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Program published for W3C MultilingualWeb Workshop in Riga, 29 April

See the program. The keynote speaker will be Page Williams, Director of Global Readiness, Trustworthy Computing, Microsoft. She is followed by a strong line up in sessions entitled Developers and Creators, Localizers, Machines, and Users, including speakers from Microsoft, the European Parliament, the UN FAO, Intel, Verisign, and many more. The workshop is made possible with the generous support of the LIDER project.

Participation in the event is free. Please register via the Riga Summit for the Multilingual Digital Single Market site.

The MultilingualWeb workshops, funded by the European Commission and coordinated by the W3C, look at best practices and standards related to all aspects of creating, localizing and deploying the multilingual Web. The workshops are successful because they attract a wide range of participants, from fields such as localization, language technology, browser development, content authoring and tool development, etc., to create a holistic view of the interoperability needs of the multilingual Web.

We look forward to seeing you in Riga!

Introducing LingHub – an Open Metadata Repository in the Domain of Language Resources

The LIDER project is  developing LingHub, a repository of metadata about language resources and linguistic data. During a dedicated conference call on 19 March, 3 p.m. CET, LingHub will be discussed in the LD4LT community group to gather feedback from the public at large. The call is open to the public, no LD4LT group participation is required. Dial-in information is available. The call will be relevant for anybody interest specifically in language resources, or in public metadata repositories and the re-use of public sector information in general.

Paige Williams (Microsoft) to keynote at 8th Multilingual Web Workshop (April 29, 2015, Riga)

We are please to announce that Paige Williams, Director of Global Readiness, Trustworthy Computing at Microsoft, will deliver the keynote at the 8th Multilingual Web Workshop, “Data, content and services for the Multilingual Web,” in Riga, Latvia (29 April 2015).

Paige spent 10 years managing internationalization of Microsoft.com, before joining the Trustworthy Computing organization in 2005. In TwC, Paige oversees compliance of company policy for geographic, country-region and cultural requirements, establishing a new center of excellence for market and world readiness, globalization/localizability, and language programs, tools, resources and external community forums to reach markets across the world with the right local experience.

The Multilingual Web Workshop series brings together participants interested in the best practices, new technologies, and standards needed to help content creators, localizers, language tools developers, and others address the new opportunities and challenges of the multilingual Web. It will provide for networking across communities and building connections.

Registration for the Workshop is free, and early registration is recommended since space at the Workshop is limited.

The workshop will be part of the Riga Summit 2015 on the Multilingual Digital Single Market. We are organizing the workshop as part of the Riga Summit to strengthen the European related community at large. Depending on the number of submissions to the MultilingualWeb workshop we also may suggest to move presentations to other days of the summit. For these reasons we highly recommend you to attend the whole Riga Summit!

There is still opportunity for individuals to submit proposals to speak at the workshop. Ideal proposals will highlight emerging challenges or novel solutions for reaching out to a global, multilingual audience. The deadline for speaker proposals is March 8, but early submission is strongly encouraged. See the Call for Participation for more details.

This workshop is made possible by the generous support of the LIDER project.

Dublin MultilingualWeb workshop report now available

A report summarizing the MultilingualWeb workshop in Dublin is now available from the MultilingualWeb site. Alongside the summaries are links to slides, video recordings, and the IRC log, for each speaker and for the discussion sessions.

Entitled “The Multilingual Web – Linked Open Data and MultilingualWeb-LT Requirements”, the workshop focused on two specific topics: the intersection between Linked Open Data and Multilingual Technologies, and requirements of the W3C MultilingualWeb-LT Working Group.

In both areas, the workshop was a great success. First, it helped to connect leading experts in the areas of linked open data, language technologies, terminology and localization. And second, detailed discussion about MultilingualWeb-LT requirements provided a major input to the creation of the first public working draft of Internationalization Tag Set (ITS) 2.0.

This workshop was unlike previous workshops because its focus was specific to two topics, and the audience was intentionally restricted to experts in those areas. The MultilingualWeb-LT project plans to hold additional workshops next year that will have the broad scope and similar format to previous workshops.

Slides, Videos, and IRC logs available for Dublin MultilingualWeb workshop

The program page of the 5th MultilingualWeb Workshop in Dublin on Multilingual Linked Open Data and the MultilingualWeb-LT Requirements has now been updated with links to speakers’ slides, IRC logs, and video recordings (hosted by Videolectures). It also includes links to social media information (such as tweets) about the workshop. If you have any blog posts, photos, etc. online that you would like to add to the page, please let Arle Lommel (arle.lommel@dfki.de) know so that we can link to them from this page.

The workshop was a great success. While intentionally smaller than previous Multilingual Web workshops, it brought together many of the world’s leading experts in the emerging field of linked open data and multilingual linked open data. Thanks to the efforts of the excellent speakers and the local organizers at Trinity College Dublin, the program was of great benefit to attendees.

