Top government officials, business leaders, technology developers, and language researchers will gather in Riga from April 27-29 to forge a unified vision for the multilingual digital single market.

At the Riga Summit, stakeholders will develop a combined strategy, identify goals, and initiate concrete actions to bring about this crucial vision for a digital single market without language barriers, which is instrumental for empowering Europe in the global world.

All days

April 27-29

Day 1

April 27

Day 2

April 28

Day 3

April 29

April 27, 2015 
 Riga Summit 2015 and META-FORUM 2015 - Opening Session 
9:00-9:05Introductory Remarks
Opening Address 
Lolita Čigāne (Head of the Committee of European Affairs, Parliament of Latvia) Video 

META-FORUM 2015: Technologies for the Multilingual Digital Single Market – The Strategic Agenda for the Multilingual DSM at a Glance
Georg Rehm (DFKI, Germany; META-NET, CRACKER) Video Presentation

9:30-9:40Opening Address
Edgars Rinkēvičs (Minister of Foreign Affairs, Latvia) Video 

Opening Keynote: Towards the Multilingual Digital Single Market – Research and Innovation Challenges
Márta Nagy-Rothengass (Euopean Commission, DG CONNECT) Video Presentation 


Five years of META-NET: Where do we go from here?
Hans Uszkoreit (DFKI, Germany; META-NET) Video Presentation 


Session 1: Text and Data Value Chains for the Multilingual Digital Single Market and European Data Economy
Chair: Nicoletta Calzolari (Institute for Computational Linguistics “A. Zampolli”, Italy)


Industry Keynote: Challenges, Solutions and Visions for the Multilingual European Data Economy
Laure Le Bars (SAP, Germany; Deputy President of the Big Data Value Association PPP) Video Presentation 


A Summary of Research Activities: Technologies – Demands – Gaps – Roadmaps
Presented by Dave Lewis (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland) – including contributions from multiple other EU-funded projects.Video Presentation 

10:40-11:00Open Discussion
With interventions by Vesna Lusicky (University of Vienna, Austria), Tatiana Gornostay (Tilde, Latvia) and Dan Tufiș (Romanian Academy). Video

Coffee Break. Demo sessions 

11:10 Universidad Politécnica de Madrid ( on behalf of the LIDER project)

11:15 Memsource


Session 2: Interactive Things and Technologies for the Multilingual Digital Single Market
Chair: Núria Bel (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain)


Industry Keynote: Challenges, Solutions and Visions for the Interactive Multilingual Digital Single Market
Rebecca Jonsson (Artificial Solutions, Sweden; Chief Researcher) Video Presentation


A Summary of Research Activities: Technologies – Demands – Gaps – Roadmaps
Presented by Steve Renals (University of Edinburgh, UK) – including contributions from multiple other EU-funded projects. Video Presentation

12:10-12:30Open Discussion
With interventions by Joseph Mariani (CNRS-IMMI and LIMSI, France), Gábor Prószéky (MorphoLogic, Hungary), Eiríkur Rögnvaldsson (University of Iceland) and Alexander Waibel (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany). Video
12:30-13:30 Lunch Break and Poster Session
 Session 3: Multilingual Technologies for the Digital Single Market
Chair: António Branco (University of Lisbon, Portugal)

Industry Keynote: Challenges, Solutions and Visions for the Multilingual Digital Single Market
Matthias Heyn (SDL, UK; VP Global Solutions) Video Presentation

A Summary of Research Activities: Technologies – Demands – Gaps – Roadmaps
Presented by Jan Hajič (Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic) – including contributions from multiple other EU-funded projects. Video Presentation 
14:10-14:30Open Discussion
With interventions by Serge Gladkoff (GALA Europe), Kim Harris (text&form, Germany) and Svetla Koeva (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences). Video
 Panel Discussion 1: The Language Communities – Joint Position Paper by NPLD (Network to Promote Linguistic Diversity) and EFNIL (European Federation of National Institutions for Language)

Panel Discussion
PresentationPosition PaperVideo

Moderator: Georg Rehm (DFKI, Germany)

Meirion Prys Jones (CEO Network to Promote Linguistic Diversity, UK; NPLD)
Delyth Prys (Bangor University, UK; NPLD)
Rickard Domeij (Language Council of Sweden; EFNIL)
Sabine Kirchmeier-Andersen (Danish Language Council; EFNIL)


Coffee Break. Demo sessions

15:25 ADAPT at Trinity College Dublin, FALCON

15:30 Logrus Bohemia s.r.o

 Panel Discussion 2: Infrastructures, Platforms and Services for the Multilingual Digital Single Market

Panel Discussion
Video Presentations 
Moderator: Hans Uszkoreit (DFKI, Germany)

Stelios Piperidis (Institute for Language and Speech Processing, Greece)
Khalid Choukri (ELRA/ELDA, France)
Steven Krauwer (CLARIN ERIC, The Netherlands)
Jochen Hummel (ESTeam, Sweden/Germany)
Andrejs Vasiljevs (Tilde, Latvia)
Asunción Gómez-Pérez (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain)

