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Friday, November 6 • 11:30am - 12:00pm
Making Meaning in a Multilingual World

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Only 17% of the world's population speak English, and even in the largely anglophone USA, only 80% of the population have English as a first language. Because of this, it is vital that museums learn the techniques of communicating in a polyglot world.

In this presentation, I will explore a range of bilingual and multilingual projects and discuss some of the challenges of developing digital systems in this way. For example, recent bilingual Arabic/English projects for Qatar Museums and for the British Library demonstrate that bilingual sites do not have to compromise in terms of aesthetics and usability. And a bilingual Chinese/English interactive installation at the Tate Modern allowed artist Ai Weiwei to interact with his audience in both languages.

Many of our multilingual projects have been in Drupal. I will talk about the choices for approaching multilingualism in Drupal 7 and how it will change in Drupal 8.I will also discuss how an effective translation workflow enables digital services to be continually provided in a range of languages, on a range of platforms and devices, and mention the strangest multilingual brief we have ever worked with: to provide animated Welsh-speaking singing aliens for the BBC.

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Piotr Adamczyk

Director, ITHAKA (Artstor/JSTOR)
Starting with an analyst position at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, as a Program Manager for the Google Cultural Institute, and now ITHAKA's Director of Image Content and Museum Partnerships, Piotr Adamczyk's work is focused on the use of open/linked data in cultural heritage institutions... Read More →

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Tristan Roddis

Director of Web Development, Cogapp
Tristan is a web technologist with over fifteen years experience working with museums and other cultural organizations. His is passionate about both the underlying technology and the way in which museum data can be represented and presented to users. He has attended MCN six time already... Read More →

Friday November 6, 2015 11:30am - 12:00pm CST
Harriet Hyatt Regency Minneapolis 1300 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis, MN 55403

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