The IATEXT 10 years later

Tuesday, 30 January, 2024

The University Institute of Textual Analysis and Applications (IATEXT) was created by the Government Council of the Canary Islands on January 30, 2014 (BOC of 02/17/2014) and has the powers recognized by the LOSU and the Statutes of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC). Its headquarters are located on the Obelisco Campus of the ULPGC.

The general objective of IATEXT is to produce results in basic research and develop digital resources for both research and educational, cultural and professional fields. To this end, it focuses its interdisciplinary research on a) the editing and analysis of different types of texts from a linguistic, literary, historical, geographical or computational perspective; b) Digital Humanities, and c) Natural Language Processing and Artificial Intelligence. Thus, it is an interdisciplinary institute where researchers from the field of Humanities coexist with researchers from the area of ​​Computer Science.

The IATEXT is currently made up of nine Divisions with a total of 58 full-time researchers linked to the ULPGC, 15 collaborating researchers, 8 honorary researchers, 5 researchers with predoctoral contracts and 3 researchers with postdoctoral contracts. These divisions develop different lines of research, eight in the field of basic research in the Humanities and the development of digital resources (Digital Humanities) and one in the field of Natural Language Processing. I

During its ten years of existence, IATEXT has developed 29 Research Projects funded through competitive calls from the Canary Islands Agency for Research, Innovation and Information Society and the National R&D&i Plan with a total fundraising of €755,450 and is currently participating in a European Project funded with €300,000. Likewise, €60,000 have been raised through collaboration with other entities (art. 83 of the LOMLOU/ art. 60 of the LOSU) for the development of digital resources for research and valorization of heritage, among which the Royal Spanish Academy or the Island Council of Gran Canaria. As a result of this scientific activity, IATEXT has generated to date a catalog of 27 computer applications ( for research, education, documentation and society in general. Likewise, InteLiText has been developed, an exploitation model for the development of precise and fast search engines with Linguistic Intelligence, which is part of the services catalog of the Technological Science Park Foundation-ULPGC ( /textual-search-engine-with-linguistic-intelligence/).