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Firma de convenio de colaboración

The universities of Zaragoza, Pau, País Vasco and Pública de Navarra sign a collaboration agreement with Elhuyar to promote artificial intelligence in language

2022 | January 20

 

  • The partnership agreement was signed at the Jaca headquarters of the University of Zaragoza, and in addition to the representatives of the signatory entities, the Mayor of Jaca and the Director-General for Linguistic Policy of the Government of Aragon were present.
  • Thanks to this agreement, universities will be able to use and implement the technological tools and applications developed in the LINGUATEC-POCTEFA project for the Basque, Aragonese and Occitana languages.
  • The partnership agreement will last four years and undertake to work together to develop technological projects for the Basque, Occitane and Aragonese in the field of artificial intelligence.

This morning the collaboration agreement was signed between the universities of Zaragoza, Pau, País Vasco and Pública de Navarra, and the Elhuyar foundation with the aim of promoting the technological tools and applications developed in the LINGUATEC project, for the Basque, Aragonese and Occitana languages. The signing took place at the Jaca headquarters of the University of Zaragoza, where the representatives of the five signatory entities were present: the rector of the University of Zaragoza, José Antonio Mayoral; the rector of the University of the Basque Country, Eva Ferreira; the rector of the Universidad Pública de Pays, Ramón Gonzalo; the executive director of the European alliance, UNTÉ

The Mayor of Jaca, Juan Manuel Ramón and the General Director of Linguistic Policy of the Government of Aragon, José Ignacio López Susín, also attended the signing ceremony.

The agreement signed, which will last for four years, sets out the lines of collaboration between the entities involved in the use of language technologies developed in the European LINGUATEC project. A cross-border cooperation project aimed at developing, demonstrating and disseminating new resources, tools and innovative linguistic applications to improve the level of digitisation of Aragonese, Euskera and Occitane. The Project has enabled technological cooperation between languages to develop new resources and language tools, as well as new on-line applications to facilitate the use of the three languages and multilingual access to content by end-users.

Thus, Elhuyar, an entity that aims to promote, promote and develop science and the Basque Country, will be responsible for making available to universities the technological tools and applications developed for the Basque, Aragonese and Occitana languages. Among them are the technologies of machine translation, voice recognition and voice synthesis that have been integrated into applications such as the downloadable bars for Google Chrome and Firefox, plugins for CMS such as Wordpress, correctors, APPs for machine translation and multilingual accessible audio guides (Elia, Translate, Aragonario, Aditu, VOTZ, ReVOc, Lincomo Virada)....

Public universities, for their part, which have, among others, the functions of creation, development, transmission and critique of science and technology, will use and implement these tools, and will collaborate in the evaluation and improvement of them, as well as in the generation of ideas and projects for future developments that will help improve the multilingual, intelligent and accessible management of universities. They will also collaborate in projects in artificial intelligence applied to language that help in the technological development of the Basque, Aragonese and Occitana languages.

In order to carry out the development and monitoring of the Convention, a Joint Monitoring Commission shall be set up, with the aim of promoting actions that enable the objectives and conditions set out in the Convention to be met. The committee shall meet on an annual basis.

A network of excellence in artificial intelligence to create a cross-border linguistic infrastructure

On 18 June 2021, in the framework of the Linguatec Transboundary Congress, the members of the LINGUATEC consortium read and signed the foundational manifesto of the network of excellence in artificial intelligence for the construction of a cross-border linguistic infrastructure. The level of development achieved in the project encouraged the consortium institutions to take a strategic step by creating a network of excellence in artificial intelligence to create a cross-border linguistic infrastructure. The agreement that is signed today between universities is another strategic step in the development of a technological and inclusive cross-border linguistic infrastructure, multilingual and intelligent.