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The length of December 22 day in different cities of the world
The following tables contain information on the length of the day on the winter solstice of the Northern Hemisphere and the summer solstice of the Southern Hemisphere (i.e. December solstice). The data was collected from the website of the Finnish Meteorological Institute…
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Average wages in European countries
This is a map and list of countries containing monthly (annual divided by 12 months) gross and net income (after taxes) average wages in Europe in their local currency and in euros. The chart below reflects the average (mean) wage as reported by various data providers…
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List of official minimum wage rates in different countries
This is a list of official minimum wage rates of the 192 United Nations member statesexcluding South Sudan, which gained independence in July 2011, plus the Republic of China (Taiwan), Northern Cyprus, Hong Kong, and Kosovo…
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GDP per capita in different countries in 2013
This article includes four lists of countries of the world sorted by their gross domestic productper capita at nominal values…
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GDP growth rate in different countries in 2013
This is a list of estimates of real gross domestic product growth rate for the latest years recorded in the CIA World Factbook. The estimates are for the year 2013 unless otherwise indicated. The list contains some non-sovereign territories…
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Certified Translation. Getting your Documents Certified the Right Way
What is a certified translation? There is no simple answer, because the requirements vary depending on the use case. What may be considered a certified translation in a certain situation may be unsuitable in another…
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Online Translation Services: a Guide to Buying Translations on the Internet
I think it was Amazon that started the online commerce revolution. Or was it eBay? The fact is debatable, but there is one fact that cannot be disputed…
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Top countries with biggest foreign-currency reserves, including gold, special drawing rights (SDRs) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) reserve position
Foreign-exchange reserves (also called Forex reserves) are, in a strict sense, only the foreign-currency deposits held by national central banks and monetary authorities (See List of countries by foreign-exchange reserves (excluding gold))...
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Top countries with largest foreign-currency reserves (excluding gold)
This is a list of the top 30 countries of the world sorted by their foreign-exchange reserves excluding gold reserves. The table includes the latest available data, mostly from the International Monetary Fund, and includes certain economies that are not considered to be countries (such as Taiwan and Hong Kong, because of their special economic statuses)...
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Average yearly wages in 28 countries
The average wage is a measure for the financial well-being of a country's inhabitants. A similar measure is GDP per capita. However, GDP (on the income side) = compensation of employees + gross operating surplus/mixed income + taxes on production - subsidies. This way, various components increase the GDP that are not directly contributing to the well-being of citizens…
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Average monthly wage in different European countries
This is the map and list of European countries by monthly net average wage. The chart below reflects the average (mean) wage as reported by various data providers. The salary distribution is right-skewed, therefore most people earn less than the average net salary. In less developed markets, actual incomes may exceed those listed in the table due to the existence of grey economy…
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GDP growth rate in different countries in 2012
This is a list of estimates of real gross domestic product growth rate for the latest years recorded in the CIA World Factbook. The estimates are for the year 2012 unless otherwise indicated. The list contains some non-sovereign territories…
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Déchéance d’une marque communautaire: récupération du nom de domaine
En obtenant de la Première chambre des recours de l’OHMI la déchéance de la marque Alphatrad communautaire pour défaut d’usage sérieux, la titulaire de alphatrad.it va pouvoir récupérer son nom de domaine. Dans une décision du 8 octobre 2012, la juridiction a estimé que les neuf lettres de rappel pour des impayés sur lesquelles figuraient la marque ne sont pas suffisantes pour attester d’un usage sérieux dans l’Union européenne de cette marque…
