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Collaboration Agreement between EuroMatrixPlus and META-NET

The Network of Excellence “Technologies for the Multilingual European Information Society”, henceforth META-NET, and the STREP project EuroMatrixPlus, both established within Framework Programme 7, recognise the complementarity of their objectives and declare their intent for multi-level collaboration.

Scope and Objectives of the Participants

The overall aim of the EuroMatrixPlus project is to continue the rapid advance of machine translation (MT) technology. An example MT system has been created for every official EU language, and MT developers will be provided with infrastructure for building statistical translation models. An openly accessible sample application will be created that enables users to automatically translate news stories and web pages from any EU language into any other. The corrections entered by users (both professional translators and lay users who create content on a voluntary basis) will be exploited for improving MT technology. The EuroMatrixPlus project builds on the work done in the previous EuroMatrix project, paying special attention to the languages of the new and near-term prospective member states. The project has contributed to the growth and competitiveness of the European MT research scene and infrastructure through open evaluations and living community supported surveys of resources, tools, systems and their respective capabilities.

META-NET is a Network of Excellence dedicated to the technological foundations of the European multilingual information society. Its main goals are: to build a strategic alliance of national and international research programmes, corporate users and commercial technology providers and language communities; to strengthen the European research community through research networking and by creating new schemes and structures for sharing resources, that is the META-SHARE infrastructure; and to build bridges by approaching open problems in collaboration with other research fields such as machine learning, social computing, cognitive systems, knowledge technologies and multimedia content. META-NET will lead to a strong language technology community with ties to other R&D communities, with a network into industry and public administration, and with visions and plans for a strategic research agenda, to support the sustainability of the European, multilingual information society.

Areas of collaboration

EuroMatrixPlus is a key project for the development of ready to use machine translation infrastructure, focusing on the advancement of the Moses machine translation infrastructure. In contrast, META-NET is focusing on various areas of advancing MT in general: Semantics and MT, Hybrid MT, context and MT, and the empirical base for MT. The empirical basis for MT is a common topic for both projects, with EuroMatrixPlus taking the role of user corrections into account.

Based on the above relation between the two projects, the following areas of collaboration are defined within this agreement.

  • EuroMatrixPlus will review the work undertaken in META-NET related to the advancement of machine translation, and analyze how the results influence the design of the Moses machine translation infrastrucutre.

  • Both projects may envisage a joint publication about the above topic until the end of 2011.

  • EuroMatrixPlus will provide access to tools and language models being developed via the META-SHARE infrastructure, in addition to EuroMatrixPlus’ project specific dissemination channels.

  • EuroMatrixPlus will participate in major META-NET events like META-FORUM 2011.


Signed on behalf of EuroMatrixPlus

Signed on behalf of META-NET

Stephan Busemann

Coordinator of EuroMatrixPlus


Hans Uszkoreit

Coordinator of META-NET