A summary report of the workshop will follow soon.

Luxembourg MultilingualWeb workshop report now available

A report summarizing the MultilingualWeb workshop in Luxembourg is now available from the MultilingualWeb site. Alongside the summaries are links to slides, video recordings, and the IRC log for each speaker and the discussion sessions.

Entitled “The Multilingual Web – The Way Ahead”, the workshop surveyed and shared information about currently available best practices and standards that can help content creators and localizers address the needs of the multilingual Web. Attendees also heard about gaps that need to be addressed, and enjoyed opportunities to network and share information between the various different communities involved in enabling the multilingual Web.

This workshop also included a half-day Open Space discussion session run by Jaap van der Meer of TAUS, where attendees split into breakout groups to discuss topics of their own choosing.

You can also find links to videos, slides, etc as well as links to social media related to the event on the program page of the workshop.

This is the final workshop in the series belonging to the first MultilingualWeb project. The MultilingualWeb-LT project, which follows on from the original project, is holding a workshop in Dublin on 11-13 June entitled The Multilingual Web – Linked Open Data and MultilingualWeb-LT Requirements and plans to hold additional workshops next year that will be similar in format to those run so far.

MultilingualWeb Dublin speaker deadline extended, don’t delay!

The deadline for submissions to speak at the Multilingual Web – Linked Open Data and MultilingualWeb-LT Requirements in Dublin has been extended until 9 May. We are building a strong program with expected contributions from Adobe, the Centre for Next Generation Localisation, the Italian National Research Council (CNR), the European Commission, Google, and many others, and we will be filling the remaining slots soon.

If you want to speak at the event register as soon as possible.

This MultilingualWeb workshop will be held in Dublin, Ireland, hosted by Trinity College Dublin.

The purpose of this workshop is two-fold: first, to discuss the intersection between Linked Open Data and Multilingual Technologies (11 June), and second, to discuss Requirements of the W3C MultilingualWeb-LT Working Group (12 – 13 June). We expect that both topics will attract an overlapping set of participants, and we hope to increase the overlap by this workshop.

Participation is free. We welcome participation from both speakers and non-speaking attendees. For more information and to register, see the Call for Participation.

W3C Workshop, Call for Participation: The Multilingual Web – Linked Open Data and Multi­lingual­Web-LT Requirements

11 – 13 June 2012, Dublin, Ireland, hosted by Trinity College Dublin.

Organized by the MultilingualWeb-LT Working Group, the purpose of this workshop is two-fold: first, to discuss the intersection between Linked Open Data and Multilingual Technologies (11 June), and second, to discuss Requirements of the W3C MultilingualWeb-LT Working Group (12 – 13 June). For more information, see the Call for Participation.

Participation is free. We welcome participation from both speakers and non-speaking attendees. However, whereas future MultilingualWeb workshops will continue the wide-ranging format of previous MultilingualWeb events, and will aim again at a larger audience, attendees for this workshop are required to participate actively in discussions and will need to submit a position statement for the workshop registration. There are limited spaces available.

The MultilingualWeb Working Group aims to define meta-data for web content (mainly HTML5) and “deep Web” content (for example a CMS or XML files from which HTML pages are generated) that facilitates its interaction with multilingual technologies and localization processes.

Slides and IRC logs for Luxembourg workshop available

The MultilingualWeb Workshop in Luxembourg was another success, thanks once again to the efforts of the excellent speakers and the local organizers. The program included another Open Space discussion organized by TAUS, and a new feature was a number of poster presentations. We had over 130 attendees.

The program page has now been updated to point to speakers’ slides and to the relevant parts of the IRC logs. Links to video recordings will follow shortly.

There are also some links pointing to social media reports, such as blog posts, tweets and photos, related to the workshop. If you have any blog posts, photos, etc. online, please let Richard Ishida know (ishida@w3.org) so that we can link to them from this page.

A summary report of the workshop will follow a little later.

W3C Launches Work to Simplify Creation of Content in World’s Languages

Today W3C announced new work to make it easier for people to create Web content in the world’s languages. The lack of standards for exchanging information about translations is estimated to cost the industry as much as 20% more in translation costs, amounting to billions of dollars. In addition, barriers to distributing content in more than one language mean lost business. Multinational companies often need to translate Web content into dozens of languages simultaneously, and public bodies from Europe and India typically must communicate with citizens in many languages. As the Web becomes more diverse linguistically, translation demands will continue to grow.

The MultilingualWeb–LT (Language Technology) Working Group will develop standard ways to support the (automatic and manual) translation and adaptation of Web content to local needs, from its creation to its delivery to end users. Read the press release and learn more about the W3C Internationalization Activity. The MultilingualWeb-LT Working Group receives funding from the European Commission (project name LT-Web) through the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).


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