InterpretBank 4 review

InterpretBank by Claudio Fantinuoli, one of the pioneers of terminology tools for conference interpreters (or CAI tools), already before the new release was full to the brim with useful functions and settings that hardly any other tool offers. It was already presented in one of the first articles of this blog, back in 2014. So now I was all the more curious to find out about the 4th generation, and I am happy to share my impressions in the following article.

Getting started

It took me 2 minutes to download and install the new InterpretBank and set my working languages (1 mother tongue plus 4 languages). My first impression is that the user interface looked quite familiar: language columns (still empty) and the familiar buttons to switch between edit, memorize and conference mode. The options menu lets you set display colours, row height and many other things. You can select the online sources for looking up terminology (linguee, IATE, LEO, DICT, Wordreference and Reverso) and definitions (Wikipedia, Collins, Dictionary.com) as well as set automatic translation services (search IATE/old glossaries, use different online translation memories like glosbe and others).

Xlsx, docx and ibex (proprietary InterpretBank format) files can be imported easily, and unlike the former InterpretBank, I don’t have to change the display settings any more in order to have all my five languages displayed. Great improvement! Apart from the terms in five languages, you can import an additional “info” field and a link related to each language as well as a “bloc note”, which refers to the complete entry.

Data storage and sharing

All glossaries are saved on your Windows or Mac computer in a unique database. I haven’t tested the synchronization between desktop and laptop, which is done via Dropbox or any other shared folder. The online sharing function using a simple link worked perfectly fine for me. You just open a glossary, upload it to the secure InterpretBank server, get the link and send it to whomever you like, including yourself. On my Android phone, the plain two-language interface opened smoothly in Firefox. And although I always insist on having more than two languages in my term database, I would say that for mobile access, two languages are perfect, as consecutive interpreting usually happens between two languages back and forth and squeezing more than two languages onto a tiny smartphone screen might not be the easiest thing to do either.

I don’t quite get the idea why I should share this link with colleagues, though. Usually you either have a shared glossary in the first place, with all members of the team editing it and making contributions, or everyone has separate glossaries and there is hardly any need of sharing. If I wanted to share my InterpretBank glossary at all, I would export it and send it via email or copy it into a cloud-based team glossary, so that my colleagues can use it at their convenience.

The terminology in InterpretBank is divided into glossaries and subglossaries. Technically, everything is stored in one single database, “glossary” and “subglossary” just being data fields containing a topic classification and sub-classification. Importing only works glossary by glossary, i.e. I can’t import my own (quite big) database as a whole, converting the topic classification data fields into glossaries and sub-glossaries.

Glossary creation

After having imported an existing glossary, I now create a new one from scratch (about cars). In edit mode, with the display set to two languages only, InterpretBank will look up translations in online translation memories for you. All you have to do is press F1 or using the right mouse button or, if you prefer, the search is done automatically upon pressing the tab key, i.e. jumping from one language field to the next –empty– one. When I tried “Pleuelstange” (German for connecting rod), no Spanish translation could be found. But upon my second try, “Kotflügel” (German for mudguard), the Spanish “guardabarros” was found in MEDIAWIKI.

By pressing F2, or right-click on the term you want a translation for, you can also search your pre-selected online resources for translations and definitions. If, however, all your language fields are filled and you only want to double-check or think that what is in your glossary isn’t correct, the program will tell you that nothing is missing and therefore no online search can be made. Looking up terminology in several online sources in one go is something many a tool has tried to make possible. My favourite so far being http://sb.qtrans.de, I must say that I quite like the way InterpretBank displays the online search results. It will open one (not ten or twenty) browser tabs where you can select the different sources to see the search results.

The functions for collecting reference texts on specific topics and extracting relevant terminology haven’t yet been integrated into InterpretBank (but, as Claudio assured me, will be in the autumn). However, the functions are already available in a separate tool named TranslatorBank (so far for German, English, French and Italian).

Quick lookup function for the booth

While searching in “normal” edit mode is accent and case sensitive, in conference mode (headset icon) it is intuitive and hardly demands any attention. The incremental search function will narrow down the hit list with every additional letter you type. And there are many option to customize the behaviour of the search function. Actually, the „search parameters panel“ says it all: Would you like to search in all languages or just your main language? Hit enter or not to start your query? If not, how many seconds would you like the system to wait until it starts a fresh query? Ignore accents or not? Correct typos? Search in all glossaries if nothing can be found in the current one? Most probably very useful in the booth.

