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The Lowdown on Translation Crowdsourcing: Overview and Benefits for Volunteers

Back in 2008, Facebook asked its users to help translate its then unlocalized site into other languages – within a year of launching this project, Facebook was available in 16 languages. Following Facebook’s success with translation crowdsourcing, other companies and organizations started to adopt the idea of utilizing volunteer translators for their localization needs. The …
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Challenges and Opportunities: How do you support complex medical clients?

Challenges and opportunities: How do you support complex medical clients? If you are a business development manager for a localization company, focussed on winning new life sciences clients, what level of expertise and knowledge do you think is important to possess when talking to a new prospective buyer of your services? If you are a …
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Game On: Two Women Smashing Gaming Localization Stereotypes

Game On: Two Women Smashing Gaming Localization Stereotypes By Mimi Moore While roughly half of all online gamers are women (42% in 2015), there is a widespread belief that the gaming industry is unwelcome to women. Only one in five game developers is a woman and female gamers have faced online or in-game sexism, hostility, …
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Selling Localization Services into the Life Sciences Market

As a Business Development Manager in the Localization industry, what do you need to know and how do you approach the task of selling your company’s services into the broad field of life sciences? At first glance, particularly for a new recruit to the industry or to the field of sales, the paths to take …
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Diversity in Localization: Entertainment Localization

    Loy Searle is a Board Member and VP of Women in Localization and has worked in the localization industry for 20+ years. Loy has led content and globalization teams at JD Edwards, Mincom, Google, and Intuit. Most recently, Loy served as VP of Localization Operations at Deluxe Entertainment Services Group in Burbank, California. …
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The Global Expansion Committee of Women in Localization: Or the story of friendship, partnership and efficiency that took the world by storm!

The Global Expansion Committee of Women in Localization: Or the story of friendship, partnership and efficiency that took the world by storm! About a year ago I replied to an email to volunteer at Women in Localization, a 4000 member organization. I wasn’t particular about what I wanted to do, however, I knew I wanted …
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Why Hire Language Service Providers or Localization Services?

Communication is not merely the transmission of information, it involves delivering the right message at the right time to the right people and in the right manner. This is so that the message is understood as intended.  As Rollo May said, “Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy, and mutual valuing.” It goes …
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Having Fun with a Purpose – Fostering Momentum with 2,200 Women

Author: Allison McDougall A friend of mine is a professional life coach and regularly provides me unsolicited advice about my career and my life. One piece of advice that has really resonated is “to always have something in your life where you are the ‘rookie’”. When I was appointed Chair of Women in Localization last …
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Working Moms: 7 Strategies for Work/Life Success

At the end of each summer, and as my kids head back to school, I breathe a sigh of relief. It signals the end of all day babysitters and camps, and means I can stop beating myself up about whether I was with them enough or created a respectable amount of fun. According to a …
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