SOURCE: Welocalize


March 12, 2014 12:25 ET

Welocalize Brings to Market Innovative Translation Productivity iOmegaT Tool in Collaboration With CNGL

FREDRICK, MD--(Marketwired - Mar 12, 2014) - Welocalize, a global leader in translation and localization services, announced today they are now licensing the innovative iOmegaT technology to help translators maximize productivity. iOmegaT was developed in collaboration between Welocalize and the Irish-based academia-industry research center, CNGL (Centre for Global Intelligent Content).

The iOmegaT Translation Productivity Test-Bench is a suite of language tools used to gather translator activity data and calculate the effect of machine translation (MT) on translation speed. iOmegaT integrates and gathers data from OmegaT, a free, open-source translation memory Computer Aided Translation tool used by many professional translators.

iOmegaT is one of three language technology projects that Welocalize has been developing in close collaboration with CNGL over the past two years in order to measure and improve translation productivity and delivery. Welocalize contributed significant engineering and project management expertise to the development of iOmegaT.

"The iOmegaT language software tools make it possible to measure the impact of machine translation on translator speed relative to traditional translation, which is a huge improvement over traditional methods where comparisons are made of raw and post-edited MT outputs," said Dave Clarke, principal engineer of language tools at Welocalize. 

For the localization industry, iOmegaT will help measure the success of MT programs and aid translators in defining fair pricing for post-editing work. Translators using the iOmegaT tool can increase productivity by reducing onerous reporting requirements of daily activities and use more of their time for translating and post-editing activities.

Welocalize recently announced that OmegaT integrates with Welocalize's open-source translation management system (TMS), GlobalSight. With the iOmegaT integration, Language Service Providers (LSPs) can collate real-time data on translator activity. LSPs can use this data to assess the success of MT programs.

The prototype for iOmegaT was developed in 2011 by John Moran, a CNGL Ph.D. student. Welocalize has worked closely with John Moran, who completed most of the development work for iOmegaT on-site at Welocalize's office in Dublin. The licensing of iOmegaT is the culmination of years of work and collaboration between Welocalize and CNGL.

"Welocalize and CNGL have worked closely over the years to move the iOmegaT project to completion," said John Moran, CNGL. "Licensing the iOmegaT software will help the global translation and localization industry by bringing another dimension in business intelligence and data analysis, ultimately enhance MT quality, translator productivity and most importantly, the client and their content."

CNGL combines the expertise of researchers from four top universities in Ireland with industry partners, including Welocalize, to produce research and technologies for MT, localization and global content adaptation and delivery, as well as driving standards in the localization industry.

About Welocalize - Welocalize, Inc., founded in 1997, offers innovative translation and localization solutions helping global brands to grow and reach audiences around the world in more than 125 languages. Our solutions include global localization management, translation, supply chain management, people sourcing, language services and automation tools including MT, testing and staffing solutions and enterprise translation management technologies. With over 600 employees worldwide, Welocalize maintains offices in the United States, UK, Germany, Ireland, Japan and

About CNGL - CNGL is a EUR 58M collaborative academia-industry research center dedicated to the development of advanced content processing technologies to adapt and personalize digital content and services to meet the different language and technical needs and preferences of users across global markets. The CNGL research centre combines the expertise of its more than 150 investigators at four universities: Trinity College Dublin (lead institute), Dublin City University, University College Dublin and University of Limerick, as well as that of its industry partners to produce technologies with significant economic and societal impact.

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