12th Annual LRC Localisation Summer School

18-21 May 2014

University of Limerick

The 12th Localisation Research Centre (LRC) Localisation Summer School will take place from 18-21 May 2014.

Localisation Research Centre, Unviersity of Limerick

LRC Summer School

The 2014 Summer School will take part in the Computer Science Building on the campus of the University of Limerick. The participants of the Summer School will be staff and students of the MSc in Multilingual Computing and Localisation, as well as PhD students at the Localisation Research Centre (LRC).

The event will start on Sunday with an excursion to some of Limerick’s world-famous sites: King John’s Castle and the Hunt Museum, including lunch at the museum (all free of charge to participants).

Monday and Tuesday will focus on the presentation and discussion of research proposals by the MSc students, as well as an overview of research at the LRC.

Wednesday’s highlight will be a Master Class on “How to Design a Localisation Project” by Microsoft’s Senior Lead Martin Ørsted and will also feature a hands-on  exercise using Alchemy Catalyst.

How to Design a Localization Project

Martin Ørsted, Senior Lead - Microsoft Office International Services Group (OISG) 

Microsoft Office International Services Group (OISG) is split between Redmond, USA and Dublin, Ireland. It is one of the biggest software localization projects in the world covering all of the Office application for up to more than 100 languages.

Martin works for Microsoft OISG as a senior Lead. He is responsible for the localization engineering on several of Microsoft’s products. He has an education as B. Sc. Eng and M. Sc. TM (Bachelor in Electronic Engineering, Master in Technology Management). He is originally from Denmark but his career started in Sweden in 1995 as a hotline supporter for PCs and Mac, supporting Windows and Microsoft Office. While doing that he translated a 300 page book about Microsoft Office that was published in Denmark. After doing that for a year he got a job in Denmark as a systems consultant. In April 1996 he was employed by Microsoft Ireland as a localizer on Windows. Since then he has had multiple roles in Microsoft, he has been an engineer, a lead, a group manager, and he is currently a senior lead. He specializes in Quality, Metrics, Machine Translation and Outsourcing.

The Master Class will cover the following topics:

  • Catching issues in the US source (the multiplier effect, looking for patterns, pseudo and MT as an early feedback loop)
  • MT and AT (the good and bad)
  • Localizing (working in the cloud, crowd sourcing versus traditional loc, it is all about context, key terms)
  • Agile
  • Reviewing (resources versus screen captures, moving from “classical apps” to the web, the correct but nonsense translation, geopolitical)
  • Do we resize? (bitmaps, other)
  • Code pages, language reforms and backward compatibility
  • Validation (LocVer, looking for patterns, how much noise is too much, back to the multiplier)
  • Working in a tent
  • Outsourcing and specialization
  • Testing



Introduction to Alchemy Catalyst

With thanks to Alchemy Software Development

Alchemy Catalyst is a localisation tool that provides functionality for almost all areas of the localisation workflow. Using this tool localisers can access application resources in a visual environment and complete tasks including but not limited to: pseudotranslation, fixing visual localisation errors, leveraging, importing and exporting resources and more.

Catalyst has a built in translation memory tool that is compatible with industry standard file formats and can be extended to accept more through the creation of custom parsing rules.  It also features  “Alchemy Catalyst Expert” technologies, which can be used to automate common and repetitive tasks.

This introductory session will cover:

  • Introducing the tool, project creation
  • Navigation within the tool
  • Introduction to ‘Experts’
  • Pseudotranslation
  • Troubleshooting I18N errors
  • Locking elements
  • Analyzing a pseudotranslated application
  • Creating a parsing rule
  • Incorporating machine translation
  • Resizing Dialog Boxes and forms
  • Localizing an application with Alchemy Catalyst
  • Extracting and testing the application

Participant Profile

This year's Summer School will cover a variety of topics and should be of interest to participants from both industry and academia alike. As always, participants should be computer proficient and willing to learn.

Email LRC@ul.ie for more information or to register your interest.

Accommodation & Travel

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