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Open Translation Tools

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I just got back into the Bay from beautiful Amsterdam as part of Aspiration‘s Open Translation Tools 2009 Conference and book sprint. “Open Translation” refers to using Open Source tools for translating content and software into different languages. The conference brought together people from over 40 countries to talk about using open standards for language translation and localization.

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You can take a look at the results at the event wiki: SO much great conversation, connecting and collaboration occurred that I wanted to highlight a few of the interesting tools and projects that were talked about that deal with Open Translation:

  • Meedan
    A community website, Meedan aggregates and translates blog content and comments from English to Arabic and Arabic to English. Meedan’s goal is to increase communication between Arabic and English speakers throughout the world.
  • Global Voices
    Global Voices is a website that translates and posts information about the state of the blogosphere in different countries and regions all over the world, giving people access to news and opinions they would otherwise never hear.
  • Worldwide Lexicon
    Worldwide Lexicon is a project to bring about website translation through the use of feeds. Installable on any website, Worldwide Lexicon allows people to create and share translations which then are offered when WWL senses a preferred language.
  • Transifex
    A translation and localization platform, Transifex seeks to make the process of software localization and content translation easier, allowing translators and developers to work together in a content management system that makes sense for both parties.
    A nonprofit in South Africa, seeks to localize open source software into South Africa’s 11 official languages.

Be sure to check out what some of these great projects are doing all over the world! More information on the Open Translation Tools Conference can be found here at Aspiration’s website.

Happy Translating!


1 Comment to Open Translation Tools

  1. February 17, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    Great article. There's a lot of good info here, though I did want to let you know something – I am running Ubuntu with the latest beta of Firefox, and the look and feel of your blog is kind of quirky for me. I can understand the articles, but the navigation doesn't function so good.

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