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Free Online Translators: A Comparative Assessment of www.worldlingo.com, www.freetranslation.com, and www.translate.google.com
The present article focuses on three free online translation packages—www.worldlingo.com, www.freetranslation.com, and www.translate.google.com —and asks the following: If the objective of anglophone users is to understand the meaning of a given source text (ST), which of these packages would he/she be best advised to use? Taking a text of approximately 200 words from the European Commission’s website, this article asks each of its chosen packages to translate the ST from three source languages (SLs) into English…
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The Booming Localization Industry in the People’s Republic of China
In recent years, Chinese localizers have been strengthening their exchanges with their foreign counterparts as well as the publicity of their services. The free and chaotic state of the sector has been replaced by the standardized and orderly development pattern. Although the worldwide financial crisis of two years ago crippled the flourishing tendency of localizing enterprises, it offered them precious opportunities in the accelerated globalization. China has gradually become one of the major centers for multilingual localization services…
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Olympic Targets
Eight years and two Olympic Games ago, I wrote an article titled " Tapping Into the Olympic Spirit: The Pillars of Translation." Inspired by the classical columns of the Greek Olympic hosts, I tried to narrow down the four pillars of translation that give us the required balance in our everyday lives as translators…
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GDP growth rate in 2011 in 185 countries
This list shows the increase in value of all final goods and services produced within a nation in a given year, taking into account inflation…
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Leadership across Cultures
With the march of globalisation and internationalisa-tion growing louder and stronger, few successful businesses can now escape the need to work across cultures. Even if businesses or organisations are not working abroad or with foreign entities, it would be a challenge to identify any that have a mono-cultural workforce. Even in the South West, businesses ranging from manufacturers to farms to care homes are employing foreign personnel in order to operate at maximum efficiency…
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Milengo leverages Google Translator Toolkit with Google Adwords
Last month when Milengo announced they had been selected by Google as an official localization vendor to help open translation accessibility to millions of users globally we contacted Adam Blau, Rebellion Leader at Milengo, for comment...
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How to Make More $$ without Really Trying
Have you noticed how different businesses are constantly inventing new ways to nickel and dime their customers? Airlines have first stopped offering free in-flight meals; then introduced a fee for checked-in luggage; they reduced the leg space of their seats and are now charging for "special" (exit row and bulkhead) seats that leave you less cramped at the end of a two-hour flight…
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Interview with Ralph Strozza, CEO of Interpro Translation Solutions
Ralph – 2009 was one of those “let’s see what’s going to happen years” in our industry, as it was with most industries, I assume. With what happened to the global financial markets in Q4 2008, I really don’t think anyone was sure about what was coming next. 2008 was Interpro’s best year ever, financially speaking, yet giving what was happening, my expectations for 2009 were not very high to say the least

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Acquisition of Celencia by Stoquart During Turbulent 2009
Dimitri Stoquart founded and operates Stoquart s.a., one of the most successful, mid-sized, single-language translation vendors in Europe. In April of this year, the Brussels’ based Stoquart acquired its French supplier, Celencia. With the acquisition Stoquart became the second largest human translation company in the French market. Dimitri initiated this acquisition during the most turbulent economic climate of our time

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Crowdsourcing
Crowdsourcing seems to be all the rage these days—as if machine translation were not enough to scare all of us sleepless.
Wikipedia defines "crowdsourcing" as "a neologistic compound of Crowd and Outsourcing for the act of taking tasks traditionally performed by an employee or contractor, and outsourcing them to a group of people or community, through an 'open call' to a large group of people (a crowd) asking for contributions."
