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Hosted by Henri Broekmate (Lionbridge). Panelists Nathalie Dougall (Booking.com), Matt Romaine (Gengo), Bernie Hsu (Alibaba).
For many firms, global crowdsourcing is an unparalleled way to reduce fixed costs and dramatically enhance operating efficiency and scalability. Enterprise crowdsourcing and big data seem to be a good match, particularly as data-related work can often be broken down into tasks or projects. Managing resources and workflows at the task or unit level is at the heart of the localization industry’s expertise. Many suppliers are finding that they can easily offer adjacent services such as search relevance, sentiment analysis, data tagging, user generated content curation, transcription, and data enrichment, in a crowd model – typically in a private crowd. This panel will discuss whether localization service providers and language technology innovators are offering relevant crowd solutions. Using technology as a lens, we will also discuss whether there is a role for increased crowdsourcing as the adoption of MT drives increased post-editing work. Lastly we will exchange ideas about where the crowdsourcing opportunity sits in the framework of the “gig” economy, and whether it will thrive and grow, or crumble under the push for legislation and labor reform.