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Knowledge management issues in the workflow of translation memory systems

Shuttleworth, B; Wang, TO; (2013) Knowledge management issues in the workflow of translation memory systems. Presented at: Translating and the Computer 35, London. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper reports on a new perspective for conceptualising the workflow of translation memory systems within a knowledge management framework. A translation memory system functions as an information retrieval platform that searches a database of previously translated text fragments to retrieve translation units similar to the one currently being translated. However, the success of translation memory systems rests on the effective interaction between three categories of knowledge: 1) that collected, stored and presented by translation memory systems; 2) that used within translation memory systems to enhance their performance (e.g. linguistic data, ontologies, etc.); 3) that used by translators to produce translations (e.g. problem-solving skills). Their workflow can be viewed as a knowledge management process that is a sequential cycle involving four activities: knowledge capture, knowledge codification, knowledge application and knowledge creation. Translation memory systems need to find other technologies to improve their performance in some of these steps, especially knowledge codification. This perspective explains several phenomena relating to the use of knowledge in translation. The knowledge management framework of translation memory systems contributes to our understanding of how to use vast numbers of translation resources and how to deploy new technologies for the development of translation memory systems.

Type: Conference item (UNSPECIFIED)
Title: Knowledge management issues in the workflow of translation memory systems
Event: Translating and the Computer 35
Location: London
Dates: 2013-11-28 - 2013-11-29
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1418627
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