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2012: Year of Milestones for Global Voices Lingua Project
Written by Paula Góes On 11 January 2013 @ 9:24 am | No Comments
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Check out our regional reviews Global Voices in 2012 
We had a great 2012 in Lingua , the project that makes Global Voices truly global. This piece touches upon just a few of the milestones in a year where our reasons to celebrate  were many: we have never translated this much, the community has never been this large, and we have never enjoyed this much media attention, or faced as many challenges, as we have in 2012.
Most Global Voices posts have been translated into at least one other language. All but one of the most popular 2012 stories  have translations, ranging from one to 17 languages each. Our teams of volunteers produced a total of close to 18,000 translations in 33 languages in 2012. Effectively, since our launch in 2007, Lingua volunteers have produced nearly 72,300 translations. Which means we could reach a combined milestone of 100,000 translations by the end of 2013!
In 2012, Global Voices in French  achieved the 10,000 translations mark; Global Voices in Malagasy  and in Bengali  reached 5,000 posts, with Global Voices in Chinese not far away. With less than two years of launch, Global Voices in Greek  published over 2,000 translations, whereas Global Voices in Spanish  is almost certain to end it sixth year in 2013 with 20,000 translations.
Smaller languages have also experienced amazing growth, both in terms of the number of translations published and in community members, as well as in recognition. For the first time, Global Voices in German  reached a 50 posts a month mark in an exceptionaly busy November. Our friends at Global Voices in Aymara , who often use internet cafes to upload translations, charmed the audience of the International Conference on Aymara Language and Culture  in Iquique, Chile, talking about the project's contribution to preserving the language and dissemination of world history through translations.
Two new sites kicked off in 2012: Global Voices Bulgarian  was launched in the first half of the year, and Global Voices in Amharic in the second half, bringing the total number of languages to 35. In addition to these, we were happy to see seven sites that had been inactive making a comeback: Global Voices in Myanmar/Burmese , Global Voices in Urdu , Global Voices in Turkish , Global Voices in Filipino , Global Voices in Indonesian , Global Voices in Swahili , and Global Voices in Farsi .
The overall interest in the Lingua community has been bigger than ever before, with most sites being flooded with applications from new volunteers. There are presently nearly 600 active translators in the community, an increase of over 200 active volunteers compared to last year. Global Voices in Japanese  alone has 140 more translators than the team had in 2011, and Global Voices in Polish  has received over 100 applications – how amazing is that? In 2013, we hope more of our volunteers will become more active.
Yet, we are still looking for volunteers to reactivate Global Voices in Hindi , Global Voices in Hebrew , which we hope to re-activate in 2013, and strengthen Global Voices in Cambodian , in Korean , in Macedonian , in Serbian  and in Albanian . Being part of Global Voices is a very meaningful experience  for our collaborators, and we are extremely grateful to each one of them. Would you care to join this amazing team ?
Projects and changes
Growth apart, perhaps the most dramatic changes in Lingua project in recent years is the process that we no longer “just translate”, but we also produce news in a number of languages. As a consequence, Lingua is rapidly changing from a community of translators to include a community of multilingual content producers. These changes may point to an interesting future for the Lingua Project, and for Global Voices in general, towards a Multilingual Newsroom.
This experiment has allowed for very unusual language pairs, demanding more workflows and inspiring new ways of doing things, bringing a new set of skills to Lingua and many new challenges to editors: in 2012 we had French volunteers translating directly from the usual Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German, but also from Russian, Chinese, Swahili, Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Macedonian and Serbian. Besides changing the way we think about how to report global news, we can now welcome volunteers who do not speak English at all, as well as translators whose first language is English, making Lingua an even more inclusive project.
In 2012, our multilingual teams produced 712 posts originally in Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Catalan, Chinese, Dutch, Filipino, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swahili. Among the stories published in this experiment, a collaborative post about the resistance of Brazilian indigenous group Guarani Kaiowa written originally in Portuguese  inspired collaboration of at least 9 people in 3 different continents, 5 countries, 7 cities – and the Global Voices 2012 fundraising campaign .
Recognition and partnerships
Global Voices in French posts republished in a dedicated section  of Rue89  reached 3.5 million of page views in 2012. Since the partnership started in 2009, the popular French news website has helped us amplify the conversation even further in the francophone world. Global Voices in Italian  and its on-going partnership with daily La Stampa  has also made our stories go mainstream.
In 2012, Global Voices in Catalan  enjoyed media attention for posts they produced about the volatile situation in Catalonia's politics, appearing on an Al Jazeera Live Stream episode  and in the Washington Post .
In July, Lingua spearheaded a marathon  to get the Declaration of Internet Freedom  translated into as many languages as possible – together with people in our network, we converted that document into nearly 60 languages .
Europe in Crisis , the first of Global Voices e-books , has also been launched in Italian , Arabic , and Spanish  translations, with and Portuguese and French coming soon. Some teams have already started to translate the content of our second e-book, African Voices of Hope and Change , published in English in mid-December.
In collaboration with the newsroom, Lingua was commissioned to provide translations into Arabic, French, and Spanish to the International Relations and Security Network (ISN) , a provider of open access information services for international relations and security professionals.
