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ProZ.com Newsletter: July 2008

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(1) Conference in Córdoba, Argentina on 16 August
(2) Conference in Montevideo August 23-24: 120+ ProZians coming!
(3) Conference in Santiago, 30 August - over 120 ProZians coming
(4) Clients and agencies to share TMs. Does it matter to you?
(5) Winners posted for contest #7 (Congrats, Scott Alexander!)
(6) What concrete parameters define a "professional translator"?
(7) Connect(tm) job posting and directory gaining in usage
(8) Get short jobs done faster with a new Connect workflow tool
(9) New directory of translation companies being created.
(10) Poll: Do you type your translation on top of the source?
(11) Upcoming powwows

(1) Conference in Córdoba, Argentina on 16 August

A one-day ProZ.com event will be held on 16 August in Córdoba, Argentina.

Speakers include Claudia Aguirre, Manuel Ramiro Valderrama and Xosé Castro Roig. At least 175 ProZ.com translators will be in attendance. A student discount is available.

For details, and to register, see: http://www.proz.com/conference/37

(2) Conference in Montevideo, 23-24 August - Over 120 ProZ.com translators will be there!

A ProZ.com conference will be held 23-24 August in Montevideo, Uruguay. The theme is "Construyendo puentes hacia el mundo", or "Building bridges to the world".

Organizer Fabio Descalzi's 2-day program is packed with great content from 16 speakers. Over 120 ProZ.com translators, from 10 countries, have already registered. A student discount is available.

For details, and to register, see: http://www.proz.com/conference/23

(3) Conference in Santiago, 30 August - over 120 ProZ.com translators will be there

A one-day ProZ.com conference will be held on 30 August in Santiago, Chile.

The venue is the Auditorio de la Facultad de Letras de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. For a list of speakers, sponsors, participants and vendors, see http://www.proz.com/conference/46

Over 120 translators have registered so far. A student discount is available.

(4) Large clients and translation companies are now talking about pooling linguistic data. Does it matter to you?

A forum topic was recently posted (by me) with the title "Clients and large translation companies are now talking about pooling linguistic data. Should we be there?"

This question was prompted by the recent formation of a group called the "TAUS Data Association". Quoting from their press release: "TAUS Data Association Incorporated by Group of 40 Founding Members... (Amsterdam, June 30, 2008) Forty organizations active in buying and supplying translation services and technologies have jointly established a new industry association aimed at sharing parallel language data with the objective to stimulate innovation and automation of translation activities. The TAUS Data Association... "

The founding members of this association include not only translation companies, but also notable global companies such as Adobe, Cisco, Dell, eBay, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle, Sun Microsystems and Yahoo.

The responses to the questions asked with regard to the impact of this on member businesses, and the idea of ProZ.com joining, has been interesting. See: http://www.proz.com/topic/110929

Of the thread, member ICL wrote: "So many crucial aspects of the current trends in our industry have been mentioned, and in such an insightful way, I personally consider it a very useful reference of a lot of what lies ahead in the world of translation, especially technical translation. Definitely food for thought."

As a company, we on the staff at ProZ.com are evaluating how best to serve you, our members / customers, as the pace of innovation in the industry accelerates. Please consider reading and adding any of your thoughts, advice or requests to that thread.

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(5) Winners posted for contest #7 (Congratulations, Scott Alexander!)

Winners of the 7th quarterly ProZ.com translation contest -- organized under the theme of sports -- have been announced.

Congratulations are due in particular to Scott Alexander -- http://www.proz.com/profile/762068 -- who won this time in not one but two major language pairs. Along with his victory in contest #6, Scott has now placed first in three different pairs: Spanish-to-English, German-to-English and Russian-to-English. Very impressive, Scott!

To see the full list of winners, go to: http://www.proz.com/contests

The next round of the contest will be regarded as the first "annual" version of the contest. More promotion will be done, and significant prizes will be awarded. To be notified once the source texts are available, be sure to subscribe to notifications via the contest page: http://www.proz.com/contests

TM-Europe 2008: Translation Management – Customers, Vendors and Processes Management. The two-day conference will be held on October 9-10 2008. Company owners and senior managers, project managers, end-customers, developers, freelance professionals, vendors and academics are encourages to attend.
For more information see: http://www.tm-europe.org/

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(6) What set of concrete parameters could be used to distinguish a "professional translator" from someone who is not?

Just this week, two forum posters have asked, in effect, "Am I a professional translator?"

If you had to define a set of hard and fast criteria -- a litmus test to distinguish "professional translators" from others -- what parameters would you include? Would you include:

* Having done paid work for clients?
* Having earned a tested credential?
* Completing a course of study?
* Being able to generate an invoice?
* A combination of the above?