When toying around with the search function, I didn’t find my typos corrected, at least not that I was aware of. When typing “gardient” I would have thought that the system corrected it into “gradient”, which it didn’t. However, when I typed “blok”, the system deleted the last letter and returned all the terms containing “block”. Very helpful indeed.

In order to figure out how the system automatically referred to IATE when no results were found in my own database, I entered “Bruttoinlandsprodukt” (gross domestic product in German). Firstly, the system froze (in shock?), but then the IATE search result appeared in four of my five languages in the list, as Dutch isn’t supported and would have to be bought separately. At least I suppose it was the IATE result, as the source wasn’t indicated anywhere and it just looked like a normal glossary entry.

Queries in different web sources hitting F2 also works in booth mode, just as described above for edit mode. The automatic translation (F1) only works in a two-language display, which in turn can only be set in edit mode.

Memorize new terms

The memorizing function, in my view, hasn’t changed too much, which is good because I like it the way it was before. The only change I have noticed is that it will now let you memorize terms in all your languages and doesn’t only work with language pairs. I like it!

Summary

All in all, in my view InterpretBank remains number one in sophistication among the terminology tools made for (and mostly by) conference interpreters. None of the other tools I am aware of covers such a wide range of an interpreter’s workflow. I would actually not call it a terminology management tool, but a conference preparation tool.

The changes aren’t as drastic as I would have expected after reading the announcement, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, the old InterpretBank not having been completely user-unfriendly in the first place. But the user interface has indeed become more intuitive and I found my way around more easily.

The new online look-up elements are very relevant, and they work swiftly. Handling more than two languages has become easier, so as long as you don’t want to work with more than five languages in total, you should be fine. If it weren’t for the flexibility of a generic database like MS Access and the many additional data fields I have grown very fond of , like client, date and name of the conference, degree of importance, I would seriously consider becoming an InterpretBank user. But then even if one prefers keeping one’s master terminology database in a different format, thanks to the export function InterpretBank could still be used for conference preparation and booth work “only”.

Finally, whatwith online team glossaries becoming common practice, I hope to see a browser-based InterpretBank 5 in the future!

PS: One detail worth mentioning is the log file InterpretBank saves for you if you tell it to. Here you can see all the changes and queries made, which I find a nice thing not only for research purposes, but also to do a personal follow-up after a conference (or before the next conference of the same kind) and see which were the terms that kept my mind busy. Used properly, this log file could serve to close the circle of knowledge management.

About the author:
Anja Rütten is a freelance conference interpreter for German (A), Spanish (B), English (C) and French (C) based in Düsseldorf, Germany. She has specialised in knowledge management since the mid-1990s.

Booth notes wanted for a study | Kabinenzettel für Studienzwecke gesucht

Dear fellow conference interpreters! For a study on information management in the booth, I am currently collecting sample booth notes (those papers you scribble terminology, names, numbers, acronyms or whatever on). So if you would like to make your personal contribution to this study, it would be great if you could email or whatsapp me a scan or foto of your booth notes to ruetten@sprachmanagement.net or +49 178 2835981. Your notes will of course be treated confidentially. Thanks a lot in advance!

Liebe DolmetschkollegInnen! Für eine informationswissenschaftliche Studie sammle ich derzeit Kabinenzettel, also die Blätter, auf denen Ihr Eure Notizen jeglicher Art verewigt, sei es Terminologie, Namen, Abkürzungen oder was auch immer. Wenn Ihr mir also einen Eurer Schriebe zur Verfügung stellen möchtet, würde ich mich sehr freuen. Gerne als Scan oder Foto emailen oder appen an ruetten@sprachmanagement.net oder 0178 2835981. Natürlich wird alles vertraulich behandelt. Schon jetzt mein herzliches Dankeschön!

Impressions from Translating and the Computer 38

The 38th ‚Translating and the Computer‘ conference in London has just finished, and, as always, I take home a lot of inspiration. Here are my personal highlights:

  • Sketch Engine, a language corpus management and query system, offers loads of useful functions for conference preparation, like web-based (actually Bing-based) corpus-building, term extraction (the extraction results come with links to the corresponding text, the lists are exportable to common, reusable formats) and thesaurus-building. The one thing l liked most was the fact that if, for example, your clients have their websites in several languages, you can enter the urls of the different language versions and SketchEngine will download them, so that you can then use the texts a corpus. You might hear more about SketchEngine from me soon …
  • XTM, a translation memory system, offers parallel text alignment (like many others do) with the option of exporting the aligned texts into xls. This finally makes them reusable for those many interpreting colleagues who, for obvious reasons, do not have any translation memory system. And the best thing is, you can even re-export an amended version of this file back into the translation memory system for your translator colleagues to use. So if you interpret a meeting where a written agreement is being discussed in several language versions, you can provide the translators first hand with the amendments made in the meeting.
  • SDL Trados now offers an API and has an App Store. New hope for an interpreter-friendly user interface!

