Edited By Pilar Sánchez-Gijón, Olga Torres-Hostench and Bartolomé Mesa-Lao
1 Translation resources in not-for-profit contexts: A case for immediacy in humanitarian work
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ABSTRACT: Since Martin Kay first foresaw, some thirty years ago, the translator’s workstation (Kay, 1980), proposals for the integration of all machine aids and translation tools on a single platform have become closely associated with technical developments. In this regard, advances in ICT allow us to consider somewhat differently the ways in which information is handled and communication is established. Consequently, the concept of the translator’s workstation needs to be adapted to the new media designed for information processing and transmission. In this context, the translator’s workstation is best conceived of as a series of distributed tools (e.g. glossaries, reference corpora, translation memories) that translators have access to through proprietary licences, through public data-sharing initiatives or through collaborative experiences among professionals. In not-for-profit contexts, and more specifically in humanitarian work, where translation normally suffers from limited budgets, the lack of such working tools and resources is so extreme that professionals are ultimately forced to create their own ad hoc materials, which usually remain undisclosed (Rico, 2010). This chapter presents work conducted towards filling this gap in resources from two projects: Red Inmigra’s (P2007/HUM-0475 Comunidad de Madrid) and Humanterm (2012 UEM 09). After a brief outline of the evolution of the translator’s workstation, this contribution provides a detailed account of tasks carried out, namely, the compilation of multilingual parallel corpora, a translation memory and a terminological database, and their adaptation to collaborative environments, based on self-managed, self-governed, scalable technology, suitable for massive user and needs-driven...
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