Translators Without Borders – Seeks Bangla Translators

As you may have seen, Translators without Borders is working with local responders in the Chittagong area of Bangladesh to respond to the Rohingya refugee crisis. Language barriers between newly arrived refugees and emergency responders are making relief efforts very difficult, and there is an urgent need to build capacity to communicate in local languages so that those affected get the assistance they need in a language they understand. Our team is in Cox’s Bazar, and we are working to grow the community (both in-country and remote teams) so that responding organizations have resources from which to draw when reaching out to the Rohingya people in the camps. TWB urgently seeks Bangla translators to join a remote team supporting aid organizations. We also need speakers of Burmese, Rohingya and Chittagong languages. Would it be possible to put the word out to the ITI network, please? People can email crisis@translatorswithoutborders.org to apply.

Summa Linguae implements Plunet

Summa Linguae implements Plunet in pursue of synergies with its group partners and thus strengthens global presence

In September 2016 Summa Linguae joined forces with India-based Mayflower Language Services from Bangalore, making it its first international alliance and at the same time marking a first industry M&A transaction in one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Soon after, in December 2016 the company acquired 60% of shares in Romanian translation agency Certitude, as of then now known as Summa Linguae Romania Read more

Member News – Translators Without Borders Update

Dear Friends and Partners of Translators without Borders,

Today I am pleased to announce the merger of Translators without Borders (TWB) and The Rosetta Foundation (TRF). The merger is an exciting opportunity to bring together the two leading non-profit organizations focused on better access to information in a language people understand. Andrew Bredenkamp, board chair of TWB, and Olga Blasco, TRF executive, made the announcement of the merger today at the Localization World conference in Barcelona.

In the past five years, and especially since the devastating outbreak of Ebola in 2014-15, there has been a greater awareness that language is a critical part of humanitarian response and development work. TWB and TRF have responded by building technologies and communities of translators to ensure non-profit organizations have access to local language resources. Now with this merger, the organizations will increase efficiencies and ensure that both continue to offer high-quality language services to the aid community and to affected populations.

There will be no immediate change in operations or services; the Kató platform will continue to be maintained by TWB and the Trommons platform will continue to be maintained by TRF. TWB will maintain the TRF office in Dublin, Ireland. By the end of this year, the management team will provide a more detailed plan of how the merger will impact the TWB 2020 program plan and overall organizational strategy.

More information about the merger can be found here.

The TWB board and management team are very excited and optimistic about this merger; I hope you feel the same. In just a short period of time, TWB and TRF have made a difference for people around the world, ensuring more information is provided in a way they can understand. Now we have the opportunity to accelerate that work, and I look forward to your support as we do so!

Best,
Aimee

Aimee Ansari
Executive Director of Translators without Borders

Plunet Summit 2017! Early Bird Ticket Sales Have Started

On June 1-2, 2017, Plunet will host the first international user conference “Plunet Translation Management Summit” in Berlin. Tickets are available now at a special early bird price of 416.50 € (incl. 19% VAT).

The Plunet Summit provides all users with a platform where they can share knowledge and learn from each other. Summit participants can look forward to a unique program: Exciting talks about efficient business and translation management with Plunet, expert workshops, user reports, discussion rounds, networking opportunities, Plunet certifications for project managers and, last but not least, the legendary Plunet party.

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Notice of AALC AGM

Notice of Annual General Meeting of the AALC Inc.

The Annual General Meeting of the Australasian Association of Language Companies Inc. will be held in Melbourne on Tuesday 25th October, 2016.  Venue details will be confirmed in due course.

Following the AGM, AALC members are invited to attend a networking dinner with the AALC Board Members.  An invitation will be forwarded to all members shortly.

To register to attend the AGM, please visit the following Eventbrite links:

AALC AGM – 3-5pm, Tues 25th October

Networking Drinks – 5-7pm, Tues 25th October

 

 

 

 

 

AUSIT National Mini-conference, National AGM and Jill Blewett Memorial Lecture

AUSIT National Mini-conference,
National AGM and Jill Blewett Memorial Lecture

PD Points Day 1: 40 (full day) PD Points Day 2: 10
The AUSIT National Mini-conference, to be held in conjunction with the AUSIT National AGM, aims to provide a forum for practitioners and scholars to explore important issues in translation and interpreting. The theme for 2016 is Translation and Interpreting: Practice, Research and Publics.
This year, AUSIT is focusing efforts on raising public awareness of the translating and interpreting profession. The theme of this mini-conference, Practice, Research and Publics, offers participants a forum to present on issues related to practice, research and translation and interpreting in the public space.
For more information please visit the Conference website or email us at natminiconf@ausit.org

Annual ALC (U.S. Association of Language Companies) Conference in San Diego, CA

AALC President Tea Dietterich attended the Annual ALC (U.S. Association of Language Companies) Conference in San Diego, CA last week. Tea was joined by AALC Secretary Karen Hodgson and AALC members Adrienne Meakin from Lote Marketing and Liz Seymour from NZTC. It was a great opportunity to catch up with AALC Associate members Plunet, Kilgray memoQ, XTM International and SDL and to learn from our international peers and colleagues about latest language technology developments, listen to presentations on Sales & Marketing strategies, Budget & Business Strategies, HR Issue and  and an array of other pertinent industry news. Thanks to our sister organisation ALC in the U.S. for the warm welcome and  hope to see you Down Under one day.
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AAL President Tea Dietterich mingles with Anu Carnegie-Brown, Managing Director at STP and Jesper Sandberg, Executive Chairman of STP

AALC Roundtable Online, Tuesday 7th June 2016
Project Management Tools – build or buy?