All in all, my theory that you just have to wait long enough for the language technology companies to develop something that suits conference interpreters‘ needs seems to materialise eventually. Also scientists and software providers alike were keen to stress that they really want to work with translators and interpreters in order to find out what they really need. The difficulty with conference interpreters seems to be that we are a very heterogeneous community with very different needs and preferences.

And then I had the honour to run a workshop on interpreters workflows and fees in the digital era (for some background information you may refer to The future of Interpreting & Translating – Professional Precariat or Digital Elite?). The idea was to go beyond the usual „digitalisation spoils prices and hampers continuous working relations“ but rather find ways to use digitalisation to our benefit and to boost good working relationships, quality and profitability. I was very happy to get some valuable input from practicioners as well as from several organisations‘ language services and scientists. What I took away were two main ideas: interface-building and quality rating.

Interface-building: By cooperating with the translation or documentation department of companies and organisations, quality and efficiency could be improved on both sides (translators providing extremely valuable and well-structured input for conference preparation and interpreters reporting back „from the field“). Which brings me back to the aforementioned positive outlook on the sofware side.

Quality rating: I noticed a contradiction which has never been so clear to me before. While we interpreters go on about the client having to value our high level of service provided and wanting to be paid well for quality, quality rating and evaluation still is a subject that is largely being avoided and that many of us feel uncomfortable with. On the other hand, some kind of quality rating is something clients sometimes are forced to rely on in order to justify paying for that (supposedly) expensive interpreter. I have no perfect solution for this, but I think it is worth some further thinking.

In general, there was a certain agreement that formalising interpreters‘ preparation work has its limitations. It is always about filling the very personal knowledge gaps of the individual (for a very particular conference setting), but that technologies can still be used to improve quality and keep up with the rapidly growing knowledge landscape around us.

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About the author:
Anja Rütten is a freelance conference interpreter for German (A), Spanish (B), English (C) and French (C) based in Düsseldorf, Germany. She has specialised in knowledge management since the mid-1990s.

 

Hello from the other side – Chinese and Terminology Tools. A guest article by Felix Brender 王哲謙

As Mandarin Chinese interpreters, we understand that we are somewhat rare beings. After all, we work with a language which, despite being a UN language, is not one you’d encounter regularly. We wouldn’t expect colleagues working with other, more frequently used languages to know about the peculiarities of Mandarin.

This applies not least to terminology tools. Many of the tools available to interpreters do now support Chinese-script entries. And indeed: Interpreting from English into Chinese, terminology software works as well for Chinese as it would for any other language – next to good old Excel, I myself have used InterPlex, Interpret Bank and flashterm. It’s rather when working from Chinese into English that things get tricky – and that’s not necessarily a software issue.

Until recently, many interpreters were convinced and rather adamant that simultaneous interpreting with Chinese is downright impossible, and I am sometimes tempted to agree. Compared to English – left alone German – Chinese is incredibly dense. Many words consist of only one syllable, and only very few of more than two. Owing to the way Chinese works grammatically, the very same idea can be expressed a lot more concisely in Chinese than English. To make matters worse, we replace modern Mandarin expressions with written, Classical Chinese equivalents in formal Mandarin. As a rule of thumb, the more formal the Chinese used, the more succinct it will be as well – rather different from English or German. This also is the case with proper names and terminology, which will usually have abbreviated forms that are a lot shorter syllable-wise than their English equivalents.

Adding to that, Chinese natives are incredibly fond of their language and make ample use of its full range of options: Using rare and at times byzantine expressions and words is appreciated and applauded as a sign of good education; it is never perceived as pedantic or conceited. This includes idioms (chengyu 成語), which usually refer to a story from the Chinese Classics in a highly condensed fashion: They generally contain a mere four syllables and usually function as adjectives, in contrast to English or German. In English, we will need at least a full sentence to explain what is being said, even if the same or a similar idiom exists. Chinese also frequently uses xiehouyu 歇後語: proverbs consisting of two parts, the first presenting a scenario, the second outlining the rationale of the story. Usually, the second part will be left out because Chinese natives will be able to deduce it from the first – similar to speak of the devil (and he will appear) in English. Needless to say, there hardly ever is an English equivalent, and seeing that we are operating in entirely different cultural contexts, ironing out cultural differences when explaining xiehouyu will take additional time.

