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European Language Data Space

ALT-EDIC

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Alliance for Language Technologies EDIC

Preserving linguistic and cultural diversity in Europe and promoting technological excellence and leadership

A European Digital Infrastructure Consortium (EDIC) is a new mechanism for multi-country projects created under the Digital Decade Policy Programme 2030. EDICs allow Member States to pool funding and other resources in a flexible and efficient way, to invest in transformative digital projects. EDICs can also ensure common standards and interoperability.

For more information on what an EDIC is and what its main features are, please have a look at our News section.

The Alliance for Language Technologies

The ALT-EDIC, the Alliance for Language Technologies, was proposed in December 2023 as one of the first EDICs. On 7 February 2024, the European Commission officially set up the ALT-EDIC with the Implementing Decision (EU) 2024/458.

Coordinated by France, the ALT-EDIC counts

  • Eleven founding Members States: Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland and Slovenia;
  • Six observing Member States: Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Malta, Romania and Slovakia.

Spain and Belgium are currently in the application process to join the ALT-EDIC.

The mission of the ALT-EDIC is to develop a common European infrastructure in Language Technologies, focussing particularly on Large Language Models. It seeks to improve European competitiveness, increase the availability of European language data and uphold Europe’s linguistic diversity and cultural richness.

The ALT-EDIC’s action plan focuses on five thematic areas:

What is the link between the ALT-EDIC and LDS?

The ALT-EDIC is a multi-country project, run and funded by the Member States who have agreed to join it. By pooling resources, the members should achieve the critical mass of data and other resources needed to create and finetune Large Language Models, which any single member would find difficult to do alone.

The LDS is one of several data spaces, supported by the Commission to nurture a data ecosystem across many sectors. The LDS will establish a governance structure for the exchange of data from various sectors, that can be used to develop language technology tools. This data will also be available to the ALT-EDIC. The LDS is financed by a contract under the Digital programme.

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