META-FORUM 2011 - Solutions for Multilingual Europe, Budapest
META-FORUM was an international conference on powerful technologies for the multilingual European information society and an official event of the Hungarian EU Presidency.
Cultural and linguistic diversity is a hallmark of European integration. While the European Union works in 23 official languages, a total of about 60 languages are spoken on our continent when regional languages are taken into account. Information provided to citizens, business partners, consumers and tourists keeps growing at a fast pace. Will businesses and public administrations be able to translate this vast quantity of text into 23 or 60 languages? For 23 languages, we already have 506 pairs of source and target languages, for 60 languages 3540 pairs are needed. Surely, we cannot afford to sacrifice our linguistic diversity. But, can we afford to maintain it?
The event details can be found here.
Session 1. Multilingual LT Research in Europe: Trends & Challenges
Session 2. European Language Technology Industries
Session 3. Supporting Innovation in Language Technology
Session 4. Are Europe's Languages in Danger?
Session 5. European Institutions and Multilingual Language Technologies
Session 6. Language Technologies for Multilingual Societies
Session 7. Case Study: The Central and South Eastern European Perspective
Session 8. A Strategic Research Agenda for Multilingual Europe