It will be no surprise to hear that Chinese discursive and grammatical peculiarities make it a difficult language to interpret from: relative clauses tend to be lengthy – and are always placed in front of the noun they describe; Chinese doesn’t mark tenses as such but rather uses particles to outline how different events and actions relate to each other, in contrast to linear notions of time and tenses in European languages, so we are often left guessing; he and she are homonyms in Mandarin; to name but three examples.

Considering all of this, we see that more often than not, simultaneous interpreting from Chinese is a race against the clock and an exercise in humility – and there isn’t much time to look up words in the first place.

In Modern Mandarin, there are only around 1,200 possible syllables, with each syllable being a morpheme, i.e. a component bearing meaning; in English, we have a far greater range of possible syllables, and they only make sense in context, as not every syllable carries meaning: /mea/ and /ning/ do not mean anything per se, but meaning does. For Chinese, this implies that homophones are a common occurrence. And while we aim for perfect clarity and lucidity in English, Chinese rather daoistically indulges in ambivalence. Clever plays on words, being illusive and vague and giving listeners space to interpret what you might actually mean: not bad style, but an art to be honed. Apart from having to spend more capacity and time on identifying terms and words used in the original, this adds another layer of difficulty with regards to looking up terminology in the booth: The fastest way to type Chinese characters is by using pinyin romanisation, but owing to the huge number of homonyms, any syllable in romanized transliteration will give you a huge range of options. This means that we would have to spend at least another second or so simply to select the correct character from a drop-down list – and we will not enjoy the pleasure of word prediction that works for other languages.

In practice, this means that besides very intensive preparation before the event, we rely on what might be the oldest terminology tool in the world: our booth buddy. They are particularly important because in Chinese, we obviously don’t have any cognates – something than might get us off the hook working with European languages. We also heavily rely on our colleagues sitting next to us for figures: Chinese has ten thousand (萬) and one hundred million (億) as units in their own right, so rather than talking about one million and one billion, the Chinese will talk about a hundred times ten thousand and ten times one hundred million, respectively. This means we will have to be calculating while interpreting: a feat hard to accomplish if you are out there on your own.

While I started out thinking that not being able to use terminology software to the same extent I would use it for German-English would be quite a nuisance, I have found that this is rather an instance of the old man living at the border whose horse runs away1, as you’d say in Chinese. Interpreting is teamwork after all, and working with Chinese, we are acutely aware that we rely on our booth buddy as much as they rely on us and that we can only provide the excellent service we do with somebody else in the booth. With that in mind, professional Chinese interpreters always make for great partners in crime in the booth.

About the author:

Felix Brender 王哲謙 is a freelance conference interpreter for English, Chinese and German based in Düsseldorf/Germany. He also teaches DE>EN at the University of Heidelberg, and ZH>EN interpreting as a guest lecturer in Leeds, UK, and Taipei, Taiwan.

1 (which, as the story goes, then returns, bringing a fine stallion with it, which is then ridden by his son, who falls of the horse and breaks his leg, which is why he is not drafted and sent to war, ultimately saving his life; meaning that any setback may indeed be a blessing in disguise, similar but not entirely identical to every cloud has a silver lining. One of the most frequently used Chinese sayings, eight syllables of which the latter four are generally left out: 塞翁失馬,焉知非福, which literally translates as ‘When the old man from the frontier lost his horse, how could one have known that it would not be fortuitous?’. I rest my case.)

Booth-friendly terminology management: Glossarmanager.de

Believe it or not, only a few weeks ago I came across just another booth-friendly terminology management program (or rather it was kindly brought to my attention by a student when I talked about the subject at Heidelberg University). It has been around since 2008 and completely escaped my attention. So I am all the happier to present today yet another player on the scene of interpreter-friendly terminology management tools:

Glossarmanager by Glossarmanager GbR/Frank Brempel (Bonn, Germany)

As the name suggests, in Glossarmanager terms are organised in different glossaries, each glossary including the data fields language 1 („Sprache 1“), language 2 („Sprache 2“), synonym, antonym, picture and comment. The number of working languages in each glossary is limited to two (or three if you decide to use the synonyms column for a third language). Each glossary can also be subdivided into chapters („Kapitel“).

