Translators and interpreters as key actors in global networking
Edited By Hannelore Lee-Jahnke and Martin Forstner
Global Networking as a Means of Effective Cooperation in the 21st Century
Translating in the Cloud. Is this the Future of the Translation Industry? François MASSION Translations and the Cloud Cloud-based translation systems are relatively new in our industry. The first systems came to life at the end of the 1990s as “globaliza- tion management systems (GMS)” (Esselink, 2003). Several of the leading systems can look back upon a lifespan of approx. 10 years. While the bulk of translators, companies or language service pro- viders (LSP) still use conventional desktop or client-server Transla- tion Memory Systems (TMS), the transition to Cloud-based sys- tems has begun already. Some can already claim to have made significant inroads in the translation community and have created what is sometimes dubbed “a translation eco system”. One of the leading providers of web-based translation technology and serv- ices, Lionbridge, states that its Translation Workspace system is used daily by an average of 2,000 translators and stores currently 2 billion words of linguistic assets.1 The questions are: Will this become the prevalent model by the end of the decade? What will be its impact on our profession? 1 , accessed May 28th, 2013. GeoWorkz is a business unit within Lionbridge. 250 Reasons behind the Success of Cloud Solutions The reason for the success of this model is the fast growing global Internet community which already encompasses the bulk of profes- sional translators working for large organizations or industrial cli- ents2. Increased mobility, the spread of mobile devices and the diver- sification of operating systems make working models in...
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