For the first time in Georgia, an exhibition-presentation of modern technologies of the Georgian language was opened at Tbilisi State University. The event is held within the framework of the week dedicated to the Georgian Language Day.
The purpose of the event is to promote the development of digital humanities, the integration of existing resources related to the Georgian language with the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) and the creation of a national platform for Georgian language technologies.
The accelerated development of digital natural language technologies and the inevitable necessity of their use have posed great challenges to the modern world of the 21st century. The introduction of the principle of open resources and the realization of the concept of universal access and use have qualitatively changed not only the philosophy of science, but also the mechanism of the development of society - without the development of modern language technologies, the full functioning of the state, both domestically and internationally, is unimaginable today. The integration of Georgia into the civilized world and the smooth circulation of the Georgian language as the state language at the international level depends on the extent to which the Georgian language is equipped with digital technologies.
Speaking at the event, TSU Rector Jaba Samushia focused on the need for the development of the Georgian language in the age of technological development and the role of Tbilisi State University in this matter: “Tbilisi State University traditionally takes care of both the protection of the purity of the Georgian language and its development. The scientific staff of the Arnold Chikobava Institute of Linguistics is actively involved in the creation of a unified platform of Georgian language technologies. They have already prepared several projects. The National Scientific Library of TSU is making successful steps in this direction.”
The exhibition-presentation of the modern technologies of the Georgian language unites in one place the scientific-educational and commercial resources created for the Georgian language in order to reveal and summarize the overall picture of the possibilities of the modern technologies of the Georgian language and to outline the prospects of raising the quality of the technologization of the Georgian language.
The event is organized by the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia, in cooperation with the State Language Department, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University and Academy of Digital Humanities - Georgia.
The exhibition of modern technologies of the Georgian language is supported by the European Open Science Cloud Association.
The participants of the event are scientific and educational institutions and research groups working in the state and private sectors, as well as the commercial sector, which will present within the festival program the modern technologies they have created for the Georgian language: digital corpora (corpus of the Georgian language/dialects); digital dictionaries (explanatory, multilingual, terminological, sectoral, etc.); natural language processing technologies (software for the synthesis and analysis of the Georgian language); software tools for the translation of the Georgian language into other languages; automatic correction systems of the Georgian language; Georgian speech recognition systems; software tools for distance learning of the Georgian language; mobile applications and other technologies.
The event will end on April 8 with a final discussion, which will be held in a round table format. The participants will discuss the prospects of creating a unified platform of Georgian language technologies and connecting to the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), which is one of the most important prerequisites for the integration of the Georgian language into the Common European Language Data Space.
The exhibition of modern technologies of the Georgian language was planned in cooperation with the European Commission and the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) Association in November 2022 as part of the Open Science Forum implemented by the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia, and represents another important step towards the integration of Georgian-language scientific and educational resources into the European scientific space.