Open source MT workshop

OS enthusiasts should note the

workshop on Open Source translation technologies at the MT summit to be held this summer in Phuket, Thailand:

Open-source software is associated to a change in the business model. In the case of machine translation, it would result in a shift from license-based or charge-per-word models to a service model in which enterprises would offer users a variety of services: consulting, customization, linguistic data development, integration in multilingual document management systems, etc.

Machine translation is only one of the available language technologies which can be applied to translation; the effect of the existence of open-source software for other translation applications such as translation memory, etc., or even other natural language processing applications not related to translation, would therefore be worth examining as well.

Andrew Joscelyne
European, a language technology industry watcher since Electric Word was first published, sometime journalist, consultant, market analyst and animateur of projects. Interested in technologies for augmenting human intellectual endeavour, multilingual méssage, the history of language machines, the future of translation, and the life of the digital mindset.

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