Glossarmanager GlossarEdit

You may import and export rtf, csv and txt files, so basically anything that formerly was a text or table/spreadsheet document, and the import function is very user-friendly (it lets you insert the new data into an existing glossary and checks new entries against existing ones, or create a new glossary).

The vocab training module requires typing in and is very unforgiving, so each typo or other deviation from what is written in the database counts as a mistake. But if you are not put off by the nasty comments („That was rubbish“, „Please concentrate!“) or the even nastier learning record, you may well use this trainer as a mental memorising tool without typing the required terms.

The search module comes as a small window which, if you want it to, always stays in the foreground. Entering search terms is intuitive and mouse-free and the results can be filtered by language pairs, glossaries and authors. Ignoring of special characters like ü, è, ß etc. and case-sensitive search can be activated. Right under the hit list, Glossarmanager provides (customisable) links to online resources for further searching.

Glossarmanager Suche

Available for Windows

Cost: Free of charge (download here and use the free licence key)

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About the author:
Anja Rütten is a freelance conference interpreter for German (A), Spanish (B), English (C) and French (C) based in Düsseldorf, Germany. She has specialised in knowledge management since the mid-1990s.

 

Airtable.com – a great replacement for Google Sheets | tolle Alternative zu Google Sheets

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Mit der Terminologieverwaltung meiner Träume muss man alles können: Daten teilen, auf allen Geräten nutzen und online wie offline darauf zugreifen (wie mit Interpreters’ Help/Boothmate für Mac oder auch Google Sheets), möglichst unbedenklich Firmenterminologie und Hintergrundinfos des Kunden dort speichern (wie bei Interpreters’ Help), sortieren und filtern (wie in MS Access, MS Excel, Lookup, InterpretBank, Termbase und anderen), individuelle Voreinstellungen wie Abfragen und Standardwerte festlegen (wie in MS Access) und, ganz wichtig: den Terminologiebestand so durchsuchen, dass es kaum Aufmerksamkeit kostet, also blind tippend und ohne Maus, eine inkrementelle Suche, die sich nicht darum schert, ob ich “rinon” oder “riñón” eingebe, und mir so oder so sagt, dass das Ding auf Deutsch Niere heißt, möglichst in Form einer gut lesbaren Trefferliste (wie Interplex und InterpretBank es tun).

Airtable, eine gelungene Mischung aus Tabellenkalkulation und Datenbank, kommt der Sache ziemlich nah. Es ist sehr intuitiv in der Handhabung und sieht einfach gut aus. Das Sortieren und Filtern geht sehr leicht von der Hand, man kann jedem Datensatz Bilder, Dateianhänge und Links hinzufügen und unterschiedliche Abfragen (“Views”)  von Teilbeständen der Terminologie (etwa für einen bestimmten Kunden, ein Thema, eine bestimmte Veranstaltungsart oder eine Kombination aus allem) definieren und auch Standartwerte für bestimmte Felder festlegen, damit man z. B. den Kundennamen, die Konferenzbezeichnung und das Thema nicht jedesmal neu eingeben muss. Die Detailansicht, die aufpoppt, wenn man auf eine Zeile klickt, ist auch super.  Eigene Tabellen lassen sich in Nullkommanix per Drag & Drop einfügen oder importieren. Und im Übrigen gibt es eine Menge nützlicher Tastenkombinationen.

Teamglossare (oder was auch immer) können von verschiedenen Personen über die iPad-, iPhone- oder Android-(beta)-App oder die Browseroberflächer bearbeitet werden. Allerdings können bei Zugriff über den Browser die Daten nicht offline bearbeitet und später online synchronisiert werden. Das funktioniert nur über die mobile App. Die Daten werden bei der Übermittlung und Speicherung verschlüsselt.

Nur eine Sache vermisse ich bei Airtable schmerzlich, nämlich die oben beschriebene intuitive, akzent-ignorierende Suchfunktion, die ihre Fundstücke in einer Trefferliste präsentiert, statt mich von Suchergebnis zu Suchergebnis hüpfen zu lassen. Ansonsten aber eine wahrhaft schnuckeliges Datenbankanwendung, nicht nur für Terminologie!

Airtable ist kostenlos, solange jede Tabelle nicht mehr als 1500 Zeilen umfasst. Für bis zu 5000 Zeilen bezahlt man 12 $ monatlich und für bis zu 50 000 Zeilen 24 $.

Übrigens: Eine Übersicht von am Markt verfügbaren Terminologieverwaltungsprogrammen für Dolmetscher findet sich hier.

