SDG Metadata Translation Project

Sustainable Development Goals Icon The purpose of this project is to translate metadata for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicators into other languages using computer assisted translation tools. A low cost, efficient, and accurate method was needed to improve the transparency and accessibility of metadata for statistical capacity building.

In January-March 2020, a pilot was conducted as the result of a collaboration by the World Bank Group under the ECASTAT Trust Fund in coordination with UNECE and ROSSTAT. The pilot produced Russian translations of selected SDG metadata with an estimated reduction of translation time of 35%. The pilot also provided a detailed protocol that could be replicated in other languages for other translation needs.

The initial pilot materials were updated to reflect SDG SDMX metadata concepts as approved by the SDG SDMX Working Group of the IAEG-SDG. They also reflect simplified code to recently updated SDG metadata files for greater ease of use.

The main study has not yet launched pending necessary approvals.

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