Jaap van der MeerIMUG talks have become events I anticipate. The third Thursday of the month I look forward to attending what I know will be an interesting presentation in a cool location surrounded by good friends and a huge opportunity to meet GILT* professionals.

Tonight’s presenter was Jaap van der Meer, founder of TAUS. He is a pioneer with an ambitious vision to increase the translation industry significance:

 We envision translation as a standard feature, a utility, similar to the internet, electricity and water. Translation available in all languages to all people in the world will push the evolution of human civilization to a much higher level of understanding, education and discovery.

He described the Human Language Project as a utopic one, although he clearly believes in it or TAUS wouldn’t be. In an ideal world, there would be an open sharing of translation memory data and quality evaluation metrics. And while we may not be there yet, I believe that’s where we’re headed. It was an inspiring and thought-provoking presentation.

Click here to read more about it and to see photos of the event.

*Globalization, Internationalization, Localization and Translation

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