What is WikiBABEL Project about?
WikiBABEL project explores community collaborative creation of linguistic data for research by specfic language communities.
Our current focus is on collecting parallel data that is vitally needed for Machine Translation research, using the largest community participatory site, Wikipedia. The WikiBABEL leverages the existing information arbitrage between different languages in Wikipedia, to provide a rough initial content in a given target language that may be corrected by the community for creating high-quality content in target language Wikipedia. Given the large disparities in content between different Wikipedias, and given the aspiration of many Wikipedia communities to improve their presence in Wikipedia, there may be sufficient interest in using such a methodology to create new content.
As shown in the above figure, WikiBABEL sits as a thin transparent edit layer (WikiBABEL CORE) on any Wiki site, in particular, Wikipedia. This layer integrates cloud-based services for discovery, linguistic and collaborative features that are supported in WikiBABEL. Specific modules may be designed for specific wiki-systems, say Wikipedia.
Among the first deployments of WikiBABEL is MSDNwiki - a Microsoft site that hosts user generated information for Microsoft developer communities, for creating information for specific demographics.
For immediate use, WikiBhasha beta is available as an installable bookmarklet from the WikiBhasha homepage, and also as a user-script (WikiBhasha) from WikiBhasha.MSR user.
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- A Kumaran, Naren Datha, K Saravanan, Vikram Dendi, and Sandor Maurice, WikiBABEL: A Wiki-style Platform for Creation of Parallel Data, in the 47th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics and the 4th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing of the Asian Federation of Natural Language Processing (ACL/IJCNLP-2009), Singapore, Singapore, Association for Computational Linguistics, August 2009.
- A Kumaran, K Saravanan, and Sandor Maurice, WikiBABEL: Community Creation of Multilingual Data, in the WikiSYM 2008 Conference, Porto, Portugal, Association for Computing Machinery, Inc., September 2008.