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Pondering and Wondering
What better time than the end of the year to sit back and ponder the things that have happened in the past year and wonder what the next year will bring. (I won't even try to talk about the last and next decade!)…
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Recession survival in the language industry by Nabil Freij, Globalvis
2009 Recap and looking aheadWith the global economy taking a severe downturn, 2009 proved to be a challenging year for many. It paid to be nimble and diversified to navigate the waves of budget cuts, project delays and slower payments. The localization industry had to deal with the slowing economy, shrinking budgets and the erosion of localization rates along with the natural evolution of tools and technology used in the process…
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Globalization Technology, Services, and Business Models: Predictions for 2010 by Common Sense Advisory
2009 was a challenging year for many buyers and suppliers of language services and technology. The industry saw budgets cut, schedules stretched, and products delayed. However, there was also a lot of energy and investment as companies rationalized, consolidated, and streamlined their efforts in anticipation of increased international and multicultural business in 2010…
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Plunet integrates Trados TM Server on the Plunet BusinessManager platform
For the first time, translation processes running over the Trados TM Server are now linked to one of the leading industry solutions for business and workflow management. The bi-directional high-end interface developed by Plunet enables translation agencies and in-house translation departments to establish integrated translation management processes…
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The State of the Translation Industry in Saudi Arabia
This study offers the first market research analysis of the translation industry in Saudi Arabia. It presents the results of a project funded in 2006, which aimed at surveying the state of the translation industry in Saudi Arabia and outlining the practices and requirements of professional life so that both students and translators alike are kept abreast of the rapid developments in the translation profession. Prior to this study, the Saudi market's usage of translation, regardless of method (human or machine translation) had not been measured…
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The Google Translation Center That Was to Be
I remember about a year ago when news reached the public about a "Google Translation Center"? There was a lot of resulting hoopla from translators, tool vendors, and language service providers, and the responsible department at Google took a lot of heat. Back then I managed to talk to one of the folks in charge of the program, and it was one of the coolest conversations I ever had…
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XTM for Language Service Providers
There is a new generation of Computer Assisted Translation (CAT) tools available based on the latest Web 2.0 technology. These systems are more open, cheaper, more efficient and easier to use than previous generation desktop based CAT systems…
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Glearch.com - New Global Search Engine
Globalization Partners International (GPI) has been recognized as an innovator and talented website localization firm among localization companies for some time. They may be the only localization company ever to have won website design awards for their own website…
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Translation Buyers' Views on Technology Independence
In late mid-2008, Common Sense Advisory asked buyers of translation services for their views on technology independence among their software and language vendors. Over half the 30-plus respondents hailed from North America; 35 percent were from Europe; the balance were scattered across that amorphous continent known as “Rest of World.”…
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Latin American Language Services Industry Overview
The Latin American language service industry is growing up. A clear sign of this is that Latin America's first major international industry event for the translation and localization industry was held in Buenos Aires in November 2008…
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Why & How We Developed Our Own Translation Management System
When GlobalVision opened its doors for business 12 years ago, we looked at the state of technology in the language industry. Coming from software and engineering backgrounds, it was a no-brainer for us to invest in Translation Memory (TM) tools…
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OAXAL
As we see the ever increasing adoption of XML into the publishing domain, it becomes more obvious that certain things were missing from the standard perspective. As usual proprietary solutions quickly appeared to plug the gaps, but with the commensurate draw backs: lack of openness and transparency…
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Open source translation management system
It is an Initiative that aims to drive the development of GlobalSight Ambassador, an industry-leading Translation Management System (TMS), through open collaboration. GlobalSight is a non-captive, vendor-independent community where participants are free to discuss, discover and build upon a TMS that can be shared by all…
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Currency Exchange Fluctuation in Localization
Exchange rates have always been a concern in our industry, but in these past few quarters, many Language Services Providers (LSPs) have probably been checking the exchange rates of their local currencies more eagerly than ever…
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Do We Really Need Translation Standards After All?