 Award Ceremony – META Seal of Recognition, META Prize

Moderators: Georg Rehm (DFKI, Germany) and Tamás Váradi (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary)

The winners of the META Prize and META Seal of Recognition will be announced during the conference. Video

2015 Winners of the META Seal of Recognition
LT-Innovate: Jochen Hummel
Translated: Alessandro Cattelan 
DBpedia: Markus Ackermann and Asunción Gómez Pérez 
2015 Winner of the META Prize
BabelNet: Roberto Navigli
 Closing Session - Next Steps – End of META-FORUM 2015

Hans Uszkoreit and Georg Rehm (DFKI, Germany) Presentation

 META-NET Network Meeting and Executive Board Election 
17:30-19:00Internal meeting, META-NET only
19:00Cocktail Reception


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April 28, 2015 
8:00 -9:00 Registration 

Opening Addresses

Welcome letter from H.E. Andris Bērziņš, President of the Republic of Latvia
Kaspars Gerhards, Minister of Regional Development and Environmental Protection, Republic of Latvia 
Andreas Goerdeler, Deputy Director General for "Information Society, Media," German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology Video 
Algirdas Saudargas, Member of European Parliament Video 


Session 1: Setting the Strategic Agenda for the Multilingual Digital Single Market

United in Diversity? Or Dazed and Confused?
Chair – Robert Lane Greene, journalist, The Economist Video 

Goals of the Strategic Agenda for the Multiligual Digital Single Market
Márta Nagy-Rothengass, Head of Unit, Data Value Chain, European Commission, DG Connect Video Presentation

Being Digital and Multilingual: Europe’s Opportunity for Global Leadership
Jochen Hummel, Chairman, LT-Innovate Video Presentation

Strategic Agenda for the Multilingual DSM: A Research Perspective 
Hans Uszkoreit, Chairman, META-NET Video Presentation

Multilingual Solutions: Baltic Excellence
Tatiana Gornostay, Business Development Manager, Tilde Video Presentation


Coffee Break. Demo sessions

11:10 Matecat

11:15 Tilde


Session 2: Breaking the Language Barrier for Cross-Border Public Services
Chair – Márta Nagy-Rothengass, Head of Unit, Data Value Chain, European Commission, DG Connect

News about the European Parliament - 24 Language at a Time
Thibault Lesenecal, Acting Head of Web Communications Unit, European Parliament Video Presentation

e-SENS and the Multilingual Challenge for Cross-Border Public Services
Carsten Schmidt, Project Director, e-SENS (Electronic Simple European Networked Services) Video Presentation

Multilingual Challenges for Accessing Digitized Culture Online
Antoine Isaac, R&D Manager, Europeana Video Presentation 

European Commission Machine Translation - Collaboration Across Linguistic Barriers
Spyridon Pilos, Head of Sector "Language Applications," European Commission, DG Translation Video Presentation

A Vision of an Interoperable EU
Gudrún Magnúsdóttir, CSO, ESTeam Video Presentation


13:00-14:15 Lunch

Session 3: Language Technology: Enabling European Business
Chair – Anne-Marie Colliander Lind, CEO,

Embedded Language: the Future of Translation
Christopher Pyne, Director of SAP Language Services, SAP Video Presentation

Financial Sector Risk Assessment
Christoph Prinz, CEO, Sail Labs Video Presentation

The Linguistic Empowerment of Europe’s Citizens and Corporations
Robert Etches, CIO, TextMinded Video Presentation

It’s Time Our Systems Talked Back
Robert Dale, CTO, Arria Video Presentation



Coffee Break. Demo sessions

15:40 ADAPT at Trinity College Dublin, ADAPT



Session 4: Empowering Multilingual Content, Media, and Data Economy
Chair – Holly Young, journalist, The Guardian

Cross-Lingual Communication Technologies to Bridge the Language Divide
Alexander Waibel, Professor, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology; project coordinator, EU-Bridge Video Presentation

For Media to Innovate with Digital for Languages, Cooperation Required
Christophe Leclercq, founder, Video Presentation

Language Technologies– A Must for Innovation in Broadcasting
Peggy van der Kreeft, Innovation Manager, New Media, Deutsche Welle Video Presentation

The EU Publications Office as Provider of Multilingual Content
Harolds Celms, Director, Publications Office of the European Union Video Presentation

Glass Boxes of the Dardanelles: Information Technology, Transnational History and Multilingual Sources 
Jennifer Edmond, Director of Strategic Projects, Trinity College Dublin Video Presentation

How Big Data in Many Languages Can Be Used to Make Sure All Voices are Heard During a Crisis
Rebecca Petras, Program Director, Translators without Borders Video Presentation


Closing Session: Quo vadis? Next Steps for Implementing the Multilingual Digital Single Market

Chair – Nicoletta Calzolari, President of European Language Resource Association (ELRA)
Márta Nagy-Rothengass, Head of Unit, Data Value Chain, European Commission, DG Connect
Georg Rehm, coordinator, META-NET
Philippe Wacker, Secretary-General, LT-Innovate
19:00Riga Summit Gala Dinner and Concert
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April 29, 2015  





