Friday, September 9, 2016

Translation tool – Parallel sites (2)

  Copyright © Françoise Herrmann

To further assist you with your linguistic and documentary research for translation purposes, you might selectively use the parallel sites of the UN (United Nations) agencies. 

Most of the institutional sites of the UN (United Nations) agencies and organizations are plurilingual parallel sites! This means that there are six official parallel universes at each of the sites, each corresponding to one of the 6 official languages of the UN, namely English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic and Chinese!

To access each of the different parallel universes, all you will need to do is to click on the language toggle option of your choice, “عربي 中文 English Français Русский Español”, usually (but not always) appearing in the upper right-hand corner of a page. And, within a page, the links will send you to translated documents or other translated hyperlinked content.

Again, accessing official, UN translator-crafted-translations does not get any easier than that!

Here is an example, bearing in mind that all of the UN agencies, whether it is, for example, the IMF - International Monetary Fund,  the World Bank or the UNEP - UN Environmental Program, are each huge institutions, even if they are operating under the auspices of the UN.

WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) is the United Nations Intellectual Property agency with 189 member states. Applications filed at the WIPO are granted WO patents upon successful examination and in compliance with the provisions of the PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty).

The site covers all areas of IP (Intellectual Property), that is, patents, copyrights, trademarks and designs, providing both access to the databases of records, and to the legislation and regulations that govern such various types of IP.  

WIPO is a mega institutional website that also includes its own publications and learning resources, as well as well as tools for fostering communication and cooperation among major IP players (inventors, entrepreneurs, institutions both private and public).

A drop-down menu in the upper right corner of the site pages enables you to toggle in and out of the 6 UN language universes so that both content and functionalities of the site are available in 6 languages.

Just try it!
UN WB - The World Bank
UN IMF - International Monetary Fund
UNEP - United National Environmental Program
UN - WIPO - World Intellectual Property Organization  

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