Making Data More Accessible

Automated Translation of Federal, State, and Local Government Websites

There is technology available that allows for quick and fairly accurate translation of websites. Once translation service that my organization has utilized is WorldLingo. It isn't perfect, but if you have someone who can spend some time on it (no special language skills needed) it can be made pretty accurate, and its cheap enough to make it practical to offer a multitude of languages. This could help newcomers to the U.S. learn about how the government works here, become more knowledgeable about government programs and regulations, learn how to become tax paying active citizens, allow more people to volunteer and otherwise participate in government programs, etc. It could also help federal, state, and local agencies have improved two way communication with this growing segment of the population, in order that these government agencies might be better able to serve all residents.

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