Does SDL collect your translations?
Thread poster: Peter Ross

Peter Ross  Identity Verified
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Jul 23, 2012

Hi All

Does anyone know if categorically if SDL does or does not embed its software (e.g. Studio) with mechanisms to collect/upload data from the translations and glossaries we do?

I've never read the fine print for purchasing/registering Studio and wonder if anyone has. Among other things, given the increasing number of corporate "translation tools" which do this, I would like to know.

Thanks

Peter


 

Stanislav Pokorny  Identity Verified
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No Jul 23, 2012

Hi Peter,
unless you use any of the machine-translation providers, that you can select in Studio, you have nothing to worry about.


 

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You have nothinbg to worry about Jul 23, 2012

Stanislav Pokorny wrote:

Hi Peter,
unless you use any of the machine-translation providers, that you can select in Studio, you have nothing to worry about.



Hi Stan, Peter,

There is no mechanism in Studio at the moment to collect information relating to your translations or glossaries at all. It doesn't matter whether you use MT or not.

MT will of course take the source material, but this is obvious because it can't be translated without knowing what it's translatingicon_wink.gif But the target is not sent anywhere other than to your local TM or a server based TM if you are using one.

Regards

Paul


 

Stanislav Pokorny  Identity Verified
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Thank you Jul 23, 2012

SDL Support wrote:
But the target is not sent anywhere other than to your local TM or a server based TM if you are using one.


Thank you for the clarification, Paul.


 

Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
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Needs clarification Jul 23, 2012

SDL Support wrote:
MT will of course take the source material, but this is obvious because it can't be translated without knowing what it's translatingicon_wink.gif But the target is not sent anywhere other than to your local TM or a server based TM if you are using one.

A key detail to be clarified here is: does MT KEEP the source material? Of course it needs to know what's to be translated, but from your message it is not quite clear whether it stores that source text conveyed to it, or whether it completely forgets about it once a translation suggestion is made.


 

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Depends on the TM Provider Jul 23, 2012

Tomás Cano Binder, CT wrote:

SDL Support wrote:
MT will of course take the source material, but this is obvious because it can't be translated without knowing what it's translatingicon_wink.gif But the target is not sent anywhere other than to your local TM or a server based TM if you are using one.

A key detail to be clarified here is: does MT KEEP the source material? Of course it needs to know what's to be translated, but from your message it is not quite clear whether it stores that source text conveyed to it, or whether it completely forgets about it once a translation suggestion is made.


Hi Tomás,

This depends entirely on who the provider is. We all know that Google does and for any others you would need to consult their conditions before using them. We advise all users for every TM provider that they should check before use and of the fact we retain information showing that an MT provider was used, and who they were in the SDLXLIFF. But we don't check what happens to the source material with every plugin we have.


Our own BeGlobal doesn't retain the information.

Regards

Paul

[Edited at 2012-07-23 16:36 GMT]


 

Heike Behl, Ph.D.  Identity Verified
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Comforting thought Jul 23, 2012

SDL Support wrote:

There is no mechanism in Studio at the moment to collect information relating to your translations or glossaries at all.

Paul

(emphasis mine)

Does that mean there may be some kind of mechanism to do just that in the future???


 

SDL Community  Identity Verified
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I'm certain there will be... Jul 23, 2012

... if you wish to participate, or work for a client who has their own engine. In the same way you may connect to a server based TM it won't be long before you will be connecting to trained and secure machine translation engines owned by the client you work for. Your translations will in these cases go to the MT engine to assist training instead of to the TM you send them to now.

There may even be public ones that do the same thing... seems a natural progression doesn't it? But in this case the choice of whether you use them will be yours. Perhaps they'll be free in return for training... who knows what the future will bring.

But it would be naive to think otherwise I think. What do you think?

Regards

Paul


 


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