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ProZ.com Convention 2004: OFFICIAL PROGRAM (and suggestions...)
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gianfranco  Identity Verified
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Aug 1, 2004

This thread will contain the Official program, as soon as it takes shape...

In the meantime, see the draft program, without the exact time and place (room) where each event will take place, and without the proposals coming from the participants.



Post here your proposals

Any participant can post in this thread suggestions and proposals.

If you intend to hold a meeting or a presentation, or gather a focus group, post your suggestion here (please, complete it with a content outline) and collect directly the names of all the interested members.

If a sufficient number of participants shows interest, contact us with the list of names and we will try to insert your topic in the program, allocating a room and a time slot.



Gianfranco
ProZ.com Team
Email:

The event page: http://www.proz.com/powwow/567


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gianfranco  Identity Verified
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Convention Program (draft) Aug 1, 2004

The program is still under refinement in terms of its exact content, rooms allocation and time slots, but we have already ensured the following:

Tax issues for UK based freelancers
A representative of a tax consultancy firm will talk about tax legislation and issues relevant to freelancer translators based in the UK.
A brief session with questions and answers will follow.
CAT tools training
Products presentations, training and special offers by leading products' representatives.
A session with questions and answers may follow some presentations.
Word macros for translators
Basic concepts for handling and writing Word macros, a primer for absolute beginners and something for the already initiated...
If you come with a laptop and MS Word installed, you will be able to follow and replicate the practical and simple examples illustrated during the presentation.
The agency side
A representative from a translation agency will offer to freelance translators a view on the other side of the business.
Focus groups
All participants can submit a topic for an interest group.
For example: financial translators, or literary, medical, legal translators, or localization, etc...
The topics gathering at least 20-25 interested names will be given a time slot and a space to meet (within availability).
Please post your subject in this thread and collect the names of all interested member.


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Williamson  Identity Verified
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Proposal: Payment issues Aug 1, 2004

What about a speaker, who can elaborate on payment, credit-collection and the relevant legislation with regard to these issues?

Interested participants can write to: albe@linuxmail.org


[Edited at 2004-08-02 06:36]


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gianfranco  Identity Verified
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All interested to the proposals... read here Aug 1, 2004

To all participants:
Please, do NOT post your interest in this thread.

We are collecting suggestions, not names here!! or the thread would become impossible to follow... Thank you.
Gianfranco





Dear William,

thank you for your first proposal, which is likely to be of interest for many participants.
Would you like to collect the names of all interested members? If you are, please edit your posting, inviting contacts.

The subject could be discussed with the format of a focus group (as we do not have a speaker for it, at least not yet), or we may try to find a speaker willing to cover this topic...

Gianfranco


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lim0nka  Identity Verified
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Proposal: Subtitling and subtitling software Aug 1, 2004

Probably not all of you will be interested in it, so I would like to suggest it as a topic for a focus group. I thought it would be a nice idea to have a chance to meet in a smaller group and talk about subtitling software and the business itself. Depending on the number of people interested and the problems we would like to discuss, the meeting could take 30-60 minutes.

Please let me know your ideas for such a meeting, topics you’d like to discuss etc.

All interested participants, please contact me through my profile. If we reach a sufficient number, the list will be communicated to the event organizers to obtain a time slot and a room.

Thank you.
Anetta

Please do not post your suggestions regarding the subtitling focus group here, as they will be mixed with other postings and soon we won’t be able to find them. If you e-mail your suggestions to me, I will just add them to this posting.


[Edited at 2004-08-01 21:13]


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Alison Schwitzgebel
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Proposal: Understanding basic financial statements Aug 1, 2004

If you're faced with a set of financial statements to translate but don't know the difference between a balance sheet and an income statement then this one's for you.

If I get a babysitter for Lucy (she'll be 8 months old by then) I'd be happy to give a presentation on basic financial statements:
- what the various statements are
- what the items in the balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement mean
- a brief low-down on the different financial reporting standards (IAS/IFRS, US GAAP)
- how analysts go about analysing a set of statements - a look at some of the ratios used

I think that ought to keep a group quite nicely occupied for an hour of so. If you're interested, please contact me via my profile page.

Please do note that this is completely conditional on me having a babysitter for Lucy for an hour or two. I don't fancy getting into the nitty gritty of financial statements with a baby crawling round my ankles (I get enough of that at home !!!)