The statements made and opinions expressed herein reflect only my personal views on the topic under discussion. In no way do they represent or convey the official position or doctrine of any official body or organization of any country on these matters. And I take responsibility for any error, inaccuracy, omission, or misjudgement found herein…
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Translations.com - Alchemy Merger Story
CSN: Tony, I saw it mentioned that the purchase process for Alchemy was a competitive situation and that Translations.com was the high bidder. Was there anything else driving the Board’s decision besides maximizing their investment?…
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Meet CSN's Shaun Daggett
Over the years McElroy Translation has had a close relationship with one our industry's great resources, ClientSide News. The founder and CEO of this organization, Shaun Daggett has not only been a thought leader in the translation/localization industry through this innovative organization, but has also provided insightful guidance to McElroy Translation. We thought it would be fun for the readers of E-Buzz to get to know him as we have”…
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Thou shall have Transparent and Free Translation Management Systems
According to research performed by Common Sense Advisory and published in Multilingual Magazine in January of 2007, only 14% of 236 surveyed language service providers (LSPs) claim that many or some of their clients use TMS. Later in 2007, Ben Sargent of Common Sense Advisory stated that “the market is developing faster than we predicted”. Ben added “if they [LSPs] expect to be competitive in 2010, we recommend that they invest in process automation technology within the next twelve months.”…
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The evolution of localization tools
Some time ago, only few people knew about software localization tools, but now such tools have become an essential part of software development process. This article tells about transformation of localization software from simple tools developed in-house to powerful software suites that support multiple platforms and languages, provide advanced functionality and make software localization affordable to any company…
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Driving Growth through Entrepreneurship within the Organization
Merger and acquisition activity has dominated corporate growth in the GILT industry over the past year. One of the companies heavily involved in the M&A process has been Translations.com. Translations.com is actually the combination of nine different brands that all operate harmoniously. The company is financed from its own cash flows, meaning it has managed to sustain its growth without the aid of outside investors…
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How Eastern Europe fits into the European Translation Market
As the American CEO of one of the fastest growing localization companies in Eastern Europe, and having lived in the region for more than 13 years, you might expect a unique perspective. However, my observations will probably seem quite standard and actually apply to translation/localization companies all over the world…
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Maltese translation in transition
Some may argue that the word ‘translation’ simply means ‘the skill of accurate rendering of a document into another language’; however for most of us who do this work on day to day bases it means more than this. Apart from providing us our daily bread and butter, it is an artistic expression that some of us are capable to do while others don’t…
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Consolidation continues in language services
The business of providing language services like translation and localization is critical to global commerce, branding, and other communication. Globalization has made interpretation, dubbing for TV and film; and translation of documents, software, product information; and websites commonplace items on any knowledge worker’s task list.1 But as a US $10 billion industry…
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At Arm's Length or Close to the Vest?
The Optimal Relationship between Clients and Vendors

The relationships between vendors and clients go through their ebbs and flows (more insourcing, followed by more outsourcing, followed by…). As predictable as the swings of a pendulum, all of us – clients and vendors – go through our normal gyrations back and forth…
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Controlled language: the next big thing in translation?
Many global organizations are beginning to see the productivity indicators for their translation and localization processes reach a plateau. That’s an inevitable fact even for those organizations that use what’s currently billed as the latest and greatest in translation technology, such as translation memory with automated workflow components or globalization management systems…
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Translation Management System: Is Bigger Really Better?
For people who are deciding on a Language Service Provider (LSP) or which software is needed to manage translation projects within their organization, there are mounds of data and hype to wade through before you are able to make your choice…
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GMS Spotlight. Staying ahead of the curve
Working in the translation and localization industry is like constantly working in a pressure cooker. Customers want to get more content translated into more languages with higher quality on faster schedules. And, while the volume of content is scaling up, the costs of translating that content cannot scale up at the same rates…
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Localisation in The Netherlands: Training and Career Opportunities
This article gives an overview of localisation in The Netherlands, both in education and industry. The discussion on education is further narrowed down to the area of training institutes that offer courses on the translation aspects of software localisation; the discussion on industry comprises the whole spectrum…
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Ranking of Top 20 Translation Companies for 2006
Since 2005 we have published an annual list of the largest language service providers (LSP). The guiding principle for which LSPs we consider for this year’s Top 20 is simple – companies or divisions of companies that make most of their revenue by providing language services, be it in written or verbal form, on paper, over the web, in person, on video, inside software applications, on any continent…
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Краудсорсинг, или Перевод «толпой»
В июне 2006 года редактор журнала Wired Джефф Хауи (Jeff Howe) опубликовал статью под названием «The Rise of Crowdsourcing». Так появился неологизм – краудсорсинг (англ. crowdsourcing: crowd — толпа, sourcing — подбор ресурсов), который постепенно становится общеупотребительным во всем мире...
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Why ISO Certification (still) matters
The age-old question of “translation quality” tends to run in cycles in the language services industry. Regardless if it is at a peak or a trough, it is always lurking below the waterline. The approaches used by service providers to “guarantee” quality are myriad, which is a direct result of the enigmatic nature of the issue…
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Why the Irish Eyes are Still Smiling...