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Über die Autorin:
Anja Rütten ist freiberufliche Konferenzdolmetscherin für Deutsch (A), Spanisch (B), Englisch (C) und Französisch (C) in Düsseldorf. Sie widmet sich seit Mitte der 1990er dem Wissensmanagement.

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My perfect terminology database must be shareable, portable and accessible both on and off line (like Interpreters’ Help/Boothmate for Mac and also Google Sheets) but at the same time trustworthy to the point that companies feel comfortable having their terminology stored there (like Interpreters’ Help), sortable and filterable (like MS Access, MS Excel, Lookup, InterpretBank, Termbase and others), customisable with pre-defined views and default values (like in MS Access) and, very importantly, searchable in a way that requires almost no attention – meaning a mouse-free, incremental search function that does not care whether I type “rinon” or “riñón” and tells me that it is kidney in English either way (like Interplex and InterpretBank do), if possible in an easy-to-read hit list.

Airtable, a mix of spreadsheet and database, seems to get very close to it. It is very intuitive to handle and, even more so, it looks just nice and friendly. It has very comfortable sorting and filtering, you can add pictures, links and files, define different views of subsets of your data (like for a specific customer, particular subject area, type of conference or a combination thereof) and set default values so that, while working at a given conference, you don’t need to type the conference name, customer and subject area time and again when entering new terms. And the detailed view of each data set popping up at one click or tap is just lovely. You can import or drag and drop your tables in no time. And Airtable has loads of useful keyboard shortcuts, by the way.

Team glossaries (or anything else) can be worked on by several people and accessed via an iPad, iPhone and Android (beta) app or the browser-based interface, although, when using the browser interface, there is no way to edit your data offline and update the online version later. This works on the mobile apps only. Data being transferred back and forth as well as stored data are encrypted.

The one thing I miss most on Airtable is an intuitive, accent-ignoring search function as described above, which displays hit lists instead of jumping from one search hit to the next. But apart from that, Airtable is just great for data management, not only in terms of „terms“.

It is free of charge as long as your tables don’t have more than 1500 lines, costs 12 $ per month for up to 5000 lines per database and 24 $ for up to 50 000 lines per database.

If you need an overview of available terminology management tools for conference interpreters, click here.

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About the author:
Anja Rütten is a freelance conference interpreter for German (A), Spanish (B), English (C) and French (C) based in Düsseldorf, Germany. She has specialised in knowledge management since the mid-1990s.

 

Zu Gast in Brüssel bei „Radio Alex“, auch bekannt als #LangFM

Diesen Monat war ich gemeinsam mit Leonie Wagener zu Gast in Brüssel an Alex Drechsel’s Podcast-Küchentisch. Sehr nett war’s – hier könnt Ihr reinhören: http://www.adrechsel.de/langfm/terminologie

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Wer beim Hören Appetit auf mehr Wissens- oder Terminologiemanagement bekommt und vom Rheinland nicht allzu weit entfernt ist (oder den Weg dorthin nicht scheut), könnte vielleicht Spaß an einem der folgenden AIIC-Seminare (auch für Nicht-Mitglieder offen) haben:

I. Computereinsatz in der Dolmetschkabine und um die Dolmetschkabine herum – SPEZIELL FÜR EINSTEIGER
in Wassenberg oder Köln

Dieses Seminar ist auf fünf Teilnehmer beschränkt, um im kleinen Kreis auf die Grundlagen des Computereinsatzes eingehen zu können. Der Inhalt gestaltet sich rund um die vorab erfassten individuellen Fragen der Teilnehmer („Was viele nie zu fragen wagen“). Es ist ausdrücklich nicht auf Terminologieverwaltung beschränkt; es können auch allgemeine Themen wie Datei- und E-Mailablage, Skype, Twitter, GoogleDocs, Buchhaltung in Excel und alle möglichen anderen Fragen behandelt werden.

Kursgebühr ca. € 180,- pro Person
Mögliche Daten für den eintägigen Kurs:
14. November 2015 oder
21. November 2015 oder
05. Dezember 2015

Doodle-Umfrage zu den Terminen dieses Kurses (bitte in der Umfrage vollen Namen und Mailadresse angeben): http://doodle.com/poll/itkake57krgqvwar

II. Terminologiemanagement in der Dolmetschkabine
in Wassenberg oder Köln

Dieses Seminar richtet sich an praktizierende Konferenzdolmetscher, die sich gerne einen Überblick über die „herkömmlichen“ und neuen Tools am Markt verschaffen möchten. Die verschiedenen Programme werden vorgeführt, Schwerpunkt sind jeweils die Funktionen Schnellsuche, Sortier- und Filtern, Import und Export von eigenen Glossaren. Ein Überblick einschließlich Preisinfos und Links finden sich hier: www.termtools.dolmetscher-wissen-alles.de. Bei Bedarf kann auf die theoretischen Grundlagen von Informationsmanagement und Terminologieverwaltung eingegangen werden – die Wünsche der Teilnehmer werden vorher abgefragt.

