Micro Crowdsourcing: A new Model for Software Localisation

TitleMicro Crowdsourcing: A new Model for Software Localisation
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsExton, C, Wasala, A, Buckley, J, Schäler, R
JournalLocalisation Focus - The International Journal of Localisation
Keywordsdigital divide, localisation, micro crowdsourcing, real time localisation


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.


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