Report from the Organic.Lingua Final Workshop


The Final Workshop of the Organic.Lingua project, titled “Using multilingual technologies in web portals – Challenges & Promises”, took place on Thursday, February 6th, 2014 between 15.30-18.30 (CET) at the premises of  Città dell’Altra Economia (CAE) in Rome, Italy. It was co-organised by Agro-Know Technologies and University of Alcalá (UAH), both project partners of the Organic.Lingua project. The Agro-Know team was represented at the Workshop by Nikos Marianos.

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The Workshop focused in the multilingual outcomes of the project and included the following presentations:

  1. Multilingual information services in the area of agricultural data : the use case of AGRIS (Keynote Speech): Fabrizio Celli (FAO)
  2. Applying language technologies in agricultural online services: The case of Organic.Edunet: Salvador Sanchez-Alonso  (UAH)
  3. Managing multilingual vocabularies and ontologies: Mauro Dragoni (FBK)
  4. A multilingual framework for transforming online services to truly multilingual: Giannis Stoitsis (UAH)

The workshop begun with a key note speech by Fabrizio Celli from FAO on “Multilingual information services in the area of agricultural data : the use case of AGRIS”. The purpose of this session was to present a real problem that could be solved using the multilingual framework produced by Organic.Lingua. Salvador Sanchez-Alonso from UAH continued with a presentation of the Organic.Edunet Web portal, describing how the portal was enhanced in the context of the Organic.Lingua project. Mauro Dragoni from FBK continued with a presentation on “Managing multilingual vocabularies and ontologies”. The final presentation of the Workshop was delivered by Giannis Stoitsis from the UAH team, which continued with the presentation of the Organic.Lingua multilingual framework for transforming online services to truly multilingual.

For the final session of the workshop, the participants were separated into two groups, one with the technology experts and portal owners and one with the content providers and representatives of user communities, to discuss on best practices and potential opportunities in the context of H2020. The main results are presented below:

  • Several outcomes of the Organic.Lingua project can be reused in other cases, such as FAO AGRIS. These outcomes include the multilingual indexes, URI indexing, use of AGROVOC terms during indexing, use of existing AGROVOC mappings etc.;
  • The CELI components can be trained and reused in other cases, e.g. the Danish language;
  • Requirements for adapting the existing tools and solutions can be updated by users outside the project who will actually make use of such tools, such as SMEs, as well as from the usage of the Organic.Edunet Web portal (after using the analytics provided).

The Workshop provided a nice opportunity to expose the outcomes of the Organic.Lingua project to a wider audience and also to explore the opportunities for making a step further in this direction, probably in the form of another proposal/project. The next milestone for the project is of course its end (28/2/2014) and the upcoming 3rd Review Meeting (30/4/2014).

You can find more photos from the event here – the presentations will also be soon available through this post.

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