Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Open Source Translation Project

Rebecca MacKinnon at RConversation, who has been important in drives to build bridges between the Chinese language and English language blogging communities in East Asia, announces the Open Source Translation Project:

Guangzhou-based blogger and Global Voices language editor John Kennedy is leading an exciting new initiative which Roland Soong has dubbed the Open Source Translation Blogging project.. and which "Letters from China" calls the Great Hall of the Bloggers.

John's idea, which started in a comments thread on LfC's blog, is similar to a dream Roland has had for a couple of years: To build a cooperative of bilingual bloggers who coordinate translation of important conversations taking place on the Chinese Internet - particularly stuff that we think will help the English-speaking world to understand China better.

Roland has become one of the most famous Chinese-English "bridge bloggers," bringing articles, blog posts, conversations, and debates from the Chinese-language Internet to the attention of the English-speaking world. But there are many other people doing this on their own blogs. They include John, LfC, the good folks at Danwei, Interlocals, the China Media Project, the team at China Digital Times and many many more bilingual bloggers scattered around Greater China and across the globe.

I'm hoping to squeeze out some time to participate in this project. Hope you can find some too.

2 comments:

fiLi said...

Although it hasn't been used exactly for this purpose, the method is the same - http://chineseblast.com/ is a great opensource translation project. In my humble opinion it has a much nicer interface and usability than a wiki.

Anyways, goodluck on the new project.

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