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Global Voices Lingua Project

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A presentation about Global Voices, with focus on Lingua, for the OT12 MOOC, a Massive Open Online Course on Open Translation tools and practices at Open University. November 2012.

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Global Voices Lingua Project

  1. For OT12 MOOC - November 2012 Welcome tohttp://globalvoicesonline.org
  2. Global Voices is… A news An educational resource tool A globalcommunity A bunch of activists A set of websites A bridge THE real between Tower of Babel places and cultures
  3. Global Voices is… A news An educational resource tool A globalcommunity A bunch of activists A set of websites A bridge THE real between Tower of Babel places and cultures
  4.  Founded at Harvard’s University Berkman Center for Internetand Society (2005) We aggregate, curate, amplify and translate global conversationsonline. Spotlight on places and people often ignored by media Nearly 1,000 active members: authors, translators, editors; presentin virtually every country Multicultural and multilingual: daily translations into 30languages; many more are spoken/understood in the community Volunteer driven, passion motivated, open to everyone and all
  5. Back in 2006,Global Voices wasjust anotherWordpress blog.
  6. Dezember 2012
  7. Why do we need Global Voices? Online censorship Digital Language divide barrierBecause there are blocks to the online conversation
  8. Blocks to the online conversation: digital divide“Wall of thePeople”Maputo,Mozambique“The idea of theWall was to createa permanent andoffline space forreaders to read(simple) and tocomment (simple).In a sense, anoffline Facebookwall.”Photo: @giantpandinha(also a GVer!) Global Voices post: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2012/03/13/mozambique-the-peoples-wall-of-maputo/
  9. Blocks to the online conversation: digital divide“Wall of thePeople”Maputo,Mozambique“The idea of theWall was to createa permanent andoffline space forreaders to read(simple) and tocomment (simple).In a sense, anoffline Facebookwall.”Photo: @giantpandinha(also a GVer!) Global Voices post: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2012/03/13/mozambique-the-peoples-wall-of-maputo/
  10. Blocks to the online conversation:Most countries that are censorshipconnected to theinternet conduct somelevel of internetcensorship.Some of the mostcommonly censoredcontents includePornography, SocialNetworks, Wikipedia,Wikileaks, PoliticalBlogs, ReligiousWebsites and VideoStreaming.The governments havedeveloped a subtle andsophisticated system toestablish borders ofcontrol within theinternationalcyberspace. Source: http://open.youyuxi.com/ with info from OpenNet Initiatives Research
  11. Blocks to the online conversation:Most countries that are censorshipconnected to theinternet conduct somelevel of internetcensorship.Some of the mostcommonly censoredcontents includePornography, SocialNetworks, Wikipedia,Wikileaks, PoliticalBlogs, ReligiousWebsites and VideoStreaming.The governments havedeveloped a subtle andsophisticated system toestablish borders ofcontrol within theinternationalcyberspace. Source: http://open.youyuxi.com/ with info from OpenNet Initiatives Research
  12. Blocks to the online conversation: language barrierThere are 6,909 knownliving languages (46 ofwhom have just a singlespeaker).This means that there isone language for every862,000 people onEarth.Europe alone accountsfor only 234 of them,whereas in Asia 2,322languages are spokenon a daily basis.In addition to reallanguages, there arealso 200 auxlangs, likeSolresol and Esperanto. Sources: Ethnologue, Wikipedia; Image: Mitch Bolton (http://drbl.in/eXjA)
  13. Blocks to the online conversation: language barrierThere are 6,909 knownliving languages (46 ofwhom have just a singlespeaker).This means that there isone language for every862,000 people onEarth.Europe alone accountsfor only 234 of them,whereas in Asia 2,322languages are spokenon a daily basis.In addition to reallanguages, there arealso 200 auxlangs, likeSolresol and Esperanto. Sources: Ethnologue, Wikipedia; Image: Unkown
  14. Global Voices in Amharic -the newest Lingua site, starting in September 2012
  15. Global Voices in Myanmar/Burmese
  16. Global Voices in Malagasy
  17. It all started whena guy in Taiwandecided totranslate GlobalVoices posts inChinese!
  18. How translations appear on our sitesAll translationsare listed onthe post pages
  19.  Lingua started in 2006 with six language; doubled by end of 2007. In2012, we have Global Voices in 36 languages From January to October, over 500 volunteers have translated 15,661posts, which makes an average of 1,424 posts a month. To date:70,838 translations! We have all the top 10 largest languages in the world, but also smallerlanguages such as Catalan, lingua franca tongues like Swahili, andendangered languages, such as Aymara Volunteers are free to choose what they want to translate, and howmuch or how little they want to contribute Lingua teams have autonomy to decide how to manage themselves
  20. Global Voices in Portuguese collaboration chart
  21. Initial process: from blogs to Lingua
  22. Before 2010, we onlytranslated from English.It was quite simple.
  23. Now… it iscomplicated!
  24.  Starting in 2010, not only Lingua translates, but produces originalcontent too, making Global Voices truly global Original content in Spanish, Portuguese, French, Arabic, Catalan,Bengali regularly We have also had posts in Chinese, Japanese, Greek, Italian,Russian, German, Swahili, and Amharic* Since 2010, we have written 1,586 posts. We have peopletranslating from Bengali and Chinese into French! All posts are translated into English for the sake of globalconversation; new teams of Lingua into English translators have started
  25. Multilingual newsroom Starting in 2010, not only Lingua translates, but produces originalcontent too, making Global Voices truly global Original content in Spanish, Portuguese, French, Arabic, Catalan,Bengali regularly We have also had posts in Chinese, Japanese, Greek, Italian,Russian, German, Swahili, and Amharic* As of Dec 2012, we have written 1,586 original non-English posts.We have people translating from Bengali and Chinese into French! All posts are translated into English for the sake of globalconversation; new teams of Lingua into English translators have started
  26. Lingua challenges Multilingual newsroom Videos still No translation No turns GV baffle us! translation tools for upside down tools WordpressTranslations oftranslations of Too large totranslations! manage? Motivation, NoOverstretched volunteer translation retention, quality tools editors
  27. Who supports Global Voices? YOU!
  28. Thanks for listening!http://globalvoicesonline.org.com paula.goes@globalvoicesonline.com

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