globalsight expands web services for 2009 roadmap

Open-source TMS opens up language assets for BPM integration

Frederick, Maryland USA – March 26, 2009 – Welocalize launches the first major enhancement release for GlobalSight, the open-source Translation Management System (TMS), that addresses direct requests submitted by the open-source community—now totaling 766 members. The new release marks the beginning of its 2009 roadmap trend to open-up the software further by providing direct access to language assets through external, business process applications.

GlobalSight 7.1.2—available for free download on now includes the ability to access the Translation Memory (TM) through a new web service API. GlobalSight users are able to query, update and add entries to the TM outside of the GlobalSight software by connecting to and exchanging data with third-party applications, such as community translation or crowdsourcing, and business reporting tools.

Alongside the extended web service APIs is a new API Test Tool to accelerate application development. The API Test Tool allows developers to test API calls and results quickly from a command prompt. For developers that are new to GlobalSight or web services, this tool significantly reduces testing time and provides a reference point for application development around the open-source TMS.

Future enhancements for GlobalSight planned for 2009 include Terminology Database APIs, expanded CMS integration, Translation Memory hierarchies, Machine Translation integration, Business Intelligence reporting and access to source code through OpenCVS.

“The web service APIs for GlobalSight focus on two things: extensibility and integration,” explains Gary Prioste, Vice President of Technology Services for Welocalize. “Open APIs are the key to streamlining processes within the entire global content supply chain, either through existing business process tools or custom-built applications. For enterprise clients, this can mean integration with machine translation, community translation, or business intelligence – all critical in managing high translation volumes efficiently and effectively. The APIs provide developers with the means to extend the functionality of GlobalSight to meet the global content management requirements of enterprises.”

About GlobalSight

GlobalSight is a collaborative, open source initiative to develop a flexible and sustainable Translation Management System (TMS) that leverages the best ideas and addresses the true needs of the industry. In this non-captive community, participants are free to discuss, discover and build upon a translation process automation tool that provides choice and flexibility—and can be shared by all.

The direction and development of the GlobalSight Open Source Initiative is dictated by community members. For more information and to join the community, please visit

About Welocalize

Welocalize offers integrated globalization services for the fluid and rapid deployment of enterprise content and applications to international markets. In response to unique customer needs, we provide globalization consulting, translation, localization and testing solutions that manage risk, improve repeatability and ensure transfer of knowledge from project to project.

Our clients include Autodesk, Inc.; Canon; Cisco Systems; Computer Associates; IBM; Microsoft; Sun; Symantec and Xerox. With over 400 employees worldwide, Welocalize maintains 9 offices in the United States, Germany, Ireland, Japan and China . Please visit for more information.

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