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In April 2016, TAUS returned  to China after a couple of years absence. Being back in Beijing opened new perspectives on translation in China that many of us had perhaps not expected. China typically copies what others have already built and done before them. Fast trains are modeled to the TGV in France, electric cars are inspired by Tesla, and fashion in China closely follows the trends around the world. We also discovered that most language service providers in China are not yet using Translation Memory (TM) software and it was implied that further developments cannot be made until they are...
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A country of some 26,000 sq mi (68,000 sq km) in the central area of the European region of Russia, with a population of 3.8 million people, Tatarstan is the third largest oil-producing region in Russia (over 30 ml tons of crude oil per year). In 2011, the per-capita gross regional product amounted at approx. US$11,206.  The Tatar model In addition to oil and other natural resources, the country has a relatively high credit rating, reflecting a low risk of investment: in 2011, Forbes and Ernst & Young ranked Tatarstan as the best region for doing business in Russia. Tatarstan is also developing...
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Director Ben Preston has made a film called Google and the World Brain which recounts the tech Titan’s effort to digitize “knowledge” as textual information by scanning lots of ‘great’ books. Brain it is obviously not (the laughable idea of a brain as a text collection goes back to the British writer H. G. Wells in the 1930s); repository it certainly is.  We’ve all been aware of the grand ambitions (and legal conundra) of Google’s resource-building effort for several years now. And we know that it will ultimately help the TAUS Human Language Project to grow a base of searchable text...
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