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When Change Is for the Best - Interpreting Is Moving Ahead

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 21, 2017 3:41:39 AM / by Katharine Allen & Barry S. Olsen posted in Technology, Remote interpreting, best practices, conference, summit, communication, disruption

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Our world is awash in negative news right now. From politics to natural disasters to a sense of disruption and uncontrollable change, it's easy to feel overwhelmed.

The interpreting profession is no different. The much-used term "disruption" is still the best concept to capture the intense change and adjustment our field is going through. Worse yet, in the minds of many, this change is being forced upon us from outside forces and is largely perceived as negative. We didn't ask for it, it just is.

For many, the best kind of change is always the change we choose: Change we envision, orchestrate and implement. 

Here's the good news: Despite the sweeping cultural, technological and workplace changes impacting almost every profession around the world, our humble profession of interpreting is actually quite good at orchestrated change.

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Remote Interpreting Technology Roll Out: The Devil Is in the Details

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 3, 2017 11:28:41 AM / by Barry S. Olsen posted in Technology, Remote interpreting

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In the May-June edition of the ATA Chronicle I published an article entitled Remote Interpreting: Feeling Our Way into the Future.” (If you haven’t read it yet, just click on the link.) The article highlights the challenges and opportunities that remote interpreting presents for multilingual communication, generally, and for individual interpreters. Just as it has permeated every other aspect of modern society, whether wanted or not, the increased use of technology to deliver interpreting services in new ways is inevitable. 

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InterpretAmerica to Present at the Association of Language Companies and Why Interpreters Should Care

[fa icon="calendar'] May 16, 2017 9:45:00 AM / by Katharine Allen posted in interpreting, Technology, translation, business of interpreting, Remote interpreting

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This week InterpretAmerica heads to Miami where we will speaking at ALC 2017, the annual conference of the Association of Language Companies

Our primary job at the conference will be to highlight the interpreting market inside the larger language services market in the United States in a plenary talk titled: The Big Picture in Interpreting: Where Is Your Company? But we go to learn as much as to share our knowledge. The ALC annual conference is an important moment for our profession every year.

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InterpretAmerica 6: New Date, Same Focus on Labor and Management Best Practices

[fa icon="calendar'] May 11, 2017 11:28:49 AM / by Katharine Allen posted in Technology, business of interpreting, Remote interpreting, Medical interpreting, InterpretAmerica 6, language access

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Many have been asking for information on InterpretAmerica 6. We appreciate your patience as we've been revamping some of our programming for 2017. The big change? InterpretAmerica 6 has a new date!

We have moved the Summit to Monday, October 30, 2017.

The Summit will take place at the Middlebury Institute Offices in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C. The topic is still the same:

Labor. Management. Technology: A Call to Action.

Our primary goal with this year's Summit is to spark a collaborative, results-oriented conversation between interpreters, those who hire them, and those designing the technologies that many interpreters are now expected to use. We've all seen how disruptive the roll out of remote interpreting platforms has been for working interpreters. But we also see the potential for highly positive outcomes for increased language access and expanded work opportunities for interpreters. 

The crucial missing piece we will focus on at InterpretAmerica 6 is best practices for remote interpreting. Our profession needs guidelines for the employers who put interpreters on remote platforms, for the interpreters who work on them and for the technology designers who create them.

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Webinars, Contests, Conferences and More

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 22, 2016 1:10:10 PM / by Katharine Allen & Barry S. Olsen posted in interpreting, Technology, Training, translation, think! Interpreting, language, GALA

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Fall 2016 is here and InterpretAmerica has a lot going on. This blog post highlights our upcoming webinars, conferences and events, including a contest you can enter to win a free spot at next week's GALA Webinar. All of our offerings serve our fundamental mission to help raise the profile of interpreting, both inside and outside our field. We hope you can take advantage of at least some of them. Read on to see our current activities and don't miss any upcoming deadline!

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Internet Connection Speed for Interpreters: How to Test It and Why It Matters

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 9, 2016 7:02:43 AM / by Barry S. Olsen posted in Technology, Remote interpreting, Internet speed test

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INTRODUCTION

In many parts of the world, Internet access has become almost like electricity. With few exceptions, we expect it to be there and we expect it to work. For interpreters, it doesn’t matter if we are at a conference in a soundproof booth, at a medical clinic or a courthouse, the ability to access online materials while working with all kinds of devices is important. In addition, with the growth of remote interpreting platforms, fast, reliable Internet access has become essential for interpreters working over the Internet. Needless to say, reliable Internet access is essential for translators as well.

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think! Interpreting 2017 Call for Proposals

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 4, 2016 8:23:06 AM / by Katharine Allen & Barry S. Olsen posted in interpreting, Technology, translation, think! Interpreting, business, language, GALA, professionalization

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Announcing think! Interpreting 2017

Announcing the call for proposals for think! Interpreting 2017!  InterpretAmerica has been collaborating with Globalization and Localization Association (GALA) since 2014 to help raise the profile of interpreting inside the broader language services industry. This year we are excited to bring you the fourth installment of think! Interpreting, which will take place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, March 26-29, 2017. 

The 2017 conference theme is: The New Basics: Success and Sustainability in Today’s Language IndustryAfter years of talking about coming change, disruption and innovation, that change is now here. In 2017, our focus is bringing you the kind of information and resources that will help you identify and adapt to these new basics - the nuts and bolts of being successful in our changed and still changing professional landscape. 

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think! Interpreting Kicks Off in New York City

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 20, 2016 7:00:25 PM / by Katharine Allen & Barry S. Olsen posted in Technology, think! Interpreting, GALA

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WHAT IS THINK! INTERPRETING?

Check out this short video to learn how think! Interpreting is different and how you can follow the conference on social media. 

This week InterpretAmerica is at the Globalization and Localization Association's (GALA) annual conference in New York City. Many of you are familiar with the InterpretAmerica Summits that started in 2010, where we bring together interpreters, professional association leadership, language service companies and end users to raise the profile of interpreting. Think! Interpreting is different. This collaboration with GALA allows interpreting to be front and center at the annual conference of the largest trade assocaition for language services in the world.  

Stay tuned for more blogs and videos from think! Interpreting this week at GALA's Language of Business Conference. 

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WebRTC and the Rising Tide of Remote Interpretation over the Internet

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 19, 2016 6:00:00 AM / by Barry S. Olsen posted in Technology, Remote interpreting, WebRTC

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For generations, scientists and innovators have lamented being limited by the technology available during their lifetime. Translators for centuries were subject to limits inherent to quill, ink and parchment—the technology of their time. Then along came the typewriter, followed by the word processor, translation memories, the Internet. Translation continues to evolve with the technologies of the times.

So it goes with interpreting as well. As communication technologies advance, interpreting is being made available in ways that it never could be before. There are many technologies used to deliver interpreting services from a distance today. For this blog I want to focus on one that, while still in its infancy, is having a profound effect on the way interpreting is being provided: WebRTC.

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Choosing a USB Headset for Remote Interpreting

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 8, 2015 11:08:34 AM / by Barry S. Olsen posted in Technology, Remote interpreting

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Headsets anyone? (Photo by: Barry S. Olsen)

INTRODUCTION

With a growing number of platforms that provide remote interpreting (simultaneous) for a plethora of use cases (e.g. Interprefy,  VoiceBoxer, ZipDX), interpreters now find themselves needing to equip their offices with the right equipment for the job. And since interpreters don’t usually have a sound technician on the payroll (or at least I don’t), knowing a bit about sound and headsets becomes a real asset.

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