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Status 8.27.08

August 27th, 2006 | by mm | No Comments

Here another update on the activities of the division.

  • You can now join the division in the Membership section through the ATA Website. Login with your ATA member ID and add us to your division selections. Get the details here.
  • We were contacted by several ATA members and discussed future collaboration, content contributions and other support these members can offer. Needless to say we welcome any member who wants to actively participate. Contact us!
  • We approved on a daily base new subcriptions to the divsion’s forum (mailing list). But we also realized that we have not stressed enough the point that this group is not only for people interested in Language Technology but is also a group to support those who have particular questions about Language Technology. So don’t hesitate to join the experts and become one yourself!
  • We contacted industry experts and organizations as planned. The response to the establishment of this new division was so far very positive. Press releases were sent out and are written as we are going forward.
  • Again it can’t be stressed enough: If you like to join the activities, planning, organizing of this Division, contact us.

More about XML and Localization

August 23rd, 2006 | by mm | No Comments

Just saw an interesting posting coming my way and want to pass it on…

Yves Savourel, author of XML Internationalization and Localization, will present a one-day seminar that will move through an overview of the basic facets of XML and its related technologies as viewed from the localizer’s perspective, presenting guidelines for creating XML vocabularies and authoring localization-friendly XML documents. You will learn how to implement re-usability and localization directives, as well as how to leverage some of the other advantages that XML can offer.

For more information including a detailed seminar description and agenda, see the Seminar section on the Localization Institute Web site.

Common Sense

August 21st, 2006 | by MiW | No Comments

It’s an interconnected world. No sooner had we added a link to MultiLingual Computing in our link list on the left when I found, on their website, an interview with Donald A. DePalma and Renato Beninatto. The two of them are behind Common Sense Advisory, “a research and consulting firm committed to improving the quality of international business and the efficiency of the online and offline operations that support it.”

My favorite quote from the interview comes from Renato:

I lived in seven countries before I got my first job, and, if I wanted to have girlfriends, I needed to get along in the local languages. This was my first practical exposure to localization.

It’s well worth putting the Common Sense Advisory on your reading list.

If you still have room on your link list, check out About Translation by Riccardo Schiaffino. His feed link is here.

Status 8.20.06

August 20th, 2006 | by mm | No Comments

Here are some highlights for last week:

  • Michael Metzger will remain the contact for ATA LTD activities until representatives are elected by the membership of the LTD at the Division Meeting in New Orleans on November, 4th.
  • A nomination committee needs to be appointed to get the election off the ground for November. Anyone interested to join the committee, please contact Michael. Anyone you would like to nominate for a position in the division, please contact Michael Metzger for now.
  • Eric Bullington is joining forces. He will work with Michael Wahlster at a WIKI project and contribute content on the Website. We are very excited to have our first article some time soon!
  • We contacted ATA Chronicle for possible posting of articles we find interesting in the context of the LTD objectives.
  • We have also written an announcement for the Chronicle to reach a wider audience of ATA members. We hope more members will join us in our mailing list throughout the next few weeks.
  • The group will certainly be listed in next year’s ATA membership renewal form. You can then join us automatically.
  • We want to contact industry experts for possible content syndication. If you think you know someone we should contact for content, please let us know (Michael Metzger).
  • Also a reminder, this Division is open for any ATA membership level to join.
  • We need to celebrate the division. Party On, New Orleans here we come! So apart from the official date on Saturday were we should vote for proper representation, we think we need the night out before to convince some more folks to participate in the activities of this division. After all there is nothing more dead serious than committments made while getting drunk in the swamps! But before we get there, you need to join our mailing list. See for details below and in the left pane.

Upside down: LTD is established!

August 20th, 2006 | by mm | No Comments

The Division was approved by the Board of the ATA on 8.12.06. Once again thanks to all the visionairies willing to sign the petition!

Now we are going to move things around a bit and maybe take some pages down as they are no longer needed. What we really want to start now are the categories that make sense for the Language Technology Division and are interesting to Language Professionals working with Language Technology.

But to give everyone an idea where we stand and what is happening and what needs to be done (yes, we are really NOT interested to turn this into “one man dog & pony show” but into a real division with members participating).

Michael Wahlster, our BlogMeister asked me to write a blog. To tell you what happens on my way to work on Highway 280 (people I call asking me “Michael are you phoning from the car AGAIN?”). When I let the ideas coming to my mind resonate with everyone I trust (like Michael Wahlster) and the things I think we need to do next (talking to Tony or Mary).

So fine, I will write about the things that are happening. I think that is good. Transparency. “No backroom dealings”. You want to be part of the team, just join. See for yourself!