Opening Addresses (MultilingualWeb and CEF Conference)

Dace Melbārde, Minister of Culture, Republic of Latvia Video 
Márta Nagy-Rothengass, Head of Unit, Data Value Chain, European Commission, DG Connect Video
Jānis Kārkliņš, Internet Governance Forum Video
Richard Ishida, World Wide Web Consortium


Coffee Break



Digital Priorities of the 2015 EU Presidency

Gatis Ozols, Head of the eServices Unit, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, Latvia
Video Presentation



People-First: Multilingualism in a Single Digital World

Paige Williams, Microsoft


Setting the Scene: Connecting Europe Facility and Digital Service Infrastructures (CEF and DSIs)

Márta Nagy-Rothengass, Head of Unit, Data Value Chain, European Commission, DG Connect Video  Presentation
Jānis Ziediņš, Project Manager, Culture Information Systems Centre, Latvia Video Presentation
Joao Rodrigues Frade, CEF project & architecture office, DG DIGIT Video Presentation
Aleksandra Wesolowska, Project Officer, Data Value Chain, European Commission, DG Connect Video Presentation



Developers and Creators    

A Call to Build and Implement a Common Translation and Country-Language Selector Repository
Han-Teng Liao, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

Metasearch in a Big Multilingual Terminological Data Space
Rodolfo Maslias, European Parliament
Roberto Navigli, Sapienza University of Rome, Professor

Moving from a Multilingual Publications Repository to eBook Collections in the United Nations
Fernando Serván, FAO

Evaluating Multilingual Features in Europeana: Deriving Best Practices for Digital Cultural Heritage
Juliane Stiller, Berlin School of Library and Information Science, Berlin Humboldt University




Setting the Scene: Automated Translation DSI (AT.DSI)

Aleksandra Wesolowska, Project Officer, Data Value Chain, European Commission, DG Connect Video Presentation
John Judge, ADAPT, Ireland Video Presentation
Spyridon Pilos, Head of Sector "Language Applications", European Commission, DG Translation Video Presentation




Standardizing Quality Assessment for the Multilingual Web
Leonid Glazychev, Logrus International Corp., CEO

XLIFF 2.0 and Microsoft’s Multilingual App Toolkit
Jan Nelson, Microsoft

Developing a Standards-Based Localization Service Bus at Intel
David Filip, University of Limerick; co-authored by Loïc Dufresne de Virel, Intel






Synergy of National Activities in Creation of Language Resources for Multilingual Europe

Presentations from the CEF Member States:

Tamás Váradi, Head of Language Technology Unit, Research Institute for Linguistics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences Video Presentation
Daiva Vaišnienė, Head of The State Commission of Lithuanian Language, Lithuania Video Presentation
Kadri Vider, Head of the Estonian Language Resources Center at the University of Tartu, Estonia Video Presentation
António Branco, University of Lisbon, Portugal Video Presentation Video Presentation



LIDER: Building Free, Interlinked, and Interoperable Language Resources
Asunción Gómez-Pérez, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid 
Philipp Cimiano, Head of the Semantic Computing Group, CITEC Bielefeld University

FALCON: Building the Localization Web
Andrzej Zydroń, XTM International
Dave Lewis, Trinity College Dublin

Semi-Automatic Generation of Multilingual Glossaries
Ilan Kernerman, K Dictionaries




Lightning Talks    

Designing Purpose-Specific Quality Metrics for the Web
Arle Lommel, DFKI

Ocelot: An Agile XLIFF Editor
Phil Ritchie, VistaTEC

Language and Data Processing as First-Class Citizens on the Web
Felix Sasaki, DFKI / W3C Fellow

Swarm Translation
Ben Koeleman, YAYANGO


Coffee Break


Setting the Scene: The European Language Resource Coordination Action

Presentation from ELRC:

Josef van Genabith, DFKI, Germany Video Presentation
Khalid Choukri, ELRA/ELDA, France Video Presentation
Andrejs Vasiļjevs, CEO, Tilde
Stelios Piperidis, ILSP, Greece

16:00 -17:00


Engineering Challenges for the Glocalized World
Agustín Da Fieno Delucchi, Microsoft

Best Practices for Sharing Language Technology Resources in Minority Language Environments
Delyth Prys, Bangor University Wales, Head of Language Technologies

Building a Multilingual Website with No Translation Resources
Thibault Grouas, General Delegation for French and the languages of France, Ministry of Culture and Communication, France

Towards an End-to-End Multilingual Web
Dennis Tan, Verisign


Maximising (Re)Usability of Language Resources

On Linked Open Data
Asunción Gómez-Pérez, LIDER, Spain Video Presentation

On LR Standardization
Dave Lewis, Trinity College Dublin Video Presentation

Language Resources and Open Data Policy and the PSI Directive
Aleksandra Wesolowska, DG Connect Video Presentation

Legal Aspects in Producing and Sharing Language Resources
Prodromos Tsiavos, London School of Economics Video Presentation


Q&A and Wrap-up


Conclusion and Wrap-up

Josef van Genabith, DFKI, Germany
Andrejs Vasiļjevs, CEO, Tilde


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