Standards and best practices for the Multilingual Web
|12 Jan||Call for Participation issued|
|1 Mar||Deadline for speaker proposals|
|11 Mar||Acceptance notification sent|
|14 Mar||Program released|
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 the highly successful first event in Madrid, this second workshop will be held in Pisa, Italy, and hosted jointly by the Istituto di Informatica e Telematica and Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche.
Building on the success of the previous event, this workshop will use a similar format to once again 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.
While the themes for this workshop remain broad, we are particularly interested in topics that address standards and best practices aimed at development of Content for the Web. This includes creation of content ranging from personal authoring for blogs and social networking sites to development 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. The European Commission is interested in these workshops as a means to identify directions for future project work related to the multilingual Web, and as a vehicle for increasing contact and cross-fertilization between experts in this area.
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; 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 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 talks that propose new standards or best practices that need to be addressed.
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 is currently 11 March.
See the top of this page.
The workshop will be hosted jointly by the Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale (ILC) and the Istituto di Informatica e Telematica (IIT), Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), which is located in "Area della Ricerca di Pisa", a research campus in Pisa. See map 1.
The workshop will be held at the Auditorium of the CNR Research Area. See map 2.
The address of CNR Research Area is:
Area della Ricerca del CNR
Via Giuseppe Moruzzi n. 1
To further promote networking among attendees, there will be a reception at 8pm on Monday 4th April in the Capitolium Hall of the Chiostro di S. Francesco, a wonderful ancient cloister, next to the church of St. Francesco. Entry is free to workshop participants. See a map showing the route from the workshop location to the church. The Capitolium Hall has frescoes by Niccolò di Pietro Gerini with Histories of the life of Christ (1392). The rectangular cloister is from the 14th century.
How to reach Pisa
How to reach the Pisa Research Area
The research Area is served by the Line High Mobility, LAM
Here some suggested hotels. CNR has negotiated rates with these hotels as shown below. To obtain these rates, you should quote MULTILINGUALWEB-CNR.
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.