Visit to the FAO and the University of Rome Tor Vergata

On 14 and 15 April, a member of the Language and Technology Support Section attended two training sessions organised in Rome by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the University of Rome Tor Vergata.

​​The first training session took place at the FAO headquarters and dealt with the organisation’s Open Governance Initiative. This project aims at improving the accessibility of normative, judiciary and legislative documentation by using the Akoma Ntoso XML standard (an initiative of ‘Africa i-Parliament Action Plan’, a programme of UN/DESA), which has been specifically developed for representing this type of documentation in a structured manner. Institutions such as the European Parliament have already started to implement this standard (see http://www.at4am.org/overview). The training session was coordinated by the FAO’s Programme Coordinator of the Meeting Programming and Documentation Service, with other colleagues from the Language Service.

The second day was dedicated to a workshop on ‘Innovation in languages and technology’ organised at the University of Rome Tor Vergata by professors from the Bachelor’s degree in Languages in the Information Society. Professionals from various international organisations and universities, researchers and students actively participated in the event. The topics discussed were related to the impact of translation technologies in international environments, the importance of standardisation procedures for the mark-up of documents, and the use of web-based technologies in translation and localisation.
During both visits, the Centre’s representative gave several presentations on website localisation, the Centre’s translation workflow and the tools used internally for quality assurance purposes.