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(1) Announcing ProZ.com CONNECT! for translation outsourcers
(2) Announcing ProZ.com's first translation contest
(3) Budapest conference early-bird registration underway
(4) Great response to year-end membership campaign
(5) Servers upgraded; site faster
(6) Prize winners announced - Andrea Torre wins trip to Budapest
(7) Site jobs plan posted (in 'Let's improve ProZ.com!' thread)
(8) Dusty (Tony M) and team receive EU award for language instr.
(9) Site localization moving forward
(10) Powwow news: First powwows held in Costa Rica and Uruguay!

(1) Announcing ProZ.com CONNECT! for people who use ProZ.com to find translators

ProZ.com is proud to announce a new platform for those who use ProZ.com to find translators and interpreters: ProZ.com CONNECT!

Developed over the past six months with twenty of the world's top translation outsourcers, ProZ.com CONNECT! features brand new versions of ProZ.com popular job posting and directory search features. These new features provide:

* More powerful filtering of candidates

* An enhanced ability to access candidates for hard-to-fill requisitions, including those with geographical requirements

* A unique, patent-pending interface for greater efficiency in posting jobs, tracking applicants and importing profile data into your company's own systems.

* ... and much more!

Access to ProZ.com CONNECT! is available, for a fee, to select outsourcers. You must have an excellent Blue Board record, and we ask that you use ProZ.com CONNECT! only for projects in which you will pay rates that are as high or higher than site averages.

If you fit this profile, ProZ.com CONNECT! is, without question, the most powerful tool for you to use in finding the world's top translators quickly and efficiently. This platform will save you time, and increase your company's overall productivity and profit.

To learn more, see:

(2) Announcing ProZ.com's first translation contest

A translation contest is currently underway in the ProZ.com forums. Care to try your hand translating this source text into your working languages? Here is a bit of the source text:

"When she moved into his tiny house in Stroud, and took charge of his four small children, Mother was thirty and still quite handsome. She had not, I suppose, met anyone like him before. This rather priggish young man, with his devout gentility..."

Although informal contests have been organized among members previously, this is ProZ.com's first "official" translation contest. Winners will be decided by voting among peers. The subject matter is literary this time, and translation into English is not possible... but future contests will be different, so everyone who wants to, will have a chance to participate. There are no prizes - this is just for fun!

For more details, see the announcement at http://www.proz.com/topic/64642

To see the full source text, and to submit your entry, go to the thread or threads below of the language(s) into which you wish to translate.

Albanian - http://www.proz.com/topic/64676
Arabic - http://www.proz.com/topic/64686
Bosnian - http://www.proz.com/topic/64690
Bulgarian - http://www.proz.com/topic/64662
Catalan - http://www.proz.com/topic/64692
Chinese - http://www.proz.com/topic/64666
Croatian - http://www.proz.com/topic/64688
Czech - http://www.proz.com/topic/64706
Danish - http://www.proz.com/topic/64680
Dutch - http://www.proz.com/topic/64670
Finnish - http://www.proz.com/topic/64700
French - http://www.proz.com/topic/64652
Georgian - http://www.proz.com/topic/64698
German - http://www.proz.com/topic/64696
Greek - http://www.proz.com/topic/64656
Hungarian - http://www.proz.com/topic/64674
Italian - http://www.proz.com/topic/64654
Japanese - http://www.proz.com/topic/64678
Latvian - http://www.proz.com/topic/64702
Lithuanian - http://www.proz.com/topic/64694
Norwegian - http://www.proz.com/topic/64682
Polish - http://www.proz.com/topic/64668
Portuguese - http://www.proz.com/topic/64658
Romanian - http://www.proz.com/topic/64672
Russian - http://www.proz.com/topic/64660
Serbian - http://www.proz.com/topic/64704
Spanish - http://www.proz.com/topic/64650
Swedish - http://www.proz.com/topic/64684
Turkish - http://www.proz.com/topic/64664
Ukrainian - http://www.proz.com/topic/64648

Note: The languages listed are the languages in which a dedicated ProZ.com forum already exists. If you would like to see additional forums added, please let us know via the online support system: http://www.proz.com/support If sufficient interest exists, we will create a new forum.

