About the project

META-NORD is a ICT PSP PB Pilot Type B project from the area CIP-ICT-PSP.2010-4 Theme 6: Multilingual Web: Machine translation for the multilingual web.

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In the last decade linguistic resources have grown rapidly for all EU languages, including lesser-resourced languages. However they are located in different places, have developed in different standards and in many cases are not well documented.

Currently users can conveniently benefit only from a very limited number of publicly available resources for commercial or non-commercial purposes. It is difficult or in many cases impossible to get access to resources that are scattered around different places, are not accessible online, reside within research institutions and companies. Many resources are in proprietary formats or have proprietary interfaces that further hinder their broader usage.

High fragmentation and a lack of unified access to language resources are among key factors that hinder European innovation potential in language technology development and research.

Proposed solution

The META-NORD project aims to establish an open linguistic infrastructure in the Baltic and Nordic countries to serve the needs of the industry and research communities. The project will focus on 8 European languages - Danish, Estonian, Finnish, Icelandic, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian and Swedish - that each have less than 10 million speakers. The project will assemble, link across languages, and make widely available language resources of different types used by different categories of user communities in academia and industry to create products and applications that facilitate linguistic diversity in the EU.

Project objectives

The main objectives of the META-NORD project as established under Objective 6.1 are:

Specific targets

Target users

The target users are developers and researchers both in industry and academia. This includes private and public institutions, companies and individuals involved in HLT research and development: industrial organizations and SMEs, academic institutions, research organizations, universities, individual researchers and students, national governments, EC institutions, and private investors.


META-NORD will tightly cooperate and coordinate its activities with other ICT-PSP Objective 6.1. projects and META-NET network of excellence to ensure a coherent pan-European open linguistic infrastructure that will efficiently serve the needs of European industry and research communities for multilingual resources.· 2010-05-02 ·