preparing a Strategic Research Agenda
  • Building a multiplayer community via external liaisons, promotion, etc.
  • Identifying stakeholders, informing them about our initiative, dangers and challenges of the situation, LT support for their language etc.

The time to act is now - Please join META and participate in the discussion via the forum, where you can share your opinions and visions. Your help is vital to shape the future of the European LT landscape!

Please see also the presentation META-NET - A Call for Participation in META-VISION