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Security Certificate

February 2nd, 2013 | by LTD | No Comments

Sometime late January, this website got hacked. The most likely path for the attack was the comment function. Telltale signs of hacking are that style sheets do not get loaded and that links beyond the home page are redirected to other sites.

Luckily, the database was not compromised – we make backups of our database in regular intervals anyway. We cleaned up the offending files, and we are now using a security certificate for this site (https:⫽) to make future attacks more difficult.

If you are accessing our site and you think something is not the way it should be, please contact us.

Michael Wahlster
Assistant Administrator

AGM 2012

November 2nd, 2012 | by LTD | No Comments

Thank you all for attending the Annual General Meeting of the Language Technology Division. The AGM was held on the conference Friday at 2:00pm. The format that our division has pioneered (hold a short business meeting and use the rest of the time slot to present/discuss topics of interest to our members) was formalized with the San Diego conference. A number of divisions had 15-minute business meetings followed by a one-hour presentation.

The minutes of this year’s meeting are now up (our thanks to Ted Wozniak). You can click on LTD Documents in the sidebar to see all LTD-related documents available, or you go straight to the AGM 2012 Minutes.

The division administrator Laurie Gerber resigned from her post due to personal reasons. Appointed as administrator to complete her term was José Palomares who addressed the meeting via Skype from a conference in Germany.

The Language Technology Division had Alain Martinossi as “distinguished speaker.” He gave his presentation right after our business meeting. A report on Alain’s presentation will be posted in the near future.

ATA53: Language Technology Sessions

July 18th, 2012 | by LTD | No Comments

The 53rd Annual Conference is coming up quickly. If you haven’t made plans yet, don’t delay. It will take place in San Diego this year, from October 24 to 27. In the sidebar on the very right you can see an ad for the conference. Click on it to find out all the details.

This year’s program is very strong, and there are 11 sessions under the umbrella of Language Technology. We hope to see you all in San Diego in October.

Here are the sessions:

Read on »

AGM 2011

November 16th, 2011 | by LTD | No Comments

Thank you all for attending the Annual General Meeting of the Language Technology Division. Saturday morning is a difficult proposition for attending a session; we’re grateful for the extra effort you made.

The minutes of the meeting are now up. You can click on LTD Documents in the sidebar to see all LTD-related documents available, or you go straight to the AGM 2011 Minutes.

The largest part of the time slot was taken up by a panel discussion on standards. Jiri Stejskal moderated a panel consisting of Beatriz Bonnet, Susanne Lauscher and Alan Melby. At this time, immediate past Division Administrator Michael Metzger is busy setting up an on-line standards survey. You will receive an e-mail notification once the survey is on-line. Please make sure to fill out the short questionnaire.

LTD Annual General Meeting 2011

New Team

November 8th, 2011 | by LTD | No Comments

On October 29, the Language Technology Division held its annual general meeting in Boston, MA. The terms for LTD administrator Michael Metzger and assistant administrator Emily Tell were up, and the division elected a new team. We are grateful to Michael and Emily for efforts on behalf of the LTD and hope that they will continue to participate in the division activities.

The incoming administrators are Laurie Gerber and Michael Wahlster. You can find their contact e-mail addresses on the Contacts page.

Laurie is the new LTD administrator. She’s been in the translation community for 25 years – most of that time focused on machine translation technology – first as a developer, then in business development working on business models for MT. She has stayed connected to the “human” translation community throughout, and how translators work. This led to 3 years of consulting with various US Government clients on how to introduce translation technology.

Currently, Laurie is Business development director for Syntes Language Group. Laurie has been an ATA member since 1989, and was ATA certified in Japanese to English in 1991, though she is not actively translating now.

Michael is an English-to German translators located in the Los Angeles area – hence his web address English2German.LA. He has worked in-house and freelance, specializing in technical material and corporate communications projects. He joined ATA in 1993 and is certified for the English-to-German language pair. During his career, he migrated from an IBM Selectric, dedicated Wang and IBM word processors, CP/M-based Wordstar and Windows-based Word to translation memory tools. He has been involved with the Language Technology Division from the very beginning, albeit mostly behind the scenes, creating and recreating the division website and setting up and running the division Twitter account.

Please do not hesitate to contact Laurie or Michael, please sign up for the LTD mailing list, and follow us on Twitter.

Laurie Gerber

Michael Wahlster
Assistant Administrator

From the Admin Desk: LTD joins The Great Standards Debate

October 19th, 2011 | by mm | No Comments

AT THE LTD ANNUAL MEETING (Saturday, October 29th, from 11:30am-12:30pm (LT8)):

Standards have become a hot topic for practitioners, LSPs, professional
associations, academics and technology providers. Each has a stake in
shaping the outcome. What should ATA do? What should YOU do? Read
the article “The Year of Standards” by Michael Metzger, outgoing LTD
administrator to understand the debate better. The article can be found
on the LTD website at http://tinyurl.com/3rjw64k

Panel Discussion “The Great Standards Debate” @ LTD Annual Meeting

After reading the article “The Year of Standards” on the LTD website at http://tinyurl.com/3rjw64k and Alan Melby’s on Data Standards in the October issue of The ATA Chronicle join us for a brief excursion into the activities and initiatives in Data, Process and Metrics standards with our invited Panelists Beatriz Bonnet, Susanne Lauscher and Alan Melby and Moderator Jiri Stejskal.

Mark your calendar for the Panel discussion “The Great Standards Debate”
at the Annual Meeting at the ATA Conference in Boston
on Saturday, October 29th, from 11:30am-12:30pm (LT8).

Conference Sessions by Specialty

See you all there!