GALA Introduces Online Community for Members
GALA Connect is an Online Collaborative Forum for Localization Professionals
The Globalization and Localization Association, the largest global association for the language and localization industry, is introducing an online community for localization professionals. GALA Connect is a peer-to-peer exchange platform that allows GALA members and industry professionals to network, exchange information, participate in committee or task force initiatives, share documents and more.
“Our members have made clear that one of the key reasons they are part of GALA is for networking and connections to the wider language and localization industry,” said Laura Brandon, Managing Director of GALA. “GALA Connect is one more way we are fostering community among our members.”
GALA Connect is a web-based platform that empowers members to form self-sustaining communities and provides new cross-communication channels. Individuals create user profiles with photos, professional bios, and social media data. The platform includes a member matching feature for GALA member individuals, making it easier for them to find and connect with professionals in similar roles. Individuals can modify their profiles, notification and privacy settings when they log into the network.
Collaborative, common interest groups will be a significant feature of GALA Connect. This week a group will open for attendees of GALA 2012 for sharing information about the conference, planning meetings, and beginning conference networking in advance. Other groups within GALA Connect will be established for special interests, including standards, machine translation, project management and larger industry collaborative efforts. GALA Connect can host open and closed groups, and members will have the ability to create groups themselves.
Community, networking and collaboration are top benefits of GALA membership. In addition to GALA Connect, GALA offers many community-building programs, including the annual Language of Business conference, local networking events, smaller regional forums, and GALA-hosted social media channels. More information about all these activities is available at www.gala-global.org.
The Globalization and Localization Association is the largest global non-profit association within the language industry, providing resources, education and research for companies working with translation services, language technology and content localization. GALA member companies are vendors and buyers of language services and technologies. They deploy sophisticated multilingual strategies and proven tools to take content and products to markets around the world. For more information, visit www.gala-global.org.