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CIUTI-Forum 2015

Pillars of Communication in Times of Uncertainty

Edited By Martin Forstner, Hannelore Lee-Jahnke and Said Al-Said

The speakers of the 2015 edition of the Forum all showed a particular interest in interdisciplinary research and training. The representatives of translation industry, international and national entities and organisations, professional associations, trainers and researchers offered deep insights into their everyday work, displaying all the problems encountered and solutions found. One of the main themes was also the Silk Road Project and its multifaceted approaches – linguistic, cultural and economic – with all its drawbacks, pitfalls and challenges. In the section Transnational Private Public Partnerships the speakers stressed the importance of a global network of quality oriented partners. Interdisciplinary highlights were speakers from other disciplines who addressed in their speeches problems concerning world economy and science, which are of vital importance to all major actors.

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Crowdsourcing, Crowd Translation and Cloud-based Free Content: Its impact on the T&I Industry (Peter A. Schmitt)


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Crowdsourcing, Crowd Translation and Cloud-based Free Content: Its impact on the T&I Industry


A Google search for crowdsourcing yields 7.8 million websites. The vast majority of these websites spread the message that crowdsourcing is the dynamic solution to many business problems and therefore the trend to follow. Crowdsourcing combines positive connotations such as grass-roots democracy, empowerment of the people, equality, engagement, altruism, and – last but not least – huge savings by those who need certain services. A catchy definition is that crowdsourcing is „outsourcing a job to a big crowd“. Is it necessary to say that it is a „big crowd“? Isn’t a crowd by definition „big“? One might immediately think of the popular saying that „two’s company, three’s a crowd“. But while this is often true, it obviously does not apply here. According to Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, the word crowd can refer to a „large number of persons“ as well as to any „group of people having something in common“.

Merriam-Webster defines “crowdsourcing” as

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