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GALA Announces Technology Blog

Tuesday, 20 December, 2005

Seattle, Washington, USA -- GALA, the Globalization and Localization Association, invites translation and localization professionals to participate in the new GALA on Technology Blog (Web log). Developed by GALA members, the new blog is intended to be a non-biased open forum for discussion of the technological resources, new developments and on-going challenges that vendors and clients are facing in the localization and translation industries.

Who will be blogging? GALA has gathered a core group of industry experts to contribute to the blog on a regular basis. However, all interested parties are invited to initiate new discussion threads and contribute to current discussion topics. GALA moderators will ensure that the topics remain focused on relevant technology issues.

“The goal of this blog is to create an easily-accessed forum, where advice, information, and opinions can be shared in a respectful environment,” stated the blog’s primary moderator, Craig Myers. Myers has been the Vice-President, Americas & Asia at Alchemy Software Development since 2001 and has over 15 years experience in IT Globalization.

In addition, the blog links up to other industry resources on the web. Member organization sites such as Common Sense Advisory’s Global Watchtower and MultiLingual’s “Blogos” have a wealth of information in the form of white papers, opinion polls and case studies on their sites. The GALA on Technology Blog will be an excellent location to carry out in-depth discussions of editorial content from those and other sources.

Myers and the GALA Technology Committee believe that this resource also offers a window into the world of Localization to those new to the industry or industry technology. There is a true desire among GALA and its members to provide a steady flow of valuable information about the industry they represent.

“If we come together to share our thoughts and ideas, and transcend differences caused by competitive agendas or differing opinions, we can then develop the thought-leadership that will help us all grow together as an industry,” says Tony O’Dowd, CEO & President of Alchemy. O’Dowd and GALA Member Josep Condal, Managing Director of ApSIC were central in bringing the technology blog to fruition.

One final, critical point is that GALA will strive to involve members from all corners of their industry, clients, vendors, academics, colleagues, and competitors, to make this a truly informative, sometimes controversial – but always considerate– forum.

To take part in the GALA on Technology Blog, visit www.gala-global.org/blog.

GALA is an international non-profit association that promotes translation services, language technology and language management solutions. The 175+ member companies worldwide include translation agencies, localization service providers, globalization consultants, and technology developers. GALA companies share a commitment to quality, service, and innovation in helping clients reach global markets. www.gala-global.org