Open Letter to EC – Language Topic in Digital Single Market



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We would like to ask all of you for your support of an Open Letter to the EC, requesting to address the multilingual challenge in their forthcoming Strategy on the Digital Single Market (DSM).

The open letter is a response from the Language Technology community – including Linguistics, Computational Linguistics, Natural Language Processing, Data, Knowledge, Cognitive Science etc. – to the EC consultations for their DSM Strategy. Unfortunately, there is a very severe danger that our field is completely vanishing from the EC priorities. It’s not part of the current strategic priorities of EC Vice President Andrus Ansip.

Language Technology has already been removed from the Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2016/2017. We must act immediately! Otherwise our field won’t be recognised by the EC for the foreseeable future.  This is why we would like to ask you to join the initiators of the Open Letter which is online for signing at:

If you agree with our appeal, please sign the letter and circulate this message to your colleagues and networks.

We have to collect as many signatures as possible by the beginning of next week. We will then inform all Commissioners about this letter. On Wednesday (March 25), VP Andrus Ansip will discuss the DSM priorities with his DSM Project Team:

The next few days are our only chance to get their attention. Let’s use it!

Your support is very much needed! Please feel free to circulate this message in your networks.

Thank you very much for your support!