welocalize launches open source crowdsourcing application

New product CrowdSight generates on-demand translation in the cloud

Frederick, Maryland, USA – August 5, 2009 – Welocalize launches its second open-source product CrowdSight, a crowdsourcing application fully integrated with GlobalSight, the open-source Translation Management System (TMS).  Global organizations conducting business online must publish content on a daily or even hourly basis―in the native language of their end users.  CrowdSight engages the right “crowd,” group or community to deliver quick-turn translation for high-profile, on-demand content without compromising quality.

CrowdSight provides an open-source platform to manage the translation process for dynamic content by leveraging the appropriate constituents in the translation supply chain. This can include professional translators and reviewers, internal client stakeholders, in-country reviewers, end-users or a voluntary community. CrowdSight facilitates collaboration within a community by providing simple workflow options that incorporate the proper level of translation review and approvals. Users have the ability to translate entire files for large content releases or single strings for quick UI updates.  At the same time, they have access to reference materials such as screenshots or URLs that provide the necessary context for translation.

CrowdSight acts as a ‘thin client’ that is easy-to-use and sits on top of GlobalSight using web services. Through CrowdSight, translators and reviewers can tap into the robust Translation Memory, source file segmenting and filtering functionality of GlobalSight without even launching the TMS. The CrowdSight platform employs an interactive web 2.0 model that allows users to bypass the traditional localization cycle to generate on-demand translation that leverages the right resources to meet tight delivery schedules.

“The open source movement in our industry has truly taken off,” says Gary Prioste, Vice President of Technology Services at Welocalize. “Organizations are looking for an innovative, flexible and sustainable technology model to support their translation needs, whether it is traditional translation-editing-proofreading, machine translation or crowdsourcing.  At the same time, they are looking for easy-to-use applications that can connect to a back-end system with robust features and functionality. GlobalSight is the central hub and CrowdSight is the first spoke in an open source application exchange program for our industry.”

For more information Welocalize will host a CrowdSight demo on Tuesday, August 25th. The free webinar will walk through basic features and functionality, outline integration points with GlobalSight and provide installation and configuration training.

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 www.globalsight.com.

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 www.welocalize.com for more information.

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