cApStAn

2018-07-10
by savita.gauchan

Challenges in ensuring cross-cultural equivalence of scales in multilingual surveys

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village “Public opinion in a changing world” was the theme of the 2018 annual conference of WAPOR, the World Association for Public Opinion Research, which took place in Marrakech from June 27-30. Attending on behalf of cApStAn LQC was a great experience in terms of the …

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2018-06-28
by savita.gauchan

Do the footprints of stereotyping and gender bias follow us in online environments?

by Emel Ince –  Project manager @ cApStAn Online translation platforms such as Google Translation and Microsoft Translator have fuelled lively discussions. Recently, one such topic on social media has been the alleged gender bias of these platforms: Some users reported that, when translating phrases from gender-neutral languages such as Turkish and Finnish, male pronouns …

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2018-06-14
by savita.gauchan

“Non-binary” measures of sex/gender in surveys

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village As more people redefine their gender identity in “non-binary” terms, schools, governments, workplaces and parents are having to adapt, says the author of an interesting article in KQED Science (1). Lists of possible gender options are expanding (cisgender, agender, gender fluid, transgender…) as well as …

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2018-06-08
by savita.gauchan

cApStAn May 2018 newsletter

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village Welcome to the second issue of cApStAn’s monthly newsletter. This is our first newsletter after the coming into force, on the 25th of May, of the EU Regulation on Data Protection (GDPR). We at cApStAn have the protection of your personal data very much at …

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2018-06-05
by savita.gauchan

OECD seminar on “Translating and adapting Instruments in Large Scale Assessments”

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village Heading to Paris for the OECD seminar on “Translating and Adapting Instruments in Large Scale Assessments” (June 7-8), and proud to have two cApStAn speakers at this important meeting, designed to foster discussion and “cross-fertilisation of ideas” between different stakeholders: Danina Lupsa, one of our …

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2018-05-16
by savita.gauchan

cApStAn April 2018 newsletter

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village Welcome to the first issue of cApStAn’s new-fangled monthly newsletter. What is different about it? Of course we’ll share news about recent developments in the cApStAn ecosystem. We also intend to post snippets of information about and around the linguistics field in general, about testing …

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2018-04-02
by savita.gauchan

Revitalising multiple choice questions for the digital age

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village Multiple choice questions (MQCs) have been the traditional way of testing for generations, and have not changed substantially since they were first introduced, over a century ago, by Frederick Kelly*. His “Kansas Silent Reading Test” was possibly the first (timed) reading test that could be …

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2018-02-26
by savita.gauchan

Taking stock of 2017, setting the bar for 2018

by Steve Dept – cApStAn partner The year 2016 has been quite exceptional for cApStAn, but this was partly due to the fact that the bulk of the work on one of our flagship projects, linguistic quality control in the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (OECD/PISA), took place in 2016, just like 2013 had …

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2018-02-02
by savita.gauchan

cApStAn a member of the PIAAC Cycle 2 Consortium

The OECD Programme for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (OECD/PIAAC) is a large-scale household survey of Adult skills such as literacy, numeracy and problem solving skills. The first cycle of PIAAC was conducted in over 40 countries, with 5000 adults aged 16 to 65 being interviewed in their homes in each of the participating countries. …

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2018-01-01
by savita.gauchan

20 years ago: Avenue de la Renaissance 1

by Steve Dept – cApStAn partner In the late nineties, Steve Dept was involved in two large-scale translation and adaptation projects. As it happens, he was particularly concerned with the time and resources spent on multiple revisions that did not seem to warrant incremental improvements in faithfulness or fluency. The effect of a translation review …

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2017-07-28
by savita.gauchan

LISBON, JULY 2017: cApStAn @ the 70th WAPOR Conference AND @ the 7th ESRA Conference

The conferences were announced a year ago or more. There were calls for sessions, calls for papers, announcements, short courses, and we knew we just had to be part of these two major events. It was a great idea to organise the 70th Conference of the World Association for Public Opinion Research (http://wapor.org/70th-annual-conference) and the …

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2017-06-29
by savita.gauchan

Multidisciplinary Task Forces to Manage Complexity

Two weeks ago, a complete 18th century library was discovered in Bouillon. The books, all of them over 200 years old, are in pristine condition. A miracle for bibliophiles. The 18th century was the last moment in history when it seemed possible for Encyclopedists to be well-informed about the latest developments in just about every science …

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