Language Standards For Global Business Concludes Successful Convention With Wide Cross-Industry Support

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Key attendees commit to support a transformation of language standards

A focused team of cross-industry experts articulating the guiding principles that constitute the architecture of a future, intelligent globalization system, announced today the successful conclusion of the Language Standards for Global Business Conference held December 12-13, 2005, in Berlin, Germany.

More than 60 delegates attended the convention designed to establish consensus surrounding fundamental principles and amass buy-in from a broad base of specialists in the application of information exchange to the effective operation of the future system. Major support was announced in speeches from noted industry specialists, including conference chairman Don DePalma (Common Sense Advisory, Inc.), Peter Reynolds (Lionbridge), Sue Ellen Wright (Kent State University), Tex Texin (Yahoo!), and Felix Sasaki (W3C).

“We were very pleased with this first summit. Practitioners, corporate planners, suppliers, and academics came together and actively shared their views on what they needed in language technology and process standards. There was a unanimous call among the delegates to make this conference a regular feature of the standards process,” Don DePalma said. “The convention’s organizing committee -- Hans Fenstermacher (GALA & ArchiText), Kim Harris (Text und Form), Sue Ellen Wright (Kent State University), Tex Texin (Yahoo!), Alfredo Spagna (EUATC and Arancho), and Felix Sasaki (W3C)—were encouraged by the consensus and willingness of all participants to work together for the betterment of these fundamental language standards.”

The conference kicked off with a keynote from MySQL, a Finland-based database company that has turned open standards and open source into a major global business. Convention delegates attended breakout sessions dedicated to each of the areas identified as critical components to a well-rounded system. DePalma focused on the technical and business reasons for language-related standards, how they fit into a larger ecosystem of corporate technology and process standards, and what the various constituencies concerns with standards should do next. The conference agenda then segued into consecutive interactive expert-led roundtables discussing: 1) technical standards like TMX and XLIFF, and 2) process and quality standards such as those from the ASTM, CEN, and LISA.

The second day of the conference began with detailed case studies presented by EMC on its globalized information architecture and by Sun on its use of the Common Locale Data Repository. Nicolas Rodet, Platforms, Tools, and Software Localization Manager, EMC Corporation, presented a Globalization Standards Case Study and provided examples of how EMC leverages relies on standards in its globalization lifecycle.

"This first Language Standards summit was instrumental in closing the gap between the fundamental research in languages, the localization service providers and companies with strong localization needs. For EMC, this summit was also very instructive, it helped us identify key standards that, when applied, can help us optimize our globalization workflow,” Rodet said.

The conference finished with two more very interactive expert panels focusing on real-world issues tied to language standards, technology, translation quality, and process. This summit will provide critical input to future information technology advancement over the next 5 years to realize healthy, self-sustaining, language standards.

The next Language Standards Summit is scheduled for May 29-30, in Barcelona, Spain.


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