Kursgebühr: € 900,00 geteilt durch die Anzahl der Teilnehmer
Mögliche Daten für den eintägigen Kurs:
14. November 2015 oder
21. November 2015 oder
05. Dezember 2015

Doodle-Umfrage zur Terminfindung (bitte in der Umfrage vollen Namen und Mailadresse angeben): http://doodle.com/poll/gt44n36hz3ngqi64

Booth-friendly terminology management: Intragloss – the missing link between texts and glossaries|die Brücke zwischen Text und Glossar

Intragloss

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Wer schon immer genervt war von der ständigen Wechselei zwischen Redetexten/Präsentationsfolien einerseits und dem Glossar andererseits, der hat jetzt allen Grund zu jubilieren: Dan Kenig und Daniel Pohoryles aus Paris haben mit Intragloss eine Software entwickelt, in der man direkt aus dem Text Termini in sein Glossar befördern kann und das einen neuen Text mit einem vorhandenen Glossar abgleicht, gefundene Termini im Text hervorhebt und die anderssprachige Entsprechung in einem kleinen Kommentarfeld im Text anzeigt. Das Programm ermöglicht auch die parallele Anzeige von Original und Übersetzung, ferner ist eine Internetsuche in Portalen wie Linguee, IATE, Wikipedia etc. eingebaut. Fazit: Jede einzelne dieser drei „Killer-Funktionen“ ist für sich schon ein Kaufargument!

– Intragloss läuft momentan nur auf Mac, eine Windows-Version ist in Entwicklung (man kann sich als Beta-Tester registrieren!).

– Kosten: Sonderangebot bis 10. Juli 2015: 49 $ für das erste Jahr, danach bei Vertragsverlängerung 219 $/1 Jahr, 309 $/2 Jahre, 359 $/3 Jahre (Regulärer Preis: 49 $/Monat, 99 $/3 Monate, 269 $/1 Jahr)

Mehr zu dolmetschfreundlichen Terminologieprogrammen findet Ihr in der Übersichtstabelle TermTools für Dolmetscher.

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Über die Autorin:
Anja Rütten ist freiberufliche Konferenzdolmetscherin für Deutsch (A), Spanisch (B), Englisch (C) und Französisch (C) in Düsseldorf. Sie widmet sich seit Mitte der 1990er dem Wissensmanagement.

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If you are fed up with constantly jumping back and forth between your glossary and speech manuscripts or Powerpoint presentations, here’s a tool that will make your day: Intragloss, developed by Dan Kenig and Daniel Pohoryles from Paris, allows you to transfer terms from your text directly into your glossary, checks new texts against existing glossaries and highlights glossary terms that have been found in the text, adding its translation in a small comment between lines. Furthermore, Intragloss includes a parallel display function of original text and translation and lets you search for terms in internet resources like linguee, IATE, Wikipedia and the like. In short: Intragloss offers three killer functions, which each of them make this program worth trying.

– Mac-only; a Windows version is currently being developped (you can register as a beta tester!).

– Price: Special offer valid until July 10, 2015: 49 $ for the first year, then renewal 219 $/1 year, 309 $/2 years, 359 $/3 years (regular price: 49 $/month, 99 $/3 months, 269 $/1 year)

For more information about terminology management for interpreters, see this Summary table terminology tools for interpreters.

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About the author:
Anja Rütten is a freelance conference interpreter for German (A), Spanish (B), English (C) and French (C) based in Düsseldorf, Germany. She has specialised in knowledge management since the mid-1990s.

MS-Excel and MS-Access – are they any good for the booth? | Taugen MS-Excel und MS-Access für die Dolmetschkabine?

