The Lingoport Daily

Follow the daily news in the fields of internationalization, localization, globalization and translation with The Lingoport Daily on paper.li.  Personally, I’m fascinated with the amount of information and quality links paper.li can pull from our @lingoport twitter feed and a few of our most popular hashtags. Check it out, read up and watch what’s happening in the world of i18n, l10n, g8n and xl8. Here’s the link: http://paper.li/Lingoport

 

Worldware Internationalization-I18n Conference

As with any business, there is a big difference between constructing an idea, and actually implementing that idea. The most in-depth internationalization conference is right on our doorstep as the countdown is on for the Worldware Conference in Santa Clara, California.  Come see i18n industry professionals who set the trends in product development share their ideas with a specifically targeted audience. Share your ideas and learn from the best. Friends of Lingoport and receive a 10% discount when you register for the conference (use discount code WW11SLD, not eligible for the preconference).

Last year’s conference was a big success, and this year’s looks to be even greater!

The event runs March 15-17 at the Network Meeting Center in Santa Clara, California.

Webinar Recording: Internationalizing and Localizing a Medical Software Application

Lingoport recently hosted a Webinar with our friends from ForeignExchange Translations, a leading provider of medical translation and localization services.

Adam Asnes, CEO of Lingoport, and Jason Heaton, Marketing Manager at Foreign Exchange Translations, discussed basic principles and processes that make medical products different

This interactive online presentation focused on providing attendees with a wealth of medical internationalization and localization knowledge. Adam and Jason discussed product architectures, testing and solutions to verify functional and linguistic accuracy; they also took an in-depth look at:

We recorded the live Webinar and you may view the recording at your leisure right on your desktop.

Click the following link to view the recording of: Internationalizing and Localizing a Medical Software Application

Lingoport and Foreign Exchange Translations Webinar: Internationalizing and Localizing a Medical Software Application

Internationalization and localization for medical products tends to have special case business drivers and can take on life-and-death importance. First, there’s adapting products for better worldwide sales, but often issues like reducing liabilities and saving lives drive the process just a bit differently.

Join us for an interactive one-hour online presentation as Adam Asnes, CEO of Lingoport, and Andres Heuberger, CEO of Foreign Exchange Translations, discuss basic principles and processes that make medical products different.

Webinar: “Internationalizing and Localizing a Medical Software Application”
Date: Thursday, December 16th, 2010
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT
Where: Your desktop
Register at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/242816048
Cost: Complimentary
Presenters: Adam Asnes, CEO of Lingoport, and Andres Heuberger, CEO of Foreign Exchange Translations

We’ll discuss product architectures, testing and solutions to verify functional and linguistic accuracy; we’ll also take an in-depth look at:

This event targets global manufacturers of medical device, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and healthcare products, including: localization managers, internationalization managers, software developers, engineers, engineering managers, information developers, and senior executives responsible for international market share as well as customer-side professionals involved in the translation and localization of medical and life sciences content.

Watch the Videos from the Boston Localization Technology Round Table

The Boston Localization Technology Round Table event was a great success. Nearly 40 customer-side industry professionals registered for the live event, and 100+ people registered for viewing the live-stream from the event.

For each of us presenting, it was a great chance to offer something new for the industry—a way to bring the conference to the event attendees and feature best practices and efficiencies offered by five separate but complementary companies. We hope that the attendees learned something, met a colleague or two, and gained some valuable perspective. We all enjoyed the event too and are already planning our next Roundtable in the Bay Area this coming February. Connect with us on social media and be the first to learn about upcoming events and much more: http://www.lingoport.com/socialmedia

The video recordings of each individual session from the Boston Localization Technology Round Table are now available for viewing on the Lingoport Website.

Click here to view the rest of the videos from the Boston Localization Technology Round Table event.

Don’t hesitate to contact the presenters directly if should you have any questions or if you would like to learn more about their services and tools:

Clay Tablet
Robinson Kelly
rkelly@clay-tablet.com
www.clay-tablet.com

Asia Online
Kirti Vashee
kirti.vashee@asiaonline.net
www.asiaonline.net

Milengo
Adam Blau
adam.blau@milengo.com
www.milengo.com

acrolinx
Kent Taylor
Kent.Taylor@acrolinx.com
www.acrolinx.com

Lingoport
Adam Asnes
aasnes@lingoport.com
www.lingoport.com

Adam Asnes and Angelika Zerfass to present at LocalizationWorld: Intro to Internationalization and Localization

Internationalization and Localization experts Adam Asnes, of Lingoport, and Angelika Zerfaß, of zaac, are going to present at this years’ LocWorld. Their session is titled “Intro to Internationalization and Localization” and will be moderated by Daniel Goldschmidt, principal consultant and cofounder of RIGI Localization Solutions.

Their presentation will give an overview over the different areas in internationalization and localization projects where best practices exist — starting from the concept of internationalization and how it is applied to project management dos and don’ts and the tools and technologies used in the field.

Join them on Thursday, October 7, 2010 at 10:15am: Intro to Internationalization and Localization

Internationalization (I18n) expert Adam Asnes to present at LocWorld 2010

Not Just Software. Medical Device Software.

Guest Blog post by Andres Heuberger, CEO and Founder of ForeignExchange Translations.

While any software localization can be challenging, medical device software adds yet another layer of complexity to the equation. This complexity comes from the fact that software is so integral to the functioning and therapy of a device that is keeping a person alive. Regulators are acknowledging this and device companies have to deal with new rules and new challenges.

Software Localization, Internationalization, and TranslationWith the advent of the new Medical Device Directive (MDD) amended by Directive 2007/47/EC and implemented six months ago, software is now included in the definition of a medical device. It does not matter whether the software is integrated into the actual device or is a stand-alone product. Software validation will also be an Essential Requirement (ER 12.1a) under the MDD. Annex I, Essential Requirement 12.1 has been amended to include that software must be validated, taking into account the principles of development lifecycle, risk management, validation and verification. In this context, proper software internationalization is even more important.

Software code needs to be able to handle different characters such as diacritical marks, as well as user inputs. User prompts need to be unambiguous and clear, especially since the prompts can be presented at times of user stress and emergency situations. Some device companies have started to use cognitive debriefing techniques which were, until now, reserved for the validation of pharmaceutical patient-reported outcomes, in order to evaluate the effectiveness of software interfaces. Having to carry this out in multiple languages and geographies can complicate development projects, not to mention the costs involved. On the translation side of medical device software, there is a narrow skill set for linguists, who must be able to translate software strings out of context, understand medical terminology and, in many cases, be savvy enough to test localized software on different platforms.

All is not bleak though. The companies who are most successful with their software localization are the ones who build projects specifications with localization in mind from the start and who lean on their translation providers for support from project inception through to final testing. It’s a brave new world, and medical device companies have no choice but to embrace it and understand the regulations and implications while devising new ways of working.

ForeignExchange Translations provides specialized medical translation and localization solutions to pharmaceutical and medical device companies. For more information, visit www.fxtrans.com.