As follow up on the story that China wants to write more scientific articles in Chinese: does anyone here know someone in China (at the Chinese Academy of Sciences?) who we could write to to lobby for translating these articles?
@TranslateScience wait… how do you send direct message in mastodon? :) will send an email.
@dasaptaerwin Maybe your friend would have better ideas who to write to. I found the general email of the Chinese Academy of Science and the National Science library.
P.S. You send a DM, with the privacy settings below your post. Or chose DM in the menu of someone's profile.
@TranslateScience i see. Thank you. Mastodon 101. :)
If it needs translation, the campaign should be targeted at the Anglosphere. They will have the motivation, because without it some knowledge would be missing.
I have seen old classic articles in fluid mechanics and physics translated from German and Russian, so it has been done before. For eg. works of Prandtl and Kolmogorov.
The West produced and published a lot of translations. There were databases with these articles, but they have been closed down. We would like to revive them. https://wiki.translatescience.org/wiki/Obtaining_copies_of_old_translations_published_as_technical_reports
This was focussed on fields that benefited the West. Hard science were Russian excelled.
It is also in China's interest that people can read and build on their papers.
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