Google.Org (USA), a philanthropic organization, held Health Speaks Training Pilot Project at Lovely Professional University. Under this many students were trained, under demonstration from experts, to use Google Translator Toolkit, Wikipedia and Health Speaks Website in regard to health related articles.
Online PR News – 25-November-2010 – – Google.Org (USA), a philanthropic organization, held Health Speaks Training Pilot Project at Lovely Professional University. Under this many students were trained, under demonstration from experts, to use Google Translator Toolkit, Wikipedia and Health Speaks Website in regard to health related articles. As such, LPU became the first university/institute in India to hold such an endeavour. The Programme Manager, Ms Jaonne Stevens and Manager, Jennifer Haroon of Google.Org (USA) visited the University for training to translate from English to Hindi effectively.. A total of five articles of 10,000 words were translated on the same day, and an amount of $300 was raised as charity for various NGO around the globe. Students were also told how to publish translated article on Wikipedia against their names. The training was free to all attendees, who also got the participation certificates.
On this occasion, the Director General of the University, Er HR Singla said: "All Language- barriers hinder knowledge-based information, at least, in developing countries. However, the Internet provides a huge opportunity to remove these. Although a great deal of needed information is available online to many in languages other than their own common native language. To overcome such barriers, the present drive will be beneficial to all the users up to much extent."
It is worth illustration that Google.org aims to use information and Technology for social use. Having many projects in the area of public health, deforestation, clean energy, crisis response etc; 'Health Speaks' is an initiative to help increase the amount of quality health information online, in local languages. The visiting trainers, Ms Stevens and Ms Haroon, informed: "Among currently available technologies, only the Internet has the potential to deliver universal access to up-to-date Healthcare Information. However, millions of people worldwide who speak other languages miss such valuable information that can help improve their lives. However, a human touch is required in between to make translation effective."
Two of the participating students, Srishti Taneja and Rahul Dogra said, "We have gained much through this project about the use of powerful and easy-to-use tool which makes translation faster and easier. It is going to help us in many ways to grasp the policies and progressive pursuits of the world in our own easily understandable languages."