Standards and best practices for the Multilingual Web
|27 Sep.||Call for Participation issued|
|18 Jan.||Deadline for speaker proposals|
|4 Feb.||Acceptance notification sent|
|11 Feb.||Program released|
|28 Feb.||Sponsorship deadline|
|12-13 Mar.||Workshop 2013|
The MultilingualWeb-LT Working Group (project name LT-Web) receives funding by the European Commission through the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) Grant Agreement No. 287815.
Today, the World Wide Web is fundamental to communication in all walks of life. Although English once dominated the Web, other languages are increasing their presence, with long-term economic and social impacts. If the Web is to deliver its promised benefits and live up to the ideal of a single, world-wide network, it is vitally important to ensure the multilingual success of the World Wide Web.
The MultilingualWeb community develops and promotes best practices and standards related to all aspects of creating, localizing, and deploying the Web across boundaries of language. It aims to raise the visibility of existing best practices and standards for dealing with language on the Internet and on identifying and resolving gaps that keep the Internet from living up to its global potential.
The core vehicle for these actions is a series of events that started in 2010 (run by the initial MultilingualWeb Project and its successor, the MultilingualWeb-LT project). Following five highly successful events in Madrid, Pisa, Limerick, Luxembourg, and Dublin, the sixth workshop will be held in Rome and hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
Participation is free. We welcome participation from both speakers and non-speaking attendees.
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.
Presentations are typically limited to 15 minutes, however we may have a small number of longer talks during the workshop. Talks should describe standards and best practices relevant to the multilingual Web. Talks should ideally describe all of the following with relation to a given topic:
Speakers are asked to focus on describing practical ways of enabling people to meet the challenges of the multilingual Web, rather than to focus on technical details or specific products. 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 multilingual Web content and services.
As with previous MultilingualWeb events, this 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. A unique proposition of the workshop is that it brings together speakers and provides opportunities for networking across a wide range of communities to produce a holistic view of the problems faced in developing and deploying multilingual content and applications on the Web.
In this workshop we wish to consider 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 standards and best practices related to the mutilingual Web, and propose opportunities for addressing those. Through these workshops, the European Commission wishes to promote widespread adoption of novel, innovative solutions, workflows, and approaches, and stimulate discussion concerning 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 and navigation; Multilingual web sites; Usability and design for i18n…
Localizers: Localization standards and 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; RDF and multilingual Linked Open Data / Multilingual data sets; 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 issues…
The workshop is expected to attract a broad set of stakeholders, including managers and practitioners working in the areas of content development, design, localization, and production management; developers of tools such as translation tools, content management systems, editors, etc; researchers and developers working with language technology and resources; browser implementors; standards and industry body representatives; and many more. The interchange of information and perspectives from this diverse group is expected to provide a more thorough picture of the existing landscape for multilingualism on the Web, and was one of the successes of the previous workshops.
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 Rome workshop is February 28, 2013.
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The workshop will be held at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), at the following address:
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
00153 Rome, Italy
NOTE: Participants must pre-register to access the building.
Lunch will be a menu in the cafeteria of the FAO venue.
There is no official hotel for the Workshop. Booking options include the following:
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.