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The eBay Machine Translation Initiative: Localization PM Overview

  • Jun 19, 2014 · 7:00 PM

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No webcast planned. If a recording is made and approved, we will post a link after the event.

Machine translation has been a buzzword in the industry in recent years.  eBay is developing its own world-class machine translation solution for the translation of user generated content.  This talk will be focusing on the support eBay’s localization team provides for the testing and training of the machine translation engine, including the process, the quality evaluation, and other factors that contribute to the success of the initiative.

Jen Wang is a localization project manager at eBay Inc., where she has supported the localization of multiple mobile applications, the machine translation initiative to expand cross-border trade, and most recently the company's geographic expansion into new markets. She was previously a localization project manager at Translations.com and Lingo Systems, a translation intern at UN headquarters, and a programmer at a software company in Taiwan. She holds an MA from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

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  • Jen W.

    Thanks everyone for joining and the support. Hope you had fun!

    4 · June 20, 2014

  • Claudia L.

    Great meetup! The presentation was insightful. I appreciate Jen's ability to answer so many and varied questions. Jose L. Bonilla Sánchez was also incredibly nice and helped us understand more about the eBay translation process after the presentation.

    1 · June 20, 2014

    • Diana D.

      Ditto. Thanks Jen and Jose!

      June 20, 2014

    • Jose

      Gracias Claudia and Diana. It's easy to give good answers to good questions. :)

      3 · June 20, 2014

  • Maria A.

    Thank you for the presentation of such an ambitious and challenging project, Jen. I look forward to a follow up. To IMUG coordinators, once again, thanks and congrats.

    1 · June 20, 2014

  • Claudia L.

    Thank you for a greet meetup. The presentation was incredibly interesting. I appreciate Jen's detailed description of eBay's translation process. As a translator and editor, I usually try to fix all the linguistic errors and also the style or register of the documents. What I understood from this presentation is that the most important thing about the eBay translation is the linguistic content and functionality. Thanks.

    1 · June 20, 2014

  • Ultan

    Great meetup tonight. Insightful, loved the love demo too. Super to see so many people, and great GOOG #nom too.

    1 · June 19, 2014

  • Allison

    It saddens me that I will be missing this meetup. Will this meeting be recorded? Thanks.

    June 19, 2014

    • IMUG

      We'll try to record this. If it comes out OK, and if we can get approval from Google and eBay, we'll put it on YouTube and post the link here.

      2 · June 19, 2014

    • Allison

      Thanks very much for your understanding and efforts! It's very nice of you!

      June 19, 2014

  • Juan P.

    The localization field is dominated by young (under 40) computer savvy engineers with knowledge of linguistics. True or False?

    1 · June 10, 2014

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