Phi-Hong D. Ha: Launching Ted Open Translation Project

by MFA IXD May 13, 2009

After the redesign of TED.com in 2006, faculty member Phi-Hong D. Ha helps launch the TED Open Translation Project, bringing TEDTalks beyond the English-speaking world by offering subtitles, interactive transcripts, and the ability for any talk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. At launch, the Open Translation Project include 300 translations in 40 languages, with transcripts that are fully indexable by search engines.

About TED:
TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is an annual conference that defines its mission as “ideas worth spreading.” The lectures, also called TED Talks, cover a broad set of topics including science, arts and design, politics, education, culture, business, global issues, technology and development, and entertainment. Speakers have included such people as former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Nobel laureates James D. Watson, Murray Gell-Mann, and Al Gore, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, and Billy Graham.

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