The Institute of the Estonian Language is a research and development institution under the Ministry of Education and Research and the designated national language description institution for the Estonian language.
Its main aim is to contribute to the long-term preservation of the Estonian language and to guarantee the functioning of Estonian as the official national language.
The Institute does not only contribute to ELEXIS EU with its lexicographic data and expertise, it performs various public functions and fulfills major national tasks: compilation and upgrading dictionaries and databases is essential for the country and national culture, as well as free public linguistic advice, language care and language planning, coordination of all-Estonian terminology work, incl. compilation of multilingual termbases, services for people with special needs (speech technology, sign language dictionary), online services for language learners, development of speech synthesis for Estonian, and the collection and development of language archives.
EKI provides a wide range of infrastructures, including lexical resources, speech databases, speech processing tools, text corpora and text processing tools: It possesses the world’s biggest Archive of Estonian dialects and Finno-Ugric languages, as a member of the Centre of Estonian Language Resources (CELR) it performs as an organisational framework for coordinating and implementing the policies of Estonia as a member of CLARIN; as a member of META-NET, it is dedicated to fostering the technological foundations of a multilingual European information society.