Digital Language Equality for all Languages in Europe - The ELE project
2021-10-30, 13:00–13:20 (UTC), Room 2

"European Language Equality" (ELE) is an European Commission project consisting of 52 partner organizations that envisions a future where all European languages can achieve full digital language equality by 2030. In order to get there the partners are working to create a convincing roadmap to hand in to the European Commission that will make sure that under-resourced and minority languages in Europe have the technological support to exist and prosper in the digital age.

The Wikimedia movement - and more specifically Wikidata editors, Wiktionary editors, editors of Lexemes, Lingua Libre volunteers, edit-a-thon organizers, editors of small language Wikipedias, editors of European language Wikipedias - have been part of the consultation process for this project. We wanted to make sure the pains, challenges, wishes and needs of the volunteers and communities keeping the multi-language environment of Europe alive everyday are heard on a EU policy level.

In this session, we will present the results of the project so far as well as take the opportunity to discuss the pains of under-resourced language communities that are active in the Wikidata community.

Questions we want to discuss with the Wikidata community:
What are our challenges, needs and expectations for the future of Language Technology for under-resourced languages?
What do we need from policymakers in order to preserve European languages with the Wikimedia projects?


What will the participants take away from this session?

The results from the discussion will be part of the input Wikimedia is providing for the agenda and roadmap we want to present to the European Union at the end of the project in the hopes of influencing European policies.

Language

English

Recording

Yes

Other links

Project Website for more information: https://european-language-equality.eu/

Link to notes

https://etherpad.wikimedia.org/p/WDCon_2021_ELE_Project

I'm Maria and I have been with Wikimedia Deutschland since 2016. Most of this time I have spent with the volunteer support team, working together with volunteers from the German speaking community and making their ideas reality. I am currently working with the product team of the Software Department at Wikimedia Deutschland. My main responsibility is managing 3rd party funded projects that Wikimedia Deutschland is part of.

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