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Lexi-tech  Identity Verified
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Proposal: freelancers and translation companies Aug 6, 2004

I am planning to attend on behalf of Lexi-tech International.
And I would really like to have a meeting with interested translators on how to better communicate with freelancers, to discuss issues of concern to both parties.
Lexi-tech International, Canada's largest private translation provider (we are now 160 employees!) is taking several initiatives in the next few years to treat freelancers more like members of a team, then just occasional collaborators. Your feedback on this would be extremely useful and much appreciated.
Proz.com has proved an invaluable tool to reach translators all over the world, timely and efficiently.
See you in Oxford.

paola l m
www.lexitech.ca


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Steffen Walter  Identity Verified
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Proposal: Refined web search strategies using Google (or other engines) Aug 8, 2004

Hi all,

Provided there's enough interest, I'd be willing to give a short presentation (and to enter into a discussion) on the above subject, based on practical examples. Bearing in mind that many a KudoZ question is posted without even a basic prior search for relevant sources, this seems to be a feature that is still under-used by many.

Interested members, please contact me directly via email - st_walter at web dot de - or through my profile.

See you in Oxford,

Steffen

P.S. As of 8 November 2004, I've received messages from five people willing to attend. Anyone else interested?

[Edited at 2004-11-08 07:58]


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Salvora  Identity Verified
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Proposal: getting started as a freelance translator Aug 17, 2004

I know, I know, this is the ETERNAL topic. However, we, the ones starting up, need your help!

Contact me through my profile if you are interested.

Sálvora


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Jerzy Czopik  Identity Verified
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Proposal: Word as tool not for IT-specialists from no IT-specialist Sep 5, 2004

Some tipps and tricks about using Word in general, especially in conjunction with Trados. From various forum questions I assume, that there are a lot of people not knowing some basic functionalities of Word.
Using my own experience I could prepare a short presentation of some esential steps when translating with Word and Trados, especially if special characters are involved (as with Polish for example).

Regards
Jerzy


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Mats Wiman  Identity Verified
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How to market ProZ.com in your local market Sep 11, 2004

An astonishing number of people have never heard of the biggest language community on the Internet. What can we do to make ProZ.com known?

I am ready to head such a focus group.
Suggestion to me at MatsWiman@tele2.se

Best regards

Mats J C Wiman
Übersetzer/Translator/Traducteur/Traductor > swe
http://www.MatsWiman.com
http://www.Deutsch-Schwedisch.com
http://www.proz.com/pro/1749
(Proz.com moderator, deu>swe, Swedish)
Träsk 201
SE-872 97 Skog
Schweden/Sweden/Suède/Suecia
Tel:+46-612-54112 Fax:+46-612-54181 Mobile:+46-70-5769797


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Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
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Proposal: How can we avoid non-payment Sep 29, 2004

Based on our experience in coordinating ProZ.com Jobs, Giuliana Buscaglione and myself propose to highlight some basic precautions when doing business with unknown clients over the internet:

- How and where to check client details
- Sources of online information
- What to look (out) for
- Reference lists (BlueBoard and others)
- Should I really say 'no'?

Obviously, we don't have a magic wand, but there are certain issues one should keep in mind. Although most should be common sense, it's sad to see that some fraudsters can still get away with it.

Best regards,
Ralf


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Csaba Ban  Identity Verified
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Any decision/update on which programs will fall on Saturday/Sunday? Oct 14, 2004

Dear organisers,

I am not sure if I can attend both days - and there may be some other people like me.
Is there any information on the program schedule for Saturday/Sunday?
Thank you,
Csaba


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Maurizio Valente  Identity Verified
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Proposal Oct 17, 2004

I would be interested in a (moderated) discussion on a controversial theme:
Translators Blueboard


Gianfranco Manca wrote:

The program is still under refinement ...other side of the business.
Focus groups
All participants can submit a topic for an interest group.
For example: financial translators, or literary, medical, legal translators, or localization, etc...
The topics gathering at least 20-25 interested names will be given a time slot and a space to meet (within availability).
Please post your subject in this thread and collect the names of all interested member.


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Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
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BlueBoard Oct 17, 2004

Hi Maurizio,
Maurizio Valente wrote:

I would be interested in a (moderated) discussion on a controversial theme:
Translators Blueboard

Do you think we could integrate this in the topic I proposed?

Best regards,
Ralf


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