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Multilingual Web Services - Possibilities and Pitfalls

Presenter 1
Taina Jääskeläinen
Finnish Social Science Data Archive
Presenter 2
Tuomas J. Alaterä
Finnish Social Science Data Archive

Experiences and ideas from the Finnish Social Science Data Archive which provides web services on three languages but with somewhat different goals for each. The presentation focuses on what to take into account when planning multilingual services, and what kind of pitfalls or good practices there are. Should the existing web site and services just be reproduced in another language, with the same content? If not, then what? It is only after the goals, potential service users and available resources have been outlined that we have a basis from which to plan the web design. The presentation includes advice on some aspects of web design, and an introduction on how to use the DDI to facilitate multilingual data documentation.

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