AALC Members will be able to download the recorded webinar and related documents after the event.
Date: Tue 7th June, 2016 Time: 4pm AEDT Cost: Free attendance for all

The AALC ROUNDTABLE ONLINE is a regular AALC signature webinar bringing thought leaders in the language service industry in Australia and New Zealand together to discuss pertinent industry developments and issues.  Discussions will be based on key areas within this topic, which will be familiar to all in the industry:

This roundtable will discuss how language companies are using software tools to assist with project management and the various approaches available for obtaining or developing project management systems.  Topics will include:

  • Project management systems – what’s included? Workflow, client and supplier information, quotes, invoicing?
  • What are the most common approaches to these systems for language companies?
  • Popular project management systems for the language industry
  • Examples of language companies developing their own software tools or systems internally – pros and cons.

Non-members are invited to register, with attendance being free to all for the Roundtable Online.  Members and associate members have free and guaranteed access to all our live webinars, webinar recordings and wide range of other membership benefits, including free AALC events and reduced rates on industry products through the AALC market place.

Please register online to confirm your attendance. Access details for the webinar will be emailed to you once you have registered.

Information about the webinar can also be found on the AALC website.

AALC Roundtable Online, Wednesday 6th April, 2016
Service Level Agreements & Conflict Resolution

AALC Members can now download the recorded webinar and related documents.
Log in on the side bar, or consider joining the AALC
Date: Wed 6th Apr, 2016 Time: 5pm AEDT Cost: Free attendance for all

Service level agreements & conflict resolution

The AALC ROUNDTABLE ONLINE is a regular AALC signature webinar bringing thought leaders in the language service industry in Australia and New Zealand together to discuss pertinent industry developments and issues.

Discussions will be based on pertinent areas within this topic, which will be familiar to all in the industry:

  • Provide an overview of service level agreements (SLA) the benefits and issues of having SLA’s.
  • What should a SLA include?
  • Examples of SLA’s.
  • SLA wording usually dictate quality standards – how is quality defined?
  • How to resolve disputes and prevent them from occurring.
  • What measurements should be included in SLA’s.

Non-members are invited to register, with attendance being free to all for the Roundtable Online.  Members and associate members have free and guaranteed access to all our webinars and wide range of other membership benefits, including free AALC events and reduced rates on industry products through the AALC market place.

AALC Roundtable Online, Tuesday 16th February 2016:
Client Complaints & Conflict Resolution in our industry

 

AALC Members can now download the recorded webinar. 
Log in on the side bar, or consider joining the AALC
Date: Tues 16th Feb, 2016  Time: 5pm AEDT  Cost: Free attendance for all

“Client Complaints & Conflict Resolution in our industry”

The AALC ROUNDTABLE ONLINE is a regular AALC signature webinar bringing thought leaders in the language service industry in Australia and New Zealand together to discuss pertinent industry developments and issues.

The next roundtable topic will be on “Client Complaints & Conflict Resolution in our industry”. Discussions will be based on two pertinent areas on this topic which will be familiar to all in our industry:

  • The client is not happy, usually due to unsatisfactory quality or what they perceive as unsatisfactory quality.
    • Managing client expectations, QA
    • Approach to differentiating between “preferential” complaints about style and true errors and oversight.
    • Real-life examples of dealing with such complaints
    • Do we offer price discounts, translation guarantees and do we fix errors free of charge?
    • What kind of policies and protection do we have in place?
    • Are there deadlines for submitting complaints?
  • We are not happy with a vendor due to missed deadlines, careless work, lack of attention to detail and more.
    • What legal remedies are available to us?
    • Service level agreements. Do we discuss every minute detail with them before assigning work and how do we do it?
    • Do we put disclaimers on purchase orders?
    • Do we penalise a vendor for offering the client a discount and having to share the responsibility with the translator by reducing their invoice for the job?
    • What kind of policies do we have in place?

Non-members are invited to register, with attendance being free to all for this Roundtable Online.  Members and associate members have free and guaranteed access to all our webinars and wide range of other membership benefits, including free AALC events and reduced rates on industry products through the AALC market place.

To register to attend the AALC ROUNDTABLE ONLINE please e-mail info@aalc.org.au

We look forward to welcoming you at the discussion.

If you are not already an AALC member we encourage you to register by going to https://www.aalc.org.nz/register/