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The European Union’s radiant diversity is its greatest feature. Twenty-eight nations within a single union, each with its own culture and identity – this diversity offers infinite opportunities for exploration, collaboration, and creative stimulation.  The EU has also created tools for bringing unity to diversity, helping citizens to orient themselves within the world’s grandest experiment in multilateral governance. These include a single currency and a common visa policy, which make traveling and doing business in Europe a rather painless experience.  But if you go online in Europe, this diversity can become simply overwhelming. Signs of unity are few and far between....
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Last week I was suddenly reminded of a story a friend of mine had told me years ago. It went something like this:   “I went to visit two friends. A Tanzanian couple. At one point their daughter entered the room and asked her mother a question – in French. This I found weird, since most Tanzanians don’t speak French. They speak Kiswahili or English, but not French. I was even more surprised when I heard her mother reply in French too. Struck by this linguistic peculiarity, I asked my friends why they spoke French with their children. They explained it...
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Data is ubiquitous. Data is a buzz word. You hear it all the time. What is data anyway? Summarizing insights from Wikipedia: data as a concept refers to information or knowledge represented by some form (numbers, text, images, graphs etc.). You read every day about big data, dark data, raw data and structured data. What can you do with data? Data can be measured and collected, analysed and processed, leveraged and organised, structured and labelled. And ‘data about data’ equals to metadata. While data applies to various fields, we’ll focus on language data and translation technology in this article. Multilingual data...
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