Towards a Multilingual Data & Services infrastructures

What is MLi?

MLi aims at laying down the foundations of a comprehensive European Multilingual data & services infrastructure. In short, it will provide the specifications for such an infrastructure, as well as an estimate of costs and a preliminary roll-out plan. To be effective, this will be achieved based on the contributions of relevant groups of stakeholders in the field. MLi objective is to support different target audiences as follows:

  • Public and private services providers: provision online content-rich services available in several EU languages, facilitating the exchange of information.
  • Language Technology services suppliers: access to multi-language facilities enabling to build, customise and run multi-national services of common interest.
  • Research centres and Language Technology vendors: R&D breakthroughs and innovations empowered by language resources and services.
  • Policy analysts and decision makers: arguments and evidence for advocating for a more extensive involvement in fostering and supporting the Language Technology ecosystem.

Advantages of Language Technologies (LT)

Machine translation / Automated translation

Automated Translation (AT) is a core element to enable pan-European Digital service infrastructures (DSIs). It plays an important role in the realisation of a digital single market without language barriers and has significant potential for savings in translation costs. AT is a prerequisite for pan-European digital services to serve administrations, businesses and citizens in their own language.

Language resources
Language Resources (LRs) are a key component within the Human Language Technology (HLT) community and a prominent point towards the preservation of both linguistic and cultural heritage in Europe and worldwide. LRs are in one way or another behind most language processing technology and, in particular, behind the development and improvement of Machine Translation. Thus, having a clear understanding of what exists, what is under creation and what needs to be developed is one of the missions endeavoured by MLi.


MLi outputs, arising directly from widely-recognized Language Technology experts and backed by consensus among research, commercial and professional stakeholder communities, should help decision makers and sponsors at EU and Member State levels to support the deployment of the infrastructure and its various multi-lingual components.


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Co-funded by the ICT programme of FP7

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 610951.

Project Co-ordinator

Mr. Ruben Riestra