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This article was published on April 23, 2010

    What does it all mean? The multilingual web gets an EU funding boost

    What does it all mean? The multilingual web gets an EU funding boost
    Tim Difford
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    The European Union has announced that it is to inject EUR 2.4 million into MONNETT, a multi-lingual internet project, to open up access to internet information across a range of languages.

    The MONNETT project – Multilingual ontologies for networked knowledge – is being co-ordinated by the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid in Spain and will meet the needs of governments and businesses in making full use of the Internet’s power to disseminate information.

    Citizens need to guaranteed access to information regardless of language and major international organisations including the World Health Organisation and several United Nations bodies are already looking for better multi-language information distribution systems, reports Cordis.

    So whilst MONNETT is an an EU funded and co-ordinated project, many developing nations around the world are likely to benefit from the initiative.

    Technology partners include SAP and XBRL as well as Be Informed – a Netherlands based company focused on opening up multi-lingual access to information and public services offered by the Dutch government.

    Universities from across the European Union are also engaged in the project.

    image: Shawn Econo (cc)