Automatic Translation and Multilingual Cultural Heritage Retrieval: A Case Study with Transcriptions in Europeana

Mónica Marrero*, Antoine Isaac, Nuno Freire

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Abstract

Multilinguality is of particular interest for digital libraries in Cultural Heritage (CH), where the language of the data may not match users’ languages. However, multilingual access is rarely implemented beyond the use of multilingual interfaces. We have run an experiment using the Europeana CH digital library as a use case. We evaluate the effectiveness of a multilingual information retrieval strategy using machine translations to English as pivot language. We conducted an indirect evaluation that should be considered preliminary. Yet, together with a manual analysis of the query translations, it already shows (or confirms) some of the benefits and challenges of deploying such systems in CH.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLinking Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries
Subtitle of host publication25th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries, TPDL 2021, Virtual Event, September 13–17, 2021, Proceedings
EditorsGerd Berget, Mark Michael Hall, Daniel Brenn, Sanna Kumpulainen
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Pages133-138
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9783030863241
ISBN (Print)9783030863234
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event25th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries, TPDL 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 13 Sep 202117 Sep 2021

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12866 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference25th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries, TPDL 2021
CityVirtual, Online
Period13/09/2117/09/21

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
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Keywords

  • Cultural Heritage
  • Machine translation
  • Multilinguality

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