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FLaReNet Forum 2010

Language Resources of the future - the future of Language Resources

 Barcelona, Thursday 11th and Friday 12th February 2010


What is FLaReNet

Language Technologies (LT), together with their backbone, Language Resources (LR), provide an essential support to the challenge of Multilingualism and ICT of the future. The main task of language technologies is to bridge language barriers and to help creating a new environment where information flows smoothly across frontiers and languages, no matter the country, and the language, of origin.

To achieve this, we need to act as a community able to join forces on a set of shared priorities.

FLaReNet – Fostering Language Resources Network – is an international Forum that aims at developing the needed common vision by facilitating interaction among LR stakeholders and providing strategic recommendations and priorities for future initiatives in the field.


Objectives of the Event

We expect that the Forum will replicate last year success in stimulating lively debate and discussion as well as gathering a large number of players in Language Resources and Technologies.

By joining the FLaReNet Forum, you will have the unique opportunity to:

    • NETWORKING with leading academic experts and industry stakeholders from all across Europe and worldwide;
    • DEBATING and making key policy aware of what needs to be done to improve the field of Language Resources and Technology;
    • ASSISTING in outlining a collaborative and shared infrastructure for European Language Resources;
    • BEING ALERTED about new initiatives, developments and trends;
    • PARTICIPATING in the definition of the FlaReNet Blueprint for Actions and Infrastructures, which will set up priorities for fostering Language Resources and Language Technology, thus contributing to shape the future of the field.



Barcelona, Institut d’Estudis Catalans.

For further details on the venue see the Venue section.



Thursday 11th and Friday 12th February 2010.



The topics chosen for this second Forum correspond to hot topics of today and tomorrow in the field of Language Resources and Technology. The intention is to approach each of them trying to identify controversial aspects, risks, what is missing, gaps to be filled, what can/cannot be achieved.

    • S1 – Metadata and Documentation.
    • S2 – Services and Functionalities for an Open Resource Infrastructure.
    • S3 – Sharing or Not Sharing: Availability and Legal Issues.
    • S4 – Social Networking and Web 2.0.
    • S5 – LRs of the Future.
    • S6 – International Cooperation.

Multilingual, multimodal, multimedia issues should be considered as different points of view to be taken into account for each of the sessions.

For a more detailed description of each topic see the Sessions section.



For the detailed program of the event see the Program section.


Structure of the Event

The chosen formula is a collaborative workshop composed of a series of working sessions on specific topics. The meeting is aimed at raising discussions in a very interactive and creative way, thus creating a breeding ground for open questions, new ideas, and visions for the field towards a multilingual digital Europe.

The event is shaped as a two-day workshop with plenary and break-out sessions. Invited speakers (both from within the FLaReNet consortium and from outside) are expected to give short provocative presentations. For each session, a Rapporteur will present summaries and conclusions from the FLaReNet perspective in the plenary session at the end. This should lead to overall conclusions workshop chair and a final discussion.


Structure of the Sessions

The spirit of the topical sessions is that of working meetings with specific focus(es) and extensive discussions, according to the philosophy “everybody is a player”.

Each session will be briefly introduced by the Chair, followed by presentations by invited speakers, who are expected to give short presentations on their views. Other participants are encouraged to actively contribute to the sessions with their views, reflections, and support material. Plenty of time will be devoted to discussion, with the help of a number of predefined discussants.

The final plenary session will give the Rapporteurs the opportunity to present summaries, to feedback the outcomes of their sessions to the whole assembly and to raise additional discussion and debate.

The meeting will thus provide a unique opportunity to establish a common forum among the various actors and a lively intellectual framework for starting specific theoretical and practical work in the longer term. Topics that will emerge from the presentations and discussion in the sessions, could be the object of specific meetings to be organised in the next future. The results of the discussion will also serve as an input to start a new Roadmap for LRs/LTs and will be integrated in the recommendations issued by FLaReNet to the EC, national organizations, and industry.


Participation Policy

Participation to the workshop is open, but subject to online registration due to limited number of admissible participants: anyone interested should register in advance through the appropriate form available in the Registration section.

Before registering to the Event, please join the Network: you are invited to access the Join FLaReNet section and express your interest in joining FLaReNet by completing the form available there.

Afterwards, you can request a FLaReNet account.


Workshop Proceedings

Position papers contributed by invited speakers, wrap-ups by Rapporteurs and final outcomes will be collected in a post-workshop volume.