The Organic.Lingua project was an ICT-PSP project which aimed to build on the Organic.Edunet Web portal and enhance it with a number of features, focusing on the availability of several multilinguality options. Of course, apart from that, there were several enhancements in various aspects of Organic.Edunet, from the metadata aggregation workflow (in order to support the new multilinguality features of metadata) and the evolution of the Organic.Edunet ontology to the re-engineering of the portal and the development/adaptation/integration of multilinguality components, like the Xerox Statistical Machine Translation component and the Cross-Language Information Retrieval (CLIR) one. From March 1st, 2011 to February 28th, 2014, the project partners worked collaboratively in order to achieve the goals set in the Description of Work of the project.
AK had a special role in the project, as some of the AK team members were also involved in the Organic.Edunet eContentPlus project, where it all started some years ago. In addition, several AK team members were involved in the project, working on aspects like the IEEE LOM metadata AP and the ontology evolution, development of the multilingual metadata annotation tool (AgLR) and the agriMoodle components, the definition of the specifications for the re-engineered Organic.Edunet Web portal, the evaluation of the project’s outcomes, collection and analysis of user requirements, even the dissemination and the management of the project.
About one year after the successful end of the Natural Europe ICT-PSP project, and in less than two months since its Final Review meeting, we received the final evaluation of the project…. which was more than welcome! The comments of the reviewers were really encouraging, along with the ones made by the project officer.
The truth is that we had paid special attention to the (really substantial) feedback received by the reviewers during the previous review meeting and we put time and effort during the previous months in addressing all issues identified by them. In addition, we had clear justifications for the comments that could not be addressed for any reason. This was further confirmed in other parts of the review report and the outcomes of the 3rd review meeting of the project:
So… congratulations to the whole Organic.Lingua consortium and big thanks to everyone for working so hard for achieving the highest quality of outcomes during these three years! The management of the project and coordination of the activities was nice and help everyone be on the same track while each partner individually did their best and timely, collaborating with all corresponding partners; these were obvious and apparently appreciated by the reviewers of the project as well as the project officer, leading to another successful ending of a project that Agro-Know had an important role in.
Big thanks to the reviewers for taking the time to get into details and fully understand what we were working on in the project and for providing their useful and substantial feedback; they were always felt more like external advisors of the project than strict judges. Big thanks also to our Project Officer, Aleksandra Wesolowska, for always being here when needed and for helping us out with various administrative (and not only) issues.