The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated. This was the famous quote of the then aging and now deceased American writer Mark Twain. But Jeff Brink, Chief Operating Officer of Merrill Brink International, thought it would be an apt metaphor for the neglect that Ireland has been getting in the localization field. “All eyes seemed to have turned to India and China, but Ireland is as strong as ever,” notes Jeff…
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Stopping the Word Count Insanity
In the localization industry, there is a total lack of consistency among word or character counts, not only between rival products, but even among different versions of the same product. The same can be said for word processing software: word and character counts differ among vendors and versions. An additional problem is that none of this software provides any proper verifiable specification as to how the actual metrics are determined. You have to accept them as they are…
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Deconstructing an Industry Institution
It was a long day of travel. You finally made it to your hotel, checked in, and dropped your luggage on the bed. It’s time to decide whether to order room service and stay in for the night or to venture out of the room, perhaps to the lobby or lounge, to look for someone you know that might join you for dinner…
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My Xmas Wish List
Dear Santa,
So far this year I have been a very, very good single language vendor as I have managed to survive to the dramatic pricing pressures and budget cuts affecting us, small- and medium-sized localization vendors, without losing any branches of our tree, although making absolutely no profit. For this reason, I have a special request for you this year. But let me tell you a story first…

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When Suppliers Merge: A Survival Guide for Clients
Merger season is upon us once again in the localization industry. Since last year, there have been several mergers, including SDL and Trados, which has renewed the M&A buzz. The good news is that mergers and acquisitions are a sign of a healthy, growing industry. Such activity demonstrates that companies need greater resources and capacity to meet the needs of the market…
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An Emerging Giant in the Global L10n Arena
With its notoriously laid-back population and its stunning landscape, Rio de Janeiro might not seem like a major center for localization. But what many CSN readers don’t know is that Rio de Janeiro has long positioned itself as a hub of talented and specialized localization engineers, developers, and project managers—all with extensive experience in complex multilingual projects…
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A Localization Revolution
During this month when Americans celebrate their Independence Day, I think about our industry and the changes that continue to reshape it, and I see some commonalities resulting from the revolutions of then and now. Similar to what happened in 1776, our own Internet revolution has had a liberating effect on economic entities of all scales and types, regardless of their location. And, similarly, the consequences of this liberation will take some time to reveal themselves and to be fully comprehended, developed, and exploited…
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Translation standards - who needs them?
There once was a time when translation was largely undertaken by individuals, for individuals. Then globalisation arrived, with businesses seeking to market worldwide, and national populations becoming increasingly heterogeneous: external and internal globalisation, as it were. With this, the demand for translation has increased way beyond what any individuals can provide; to avoid embarrassment and worse, translation clients have to be certain their message is being conveyed in other languages…
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Bringing It All Back Home
After years of outsourcing, offshoring, even “nearshoring,” leading companies are reversing course, bringing their R&D processes, including localization project management and engineering, back in house. They’re doing it for the following reasons…
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Will technology ever replace human translation services?
