ATLAS will actively contribute to promoting the best practices and partnerships for multilingual web content management, and in particular authoring, versioning and maintenance of content-driven multilingual web sites, portals and repositories. By assembling a common software platform and encouraging the use of standards and widely recognized conventions, the project will also contribute to the promotion of the Web as a primary medium for truly multilingual and cross-lingual content and services. The service solutions created during the project will initially cover seven European languages – English, German, Bulgarian, Croatian, Greek, Polish and Romanian.

ATLAS brings together nine partners from six European countries. Some of the consortium members are world-class organizations renowned for their work in Natural Language Processing and Information Retrieval – the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), the Institute for Bulgarian Language of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Computer Science of the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Faculty of Computer Science of the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, University of Zadar, and University of Hamburg.

Other partners such as Tetracom IS Ltd. and Atlantis Consulting SA are key stakeholders in the field of Web engineering and standards. Furthermore, the Institute of Technology and Development has long been engaged in supporting the development of innovative ideas and strengthening the academia-industry linkages. The expertise of the partners as well as their well established network of partner organizations and collaborators demonstrate convincingly the ability of the ATLAS consortium to promote the uptake of the project results among a broad range of stakeholders from most EU member states.

ATLAS aims primarily at combining existing software components and creating valuable web-based services for multilingual web content management. Therefore, it is expected to contribute actively to the broader and faster adoption of existing standards and open architectures. The project would also promote best practices in the Web environment, which foster and facilitate the building and management of multilingual web sites by minimizing the multilingualism overhead for both individuals and organizations (small enterprises, non-profit organizations, multinational companies, universities and publishing houses), thus capitalizing on the rich multilingual and multicultural contribution of online communities.

Liaise with Europeana and EuroMatrix Plus – The liaison with EuroMatrix Plus will be established at the beginning of the project. Europeana will be approached by the end of the first year, when the consortium will be able to demonstrate the potential value of ATLAS to the European digital library.