Task Categories: conditional-text-generation
Multilinguality: translation
Size Categories: 1K<n<10K
Licenses: cc-by-sa-4.0
Language Creators: expert-generated
Annotations Creators: expert-generated
Source Datasets: original

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Dataset Summary

In October 2012, the European Union (EU) agency 'European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control' (ECDC) released a translation memory (TM), i.e. a collection of sentences and their professionally produced translations, in twenty-five languages.

ECDC-TM covers 25 languages: the 23 official languages of the EU plus Norwegian (Norsk) and Icelandic. ECDC-TM was created by translating from English into the following 24 languages: Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Gaelige (Irish), German, Greek, Finnish, French, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Norwegian (NOrsk), Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish and Swedish.

All documents and sentences were originally written in English. They were then translated into the other languages by professional translators from the Translation Centre CdT in Luxembourg.

To load a language pair that is not part of the config, just specify the language code as language pair. For example, if you want to translate Czech to Greek:

dataset = load_dataset("europa_ecdc_tm", language_pair=("cs", "el"))

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All documents and sentences were originally written in English (en). They were then translated into the other languages by professional translators from the Translation Centre CdT in Luxembourg.

Translations are available in these languages: en, bg, cs, da, de, el, en, es, et, fi, fr, ga, hu, is, it, lt, lv, mt, nl, no, pl, pt, ro, sk, sl, sv.

Dataset Structure

Data Instances

  "translation": {
    "<source_language>":"Sentence to translate",
    "<target_language>": "Translated sentence",

Data Fields

  • translation: a multilingual string variable, with possible languages including en, bg, cs, da, de, el, en, es, et, fi, fr, ga, hu, is, it, lt, lv, mt, nl, no, pl, pt, ro, sk, sl, sv.

Data Splits

The data is not splitted (only the train split is available).

Dataset Creation

Curation Rationale

The ECDC-TM is relatively small compared to the JRC-Acquis and to DGT-TM, but it has the advantage that it focuses on a very different domain, namely that of public health. Also, it includes translation units for the languages Irish (Gaelige, GA), Norwegian (Norsk, NO) and Icelandic (IS).

Source Data

Initial Data Collection and Normalization

ECDC-TM was built on the basis of the website of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). The major part of the documents talks about health-related topics (anthrax, botulism, cholera, dengue fever, hepatitis, etc.), but some of the web pages also describe the organisation ECDC (e.g. its organisation, job opportunities) and its activities (e.g. epidemic intelligence, surveillance).

Who are the source language producers?

All documents and sentences were originally written in English, by the ECDC website content producers.


Annotation process

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Who are the annotators?

All documents and sentences were thus originally written in English. They were then translated into the other languages by professional translators from the Translation Centre CdT in Luxembourg.

Personal and Sensitive Information

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Considerations for Using the Data

Social Impact of Dataset

Contains translations of sentences in the public healthcare domain, including technical terms (disease and treatment names for example).

Discussion of Biases

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Other Known Limitations

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Additional Information

Dataset Curators

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Licensing Information

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Citation Information

        author={Steinberger, Ralf
                and Ebrahim, Mohamed
                and Poulis, Alexandros
                and Carrasco-Benitez, Manuel
                and Schl{\"u}ter, Patrick
                and Przybyszewski, Marek
                and Gilbro, Signe},
        title={An overview of the European Union's highly multilingual parallel corpora},
        journal={Language Resources and Evaluation},


Thanks to @SBrandeis for adding this dataset.

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