Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Google Translate and ALOA

Google Operating System is reporting that Google has switched the translation system on its Google Translate service to its own technology. Previously, the site used Systran for almost all of its translation processing, except Arabic, Chinese, and Russian.
Our ALOA system, the Web Services driven framework for IEEE LOM compliant automatic matadata generation, is using Google Translate for its translation service. Here I use the ALOA framework to generate the LOM summary metadata from the MIT course "Database Systems" in 5 different languages; English, French, German, Arabic, and Spanish. The result can be seen in the screenshot below. I´m very familiar with these languages and I can say that the result is quite good for a machine translation.