History

The Bologna Translation Service started as a EU funded project in 2011. It aimed to build a highly specialised, domain-focused automated translation service that would integrate typologically different MT technologies with translation memory (TM) technology into a web-based collaboration platform.

The Bologna Translation Service comprised a dynamic industry-academia consortium, each member of which brought significant experience and expertise to some facet of the service:

CrossLang CrossLang
CrossLang acted as coordinator and led WP3 (Web Application and User Interface) and WP7 (Evaluation). CrossLang also took responsibility for WP8 (Dissemination) and WP9 (Exploitation) and contributed to WP 2 (Data Acquisition and Preparation) and WP 4 (Machine Translation Components) with a special focus on Dutch.
Convertus Convertus AB
Convertus was the leading partner of WP 5 (Automated Post-Editing) and WP 6 (System Integration). It contributed to WP 2 (Data Acquisition and Preparation) and WP 4 (Machine Translation Components), with a special focus on German and Finnish.
Capita Translation and Interpreting Capita Translation and Interpreting
Capita led WP 2 (Data Acquisition and Preparation) and WP 4 (Machine Translation Components), using their expertise in the development of statistical MT systems and in the pre-processing necessary in order to train such systems. Capita focused on the creation of the French engine.
Koç University Koç University
Koç University contributed to WP 2 (Data Acquisition and Preparation) and WP 4 (Machine Translation Components), focusing specifically on Turkish and the morphological pre-processing of the text for that language.
Eleka Eleka Ingeniaritza Lingusitikoa, S.L.
Eleka contributed to WP 2 (Data Acquisition and Preparation) and WP 4 (Machine Translation Components) collecting data and building engines for Spanish and Portuguese.

In addition, the consortium collaborated closely with its User Group, which consisted of ten universities at project start, providing valuable user feedback:

  • Hogeschool Gent, Belgium
  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Université Charles-de-Gaulle, Lille III, France
  • University of Tampere, Finland
  • Aalto University, Finland
  • University of Evora, Portugal 
  • Minho University, Portugal 
  • Koç University, Turkey
  • Kocaeli University, Turkey
  • University of Saarland, Germany

By the end of the project, almost 100 universities were member of the User Group.

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