Stepping back, is it even possible to delineate with hard parameters how those of us in the industry are different than those outside it? Does it matter to our standing as an industry?

Please add your opinion. Results will be shared next newsletter. http://www.proz.com/survey/164

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(7) Connect(tm) versions of directory and job postings becoming preferred

The Connect(tm) platform, featuring modern "web 2.0" versions of the ProZ.com directory and job posting system, is gaining in popularity. An increasing percentage of directory searches and job postings now go through Connect, as opposed to the traditional platform.

One outsourcer described Connect(tm) as "A beautiful, beautiful development/evolution from the initial directories, in sync with customer demand." Frankly, that may be an overstatement. :) But if you have not yet tried Connect yet, it is worth a look. Simply put, it is the best platform available for finding translators and translation companies, backed by the industry's leading database of translation professionals.

To visit the Connect(tm) directory, go to: http://www.proz.com/connect/find?classic_hybrid=y or click "New directory" under the "Directories" tab. Note that Connect is available to paying members of ProZ.com only.

(8) Get short jobs done faster using new Connect workflow tool

If you frequently outsource short texts of a type that can be completed by a single translator in a single file, you may want to check out the new "prequalified" mode in job postings. It can make your life easier.

Basically, in the "prequalified" job approach, the process of checking availability and routing work to your own translators is streamlined and "webified". You upload the file and translator emails, and invitations to complete the job are sent out in batches automatically. Translators can review the work and terms and decide whether or not to accept the job.

When the work does get done, you are notified so that you can pick up the completed file. That simple.

This "prequalified job" option is included among the suite of services available to ProZ.com corporate members. To use it, click "New job posting" under the jobs menu -- http://www.proz.com/translation-jobs -- then select "Prequalified" as the job type.

Please try this type of job posting on your next small job, and report back on how it goes with a support ticket: http://www.proz.com/support Improvements will be made over the coming weeks and months based on feedback received.

(9) New directory of translation companies being created. Fill out your profile.

A new ProZ.com directory is now being created to provide a better way to search for translation companies around the world.

A new profile format has been developed, with the goal of enabling you to put forward the information that best represents your company and its services to potential clients.

You are invited to test the new profile format.

If there is information that you would like to share about your company but for which there is no designated field in the new profile format, please request that the field be added with a support ticket: http://www.proz.com/support

Note that the directory is not yet visible. Filling out your profile now is a way to ensure that your company will be in the new directory at the time it is released.

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(10) Poll: Do you type your translation on top of the source?

One of this month's polls, submitted by member Muriel Vasconcellos -- http://www.proz.com/profile/62649 -- goes like this:

"You receive the source text in electronic format: do you type the translation on top of it?"

Respondents are split almost evenly between 'yes' and 'no', reflecting, in part, on CAT tool usage. Differences are also noted by language and field. To read the discussion, go to: http://www.proz.com/topic/110507

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(11) Upcoming powwows

31: Cluj-Napoca, Romania (5 members) http://proz.com/pw/2093

2: Louisville, US (1) http://proz.com/pw/2036
2: Boston, US (5) http://proz.com/pw/2092
2: Bucureşti, Romania (27) http://proz.com/pw/2086
3: Cluj-Napoca, Romania (14) http://proz.com/pw/2084
9: Brasilia, Brazil (14) http://proz.com/pw/2017
9: Iasi, Romania (10) http://proz.com/pw/2083
15: Córdoba, Argentina (13) http://proz.com/pw/2062
16: Córdoba, Argentina (7) http://proz.com/pw/2065
16: Campinas, S..., Brazil (18) http://proz.com/pw/2060
20: Abu Dhabi (10) http://proz.com/pw/1975
21: Høybråten..., Norway (22) http://proz.com/pw/1906
21: Cairo (35) http://proz.com/pw/2096
24: Montevideo (21) http://proz.com/pw/2080
29: Santiago (13) http://proz.com/pw/2068
30: Santiago (10)http://proz.com/pw/2071
30: London (12) http://proz.com/pw/2033
30: Lancaster, ..., US (4) http://proz.com/pw/1988

1: Lisbon (5) http://proz.com/pw/2054
2: Chicago, US (2) http://proz.com/pw/2051
5: Toronto (19) http://proz.com/pw/1930
6: Amsterdam (22) http://proz.com/pw/1970
6: Roskilde, Denmark (30) http://proz.com/pw/1867
6: Milan (20) http://proz.com/pw/2041
6: Nottingham, UK (4) http://proz.com/pw/2099
13: Florence (21) http://proz.com/pw/2045
13: Sofia (27) http://proz.com/pw/1951
16: Tel-Aviv (12) http://proz.com/pw/1937
23: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (8) http://proz.com/pw/1811

For more, or to propose your own, see: http://www.proz.com/powwows

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