Content on the Multilingual Web: 4-5 April 2011, Pisa, Italy

The EU-sponsored Multilingual Web workshop will be taking place next week in Pisa, Tuscany‘s home to the famous leaning tower of Pisa. I will be giving a presentation at the workshop on Website translation using post-edited machine translation and crowdsourcing. See the full workshop program here.

In an email I received today from workshop organizer Richard Ishida, he announced several options to follow the conference proceedings.

During the MultilingualWeb workshop in Pisa we will have people summarizing the speaker presentations in an IRC channel. These notes will be available in real time, and will be made available later from the site.

This is particularly helpful for those at the workshop who are unable to hear the speakers, and those who struggle due to language difficulties. People who could not make it to the workshop can also follow the gist of the discussions, since this will be available on an open channel.

In addition, you can *contribute* to the channel while it is running. Here are details of how to follow the IRC channel.

If you have an IRC client: Join the #mlw channel on

Otherwise use the web client:

  • Go to
  • You will be asked to provide a nickname.
  • Choose something short.
  • Next you are asked for a channel.
  • Type #mlw.
  • You will see the conversation taking place in the main part of the page. You can participate by typing in the white line at the bottom of the page. You can practice joining the channel before the workshop starts, if you like.


You are encouraged to tweet your thoughts during the workshop. Please use the hashtag #mlwpisa.


If you take photos during the workshop and upload to Flickr, we suggest you use the mlwpisa tag when you upload. We will then try to link to those photos from the site.

If you make information available using other social media channels, feel free to let us know and we’ll see if we can link to that too.  We are also especially interested in tracking blog posts about the workshop.

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