Social Translation with Der Mundo (Beta Testers Wanted)

By Brian McConnell
February 25, 2009

A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece about social translation using the Worldwide Lexicon as well as a review of Google's App Engine platform. This week we quietly turned on a general purpose tool for translating any website or blog, Der Mundo ( Der Mundo is a lot like wikipedia, except for translation, and the whole idea is to build user communities who want to help translate websites and blogs they are passionate about.

If you'd like to see how it works, go to to see the White House news feed in a translation hub, or fetch to pick up a geoRSS feed of recent translations for the same. We create a translation hub for every site that's registered in the index (with fast setup for, Tumbler and Blogger).

Enough of the pitch, I am looking for people who are expert in various content management systems (Drupal,, MT, etc), as I want to build connectors to all of the major CMSs, so people can easily incorporate managed or social translation into these systems via simple plugins. We provide a well thought out API, and can also add custom interfaces to adapt to the peculariaties of a particular CMS. Much of our system is open source (we also share the translation corpora), and so it would be great if it were widely accessible from popular CMSs and blog hosting platforms.

For example, I would like to build a Drupal connector that uses Der Mundo to collect user generated translations that are fed back into the Drupal environment for further review. Some sites might allow the translations to post automatically. Others might want them to be routed into a queue of drafts for review. I can see similar interactions with MT, and so on, but I don't know the internals of these systems well enough to build these extensions myself.

So, if you'd like to help us make translation an embedded feature in most of the major publishing systems, I'd like to collaborate with you to make social and managed translations a checkbox option on your CMS of choice.

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