The Internet has connected translation technologies with consumers at a pace that feels threatening to many of the million plus linguists around the world. Will they lose their role in globalization?…
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Just Translate Please: a Message to the Industry
Ah, life in the localization industry ain’t easy. For twenty years now we have been preaching and proclaiming how important and precious our profession is. And still our customers won’t listen. They keep driving the prices down and now they also want everything to be done quicker and quicker. Where does this end?…
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Ranking of Top 20 Translation Companies for 2005
So which are the biggest language service companies? This time around we decided to list the top 20 translation and localization firms doing business in North America and Europe. Next, we introduce the top interpretation firms in the United States as we begin our coverage of the speech-to-speech market. Finally, we discuss the emergence of the LSP business in other regions. This report draws on information from our more detailed research on the language industry…
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Translation of Internal Reports & Communications
In today's global economy, it is not only trade that is international. It's the companies and their employees too. Therefore it's increasingly common to have companies with a variety of languages spoken in the divisions. So perhaps we should expect that translation of internal reports and communications is a regular occurrence?…
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Translation Accreditation Boards/Institutions in Malaysia
Presently there are no Translation Accreditation Boards in Malaysia. The researcher was informed of this by Puan Siti Rafiah bt. Sulaiman, the Head of the Translation Section of the Malaysian National Institute of Translation (ITNMB). According to her, ITNMB is still in the process of drawing up translation programmes with the help of translator certification office-holders in America, New Zealand and Australia, i.e., the American Translators Association, New Zealand Translators Association and the Australian Translators Association…
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Government Business Intelligence and Translation
In a recent TIME Magazine article about Iraq there was a disturbing quote. It regarded the amount of captured documents that military intelligence could not analyze since they couldn’t be translated. “You should see the warehouse in Qatar where we have this stuff,” said a high-ranking former military official. “We’ll never be able to get through it all.” This highlights the importance of translation to business intelligence and the public sector…
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We Now Have Concrete Proof: Software Quality Issues Drive International Sales
Software developers will often spend large sums on Quality Assurance (QA) and marketing for the U.S. and Canada in order to deliver a quality product with high sales potential. Product releases may be accompanied by a media blitz and promotional deals, often followed by a number of very quick minor product updates to resolve the inevitable issues that arise after a product hits the market. Most developers do a good job of making updates and patches available and of responding to customer feedback, even if they cannot resolve problems…
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Ranking of Top 20 Translation Companies for 2004
Financial analysis is the mother of invention. We do not mean cooking the books, but instead figuring out how to assess entities for which there is little direct comparison. Faced with a small pool of language services providers that release financial data, we had a tough time late last year when we analyzed the business fundamentals of two publicly-traded LSPs. That made benchmarking these companies against comparable firms a real chore. On top of that Bloomberg had pronounced these LSPs to be a computing services and a network products firm, respectively. That wasn’t a good start for our relative valuation of LSPs…
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The Other Shoe Just Dropped: Lionbridge Acquires Bowne Global
The rumors were true: Lionbridge announced that it is acquiring Bowne Global Solutions (BGS) "for at least $180 million (excluding cash received), in a combination of cash and common stock. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2005 and is expected to be accretive to Lionbridge earnings within the first full quarter of combined operations, excluding restructuring and related expenses…
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SDL/TRADOS Reactions Mostly Positive
Last week, I asked for your reaction to the SDL/TRADOS acquisition and boy did I get an earful, most of it positive and most if it from translation agencies.
I'm still talking to buyers of translation services to get their reaction to the deal; so far the responses have ranged from neutral to positive. Most clients aren't terribly concerned about who makes their software, just so long as standards are supported, price is held in line (or reduced), and usability continues to improve…
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Lionbridge & Bowne: Waiting For the Other Shoe To Drop
So now that SDL has announced its plans to buy TRADOS, the buzz around the industry is when Lionbridge is going to finally pull the trigger on purchasing its larger competitor Bowne Global Solutions (BGS). Based on what I'm hearing, the question isn't "if" but "when"…
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SDL to acquire TRADOS
SDL International, the world's third-largest translation/localization agency announced today its plans to acquire TRADOS, the maker of the world's most popular machine translation software. In the translation industry, this is very big news…
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The EU Adds Gaelic; Translation Costs Grow
According to AP article, the European Union has promoted Gaelic, Ireland's native tongue, to "official" status.
This is good news for Gaelic translators, as the EU will have to churn out official documents in this language, in addition to the 20 other official EU languages. The EU translation bureau is easily the world's largest translation agency…
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China: A $1.3bn Translation Market?
China's translation market is anywhere between US$1.3bn and US$2.5bn; this is according to the Translators Association of China. According to the assocation, there are 3,000 registered translation companies in China, although the article mentions that there could be more than 10,000 agencies (primarily mom and pop types) in all…
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"Transcreation" Gaining Momentum
The term "transcreation" doesn't exactly roll off the tongue, but it is getting used increasingly by a new wave of firms seeking to distance themselves from translation firms…
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English is THE Second Language
Newsweek International has published an article on the rise of English around the world. English instruction is a billion-dollar business and growing. But what's most fascinating is that non-native English speakers now outnumber native English speakers…
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Translation Problems in Modern Russian Society
The development of trade and industry has always given rise to changes in the evolution of communities, bringing about new social forms and stratification of society. This in its turn accelerated the appearance of businesses and factories, arrival of new professions, and urbanization. Since the times of Perestroika (which was started in 1989 by Mikhail Gorbatchev) Russian society has been experiencing dramatic changes that affected the country's politics, economy and social life. In the past 15 years people's attitudes to certain things have changed gradually but profoundly…
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The EN-15038 European Quality Standard for Translation Services: What’s Behind It?
