Standards and best practices for the Multilingual Web
|12 May||Call for Participation issued|
|15 Jul||Deadline for speaker proposals|
|29 Jul||Acceptance notification sent|
|1 Aug||Program released|
|7 Sep||Sponsorship deadline|
The MultilingualWeb project is funded by the European Commission through the ICT PSP Grant Agreement No. 250500, and as part of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme.
Today, the World Wide Web is fundamental to communication in all walks of life. As the share of English web pages decreases and that of other languages increases, it is vitally important to ensure the multilingual success of the World Wide Web.
The MultilingualWeb project is looking at best practices and standards related to all aspects of creating, localizing and deploying the Web multilingually. The project aims to raise the visibility of existing best practices and standards and identify gaps. The core vehicle for this is a series of four events which are planned for the coming two years. Following two highly successful events in Madrid and Pisa, this third workshop will be held in Limerick, Ireland, and co-located with the 16th LRC Conference and hosted by the University of Limerick.
As with the previous events, the workshop will bring together speakers and participants with an interest in best practices and standards aimed at helping content creators, localizers, tools developers, and others meet the challenges of the multilingual Web. It provides further opportunities for networking across communities that span the various aspects involved.
Unlike the previous events, the speaker sessions will all take place on the first day, and the morning of the second day will be devoted to discussion on the various topics raised so far.
While the themes for this workshop remain broad, we would particularly encourage contributions related to standards and best practices aimed at localization of Web content. As before, we are looking for a wide spectrum of issues, ranging from blogs and social networking sites to localization of large corporate or organizational enterprises.
We are particularly interested in speakers who can identify gaps in current standards and best practices related to the mutilingual Web, and propose opportunities for addressing those. With these workshops, the European Commission wishes to promote widespread adoption of novel, innovative solutions, workflows and approaches, and stimulate discussion on and concrete proposals for future EU-funded actions in the field of multilingual technologies.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
Creators. Content management and authoring tools; Browser support; Mobile Web; Voice on the Web; Language selection & navigation; Multilingual web sites; Usability & design for i18n ...
Localizers. Localization standards & tools; Optimizing localization processes, workflows and business models; TM and terminology databases; Machine translation; Crowd-sourcing; Cloud based issues; Process enablers ...
Users. Social Web (blogs, social media, etc.); Cultural topics; Minority languages; Accessibility; ...
Machines. Semantic web; Multilingual web services; Language resources; Text mining; Language technologies; Search engine optimization; Web architecture and processes ...
Policy makers. Why the multilingual web matters; Trends; Standards organization players; Political enforcements ...
Participation is free. We welcome participation from both speakers and non-speaking attendees.
If you are interested in attending, please register as soon as possible.
The total number of participants will be limited, and registrations will be dealt with on a first come, first served basis. Registration may close early if the event is full. W3C membership is not required to participate in this workshop.
If you want to attend the 16th Annual LRC Conference which follows the MultilingualWeb workshop, you will need to additionally fill in a separate registration form for that event. Although the workshop and the LRC conference are co-located, they are separate events. Note that, while the MultilingualWeb workshop is free, the LRC conference is not.
If you wish to speak at the workshop, please fill in the registration form as soon as possible and provide a brief outline for your proposed talk at the appropriate place in that form. Based on a review of all submitted position papers, the Program Committee will select the most relevant and invite the submitters of those papers to speak at the event.
Presentations will typically last 15-20 minutes, however we are also planning to have some longer talks during the workshop. Talks should ideally describe all of the following with relation to your topic:
Speakers are asked to focus on describing practical ways in which the topic of their talk enables people to meet the challenges of the multilingual Web, rather than to focus on technical details. Given the diversity of topics at the workshop, speakers should also pitch their talk at a level that will be understood by attendees who are unfamiliar with the topic area.
We are particularly interested in innovative, unusual or first-time approaches to tackle known bottlenecks or gaps in the creation, localization and deployment of multilingal Web content and services.
The workshop is co-located with the 16th Annual LRC Conference, which will start in the afternoon of 22 September, and continue on the following day. See the home page for the LRC Conference.
If you wish to also attend the LRC Conference, you will need to register for both events. (See above.)
W3C proposes a dedicated sponsorship program for these workshops to enable organizations to showcase their business and underscore their commitment to the shared goals of the W3C. The sponsorship benefits allow workshop sponsors to reach out to all stakeholders and decision makers worldwide and to be associated with breakthrough innovations that are paving the future of the Web.
Get more information about becoming a workshop sponsor. The deadline for sponsorship submissions for the Limerick workshop is 7 September 2011.
See the top of this page.
The workshop will be hosted by the University of Limerick, and co-located with the 16th Annual LRC Conference.
How to reach Limerick
How to reach the Workshop location
A special rate has been negotiated at Carlton Castletroy Park Hotel, where the workshop will take place.
The rates are:
To book a room call +353 61 335566 and to obtain the special rates please be sure to tell them that you are attending the LRC Conference when making your booking.
Workshop sessions and documents will be in English. After the event presentations, minutes and the workshop report will be made available to the public, linked from the project site.