Apertium is a free/open source platform supporting the development of rule-based machine translation and other language processors. Apertium was launched in 2005; the involvement of industry, academia and independent developers during more than a decade has produced machine translation systems for many language pairs, with 40 stable systems available. The focus of Apertium as a free/open source software project is on less-resourced languages. Apertium is already integrated in computer-assisted tools such as OmegaT and MateCat and may be used online or offline. The free/open source philosophy in Apertium encourages the sharing of translation resources and establishes a continuum between researchers, developers, vendors and users: a community, which encourages the involvement of translators and language activists in its development. In this session we will present the platform and the resources available, discuss applications and describe success stories.
Apertium: A Unique Open Source MT System for Related Languages