Appen is proud to announce that Dorota Iskra will be speaking at the 25th Meeting of Computational Linguistics in the Netherlands (CLIN25) at the City Campus of the University of Antwerp on February 5-6, 2015. Dorota's presentation is entitled "Approach to Non-standardised Languages in Asian and African Markets." As a global provider of language resources and linguistic services, Appen often has to work with languages where no established standard is present for orthography, vocabulary or grammar. This problem, although it may concern some minorities’ languages in Europe, becomes only apparent in its full dimensions when entering Asian and African markets. Examples are Arabic, Pashto, Urdu and various Indian languages. This presentation describes the problems we have encountered when moving to Asian and African languages and proposes a methodology for establishing internal standards for non-standardised languages. In the initial phase of the project when creating orthographic transcription from speech we end up with multiple spellings for the same word. These are all added to the dictionary since there is no spell checker. Our linguistic expert checks the dictionary and makes decisions about which words should actually have the same spelling. As a result a rough spell checker is created which can be used in the next phase of the project. But because it is far from comprehensive, an exception list is kept. In multiple iterations the linguistic expert goes through the list and adds words to the dictionary. Language technology expects consistency in the data which can only be achieved through a systematic approach in the face of lacking standards. The approach we propose has been developed and tested in a number of languages and with extensive volumes of data, not only by ourselves, but also by our [...]
Appen is proud to announce that Phil Hall, SVP Language Resources, will be speaking at the Mobile Voice Conference in San Jose, California on April 20 and 21, 2015. Phil will be presenting on the topic of training data for speech recognition in a talk entitled, "The Value Versus Volume Continuum." Interested in learning more about how Appen works with speech recognition technology? Click here to read our case study on our work for the automotive industry.
Exciting news for Appen! For the second year in a row, Appen has been named in Forbes Magazine as one of the Top 100 Companies Offering Telecommuting Jobs. Forbes sourced its data from a list published by FlexJobs in January, 2015. Following is an excerpt from the story: “The positive impact remote work options can have on a company’s bottom line and culture is increasingly being acknowledged by smart employers. The organizations on this list are among those leading the charge to show that remote work options are a part of successful 21st century workplaces,” says Sara Sutton Fell, founder and CEO of FlexJobs. To view the story and the list on Forbes, please click here.
The January 2015 issue of the TAUS Review, the online magazine published by TAUS, is live! Appen is a proud member of TAUS, a think tank and resource center for the global translation industry. To learn more about TAUS, click here, and to view the online magazine, click here.
Julie Vonwiller and Lisa Braden-Harder ring the bell. Appen was listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (APX on ASX) on January 7. This is a wonderful milestone in our history. Back in the 1990s most startups launched from garages with small, isolated teams but for Appen the path was two kitchens on far-flung shores. Julie Vonwiller and I both saw at the dawn of the internet, tools that could bridge distances and connect like-minded people towards empowering cultures with language technology. Appen was always powered by strong research roots and roll-up-your-sleeves partnering with technology teams. The company grew steadily benefiting from the injection of strong financial and business know-how, first coming from Chris Vonwiller and later Anacacia Captial, Bill Pulver and Mark Byrne. As we move into the public space we want to thank two exiting board members for their past service, Julie and Jon Shein. Julie has contributed to the company in leading roles for nearly 20 years from founder to the board always bringing her strong background in linguistics. Jonny provided a strong financial background and a deep belief in the importance of employees which we will miss as well. We are a unique company powered by awesome teamwork. Many pizza-powered companies of the 1990s have come and gone with waves of new technology but we are still growing and still taking the latest technology to global markets. Lisa Braden-Harder CEO