Online language service lauded

An Irish online service aimed at developing linguistic skills in the EU and for the Government could save millions of euro.

Up to €3m in EU funding for research aimed at removing language barriers to distance learning has been secured by Dublin City University’s Adapt Centre for Digital Content Technology and by nine other European partners.

The funding will give a massive boost to bringing the service to Irish, other European and worldwide markets online.

The Irish project, called the Translation for Massive Open Online Courses, aims to make online learning accessible across languages and will provide reliable machine translation which is not covered by any of the existing translation services.

The service is one of the top in the world and the Science Foundation of Ireland has invested €24m over the next six years to develop work done at the DCU Centre.

The centre secured the investment by guaranteeing to match that figure.

It is hoped that these online courses will have unlimited participation and open access via the web.

Professor Andy Way of the Adapt Centre at DCU said that this EU funding will enable it to develop the translation system, “to provide new educational opportunities for previously excluded groups of people”.

The online translation platform will provide translation from English into German, Italian, Portuguese, Greek, Dutch, Bulgarian, Czech, Croatian, Polish, Russian and Chinese.

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