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  • Clive 5:14 pm on August 31, 2008 Permalink
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    Wiki Translation 

    I’ve been looking into the ways in which wikis could be used for massive collaboration on translation projects. The impetus behind this was a request by desdecuba.com to be involved in the translation of a debate on cultural politics which took place last year amongst prominent writers on the island. The texts are long and would require and enormous amount of time, even for a small team of translators. However, using the affordances of a wiki could enable mass collaboration – lots of translators working on relatively small parts – to complete the work in a relatively short time.

    A rummage round the web shows that such a platform is already being applied to the translation of public documents. Wikimedia has a page explaining its process of multilingual translation. Traducwiki is a wiki designed for volunteer translators to contribute their work on public documents.

    Brian McConnell of the World Wide Lexicon has also produced open source collaborative translation tools that can be embedded in any web publishing or web services platform to enable users to view, create and edit translations. I started a blog on the site to explore how it works. An interesting component is the way that you can pull in RSS feed material, run a machine translation on it automatically, and then clean it up manually. Great tool (there is also a plug in for wordpress blogs) but I’m unconvinced that it would scale to massive collaboration. I need to explore it more in detail though.

    However, the tool that is most impressive is the platform used by the Wiki-Translation group – TikiWiki. This is from their FAQ:

    This is a place where people interested in translation using a massively collaborative wiki paradigm can exchange best practices and tools, and discuss how to improve them.
    The wiki is also being used as a testing ground for a project called the Cross Lingual Wiki Engine Project. (Basically, a few of us are hacking the TikiWiki software that powers the site.) If you look around, you should see translation features that are continuously evolving.

    This Cross Lingual Wiki engine is impressive. This screencast outlines its main features. As far as I can understand from my playings with the live demo of Tikiwiki, the engine is built into the platform through the multilingual feature. What is impressive is the way in which the wiki has blended the tools (typical wiki ease of editing etc) into a working process for co-ordinating multiple translations by multiple translators at various stages of completion. It’s really well thought out by people who really look like they know what they are doing. TikiWiki itself is an open source content management system which incorporates wiki tools, blogs, and much more. It’s used by Mozilla Firefox as its engine for the FAQ and various community groups. I’d really like to set it up on a host to really have a detailed play and evaluate its potential for the desdecuba.com project.

    If mass collaboration and open source working is radically altering the nature of media production and consumption then translation in this global textual soup seems to be vital.

  • Clive 11:44 am on May 20, 2008 Permalink
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    The rise of Wikis 

    Wikis Are Now Serious Business – ReadWriteWeb

    Only a handful of years ago, it was common to hear people laugh at Wikipedia.
    Anyone can edit it! How could you take it seriously? These days, just
    as blogs are, wikis are on their way to winning a reputation as serious
    publishing platforms.

  • Clive 8:30 pm on December 21, 2007 Permalink |
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    Google knols v Wikipedia 

    Google is trying a kind of wikipedia development of a knowledge database but rather than going for anonymity is highlighting authors’ names in order to … increase credibility. It’s still in beta/private. See google knols and the screenshot which might make a good pbwiki wiki model.

    But why not start a wiki for social change staff to build a similar database of key words/ideas that have relevance/resonance for the programme. It would be a way for students to see the community of practice actually practicing.

  • Clive 5:15 pm on August 13, 2007 Permalink |
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    How wikis are changing Communication 

    How Wiki Software is Changing Communication – Newsweek: International Editions – MSNBC.com

    By Jessica Bennett Newsweek International

    Aug. 6, 2007 issue – The United Nations, notorious for endless deliberations, is trying a technological quick fix. Its Global Compact Office, which promotes corporate responsibility, has embraced a once fringe social technology—the wiki—in hopes that it will help staff in 80 countries share information and reach consensus with less deliberation and more speed.

  • Clive 9:38 am on August 1, 2007 Permalink |
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    Functions of Blogs and Wikis in Education 

    Harold Jarche » Small (Learning) Pieces Loosely Joined

    A blog is a reusable digital portfolio

    • easy content entry
    • comments and reflections by peers
    • student work is published to the world
    A wiki is a reusable digital whiteboard
    • Monitor students work on reports as they are working
    • Give feedback instantaneously
    • Publish knowledge to the world

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