Good luck!

(3) Budapest conference early-bird registration underway

ProZ.com's 5th International Conference is scheduled for April 28 to May 1 in Budapest, Hungary (29-30 April being the core days, and the other days being left for optional pre- and post-conference trainings in TRADOS and Deja Vu). Like previous ProZ.com conferences, this event will provide translators and interpreters with an affordable and enjoyable opportunity to network and learn, in an casual environment and an exciting city.

This year's conference, being organized by long-standing member and moderator Csaba Ban, has three main themes:

* Translation technology and techniques
* Freelancer marketing
* Supply chain: end clients, outsourcers, freelancers

All translators and interpreters, as well as project managers and others in the industry, member or not, are invited to attend. An ATA exam will be administered in conjunction with the event and ATA continuing education points will be awarded.

For more information, including a list of sessions, speakers, and the fifty or so members who are already slated to attend, see the conference page: http://www.proz.com/conference/10

For information about Budapest, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Budapest

Here's to fun and mutual learning in Budapest!

(4) Great response to year-end campaign; new members join from 78 countries

The response to the 2006 year-end membership campaign, which featured the theme "Join, connect, succeed!", was very strong. As a community, we welcomed new members from a remarkable 78 countries.

A sampling of comments made by new members upon joining:

- "Happy to be part of the growing ProZ community!"
- "I was impressed by recent improvements..."
- "Oof! Finally joined the team, look forward to meeting you all!"
- "I'm glad to be part of this international [translation] community."
- "I wish everybody good luck and many fruitful contracts in 2007!"

Already, some who joined in the year-end campaign are reporting that membership is paying off. Philippe Etienne, who upon joining explained that he was "Testing how effective an actual membership may be", had some good news to report in the forums a few weeks later: he had met a new client. This prompted two others to comment on their own results with membership, writing "within the first month of being a full member I got my first (regular, as it turned out later) customer" (Joanna Borowska) and "Since I joined in June, I have had about two new contacts per month, of which about 75% have turned into at least one job. I like the increased traffic I've been seeing." (Darin Fitzpatrick).

Congratulations and welcome, new members!

Join ProZ.com - the world's leading translator community - today, and maximize your success in 2007. http://www.proz.com/join

(5) Servers upgraded; site faster for KudoZ searches, and overall

As some of you already know, part of the income from our year-end campaign was earmarked for improving the speed of the KudoZ archive search tool. (With the database growing and the search tool being used much more than it had a been a year ago, the speed at which results were returned had dropped.)

We are happy to report that the planned upgrade was in fact completed at the end of December, resulting not only in faster KudoZ search speeds, but in improved responsiveness of all areas of the site.

Thank you, members, for making this possible for all. Also, staff member Justin deserves credit for carrying out the upgrade.

Introducing Wordfast 5.5 - Easy, open, powerful. Translation Memory has never been this fast. Wordfast 5.5 offers a transparent, open format for all its data and maintains compatibility with most CAT tools. Learn more at http://www.wordfast.com

(6) Prize winners announced - Andrea Torre wins trip to Budapest

A number of prizes were awarded as part of the year-end membership campaign. The winners were:

* First prize: Andrea Torre from Cantabria, Spain won a free expenses-paid trip to the 5th ProZ.com International Conference in Budapest in April.

* Second prize: Myriam S from Cordoba, Argentina, won a new laptop valued at over 1000 USD.

* Third prize: Alexander Matsyuk from the Ukraine won a free CAT tool from SDL Trados.

As a condition for winning these prizes, members were asked to make sure their profiles were complete, using the new profile updater at http://www.proz.com/quick_profile If you would like to be eligible for future giveaways, and more importantly to help ensure you are getting the most out of ProZ.com, please make sure your profile is as complete as possible using the page now.

Extend your congratulations to the winners, if you like, here: http://www.proz.com/topic/62972

(7) From the 'Let's improve ProZ.com!' thread - site jobs plan published

Previously, we asked for feedback on site direction from members of the community in a thread entitled "Let's improve ProZ.com!" Many members posted to this thread, and as a result of the exercise, the decision was made by site staff members to modify and, experimentally, make public documents that outline future plans for various areas of the site.

