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ATA56 recap and looking ahead

December 1st, 2015 | by LTD

The division held its annual meeting on November 6, 2015 at the ATA conference in Miami, and new officers were appointed to division leadership for 2015-17: Percy Balemans (Assistant Administrator) and Matt Griffin (Administrator).

The minutes of the meeting are available here: Minutes_LTD-annual_06-Nov-2015_Miami

In the year ahead, we hope to provide members with a lot of opportunities to network and share knowledge, as we work to make the Language Technology Division the go-to place for questions and information about language-related technologies.

At the annual meeting, we heard from members working in areas such as business, non-profit, software, education, healthcare, research and government, and there was considerable discussion about the need to provide translators with CAT tool training, as well as a forum for professional exchange on topics that affect our profession such as data security.

The Yahoo group is back up. Go to http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ataLTD/info to join. The LTD’s new online community managers who will co-moderate the forum are Kathy Byrd and Joseph Wojowoski. The listserv gives members an easy way to share info and discuss issues.

The division’s social media accounts (Twitter @LTDiv) and Linkedin (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/693087/profile) have also been re-opened, and we have a brand new social media team consisting of Sandy Jones and Catherine Christaki.

We’re also focused on updating our website, including a blog for member articles and contributions. One of the things we’ve also discussed is setting up the division website as an aggregator for industry news and tool vendor information.

We are looking for web designers and content managers, as well as writers, bloggers and editors, to help the ATA get the message out to clients that translation and interpretation professionals are the specialists for language technology.

Lastly, we’d like to hear from members who weren’t present at the annual meeting in Miami. What would you like to see the LTD focus on?

Send your ideas to divisionLTD (at) atanet (dot) org.

Of course, one of the main roles of the divisions in the ATA is to coordinate planning for the annual conference. Next year we’ll be in San Francisco (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=So5alXhehoQ). So we’re looking for members who want to help identify presentations and a distinguished speaker, as well as plan an off-site event, potentially with the tech community.

Divisions depend on member involvement. We hope you’ll get involved in the division. Let’s provide tech guidance to Board and ATA members, while promoting tool proficiency.

 

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