TraMOOC (Translation for Massive Open Online Courses)

TraMOOC, a Horizon 2020 collaborative project aiming at providing reliable machine Translation for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), is coordinated by Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and its Consortium brings together 10 partners from 6 European countries. The main objective of the project is to create a translation service for the educational material of MOOCs. To achieve this goal, the project will pursue the following challenging scientific and technological objectives:

  • The generation of high-quality machine translations, even though the targeted languages include weakly supported languages as well as languages that have been proven hard to translate into in previous MT solutions.
  • The establishment of a new, appropriate, standardized, multi-level evaluation schema for determining the value of the produced translations
  • The automatic bootstrapping of new resources for languages that are fragmentarily or weakly equipped with infrastructure
  • The development of a machine translation process which will be language-independent.

The project results will be showcased and tested on the Iversity MOOC platform and on the VideoLectures.Net digital video lecture library. The main expected outcome of the project is a high quality machine translation service for all types of educational textual data available on a MOOC platform. The service will support 11 target languages, 9 European and 2 BRIC*. The core of the service will be open-source, with some premium add-on services which will be commercialised. Open source will turn the MOOC translation service into a platform that will enable the integration of any machine translation (MT) solution in the educational domain, for any language. TraMOOC project begun in February 2015 and will conclude its activities, having a lifespan of three years, in January 2018. The total budget of the project is approximately 2,5M€, partially funded by the European Commission under H2020-ICT-2014/H2020-ICT-2014-1 (Grant Agreement number 644333). For more information, visit the TRAMOOC website. *Nomenclature: BRIC: Brazil, Russia, India, China


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