European Language Resource Infrastructure

The European Language Resource Infrastructure (ELRI) project is an initiative co-funded by the European Union under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) programme. The main objective of ELRI is the provision of an infrastructure to help collect, prepare and share language resources that can in turn improve translation services. In particular, resources shared with the DGT will contribute to improve the EU automated translation services that are freely available to all public institutions.

ELRI targets resources that are relevant to Digital Service Infrastructures and involves public institutions and public translation centres in France, Ireland, Portugal and Spain as a first step, with a future extension to additional member states as a key objective beyond the current initiative. The ELRI CEF Action has now concluded but the infrastructure lives on via our National Relay Stations, maintained by our partners in France, Ireland, Portugal, and Spain.

From October 2017 to spring 2018, the largest part of the work was dedicated to the design of the architecture. The outcome of this phase was a detailed set of specifications and guidelines for the deployment of the network. During 2018 and until the end of the project, the network was implemented and interchanges with stakeholders took place. All interested parties were invited to enquire and participate in the action. A specific conference for stakeholders was organised during this second phase of the project.

The third and last phase of the project was executed in 2019, with hands-on workshops organised in all four Member States that participated in the project. Language resources were actively collected and a Governance and Sustainability plan was prepared, to establish processes for an extension to new Member States/EEA countries as well as define means to sustain the network beyond the lifetime of the project itself.

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  • Start date: October 2017
  • PI: Andy Way - Partner
  • Acronym : ELRI
  • Title: European Language Resource Infrastructure
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  • Grant ID: INEA/CEF/ICT/A2016/1330962
Project Contact
  • Andy Way