In a support action the EU is funding the creation of a forum for language technologies (LT) companies. The Language Technology Innovation Forum had its constituting meeting on Jan 27 in Brussels. The forum aims to have hundred members by June this year. On June 20 it will have, adjacent to the META meeting in Brussels, its first General Assembly featuring the award session for the LT biz contest.
The forum is supposed to be driven by industry focusing on SMEs and their needs. Therefore the forum has created an Industrial Advisory Board and a Steering Committee. Initiatives shall be driven through Special Interest Groups. Jochen Hummel, CEO of ESTeam, has been elected chairman of the Steering Committee. He is heading the SIG for eGovernment aiming to position LT in the Semantic Layer of the EU’s Interoperability Model. He will also work closely with the forum on developing an Innovation Agenda for the LT industry.