Lingua translators have also been commissioned by the international nonprofit human rights organisation Witness  to translate 35,000 words of its Video for Change Toolkit  into Arabic, French, and Spanish, to be launched soon.
And to close the year in high style, right at the end of 2012 Global Voices was commissioned to provide translations into Arabic, French, Swahili, and Somali for Refugees United , a nonprofit organisation that aims to help refugees safely reconnect with missing family members.
Partnerships like these result in a modest but welcome income for our volunteer translators, and in the promotion of Lingua and the work our translators do. Should you like to support Lingua as a translation or media partner, or in any other way, please get in touch – we are open to whatever 2013 brings.
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 Global Voices in 2012: http://globalvoicesonline.org/specialcoverage/global-voices-in-2012/
 Lingua: http://globalvoicesonline.org/lingua/
 reasons to celebrate: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2012/12/31/celebrating-2012-with-global-voices/
 most popular 2012 stories: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2012/12/31/most-read-stories-on-global-voices-in-2012/
 Image: http://tomavana.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/gvo_5000.jpg
 Global Voices in French: http://fr.globalvoicesonline.org/
 Global Voices in Malagasy: http://mg.globalvoicesonline.org/
 in Bengali: http://bn.globalvoicesonline.org/
 Global Voices in Greek: http://el.globalvoicesonline.org/
 Global Voices in Spanish: http://globalvoicesonline.org/
 Global Voices in German: http://de.globalvoicesonline.org/
 Global Voices in Aymara: http://ay.globalvoicesonline.org/
 International Conference on Aymara Language and Culture: http://www.unap.cl/prontus_unap/site/artic/20120924/pags/20120924100128.html
 Global Voices Bulgarian: http://bg.globalvoicesonline.org/
 Global Voices in Myanmar/Burmese: http://my.globalvoicesonline.org/
 Global Voices in Urdu: http://ur.globalvoicesonline.org/
 Global Voices in Turkish: http://tr.globalvoicesonline.org/
 Global Voices in Filipino: http://fil.globalvoicesonline.org/
 Global Voices in Indonesian: http://id.globalvoicesonline.org/
 Global Voices in Swahili: http://sw.globalvoicesonline.org/
 Global Voices in Farsi: http://fa.globalvoicesonline.org/
 Global Voices in Japanese: http://jp.globalvoicesonline.org/
 Global Voices in Polish: http://pl.globalvoicesonline.org/
 Global Voices in Hindi: http://hi.globalvoicesonline.org/
 Global Voices in Hebrew: http://he.globalvoicesonline.org/
 Global Voices in Cambodian: http://km.globalvoicesonline.org/
 Korean: http://ko.globalvoicesonline.org/
 Macedonian: http://mk.globalvoicesonline.org/
 Serbian: http://sr.globalvoicesonline.org/
 Albanian: http://sq.globalvoicesonline.org/
 a very meaningful experience: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2013/01/09/what-does-being-a-gver-mean-to-you/
 Would you care to join this amazing team: http://globalvoicesonline.org/lingua/translator-application-form/
 originally in Portuguese: http://pt.globalvoicesonline.org/2012/10/24/brasil-guarani-kaiowa-grito-da-resistencia/
 Global Voices 2012 fundraising campaign: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2012/12/13/global-voices-and-the-power-of-we/
 republished in a dedicated section: http://riverains.rue89.com/global-voices-online
 Rue89: http://www.rue89.com/
 Global Voices in Italian: http://it.globalvoicesonline.org/
 partnership with daily La Stampa: http://lastampa.it/Blogs/voci-globali
 Global Voices in Catalan: http://ca.globalvoicesonline.org
 an Al Jazeera Live Stream episode: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVlQXXk_cZc
 Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2012/10/31/catalans-fight-libel-fine-with-youtube-videos/
 marathon: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2012/07/26/translation-declaration-internet-freedom/
 Declaration of Internet Freedom: http://advocacy.globalvoicesonline.org/2012/07/15/a-declaration-of-internet-freedom/
 nearly 60 languages: http://www.internetdeclaration.org/
 Europe in Crisis: http://books.globalvoicesonline.org/hot-off-the-press/eu-in-crisis/
 Global Voices e-books: http://books.globalvoicesonline.org/
 Italian: http://books.globalvoicesonline.org/2012/10/eu-in-crisis-ebook-now-available-in-italian/
 Arabic: http://books.globalvoicesonline.org/2012/11/eu-in-crisis-ebook-ready-in-arabic/
 Spanish: http://books.globalvoicesonline.org/2012/12/spanish-edition-of-eu-in-crisis-now-ready/
 African Voices of Hope and Change: http://books.globalvoicesonline.org/2012/12/african-voices-of-hope-and-change-an-introduction/
 International Relations and Security Network (ISN): http://globalvoicesonline.org/2012/05/07/global-voices-partners-with-international-relations-and-security-network-isn/
 Witness: http://blog.witness.org/2012/12/an-open-source-approach-to-translation/
 Video for Change Toolkit: http://toolkit.witness.org/
 Refugees United: http://info.refunite.org/
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