[okfn-discuss] open translation

jonni jemp jonni.jemp at gmail.com
Fri May 22 09:15:24 UTC 2009

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Date: Thu, 21 May 2009 22:20:44 -0700
From: Allen Gunn <gunner at aspirationtech.org>

Open Translation Tools 2009 - Call for Participants!


Aspiration is delighted to announce Open Translation Tools 2009 (OTT09),
to be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, from 22-24 June, 2009. The
event will be followed by an Open Translation ?Book Sprint? which will
produce a first-of-its-kind volume on tools and best practices in the
field of Open Translation. Both events are being co-organized in
partnership with FLOSSManuals.net and Translate.org.za, and generously
supported by the Open Society Institute.

Agenda partners for the event include Creative Commons, Global Voices
Online, WorldWide Lexicon, Meedan, and DotSUB.

OTT09 will build upon the work and collaboration from Open Translation
Tools 2007 (http://www.aspirationtech.org/events/opentranslation). The
event will convene stakeholders in the field of open content translation
to assess the state of software tools that support translation of
content that is licensed under free or open content licenses such as
Creative Commons or Free Document License. The event will serve to map
out what?s available, what?s missing, who?s doing what, and to recommend
strategic next steps to address those needs, with a particular focus on
delivering value to open education, open knowledge, and human rights
blogging communities.

Primary focus will be placed on supporting and enabling distributed
human translation of content, but the role of machine translation will
also be considered. ?Open content? will encompass a range of resource
types, from educational materials to books to manuals to documents to
blog content to video and multimedia.

We invite all prospective participants to answer the Open Translation
2009 Call for Participants.

The agenda goals of the 2009 event will be several:

* Addressing the Translation Challenges Faced by the Open Education,
Open Content, and human rights blogging communities, and mapping
requirements to available open solutions.
* Building on the vision and exploring new use cases for the Global
Voices Lingua Translation Exchange
* Documenting the state of the art in distributed human translation, and
discussing how to further tap the tremendous translation potential of
the net
* Making tools talk better: realizing a standards-driven approach to
open translation
* Exploring and sketching out Open Translation API Designs, building on
existing work and models
* Documenting workflow requirements for missing open translation tools
* Match-making between open source tools and open content projects
* Mapping of available tools to open translation use cases

See the Agenda Overview
for elaboration and more details about what is being planned.

Most importantly, the agenda will center on the needs and knowledge of
the participating projects, structuring sessions and collaborations to
focus on designing appropriate processes and selecting appropriate tools
to support open content projects and inform further development of open
source translation tools.

In addition, OTT09 will continue the knowledge sharing for the open
translation community, and continue discussion on other identified needs
from OTT07. The agenda for this event will be greatly informed by open
education, open content and human rights blogging projects with specific
translation needs, and a number of sessions will be structured to both
characterize requirements and propose solutions to respective projects?
translation requirements.

OTT07 mapped out a hefty list Open Translation Tools
(http://www.aspirationtech.org/papers/ott07/tools). Participants at
OTT09 will survey what has changed over the past 18 months, and assess
the most pressing remaining gaps.

If OTT09 sounds like your kind of event, we invite you to answer the
Open Translation 2009 Call for Participants!


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Allen Gunn
Executive Director, Aspiration

Aspiration: "Better Tools for a Better World"

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