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Global Online Seminar in Biodiversity Informatics #28: Translating the BITC

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Posted by: townpeterson on Nov 15, 2016

The BITC now constitutes a comprehensive, open-access, digital-video-based learning resource for biodiversity informatics (see https://journals.ku.edu/index.php/jbi/article/view/5008 for a summary). It has been built in the course of three years of courses taught by experts from around the world at sites across Africa. In effect, it constitutes a first "textbook" for the field of biodiversity informatics.

The BITC, nonetheless, is in English, which represents a significant limitation. The BITC team, led by Peterson and Ingenloff, has made significant progress in adding subtitles in English to all of the videos. This in turn opens the door to translating the subtitles: we are setting a goal of adding subtitles for the BITC in all U.N. languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish), plus any others that are of interest to persons across the biodiversity informatics community.

This seminar will lay out a plan to achieve this goal. That is, we have tested crowd-sourcing approaches to translating the English subtitles into any language. The platform that we use is highly efficient and easy to use, such that any person studying the videos who has facility in another language can easily add the translation. We hope to see translation efforts assemble in many communities, so that the BITC initiative becomes more fully accessible to all persons around the world.

Please join us for this "kick-off" event.

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