viaLanguage, a leading provider of global translation and localization services, announces today that they have teamed with over 45 organizations to launch a new global industry association called TAUS Data Association (TDA).
TDA is a global not-for-profit organization providing a neutral and secure platform for member organization to share language data. TDA services open the way for a more significant and efficient translation industry benefiting from increased productivity, reduced costs, streamlined terminology and much more content being translated.
Initial members include: Adobe, Autodesk, Cisco Systems, Dell Global Localization Team, eBay Inc., EMC, Intel Americas Inc., McAfee, Microsoft Oracle, SDL, Skrivanek and Sun Microsystems.
“viaLanguage’s participation will benefit our clients by providing them with the most current technological advancements and best practices in the translation and localization industry,” comments Chanin Ballance, CEO for viaLanguage. “In today’s global world there is an even greater demand for translation and localization services. Our collaboration on the TDA database also helps us to further increase the quality and efficiency of our services.”
“I am extremely proud to be working with our highly involved group of members who realize that by working together our industry can have a much bigger impact on the world,” says Jaap van der Meer, TDA Director. “TDA gives its members the immediate potential for double-digit savings on total translation budgets and, perhaps most importantly, gives the entrepreneurs amongst us the language data needed to automate and innovate at unprecedented levels.”
How TDA Works
TDA’s Language Data Exchange Portal works on the basis of reciprocity; members store an agreed amount of language data in the platform and in return gain access to the translation memories and glossaries of the wider industry.
The data is organized by industry domain, company, product line and language pairs, enabling members to conveniently search and retrieve memories and glossaries to research terminology, access specific language sets or train machine translation engines.
TDA’s Language Search Engine uses language data provided by TDA's wide and growing global member base, enabling translators, developers, support professionals, and in fact everyone to find and compare industry specific terminology. Advanced features, such as a lemmatizer and multilingual concordancer, provide guidance on the context of most common usage.
As a member driven organization, TDA is committed to continually consulting with members on every level of activity to ensure the services delivered are exactly what the industry needs in order to grow stronger.
Founding member quotes
Will Burgett (INTEL):
"When things get tough, the tough get collaborating. It's the only way that you can extend your dollar in these difficult budget times."
Melissa Biggs (SUN Microsystems):
"It's a very vibrant community of contributors; this is a wonderful opportunity to gather lots of data from many languages that we wouldn't have had access to in the past."
Chris Wendt (Microsoft):
"One motivation for us is: ‘Why should you pay again for a translation that somebody else has already paid for?' Data pooling on a large scale is beneficial for everyone involved."
Valŕrie Gilbert (Cisco):
"We want to play a key role in forward looking technologies, standards and best practices... leveraging TDA assets allow us to support a wider range of organizations throughout our company."
viaLanguage (vialanguage.com) is a leading provider of online language translation and localization services. Through the unique combination of its Online Language System (OLS), expert linguists and integration capabilities, viaLanguage offers organizations a comprehensive, affordable solution for meeting today’s increasing need for effective multilingual communications. viaLanguage services are designed to help clients quickly and easily develop the very best multilingual Web sites, software applications, marketing materials and other global communications. Since 2000, the company has earned a reputation among its clients for reliability, quality and professionalism. Clients include: Blue Shield California, Regence, A-dec, Disney, Microsoft, Cisco, Intel, BASF, Nike, Citibank; as well as many hospitals, school districts and state governments. Corporate Headquarters are located at 700 SW Taylor Street, Suite 310 Portland, OR 97205-3016.
TDA (tausdata.org) is a global not-for-profit organization providing a neutral and secure platform for sharing language data. Members share translation memories and glossaries and in return get access to the data of all other members. TDA is a super cloud for the global translation industry, helping members to improve translation management, fuelling translation automation and facilitating localization business innovation.
Rachel Weikum, Weikum Communications on behalf of viaLanguage
Jaap van der Meer, TDA Director
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