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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, is one of the first EDICs, proposed in December 2023. Coordinated by France, the ALT-EDIC counts

  • Eleven Members (Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland and Slovenia);
  • Seven observers: six Member States (Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Malta, Romania, and Slovakia) and one region (Flanders).

In addition, three Member States (Hungary, Portugal and Spain) intend to join as a member.

The ALT-EDIC’s mission is to develop a common European infrastructure in Language Technologies, particularly Large Language and other foundational AI models. It seeks to improve European competitiveness, increase European data and other relevant resources 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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