All of us who are involved in the translation and localization world know perfectly well that we are in a deregulated industry, in which we institute our own standards, if they are not already imposed for us by our direct or end customers. We also know that every business has its own procedures, sometimes similar, and on other occasions absolutely the opposite. But all these procedures seek the same purpose: to achieve the translation or localization of a product with the highest possible quality…
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Branding Is a Lot Like... Translation
Are we communicating clearly the value of what we (can) deliver? Or do we concentrate too much on what we do and how we do it, thus downplaying the why, the ultimate benefit – which is the value of enabling organizations to reach and service new regions of the world? This is an issue for all of us (clients, service and tools providers, consultants, academics, etc.) because all of us have internal and external customers and stakeholders who depend on our expertise to enable them to do business and/or to communicate cross-border. The discipline of Branding can help. LISA Member Q. Malandrino, Chairman and CEO of BrandLink Corporation, suggests that Branding is a lot like… translation. In the following article, he presents Branding as a discipline and explains why it is important to the Language Services Industry…
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Enterprise-wide Content Convergence
Many companies position themselves as Enterprise Content Management vendors today. But in the eyes of the analysts, the Enterprise Content Management market consists of vendors that at least have capabilities for Web Content Management, Document Management and Digital Asset Management. Documentum is considered the leader in this space…
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Translation Technology Failures and Future
Because of improvements in technology designers, graphic artists, accountants and many other professionals can accomplish in an hour what used to take them a day. In other words, technology has improved their performance by as much as 800% and it has improved the quality of their work at the same time. So why don't we see 800% performance gains in the translation industry?…
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Europe's Language Industry in 2003
Europe must have one of the world's most heterogeneous language markets. It includes segments in which people speak one variety of today's dominant English tongue, a scatter of alert, culture-conscious speakers of languages with a few million speakers such as Danish, Dutch and Catalonian, a country such as France with a strong tendency to legislate language usage, and a mix of both Latin and non-Latin scripts…
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Winning the War of Words (Part 2)
Many translation and localization companies have marched to Washington, D.C. to try and win business, but with the exception of Language Weaver (In-Q-Tel, Inc., a private investment company funded by the CIA, has an investment in Language Weaver), Berlitz and Systran, they have been largely unsuccessful…
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Is Gutenberg Guilty? A South American Adventure Through the Word Counting Standardization Jungle
I work in Brazil at a translation agency, so we are very accustomed to handling multiple language pairs, albeit mainly European ones, e.g., English-Portuguese, Portuguese-Spanish, English-German, etc. But the world has changed. Just a short time ago, the Brazilian president went on a six-day trip to China to sign trade agreements between the two countries – the developing world's two biggest economies…
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Machine Translation: Ingredients for Productive and Stable MT deployments - Part 3
This is the final part of the first in a new series of articles on how to achieve successful deployments of machine translation in various use cases…
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EN15038 - Awareness and Implementation
The EUATC conducted a survey ahead of its annual conference in Paris to gauge awareness and the rate of implementation of EN15038, the translation standard. It also tested awareness of the standard among purchasers…
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Financial crisis brings new reality to the translation industry
The economic downturn is bringing a new reality to the profession according to industry insiders. In a series of off-the-record briefings given to Communicate by leading figures in the Association of Translation Companies, a number of key changes appear to be taking place as a result of the economic downturn
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Prioritising: key in face of economic downturn
Negative world economic prospects are a great opportunity for focusing on business aspects that are usually given second priority. So says Penny Marinou, President of the European Union Association of Translation Companies, who outlines below how prioritisation can increase comparative advantage during these tough times…
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