FLaReNet will establish a virtuous cycle between innovation and consolidation, building on the set of accumulated experiences, but also considering today's situation: technologies and LRs exist and develop fast; however, to make a real step further, a deep change of perspective and a new vision is needed.
It is only taking into account all the relevant dimensions that we can credibly draw the picture in terms of: LR types (corpora, lexicons, terminologies, ontologies); LR modalities (written, spoken, multimodal); LRs and LTs, applications and products; production, use, validation, evaluation, distribution of LRs; sharing and interoperability, standardisation; academy vs. industry/commerce; data providers vs. users; traditional vs. new areas of interest for LRs (cognitive systems, robotics); cultural, economic, societal, political issues, etc..
The infrastructure that puts resources together and sustains them is still largely missing; interoperability of resources, tools, and frameworks has recently come to be recognized as perhaps the most pressing current need for language processing research.
It has also become critical because new data and tools for many emerging and/or strategic languages as well as minor languages are in the early stages of development.
To reach this goal, FLaReNet brings together many of the most important and prominent entities dealing with LRs broadly defined, ranging from national and European institutions (such as Universities, National Research Councils and EC units), Language Technology SMEs and large companies.
We ensure that both LR producers and users are represented and actively involved, in addition to technology developers.
We must be able to predict what language-related fields will look like some years ahead and project this prediction onto the industrial world.
We must be able to suggest the way forward, at the national and EU level.