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Year: 2008 (Page 2 of 57)

Ready for Open Source Translation?

In July of this year, WeLocalize launched the GlobalSight Open Source Initiative, offering the industry’s first open source version of enterprise translation management software. WeLocalize plans to release open source GlobalSight in January, 2009, and is committed to supporting LISA standards Translation Memory eXchange (TMX) and Segmentation Rules eXchange 2.0 (SRX). GlobalSight also recently announced a partnership with ClayTablet Technologies to enable connectivity with content management systems.
Is this just another marketing initiative searching for a way to differentiate common technology? Early indications are that there’s a real movement afoot. Over 200 people from 147 companies have joined this open source community, and the steering committee contains many high-tech leaders, including Cisco, EMC, IBM, Autodesk, NetApp, and Sun Microsystems. Sun, for example, has a long history of embracing open standards and open source. Sun has staked its future repeatedly on open standards and open sources, ranging from the early days of UNIX and Java to today’s OpenSolaris, OpenOffice, Java, and, now, Open Translation centering on XLIFF standards.
To be sure, this is an impressive list of companies. But the basis of these companies’ interest is not entirely clear, and the adoption history for open source solutions across the value chain of content technologies has been fragmented at best. Open source content management software is still in the early stages of acceptance and open source authoring software has yet to take significant market share.
In the end, global corporations and organizations determine value and standards. So we put the question to you: WOULD YOU CONSIDER ADOPTING OPEN SOURCE TRANSLATION, AND WHY? Please comment on this blog or send me email with your ideas. Let’s continue this conversation…

Webinar: WEM and Effective Marketing in Any Business Climate

January 15, 2009, 12:00 noon ET
Worldwide economies are undergoing tremendous change. New markets emerge. Developing markets continue to take shape. Established markets wait for stability. Smart global organizations see the Web as a constant in the midst of all this change. It’s the most efficient and effective channel for reaching prospects and communicating with customers. Delivering the very best web experience is now a mandate for attracting, engaging, and retaining customers. As a result, web experience management (WEM) matters now more than ever.
Learn how global companies are using WEM to achieve business goals. The panel discusses strategies for centralized multi-site management, personalized content and promotions, and multilingual web communications. Speakers:

  • Christoph Schacher, Head of New Media, Wienerberger AG
  • Brendan Sullivan, Product Manager, Portals, Elsevier, e-Education Products
  • Loren Weinberg, VP Marketing and Product Management, FatWire

The webinar discussion draws on the Gilbane white paper entitled Engage Me! Web Experience Management as the New Business Imperative.
Register today. Moderated by Gilbane Group. Hosted by FatWire.

XBRL US Training and Tools Support SEC Rule for Mandatory XBRL Reporting

The Security ans Exchange Commission has officially mandated XBRL filings. In the final ruling, announced December 17, 2008, the SEC will require the largest public companies, those with a worldwide public float greater than $5 billion, to begin reporting financial statements in XBRL format starting with their first fiscal period on or after June 15, 2009. All other large accelerated filers will be required to file in XBRL format 12 months later; and all other public companies will need to comply starting 12 months after that. XBRL US has established specific programs and created tools designed to support financial reporting preparers as they begin the process: Preparer Training Sessions “XBRL Filer Training Workshop”, a program that will give you the basics on how to map and tag your own financial statements, how to block tag footnotes, issues to consider and how to get started; Free educational webinar, “XBRL for Filers”, covering the planning process, how to map, tag and create extensions and how to guard against risks; Tools and Services Matrix, an online comparative table that outlines XBRL US member offerings that will help public companies create XBRL-formatted financials; XBRL US GAAP data tags, the full set of elements that public companies will need to use to begin submitting in XBRL format. XBRL US developed these tags under contract with the SEC; XBRL US GAAP Taxonomies Preparers Guide, a comprehensive document on how to tag financials, create extensions and work with the taxonomies.

Call for Papers Deadline: Gilbane San Francisco 2009

The call for papers deadline for Gilbane San Francisco is January 14th, 2009.

Please see the conference description and topics below, and then follow the instructions and guidelines for submitting proposals at: Send any questions to

The lines between many content technologies continues to blur, as they do for example, between Web publishing and social media. Web content management is not just about web pages in repositories, but is part of an integrated platform for presenting and interacting with customers, partners, employees, and other enterprise applications.

Social media outlets with varying characteristics are now channels that need to be included in content strategies. This does not mean you "manage" the content in the same way, or even at all in some cases, but it does mean you need to consider and understand the content and its flow, whether it is used as a new way to informally communicate, for project collaboration, or for engaging customers. Also the variety of tools you might use say, for improving project collaboration, managing regulated content, building an employee knowledge center, or multi-channel publishing, is quite diverse.

Given this evolution of technologies and products, squeezing topics into arbitrarily defined technology categories becomes, well, a bit arbitrary. So, at Gilbane San Francisco this year we are focusing on four broad areas of enterprise use of Web and content technologies. We’ll still be covering all of the technologies we traditionally cover, but are organizing them in a way that will make it easier for you to pick a customized conference track that meets your specific business objectives. We’ll also provide more guidance on specific business applications. For example, if you are interested in adding multi-lingual capability to your product support infrastructure, we’ll identify each conference session that would be appropriate to that task.

The four tracks are:

  • Web Business & Engagement
  • Managing Collaboration & Social Media: Internal & External
  • Enterprise Content: Searching, Integrating & Publishing
  • Content Infrastructures

In addition to covering "best practices", technology coverage within these four tracks includes:

  • Web Content Management (WCM)
  • Authoring
  • Enterprise & Site Search, Text Analytics
  • Semantic Technologies
  • Social Media & Networking
  • Multilingual Technologies
  • Enterprise Content Management (ECM)
  • Publishing
  • XML

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