European Language Grid (ELG): Introduction and overview

4th Regional ELG Workshop: Finland

15th December 2020, 14.00-16.30
Online event


The European Language Grid (ELG) aims to provide a digital marketplace where European companies, organizations and citizens can both offer and efficiently use language technologies, data sets and services. The ELG workshop presents an overview of the ELG platform and the ELG pilot projects. Welcome to see what ELG has to offer for you!


The workshop is a free online event, but registration is required. Please register via the ELRC website by 10th December. NB: In case you wish to participate in the ELG tutorial session that may be arranged after the workshop, please indicate this in the field for additional information on the registration form. Thanks!

Note that the third ELRC Workshop in Finland will also take place online, in the same virtual room, on the same day at 9.30-12.40. Welcome to participate in both events!

Program (provisional)

14:00Welcome and introduction
14:05ELG Overview
Katrin Marheinecke
14:30ELG online demo
Nils Feldhus
14:50Presentations of Finnish Pilot Projects funded in ELG: PARA4DLM (University of Turku), LSDISCO (Lingsoft); OPUS-MT (University of Helsinki)
15:20Expectations/requirements of Finnish Language Technology providers
Marko Turpeinen, 1001Lakes
15:40Summary and discussion
16:00End of workshop
16:15Tutorial: How to integrate a service into ELG
This tutorial may be organized according to requests from the participants. Please indicate your interest in the registration form.

Last updated: December 7, 2020


3rd European Language Resource Coordination (ELRC) workshop in Finland

15.12.2020 at 9:30-12:40

The European Language Resource Coordination (ELRC) consortium
Department of Digital Humanities, University of Helsinki

Welcome to the third ELRC workshop in Finland!

Language Technology is shaping our multilingual future. It has already been transforming the way we interact with our devices and with each other, the way we shop, work and travel. More and more it reshapes our interaction with service providers, either public or private. Programs that automatically correct spelling errors and aid sophisticated writing, digital assistants that transform our voices to text messages on mobile phones, bots that answer our calls to the bank or to our social security organisation, systems that automatically translate from a foreign language, and much more, are already empowering our everyday lives, our businesses and our administrations. But can we fully use our own language in our digital interactions? Is our language adequately supported and ready to keep pace with the technological advancements of the AI era?

The third Finnish European Language Resource Coordination (ELRC) workshop will address these questions and it will seek to engage participants in a fruitful discussion on the status and prospects of Language Technology for Finnish. Developers, integrators and users of Language Technology, both from the private and public sector will share experiences, requirements and ways for transforming digital interaction in our multilingual Europe with Language Technologies. Finally, we will discuss how language data, i.e. texts and speech, can fuel development in Artificial Intelligence.

This workshop continues the series of previous ELRC workshops that were organized in Finland on 19.2.2016 and 24.10.2018.

Now in collaboration with European Language Grid (ELG)

This ELRC workshop is organized in collaboration with the European Language Grid (ELG). The 4th Regional ELG Workshop will take place in the afternoon, starting at 14:00. For details, see the ELG workshop page. Welcome to register and attend both events!


The ELRC workshop is a free event, but registration is required. You can use the same form to register to both the ELRC workshop (morning sessions) and the ELG workshop (afternoon sessions).

Please register via the ELRC website by 10th December. Welcome!

Program (provisional)

09:30 – 09:40

Welcome and introduction (video, pdf)
Krister Lindén, University of Helsinki / FIN-CLARIN

09:40 – 10:00

The potential of Language Technology and AI – where we are, where we should be heading (video, pdf)
Jörg Tiedemann, University of Helsinki

10:00 – 10:30

Language Technologies for the Languages of Finland – Panel session (video, pdf)
Filip Ginter, University of Turku (Moderator)
Sebastian Andersson, Lingsoft
Jörg Tiedemann, University of Helsinki
Sampo Pyysalo, University of Turku
Pasi Tapanainen, Etuma
Kaarina Hyvönen, Kielikone

10:30 – 10:45

Coffee Break

10:45 – 11:15 

The CEF AT Platform (video, pdf)
Vilmantas Liubinas, 
European Commission

11:15 – 11:45

Language technologies by/for the public sector – Panel session (video, pdf)
Jouko Salonen, Finnish Immigration Service (Moderator)
Osma Suominen, National Library of Finland
Ville Viitasaari, Kela
Kaisamari Kuhmonen, Prime Minister’s Office

11:45 – 12:15

Language data creation, management and sharing: existing practices and challenges – Panel session (video)
Aleksi Rossi, YLE (Moderator)
Krister Lindén, University of Helsinki / FIN-CLARIN
Mikko Kurimo, Aalto University
Tommi Kurki, University of Turku

12:15 – 12:30

The EU Council Presidency Translator – Finnish presidency success story and what’s beyond (video, pdf)
Pekka Myllylä, Managing Director at Tilde Eesti OÜ

12:30 – 12:40

Conclusions (video, pdf)
Krister Lindén, University of Helsinki / FIN-CLARIN

12:40 – 14:00


14:00 – 16:30

European Language Grid (ELG): Introduction and overview.
4th Regional European Language Grid (ELG) Workshop in Finland

The ELG workshop is organized in collaboration with the European Language Grid (ELG) and it will take place in the same online meeting room as the ELRC workshop. Please note that the ELG workshop will be held in English only. Welcome to register and participate in both events!

The detailed program for the ELG workshop is updated at

Please register via the ELRC website by 10th December. Welcome!

Contact the local organizers for further details:

Mietta Lennes and Tommi Jauhiainen
University of Helsinki / FIN-CLARIN
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Last updated: December 8, 2020