Mar 21, 2020

COVID-19 contact tracking app: volunteers needed

Third update from the project coordinator: 

The first three rounds of volunteers have done an amazing job. All EU languages except Maltese and Irish Gaelic have been completed or are in progress, as are some other languages. 

Development specialist Krisztian Werderits is creating a pro bono app – VirusContact – to assist in tracing contacts in the event that someone becomes infected with the novel coronavirus currently wreaking havoc across the globe. A description of the project can be found here.

Gergely Vandor of memoQ Ltd. contacted me to talk about the project and the need for volunteers to assist in localization into all EU languages if possible. Current app languages are Hungarian and English. The company will be providing server resources to organize the project. Those who are able and willing to volunteer in this effort should contact Gergely at I'm not generally one to encourage pro bono work given the abuses one often finds with such, but I think the present world situation warrants an exception here.

The app basically works by temporarily recording proximate, unlinked Bluetooth devices (mobile phones generally) so that if you are tested positive, all such "contacts" from the past 14 days can be notified automatically. The data maintained by the app and deleted after two weeks have passed are the

  • Bluetooth unique ID 
  • GPS location of the encounter
  • distance (if possible to determine)
  • encounter's duration (if possible to determine)

Once a user confirm their own infection, all others with devices that have been near in the past 14 days (i.e. the presumed incubation period) will be notified of their exposure, with the aforementioned details included.

Feb 7, 2020

Plug-in SDKs available for memoQ

This morning I was privileged to see a demonstration of some new search and data mining tools by a local developer, and I thought what a shame it was that the tools needed to implement some of that functionality were not available for memoQ. I "knew" this, because I asked a number of times over the years to have a look at an SDK for terminology plug-ins, for example, only to be told that such a thing was not easily available. That changed at some point, but the software artists formerly known as Kilgray forgot to mention that until I asked again today.

memoQ now has a number of software development kits available for creating plug-ins for a variety of functions. These can be seen and downloaded here:

Plugins must be developed with C# for the .NET Framework version 4.6.1. Each of the SDKs includes an example resource to use as a template as well as development and approval guidelines for distribution or internal use.

Feb 6, 2020

Speech-to-text in language services and learning: an update (rescheduled)

This presentation has been rescheduled due to unanticipated conflicts. On March 4th at 4:00 pm Central European Time (10 am Eastern Standard Time), I'll be presenting an overview of some popular and/or possible platforms for generating text from spoken words for professional work and language learning. As those who have followed this blog for years know, I have written quite a bit about this in the past and done a number of videos for demonstration and instruction using various platforms, but this is a field subject to frequent change and many new developments, so it is difficult sometimes to understand the value of one tool versus another for different applications.

The webinar is available free to anyone interested, and there will be time for questions afterward. We will compare and contrast Dragon NaturallySpeaking, iOS-based applications (including Hey memoQ), Google Chrome and Windows 10 for speech recognition work in translation and transcription, discussing some of the advantages and trade-offs with each platform working in translation environments and text-editing software, and the range of languages covered by each. Join us, and see if there are good fits for your speech recognition needs!

You can register here for the discussion.