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Interview with ATA Board Candidate Ted Wozniak
Linda Marianiello: Since the purpose of this interview is to allow us to get to know you better, why don't we begin with a bit more information about you? You are a well-respected financial translator in the German-to-English language pair, and regularly present workshops at many national and regional translation conferences. You also teach German to English commercial translation in the New York University online program. Please give us a brief summary of your career path as a freelance translator…
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International Federation of Translators
The International Federation of Translators (FIT) is a worldwide organization, composed of the national translation organizations from over 60 countries. It represents over 100,000 translators worldwide. FIT has earned the status of an official UNESCO consultative agency (NGO Category A). The acronym FIT comes from the French-language version of the organization's name: Fédération internationale des traducteurs…
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WATA - World Arab Translators' Association
WATA is a professional non-profit organization registered in Belgium. Its main focus is language studies and translation from and into Arabic. WATA members are mostly experienced, well-qualified, highly educated and specialized linguists, translators and professors of Translation, covering all fields of knowledge…
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Tips for Starting a Translators’ Association
One hundred people may be a nightmare to organize, but think of all the energy and good will you can tap into, gushes Worker Bee. Think of how you can advance together, promoting greater awareness of translation and better working conditions for one and all! Think, too, mutters Fire Ant, about the near certainty of dysfunctional loners and government-issue gasbags in your midst, and act now to ensure that your fledgling group does not get side-tracked by them…
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The Association of Language Companies
The language services industry has experienced tremendous growth in recent years. There are many more language services companies operating today than ever in the US and elsewhere. The reason is simple: The demand for services is greater and more diverse than ever. Contributing to this growth in demand for language services are: the increasing diversity of the US population and the steep rise in the number of companies marketing their products and services globally, among others…
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The National Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ethiopia (NATIE)
The National Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ethiopia, NATIE, is based in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. The association was founded with the aim to promote the science and practice of the translatiion profession across the country…
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World Arab Translators' Association profile
WATA was founded in the year 2004 by Amir Al-Azim, an ambitious expert. He had dreamt to integrate all academics, translators, intellectuals, and students who deal with Arabic translation, from all over the globe, into one association. Since its creation, WATA has attracted members from all over the world, though over 2500 members have joined it. WATA has become the only global association that represents the Arab World in the UNISCO…
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Vereniging Zelfstandige Vertalers (VZV)
The VZV is an association of translators established in the Netherlands to protect and promote the interests of full-time professional freelance translators. This year the association celebrates its 15th anniversary …
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Association Professionnelle Des Métiers De La Traduction (APROTRAD)
APROTRAD was founded in December 1993 by a group of translators working in the Loire Valley of central France. Since its creation, APROTRAD has attracted members from all over France, though over half still reside in the Centre region, our administrative headquarters being located in Orléans. Members are self-employed and salaried, and work in all imaginable fields, covering most European languages …
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Association of Hungarian Translation Companies (MFE)
MFE was established on 13 September 1994 with the following objectives in mind: Trade and business federation of translation companies, raising the translation and interpreting activities to a higher level and increased public recognition …
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The Globalization and Localization Association (GALA)
In 2002, an ambitious group of 15 long-time industry professionals and business owners came together with a common vision: to create a fully representative, international industry organization. At the root of their motivation was the idea that true progress in the industry demands that companies work together and share information, not just for self-promotion but to better meet the needs of clients, improve processes and tools, and most importantly, create a common front in defining and growing the industry as a whole. They founded the Globalization and Localization Association (GALA), a non-profit organization for companies that provide translation, localization, internationalization and globalization products and services …
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OSCAR: Visioning the Future of Standards
Since its founding in 1996, OSCAR has been a leader in the development of open standards for the localization industry. OSCAR began with the realization that the young localization industry needed standards for data interchange—a way of moving data from one linguistic application to another that would prevent users from having their linguistic assets tied to one tool …
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The Localization Industry Standards Association (LISA)
Speaking on behalf of the industry, Localization Industry Standards Association (LISA) presents a clear, consistent, unbiased view of the challenges associated with globalization, the standards that apply to the resolution of those challenges, and the worldwide resources available to focus on these issues …
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The New Zealand Society of Translators and Interpreters (NZSTI)
NZSTI is a nationally representative body of translators and interpreters that provides a networking forum for its members, represents members' interests, and promotes continued professional development, quality standards and awareness of the profession within government agencies and the wider community …
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Inttranews Special Report: Betty Cohen, President of the International Federation of Translators
Although Betty Cohen is widely known as the non-stop, hard-working President of the International Federation of Translators (IFT), the role of the Federation is less familiar.
Inttranews decided to find out more about the objectives of the IFT and the obstacles the Federation has to face, as it prepares its 27th congress to be held in Tampere, Finland in August 2005. …
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Translation And Interpreting: Volunteer Work And Social Commitment
This article is a presentation of ECOS, Traductores e Intérpretes por la Solidaridad (ECOS, Translators and Interpreters for Solidarity), an association based in the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting at the University of Granada. It reviews the history of the association, its philosophy and current lines of work …
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And What About the ATA (American Translators Association)?
The following piece outlines a strategy of growth for the ATA (American Translators Association) and was written while I served as Chair of their Public Relations Committee. It is for the reader to decide to what extent these proposals have been implemented …
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Inttranews Special Report: Ukraine
When a country faces a revolution in which linguistic divisions are a crucial factor, interpreters and translators play a vital role. This was recently illustrated in Ukraine, when more than 12,000 foreign journalists and observers arrived for the December 26 elections, creating high demand for linguists …
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Inttranews Special Report: Translators Without Borders
As international aid gains strength and speed for the victims of the tsunami that hit southern Asia at the end of 2004, the strategic importance of translators has often been highlighted by the press, but there have been few coordinated responses by the profession …
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Portuguese association celebrates 10th anniversary under a new board
APET, the Portuguese Association of Translation Companies, celebrates its 10th Anniversary in 2009 under a new board presided over by Marta Aragão…
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