Google To Work On Health Content Translation
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Google has asked for volunteers to translate its health-related articles in Hindi and other local languages to provide online medical information to people from all walks of life.
Google.org has launched a new initiative called Health Sparks to translate health related information into local languages like Arabic, Hindi and Swahili. The search giant said it has chosen hundreds of health articles, written in English, from Wikipedia for their translation. Volunteers who are bilingual in English and anyone of the vernaculars are being encouraged to translate the literatures with assistance from the Google Translator Toolkit.
Translators are also supposed to review the articles and make it locally relevant before publishing it on the corresponding local language Wikipedia site. The initiative aims to help increase the amount of high-quality online health information in local languages which started 5 days ago is beginning pilot projects to support community-based, crowd-sourced translation of health information from English into Arabic, Hindi and Swahili.
Pilot programmes are supported with a donation incentive, awarding local charities with funds based on the number of words volunteers translate, Google said in a statement. For the first 60 days, Google will donate 3 US cents (about 45 paise) to the Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi, for each English word translated in Hindi. The maximum donation would USD 50,000.