Machine Translation by Jeff Allen

Format: Webinar presentations
Topic: Software, tools & computing

Course summary
Start time:Jul 2, 2010 16:00 GMT     Add to calendar

Duration: 1 hour




This session already took place. The video of this session is available here
Language:English
Summary:This overview session on MT software/systems intends to help the entire range of potential MT users with the elements to make well-informed decisons for investing in MT technologies.
Overview
This overview session will help equip a range of MT users (freelancers, translation agencies, government translation bureaus, multinational corporations) with the necessary information for making a well-informed decision on if and how Machine Translation (MT) is a valid option for their specific contexts. It is presented by an industry expert who has developed, tested, deployed all existing types of MT systems and software in a variety of small, medium and large customer contexts, who is officially certified on several MT software systems, and who has trained many professional translation users on different MT software applications.

Participants will have unlimited access to the webinar recording.
Topics covered during the presentation
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The agenda topics include:
  • An overview of the range of MT software and system types based on the perspective of Inbound and Outbound translation needs
  • Demystifying the debate on rule-based, statistical-based, and other types of MT systems
  • What is the difference between Google Translate/other online portals vs paid software/systems
  • Can MT and Translation Memory (TM)/CAT tools be combined, and how?
  • List of questions to conduct one's own needs-analysis for the selection process of MT software and systems
  • Answering the very frequent question
  • Making a tool/system choice based on language pair/direction, budget, local hardware and network set-up, other 3rd party software, human resource constraints, team size, local vs. distributed teams, etc.
  • Mention of references to cases studies of different system types for each level of user/customer size (from freelancer to multi-national corporation)
  • Open question/answer time to respond to many key concerns and questions raised by participants

System requirements
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For PC-based Organizers and Attendees

• Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP, 2003 Server or 2000 (Linux is not supported)
• Required: Internet Explorer® 6.0 or newer, or Mozilla® Firefox® 3.0 or newer (JavaScript™ and Java™ enabled) . If needed, download Java here.
• Internet Connection Required: Cable modem, DSL, or better recommended
• Recommended: Minimum of Pentium® class 1GHz CPU with 512 MB of RAM (2 GB of RAM for Windows Vista)

For Mac®-based Users

• Required: Mac OS® X 10.4 (Tiger®), OS X 10.5 (Leopard®), OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard®)
• Required: Safari™ 3.0 or newer, Firefox® 2.0 or newer; (JavaScript™ and Java™ enabled)
• Internet Connection Required: Cable modem, DSL or better recommended
• Required: PowerPC G4/G5 or Intel processor, 512 MB of RAM or better

To Use VoIP

• Required: Fast Internet connection (384 kbps or more recommended)
• Required: Microphone and speakers (USB headset recommended)


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• For the visual section of the training course, we recommend that you have a 64kbps link. This means using an ISDN line or Broadband.
• For the audio section of the training course, we recommend that you have a telephone headset or hands-free speaker phone.
• We recommend that you log in 30 minutes in advance of the start time to prepare for the training course.
• Please mute your phone during the training course to ensure that there is no background noise during the audio section.

Courses will be open half an hour before the start time. Please login before the start time to ensure that everything on your system is working correctly.
Payment information
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Participation fee includes:

• access to webinar session.
• unlimited access to the webinar recording.

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2-Access the online platform

72 hours before the webinar takes place, you will receive an invitation to join the session. Please, click the registration link or button provided in the invitation email and complete the registration form.
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Machine Translation by Jeff Allen

nalhanna Identity Verified
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Lack of Linux supportJun 30, 2010

Hi Jeff - I am disappointed that Linux is not supported - maybe next time! - Kind regards, Nicholas Hanna

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fourth Identity Verified
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PriceJun 30, 2010

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Drew MacFadyen
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Linux supportJun 30, 2010

GoToWebinar does not currently support Linux, but they are working on it. They have not given us an ETA, but I hope that it will be an option soon. We will be recording the webinar and making it available in our flash video player after the session. Our Flash player works with any browser and any OS. If you are unable to participate in the webinar due to using Linux, you will still be able to purchase access to the recorded video.

