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The International Journal of Localisation

Localisation Focus–The International Journal of Localisation provides a forum for localisation professionals and researchers to discuss and present their localisation-related work, covering all aspects of this multi-disciplinary field, including software engineering and HCI, tools and technology development, cultural aspects, translation studies, human language technologies (including machine and machine assisted translation), project management, workflow and process automation, education and training, and details of new developments in the localisation industry. Proposed contributions are peer-reviewed thereby ensuring a high standard of published material. Localisation Focus–The International Journal of Localisation is distributed worldwide to libraries and localisation professionals, including engineers, managers, trainers, linguists, researchers and students. Indexed on a number of databases, this journal affords contributors increased recognition for their work. Localisation-related articles, book reviews, perspectives, insights and correspondence are all welcome.

Micro Crowdsourcing: A new Model for Software Localisation

Volume 8 Issue 1


Author: Chris Exton, Asanka Wasala, Jim Buckley, Reinhard Schäler


One obvious flaw in the concept of the knowledge society is our collective failure to date to provide equal access to information and knowledge across languages. We are a long way away from the ideal world, where, as Muhammad Yunus, winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize said, there would only be one language in the information technology (IT) world - your own (Yunus 2007). While the US$16b mainstream localisation industry likes to see itself as the vehicle that is removing this barrier to universal access to digital knowledge and information (i.e. language), in reality it is making limited impact on the widening gap between the information rich and the information poor.

Crowdsourcing has been described as an approach to address the shortcomings of current mainstream localisation, allowing the localisation decision to be shifted from large corporations to service users, thus making IT available in more languages. This paper proposes and describes a new model of crowdsourcing which may provide a platform by which the "equal access to information and knowledge" might be achieved.

Keywords: localisation, digital divide, micro crowdsourcing, real time localisation

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