Translators are an indispensable resource in today’s world.
We’re counting down the days to the TAUS European Summit, one of the most exciting events of the year for the world language services and localisation industries.
TAUS, the Translation Automation User Society, is a think-tank for the translation industry, whose mission is to “help the world communicate better”. Its European summit, from May 31st to June 1st, is a place to share the latest ideas, and a showcase for innovation in translation technology.
This year’s program will look at improvements in machine translation, crowd-sourced localisation and more. Lingo24’s MD Christian Arno will be there, contributing to discussions and keeping up with trends in the industry.
He’ll be joined by many experts and leaders in the fields of world language services and technology, representing companies such as Google, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle. There’ll also be speakers from the European Commission, the European Parliament and many NGOs. They’ll be gathering at the Crowne Plaza Hotel République, a few minutes from Le Marais, and close to Montmartre and Jardins de Luxembourg.
Over the years, TAUS has been remarkably successful at predicting trends in the world language services industry. It’s led the way in promoting technology such as translation memories and other automatic tools.
In 2005, it introduced the idea of “collaborative translation”. Now technology such as Lingo24’s Heart allows multiple translators to work on a project simultaneously. And Twitter has successfully used crowdsourcing to launch in other languages.
One of the most exciting sessions will be the Ideas Marketplace, where participants will explore solutions to problems such as improving the quality of machine translation. Presenters will have a chance to “sell” their vision of 21st century world language services, while audiences vote on the best idea.
In the Solutions Marketplace, Lori Thicke of Translators Without Borders, will look at how translation can often save lives. Communication and breaking language barriers is often the key to improving health services, protecting the environment and empowering poorer communities.
The two days will wind up with presentations of some of the best ideas, and the TAUS Innovation Awards.
If you’re going to the TAUS Summit, do get in touch at email@example.com. We hope to see some of you there!