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European Language Data Space

What do LDS and ALT-EDIC have in common?

The LDS and ALT-EDIC are connected initiatives. 

  • They both work on digitalisation and language, but from different angles. While the LDS focuses on creating an ecosystem around language data exchange, the ALT-EDIC focuses on building a European-wide ecosystem around language technologies, which require large amounts of language data.
  • They both aim at involving Member States and European industry in their endeavours in compliance with the DIGITAL Work Programme for the LDS and the Digital Decade Policy Programme for the ALT-EDIC. This is mirrored in the twofold governance model adopted by initiatives, which will facilitate a seamless transition between the two initiatives once the LDS project comes to an end. 
    • The LDS will have two governance bodies: the ‘Centre of Excellence for Language Technologies’ or CELT – made up of all the Member States’ and DIGITAL-associated countries’ representatives, and a ‘Multi-Stakeholder Governance Body’ or CELT+, consisting of industrial stakeholders. 
    • Similarly, the ALT-EDIC will have the ‘Assembly of Members’, gathering up representing entities delegated by the Member States participating in the ALT-EDIC, and an ‘Industrial Consortium’, i.e., a group or body of leading companies, small and medium-sized enterprises and business support organisations, representing the interests of the industry, brought together by a consortium agreement. 
  • In addition, both endeavours prioritise the respect of EU values and principles in digital implementation. 
  • Finally, the LDS and ALT-EDIC will both contribute to advancing Europe’s digital autonomy and technical sovereignty as their shared overarching mission is to empower the Multilingual Digital Single Market while preserving Europe’s language diversity through digital means.