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Collaboration Agreement between Monnet and META-NET


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

Scope and Objectives of the Participants

Monnet is a STREP project dedicated to a solution of the “cross-language information access prob- lem”, by using a novel combination of Machine Translation and Semantic Web Technology. Monnet focuses on the domains of government information services and financial data. Here, Monnet aims at allowing users to find answers to their questions independent of the country's official languages. A key solution to this problem is to deal with information at a semantic level. Monnet achieves this through semantically aware term translation based on a novel approach that integrates ontology-based domain semantics with linguistic information from the domain lexicon. This solution will change the way business and government provide, exchange and integrate information, driving global standardization efforts.

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, commercial technology providers and language communities; to strengthen the European research community through research networking, via the Virtual Information Centre (VIC) “Language Technology World” (LT World) and by creating new schemes and structures for sharing resources (i.e., the META-SHARE infrastructure); to build bridges by approaching open problems in collaboration with other research fields such as machine learning, cognitive systems, knowledge technologies, 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

Two important goals of META-NET are to strengthen the European research community through research networking, and to advance language technology via connections to other research fields. In both areas, the solution of “cross language information access” created within Monnet can provide significant input. Monnet, on the other hand, can benefit from META-NET via additional usage scenarios for cross language information access, and by synergies for research about novel approaches towards Machine Translation.

This broad view on the relation between the two projects also corresponds to detailed areas where collaboration is possible:

  • Monnet WP 2 “Multilingual Ontology Localization”. This work package is related to the META-NET WP 16 “Virtual Information Centre” (VIC). The approach of ontology localization developed within Monnet can help to decide on the multilingual design of the VIC. Monnet can benefit from the VIC as an additional usage scenario for its ontology localization approach.
  • Monnet WP 3 “Cross-lingual Ontology-based Information Extraction (CLOBIE)”. This work package is related to the META-NET WPs 1, 2, 3 and 4 which are all focusing on the enhancement of Machine Translation: by using semantic resources and tools, by exploring new means of Hybrid Machine Translation, by exploiting (also non-lingual) context, and by addressing multilingual corpora and information retrieval.
  • Monnet WP 4 “Cross-language Knowledge Access and Presentation”. This work package is related to the META-NET WPs 6, 7, 8 and 9 (development of META-SHARE). Both the VIC and the META-SHARE infrastructure can benefit from the design of cross-language knowledge access and presentation in Monnet. Monnet can benefit from META-NET by gaining an additional use case for its methodologies.

By signing this agreement, the two projects agree on implementing cooperation in at least one of the areas mentioned above. The cooperation will be documented in at least one of the deliverables pro- duced by the projects. This agreement does not impose any constraints on further cooperation be- tween the two projects.


Signed on behalf of Monnet

Signed on behalf of META-NET

Paul Buitelaar

Coordinator of Monnet


Hans Uszkoreit

Coordinator of META-NET