The Riga Summit 2015 titled “Shape the future of multilingual Europe” is an event that takes place between April 27-29, 2015 at Riga, Latvia. The event aims to work on the issues posed by the linguistic diversity of the European Union: with 24 official languages used within the EU, multilingualism also creates barriers between nations. Language barriers prevent all European consumers from fully engaging in online activities and restricts access to digital assets, as for many Europeans information is frequently unavailable in their native language. The event is organized by the European Commission Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology (DG Connect) as well as a variety of stakeholders in multilingualism, like Tilde, META-NET and the European Association of the Language Technology Industry (LT Innovate).
According to the event’s organizers: “Removing language restrictions and unleashing the power of EU innovation requires concerted efforts of all stakeholders. At the Riga Summit, government representatives, business leaders, major technology companies, and researchers will meet to adopt a joint strategic agenda for the multilingual digital single market“.
There are already 357 participants from 37 countries registered and more are expected to join during the next days (even though registration is closed). Agro-Know has a special interest in the updates related to the multilinguality issues (see our active involvement in the Organic.Lingua ICT-PSP project) and is represented by Veronika Ovchinnikova, our Admin Director, who is participating on behalf of our FREME H2020 project. The FREME project aims to “empower digital content managers with its advantages and benefits it brings to the market and in this direction to address the general systemic and technological challenges to validate that multilingual and semantic technologies are ready for their integration in real life business cases in innovative way“.
One of the most interesting collocated events for Agro-Know is the W3C Workshop “Data, content and services for the Multilingual Web“, which will take place on 29 April 2015 as a part of the Riga Summit 2015 on the Multilingual Digital Single Market. See more here.
If you want to stay tuned about the outcomes of the Summit, you can:
- Watch the live broadcast;
- Follow Riga Summit 2015 on Twitter: @RigaSummit2015
- Follow all related discussions on Twitter, using the # hashtag (you can also check the discussion at the end of this post so make sure that you refresh this window to get the updated feed!);
- Check out our blog and Twitter account for updates!