Welcome to the PRINCIPLE Project website

PRINCIPLE stands for Providing Resources in Irish, Norwegian, Croatian and Icelandic for Purposes of Language Engineering and is implemented by a five member consortium. 

Consortium Members: Dublin City University (Project Coordinator), University of Iceland, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, National Library of Norway, Iconic Translation Machines Ltd.

Outline of PRINCIPLE Project

  1. Language Resources (LRs) are collected from data holders and ‘early adopters’ from each of the 4 countries involved (in the specific domains of eJustice and eProcurement)
  2. Machine Translation (MT) systems are produced from these LRs and evaluated to ensure high quality output
  3. The MT systems are provided to ‘early adopters’ for free for the duration of the project
  4. ‘Early adopters’ use the MT systems  and provide feedback
  5. Based on MT output evaluation and early adopter feedback, high quality LRs are identified 
  6. Parallel LRs of high quality are uploaded  to the ELRC-SHARE portal in order to improve the automated translation system eTranslation.

Key activities that will be conducted in PRINCIPLE include the following and will be rolled out in specific phases across the duration of the project. 

  • Activity 1: Project Implementation
  • Activity 2: Use-case analysis, Data Requirements and Data Preparation
  • Activity 3: Development, evaluation and deployment of MT systems
  • Activity 4: Identification, Collection & Consolidation of Language Resources
  • Activity 5: Exploitation & Sustainability
  • Activity 6: Dissemination

Over half way through the project, language resources have been collected from a number of dataholders and early adopters across the 4 countries. This data has been analysed and prepared for MT development based on agreed use cases. Iconic Translation Machines has created bespoke neural MT systems for the following early adopters to date:

  • National University of Ireland Galway (Ireland)
  • CIKLOPEA D.O.O. (Croatia)
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Iceland)
  • Standards Norway
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Norway)

Evaluation of these systems is currently in progress with further early adopters expected to be brought on board and provided with bespoke MT systems over the coming months, with the project due to end in August 2021.


Dates for workshops:

To be confirmed in Q1/Q2 2021

Dates for conferences where PRINCIPLE was/will be represented:

PRINCIPLE was presented at the poster session of the XVII Machine Translation Summit, that was held at Dublin City University (Ireland) on 19-23 August 2019, and this paper was published in the conference proceedings:

PRINCIPLE will be presented at EAMT 2020 in November 2020. A 2-page paper entitled “Progress of the PRINCIPLE Project: Promoting MT for Croatian, Icelandic, Irish and Norwegian” has been published in the proceedings of the 2020 EAMT Conference and is available here (pages 465-466):



Dublin City University (Ireland) – Andy Way, Project Coordinator (PC),

Iconic Translation Machines Ltd. (Ireland) – Dana Davis Sheridan,

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb (Croatia) – Petra Bago, Data Collection Coordinator (DCC),

University of Iceland (Iceland) – Gauti Kristmannsson, 

National Library of Norway (Norway) – Jon Arild Olsen,