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ProZ.com & TAUS present: The Great Translation Debate

Sep 29, 2011



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It makes sense for translators to share translation memories

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Current poll results for: Resolution: It makes sense for translators to share translation memories. Do you agree?

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Schedule:This session ended at 13:55
Description:

DEBATE MOTION:

It makes sense for translators to share translation memories


  • Moderated by TAUS

  • Timing of debate:
  • 13:00 - 13:30 GMT - Debate
  • 13:30 - 13:45 GMT - Q&A from attendees
  • 13:45 - 13:55 GMT - Attendees vote on the motion & results announced!
  • Language(s):English
    Speakers:Istvan Lengyel
    István is the CEO of Kilgray, and thinks that there is nothing more important than channeling the customers’ business challenges to development and coming up with innovative yet easy-to-use solutions. He loves to work with customers who can articulate what they are looking for and believes that the best way of learning is through interaction.

    István has a degree in economics, a postgraduate degree in translation and interpreting, and a PhD in translation studies. István also translated several books on business and IT into Hungarian and also designed a translation workflow system prior to joining Kilgray. He is a great fan of problem-solving expert selling.
    Marco Trombetti
    Started his career very young - at the age of 15 Marco delivered innovative technology and algorithms for PC CD players to the Fidonet BBS community (back when the Web was just a nagging thought in the back of Tim Berners-Lee's mind). During his studies in Physics Marco continued developing technical solutions for the digital mapping market, information retrieval and image manipulation.

    In 1999 Marco created Translated, one of the first internet based-translation services and, today, one of the most innovative. Translated provides localization services to many leading global companies and fast-growing businesses.

    In addition to that Marco is also a creator of WebChatWorld , which was later acquired by Double click (now part of Google)

    Recently Marco is pursuing research in machine learning models for integrating machine translation in a human translation workflow.
    Jaap van Der Meer
    Jaap van der Meer is a language industry pioneer and visionary, who started his first translation company in The Netherlands in 1980. In 1987 his company INK published the first desktop term extraction and translation memory software. He inspired and funded the founding meetings of the LISA organization for the localization industry and he co-founded the SAE TopTec Multilingual Communications Conference for the automotive industry. He was president and CEO of ALPNET one of the first and most successful NASDAQ listed translation companies. Jaap is a regular speaker at conferences and author of many articles about technologies and translation and globalization trends. He is also director of TAUS Data Association.
    Andrew Joscelyne — Moderator
    Andrew Joscelyne is a advisor on strategy and writer at TAUS. He has shaped the organizations growth since inception. Andrew has frequented the European language industry for over 15 years, working as a journalist, consultant, analyst and writer. He has helped coordinate awareness raising projects on language technology for the European Commission, edited trade journals on translation and technology and carried out market research into automation solutions for numerous organizations

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    Stephanie Mitchel  Identity Verified
    United States
    Local time: 10:36
    Partial member (2005)
    French to English
    It's complicated. Sep 29, 2011

    The issue of TM sharing is not black-and-white, and I've come to the conclusion that it's most appropriate for collaborative projects on which several translators are working at the same time - in that case, sharing can save everyone a lot of time and headaches. When it comes to working in sequence, though, where an agency stores a TM and has multiple contractors using it over time, quality can be compromised, as I have experienced from both sides, because the in-house person may or may not be qualified to maintain the TM (specialized in that field, given adequate time to do active maintenance, or even expert enough in the software). Then the issue of where errors originate can become clouded. As a final point, it's annoying as a freelancer to be told I have to stick with a TM and then discover that there are things I don't like stylistically, or disagree with outright and have to correct, because ultimately I am signing off on that work by submitting it. So things like that need to be worked out with the PM ahead of time or during the project, and translators need to be compensated for their time.

    [Edited at 2011-09-29 13:56 GMT]


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    Wulf-Dieter Krüger  Identity Verified
    Local time: 21:36
    Member (2007)
    English to German
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    It's not complicated, it's tricky Sep 29, 2011

    I totally agree with Stephanie and would like to emphasize the issue of the false 100% match firend, that at times in the extreme case could be drivel, however, you're not supposed to go against it plus the TM manager not wanting to listen.
    I have been in situations where it worked using Skype/without Skype, however the better result was achieved using Skype


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