Arabic Language Technology Group
We are working hard to help close the gap caused by the lack of valuable Arabic content on the web by engaging in efforts that increase and enrich this content. Our partnership with Wikimedia Foundation marked the first step in this initiative. Through our collaboration with the Arabic Wikipedian community, the number of editors and their productivity has increased. We are working with universities and educational institutions to integrate Wikipedia into the curricula, which will also help increase and enrich online content through increasing knowledge and consumption. The initial goal is the addition of 10,000 Arabic articles of the highest quality. “Online content” is not just restricted to documents. We are also working with YouTube/Google on video content, as well as social media platforms such as Twitter. A critical component of the initiative is the creation of an outreach program to communicate with the Arabic Internet users to raise awareness and the delivery of the desired information.
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QCRI’s Advanced Transcription System (QATS) has been used by Aljazeera.net for the automatic generation of subtitles in video segments for more than three years and discussions are underway with other potential users.
QATS has been awarded the Qatar Foundation Annual Research Conference 2018 (ARC’18) Best Innovation Award. It also won the ‘Best in Show’ award at the third edition of the BBC’s #NewsHACK in December 2014 for translating BBC Arabic videos into English, including subtitles, and voiceover using speech synthesis.
ALT has worked closely and collaborated with many local and international organizations including Al Jazeera, MIT CSAIL, and the Qatar Supreme Education Council on our projects.
The Arabic Language Technologies Group-CSAIL research collaboration is a medium for knowledge joint-creation, transfer, and exchange of expertise between QCRI and MIT-CSAIL scientists.