The first of eight plans, focusing on "matching" systems (ie. job postings, directory search, etc.), was recently published. You are invited to read it at http://www.proz.com/doc/956 If you would like to respond to it with suggestions or feedback, please do so for now via the online support system at http://www.proz.com/support

In addition to the series of plans, specific feedback will be posted by a staff member for each suggestion made in the "Let's improve ProZ.com!" thread.

Thanks again to all those who have chosen to participate in the joint process of steering our workplace and community!

(8) Member Dusty (Tony M) part of team awarded a European 'Label'

Member Dusty (Tony M) recently passed along the following good news:

"France, dateline 28 January 2006

Translation colleague Tony 'Dusty' is part of an English-French collaboration initiative with a local catering college in the French Limousin region, which has just been awarded a European "Label" — in the top 3 of only 20 to be awarded in France this year.

English ex-pats are being recruited as volunteers to help teach English to catering students and staff as part of an 'open up to Europe' drive --- not at all bad for a sleepy little provincial French town! A lot of official interest is being shown in this project, and Tony has been deeply involved in the behind-the-scenes planning and design work.

The award ceremony took place in Rennes on 13th December, where Tony was part of the team giving a presentation of the project."

Congratulations, Tony! Others have commented here: http://www.proz.com/topic/61138

For more information on European Labels ("awarded to local, regional, or national projects that have found creative ways to improve the quality of language teaching, motivate students, make the best of available resources to diversify the language offer, etc."), go to: http://ec.europa.eu/education/language/label/

Save on SDL TRADOS MultiTerm Extract Freelance! A group buying round is underway. Save money and get a free membership period: http://www.proz.com/tgb

(9) Site localization moving forward

Localization teams are working vigorously to translate the site into more languages. Monthly releases are scheduled to begin again in mid-February and continue through June, with Italian, French and other languages slated for release.

If you are interested in learning more about the localization project, please read the article recently published on the topic at http://www.proz.com/doc/1128

Then, if you are interested in taking part, please submit a support ticket with the subject line "Localization volunteer - {your language}". Support tickets can be entered here: http://www.proz.com/support

(10) Powwow news - First-ever gatherings held in Costa Rica and Uruguay

December was a notable month in the history of powwows, with two Latin American countries joining the powwow tradition for the first time: Uruguay and Costa Rica.

The first-ever Uruguay powwow, organized by Fabio Descalzi, was a great success, with 41 ProZians participating. See http://www.proz.com/powwow/1008 and http://www.proz.com/?sp=event/powwow_reports_view&powwow_id=1008 for photos and a report.

Also, Costa Rica's first powwow was hosted by Carlos Umaña. See http://www.proz.com/powwow/1108

Congratulations, ProZ.com members in Uruguay and Costa Rica!

Additional upcoming powwows:


9: Río de Janeiro (21 members) http://proz.com/pw/1150
10: Ibiza, Spain (5) http://proz.com/pw/1004
10: Brussels (15) http://proz.com/pw/1122
10: Cluj Napoca, Romania (14) http://proz.com/pw/1148
16: Gaza, Palestine (2) http://proz.com/pw/1134
24: Nice, Monaco, France (1) http://proz.com/pw/1170
24: Innsbruck (1) http://proz.com/pw/1156
24: Toulon, France (4) http://proz.com/pw/1138
27: Philadelphia, US (5) http://proz.com/pw/1130
28: Edinburgh, UK (6) http://proz.com/pw/1128


3: La Plata, Argentina (29) http://proz.com/pw/1140
4: London (10) http://proz.com/pw/1040
10: Miami (1) http://proz.com/pw/1166
10: Nice, Cannes, France (1) http://proz.com/pw/1168
11: Poznań, Poland (6) http://proz.com/pw/1152
17: Frankfurt (32) http://proz.com/pw/1078
24: Nürnberg (1) http://proz.com/pw/1154
25: Palermo, Italy (8) http://proz.com/pw/1095
30: Cartagena, Colombia (12) http://proz.com/pw/1088

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