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Great User and Customer Experiences Are Built on Language

Making information available at your fingertips has long been the goal of computing. In the beginning there was a “user” – that was what computer companies back in the 1970s started calling the person sitting in front of monitors with their fingers on keyboards. As technology streamed into our everyday lives, that user could be anywhere – at a PC, gaming console, kiosk, bed, car, airplane, wherever there’s human-computer interaction. Enter translation and localization to make the user exper...
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When the Industry Unites to Understand the Future

Running a survey is a tough exercise for research analysts. You never know if enough people will have an interest in responding and whether they will enter reliable responses. Yet, we rely on representative samples of good data to be able to run all of the frequencies and correlations that we wish share with our readers. The results of our large-scale survey of translators and interpreters all over the world prove that with a network of partners that helped promote the survey, we were able to ac...
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Thinking Big about Interoperability

Mention “interoperability” and many localizers think of yet another conference panel about the value of XLIFF, or why they should care about Translation Memory eXchange (TMX), or the arcana of ISO technical committees. The reduction of the topic to technical standards is understandable given the focus these topics have enjoyed over the past two decades since the release of TMX in 1998. However, CSA Research’s examination of the topic has revealed that interoperability is a much bigger issue w...
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Employment Results and Expectations in the LSP Market

In languages worldwide, the word “recession” is being used with increasing frequency on financial news websites and Twitter. Google searches for “recession” peaked in mid-August and remain higher than at any point in the past five years. Economists have their indicators for the broad economy and CSA Research has ours for the language services and technology market. The data from our mid-year business confidence survey shows that LSPs should prepare for a potential slowdown.
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On the Profession of Translators and Interpreters

Already over 3,700 linguists have completed CSA Research’s large-scale survey of translators and interpreters and many more have started it. We designed the survey to gain insights into the factors and issues that affect professional language workers. A preliminary analysis of the data from the survey already reveals some interesting patterns.
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Plan B for LSPs Requires Digital Transformation

Pundits predict that AI and its neural machine translation (NMT) spawn will obsolete an entire industry and put hundreds of thousands of people out of work. That could happen – but only if we postulate a future where the language sector stands by and does nothing. Inaction will result in the wholesale annihilation of many providers, but CSA Research has observed enough tech-enabled LSPs where it’s not business as usual to be more optimistic.
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TBX:2019: A New Version of the ISO Standard Raises the Bar

Localization industry veterans may recall when the OSCAR standards group in the now-defunct Localization Industry Standards Association introduced TermBase eXchange (TBX) way back in 2002, based on earlier work from 1999. Released in the early days of XML, it promised to be a major step forward for making terminological data useful. After it was adopted as an international standard (ISO 30042) in 2008, it seemed that it had reached maturity and a firm place as a star among language industry stan...
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Platform Providers Target the Language Industry

Did you know that companies have access to subtitling in real-time or that riders can access in-app translation to enable their ride-hailing-service drivers to find them on the left corner of the intersection, rather than on the right? If not, check out what Amazon Web Services presented at the most recent LocWorld in Lisbon, Portugal. Platform providers such as Alibaba, Amazon, Baidu, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft continue pouring money and people-hours into harnessing artificial intelligence...
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LocWorld Portugal: Snapshot of the Localization Industry

Last week, CSA Research was in Estoril: a beautiful location in Portugal for this year’s European LocWorld conference. This meet-up of buyers of language services and technology, LSPs, and technology vendors is an opportunity to share ideas and challenges, learn about inventive changes – such as through the Process Innovation Challenge, a sort of a Dragon’s Den for the localization industry - capture information, and to catch up with friends, old and new.
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Sizing the Language Market

Reliable market research and industry sizing is a science. CSA Research’s annual market sizing project benefits language service and technology providers by producing reliable and actionable data they can use in their planning. Buyers of these services, whether enterprises or governmental agencies, use this data to educate themselves on the market. Investors and the media rely on it to frame and evaluate the potential of the sector.
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