Last Monday, 4th February, all LISE partners were on their way to Benelux.
The first event took place in Luxembourg: a joint workshop with IATE users from several European institutions (CdT, Court of Auditors, Parliament). Representatives from all LISE work packages teamed up with members from the IATE group to play with, evaluate and discuss LISE technology. ESTeam Tools – the technology in LISE – are now customized and enabled to process IATE data – with more than 11 million terms probably the largest European terminology collection. It turned out that particularly ESTeam Cleanup plays an indispensable role when assuring high quality terminology resources. High quality language resources – crucial in legal practices (LISE’s focus) as well as in the finance, insurance or health care business(es). One participant commented: “automatically spotting errors, misspellings, doublettes, wrong classification attributes … – this is a terminologist’s dream”.
We then all continued to Ghent to meet in the premises of LISE partner CrossLang. The official LISE EMB / TMB meetings carried on throughout Wednesday afternoon. Joeri van de Walle from CrossLang presented us with preliminary results from the IATE workshop, confirming the encouraging feedback from the day before. The final evaluation reports will contain qualitative (via a survey) as well as quantitative figures (via statistical capabilities in the ESTeam Tools). An additional workshop is already planned to take place in Brussels.
On Thursday we had the LISE Advisory Group meeting. Advisors from EMF, Swiss Federal Chancellery, and Infoterm assessed LISE, its technological and economic potential. Since the workshops have already confirmed the users’ needs and the value of the technology, we are now ready to focus on how to exploit and market the LISE value proposition. And, indeed, we are embracing several brilliant suggestions from the advisors on how to proceed.