European Language Data Space (LDS) workshop in Finland

Unleashing the potential of data – for EU businesses and citizens


Wednesday 10.04.2024 at 9:00-15:15, Clarion Hotel Helsinki

European Language Data Space
Department of Digital Humanities, University of Helsinki

Welcome to the European Language Data Space workshop in Finland!

The European Language Data Space and the University of Helsinki are bringing together experts from the Finnish Industry, Public Administration and Research to discuss the importance of language data for the development of Language Technologies and AI-based tools in Finland. The event is taking place on 10.04.2024 at Clarion Hotel Helsinki.

Since early 2023, the European Commission is providing guidance and support towards a new dimension in language data sharing that is executed through the European Language Data Space (LDS). This new dimension goes beyond language data and addresses many areas and fields through their specific Data Spaces. With the establishment of the Common European Data Spaces, the communication and exchange amongst different modalities of data description and availability is becoming a reality for all European countries.

In this context, the European Language Data Space aims at building a trustworthy and effective data market for the exchange of language resources in the public and – even more importantly – in the private sector, in line with the EU Data Strategy.

For that purpose, the European Language Data Space (LDS) is going to organise a series of Country Workshops to support local industries, research groups and public administrations to integrate this new language data exchange space and connect with relevant local and European networks, while benefiting from the trustworthy infrastructures already available. As European language data sharing platform, the LDS can help local industry stakeholders to monetise their language data in a multilingual Europe where Language Technologies and AI-based applications play an increasingly important role.


The LDS workshop in Finland

The Finnish LDS workshop will address the needs of the Finnish stakeholders from both private and public sectors, be it providers, integrators and/or consumers of language data, while sharing their experiences and requirements and exploring how to meet the desired technological growth to enhance their competitiveness at both national and European levels. The LDS will present and discuss how it can help the Finnish stakeholders and support their efforts to produce/monetise/obtain language data to power LT and AI-based tools in Finland.

The workshop is addressed to data owners and data providers, LT developers and integrators and SMEs, as well as to public administration executives, officers and partners. The workshop will be held in English.


Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. Registration was closed on 03.04.2024. Please contact the organisers and check if there still are seats available: lareina-office [ATT]


European Language Data Space (LDS) workshop in Finland on April 10th, 2024 Programme

09:00 – 09:45


09:55 – 10:05

Welcome and introduction
Krister Lindén, University of Helsinki

10:05 – 10:35

Welcome by the European Commission: The Digital Europe Programme and the Common European Language Data Space
Philippe Gelin, European Commission

10:35 – 11:05

The importance of language data for the development of LT solutions future steps
Aleksander Alafuzoff, Yle

11:05 – 11:30

Coffee Break

11:30 – 11:40

Welcome by the Ministry of Finance
Olli-Pekka Rissanen, Ministry of Finance

11:40 – 12:30

Language Data and Language Technologies in Finland and for Finnish
– Panel session

Krister Lindén, University of Helsinki (Moderator)
Mikko Kurimo, Aalto University
Iftikhar Ahmad, Tietoevry
Peter Smit, Inscripta Oy
Riikka Lindroos-Järvitalo, KELA
Patrik Gayer, SiloAI
Kirsi Salmela, Kopiosto

12:30 – 13:00

European Language Data Space: developing a market for language data and services and benefitting from a joint European effort
Georg Rehm, LDS Consortium, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)

13:00 – 13:50

Lunch Break

13:50 – 14:50

Language data production, management, and market development: overcoming obstacles – Panel session
Krister Lindén, University of Helsinki (Moderator)
Manu Setälä, Solita Oy
Kaarina Hyvönen, Kielikone Oy
Tiina Lindh-Knuutila, Lingsoft Language Services Oy
Tommi Lehtonen, KAVI
Ilkka Lavas, City Digital Group
Jörg Tiedemann, University of Helsinki

14:50 – 15:05

Krister Lindén, University of Helsinki

15:05 – 15:15

Coffee Break and Networking

15:15 – 16:15

Coffee Break and Networking continue in Sitra’s Nordic Data Festival 2024 event (co-located in Clarion Hotel Helsinki)



Contact the local organizers for further details:

Krister Lindén and Wilhelmina Dyster
University of Helsinki
lareina-office [ATT]

Last updated: April 5, 2024