Interoperability Based on Linport

Track: Community | C5 |
Friday, November 3, 2017, 9:00am – 9:45am
Held in: Mission City Meeting Room 2
Mikel Forcada - Universitat d’Alacant 
Marc Mittag - MittagQI – Quality Informatics 
Andrzej Zydroń - XTM International
Moderator: Jeannette Stewart

The Language Interoperability Portfolio (Linport) project is a collaborative project developing an open, vendor-independent format that can be used by many different translation tools to put translation materials into containers. It plans to draw from existing successful localization industry standards with multiple benefits for all stakeholders in the localization value chain: requesters, translators, project managers and so on. Linport specifies two kinds of containers: a package container for describing one bilingual task and a portfolio container for describing an entire translation project, which can include many languages, many tasks, many transactions and thus many packages. The Linport project adopted the TIPP format by Interoperability Now! as its package format, which is currently implemented by tools such as memoQ and XTM. The Linport project is now being revived, since the hold request by the European Commission has been lifted, with a new partnership between LTAC Global and Translation Commons. Brief presentations by the panelists will include the current status and relaunch of Linport, the need for standards that ensure true interoperability and a call for action to create a new working group, and will be followed by an open discussion with attendees moderated.