Price for the webinar is $15 USD

Regards,

Drew


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Edson Lopes Identity Verified
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Not available at set timeJul 1, 2010

I saw that participants will have unlimited access to webnar recordings. It seems obvious, but I want to register and only watch it later. How can that be done?

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Soledad Azcona Identity Verified
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Video of webinar on machine translation will be uploadedJul 1, 2010

Hi Edson,

All webinars are recorded and the videos are uploaded in the site so registrants can re-watch the sessions. Those that registered (paid) for the webinar will have access to these recordings for free, and there is no limit as to how many times you can watch these videos.

Members of the community that did not register (pay) in a webinar can purchase the recording afterwards. You will also be getting unlimited access to the video, but the drawback is that you will not be able to do any Q&A with the presenters!

I suggest you register for the webinar, and if you can't make it you will still have the recording available.

Have a nice evening!

Soledad


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Samuel Murray Identity Verified
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Video of webinar on machine translation will be uploadedJul 3, 2010

Soledad Azcona Garrido wrote:
Members of the community that did not register (pay) in a webinar can purchase the recording afterwards.


Really? How? On the training course's page it says: This course has already taken place, so you cannot register.


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Jeff Allen Identity Verified
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probably just some technical issueJul 3, 2010

Thanks Samuel for you comments. this is probably just a technical issues that the ProZ team can look into.

thanks,

Jeff


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Elida Z. Granelli Identity Verified
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future webinar on MT system toolsJul 4, 2010

I learnt a lot from Jeff Allen’s webinar. It was my first with Proz.com. At a future meeting would it be possible to let the speaker know about my needs in advance? That is to ask for advice or/and learn which TM system tools are more recommendable for specific areas of translation. Either this or maybe (if at all possible) to watch on screen how to operate with them and experience the difference.
Thanks Jeff and Soledad! Elida


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Soledad Azcona Identity Verified
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Video availableJul 5, 2010

The video of this session is available now here:

http://www.proz.com/videos/Machine%20Translation/292

Those that purchased a seat in the webinar will have unlimited free access to the recording.

Those would like to purchase access to the recording may do so at this page also. This session is highly recommended and will be followed soon by more in depth presentations on the topic.

Have a nice day!

Soledad


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Jeff Allen Identity Verified
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reply on future webinar on MT system toolsOct 12, 2010

mpauladelvalle wrote:

I learnt a lot from Jeff Allen’s webinar. It was my first with Proz.com. At a future meeting would it be possible to let the speaker know about my needs in advance? That is to ask for advice or/and learn which TM system tools are more recommendable for specific areas of translation. Either this or maybe (if at all possible) to watch on screen how to operate with them and experience the difference.
Thanks Jeff and Soledad! Elida


Thanks Elida for your comments. Yes, you can leave comments directly in the question area for each webinar which I am keeping track of, and the ProZ webinar coordinator is also informing me of questions.

At least 1 very specific question asked today in the thread of the webinar for this week will now be covered in that webinar.

As for hands-on demos, the MT overview and the MT for freelancers and MT for agencies webinars are aimed at helping the different audience do a needs analysis and understand which software/systems are most appropriate for them to investigate based on computer (hardware/software) set-ups and network considerations. And also discussing the topics of compatible MT software with other types of software that freelancers and agencies typically have in place.

This is aimed to help you channel your energy into what specific software or systems to start to consider.

After those, it is then possible to offer webinars with hands-on training about specific features. One of the important points to know is that the same "task" can be achieved in different MT software brands and MT software/system types in different ways. The goal of a hands-on training webinar should be to outline the tasks to do, and how to perform with each different software type and brand.

An analogy is that you can drive a car, but how you drive it is different if you use a manual transmission vs automatic transmission, and then it is even different with a manual transmission on the stick if you drive a Renault vs a Toyota on which direction to move the stick, and when to pull up or down on the stick.

So the first webinars are to help you make very well-informed investigations and decisions, and then dig into the details of exact features at the next step.

Thanks for your comments.

Jeff


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