Es gibt zwar eine ganze Menge Programme, die genau auf die Bedürfnisse von Konferenzdolmetschern zugeschnitten sind (etwa die Schnellsuche in der Kabine oder Strukturen für die effiziente Einsatzvorbereitung), aber eine ganze Reihe von Kollegen setzt dennoch eher auf Feld-Wald-und-Wiesen-Lösungen aus der MS-Office-Kiste. Abgesehen von Word – hier enthalte ich mich jeden Kommentars hinsichtlich dessen Tauglichkeit als Terminologiemanagementprogramm – setzen viele Dolmetscher auf die Tabellenkalkulationssoftware Excel. Und wenn auch mancher Fachmann sagt, dann könne man ebensogut seine Wäsche im Geschirrspüler waschen, so hat MS-Excel doch so seine Vorzüge – als da wären:

– Verfügbarkeit: Excel ist auf den meisten Computern bereits installiert; das Programm gibt es wahrscheinlich noch, wenn Ihr schon von der Sonnenliege aus Euren Enkeln dabei zuseht, wie sie Euer Dolmetschimperium führen.

– Kompatibilität: Jeder kennt es, jeder hat es, und man kann selbst einigermaßen ordentlich formatierte Word-Tabellen einfach hineinkopieren, ganz zu schweigen von den Unmengen von Lithos-Glossaren, auf die man als EU-Dolmetscher zugreifen kann. Und wenn man nicht in der Microsoft-Welt unterwegs ist, gibt es kostenlose Alternativen wie LibreOffice und Google Sheets.

– Flexibilität: Jeder kann sich seine eigene kleine Datenbank nach persönlichen Vorlieben anlegen, unzählige Spalten bzw. Kategorien anlegen (und löschen), etwa Kunde, Themenbereich mit Unterbereichen, Konferenz, Quelle, Redner, Lernstandsinformationen und alle möglichen Tags. Und man schafft es kaum, Excel durch einen zu großen Datenbestand lahmzulegen, und wenn man nicht plant, mehr als 1.048.576 terminologische Einträge (Zeilen) anzulegen, reicht eine Tabelle ein ganzes Dolmetscherleben lang.

– Kontrollierbarkeit: Es ist einfach nur eine Tabelle mit Spalten und Zeilen; man findet sich einfach zurecht und weiß immer, was man hat.

– Einfache Bedienung: Man tippt einfach die gewünschten Spaltenüberschriften ein und los geht’s – eine verhältnismäßig nutzbringende „Datenbank“ wie dieses Glossary Template MS-Excel ist in Nullkommanix erstellt. Und das Filtern und Sortieren funktioniert supereinfach.

TerminologieManagement Tabelle
Terminologiedatenbank in Tabelle

Natürlich gibt es auch Nachteile:

– Die Suche: Die Suchfunktion (STRG+F) ist ziemlich schlicht, man muss mit der Enter-Taste durch die Tabelle von einem Treffer zum nächsten hüpfen, bis man den richtigen Eintrag gefunden hat. Keine unscharfe oder inkrementelle Suche. Man kann sich des Textfilters bedienen (siehe Bild unten), um eine Trefferliste zu erhalten, aber schnell und intuitiv sieht anders aus – dazu muss man sich dann mit dem Thema Makro-Programmierung auseinandersetzen.

Search function Excel
MS-Excel Textfilter

– Unterdatenbestände: Wenn man mit Unterbeständen der Datengesamtheit arbeiten möchte (etwa Glossare für bestimmte Einsätze, Kunden oder Themengebiete erzeugen), muss man die komplette Tabelle filtern, d.h. die restlichen Daten sind in dem Moment verborgen und können nicht durchsucht werden. Man muss die Filter aktivieren und deaktivieren, um zwischen der Komplettansicht und der gefilterten Ansicht zu wechseln. Das Problem lässt sich umgehen, indem man etwa die relevanten Vokabeln für die nächste Sitzung in ein zweites Tabellenblatt kopiert, um sie dort auf einen Blick zu haben, oder die allerwichtigsten fünf bis zehn Ausdrücke ganz nach oben kopiert und diese Zeilen dann „fixiert“, so dass sie beim nach unten scrollen nicht aus dem Bild laufen (wenn man diese dann noch gelb einfärbt, hat man den optimalen Gelbe-Klebezettel-Effekt).

– Zweidimensionale Struktur: Im Gegensatz zu „richtigen“ Terminologiemanagementsystemen gibt es in einer einfachen Excel-Tabelle keine hierarchische Struktur. Ein Begriff oder terminologischer Eintrag entspricht einer Zeile (Datensatz), so dass man nicht ohne weiteres bestimmte Merkmale wie Kunde, Quelle, Definition etwa nur der deutschen oder nur der spanischen Benennung zuweisen kann, sondern immer nur dem gesamten Eintrag – es sei denn, man erstellt entsprechend viele Spalten, die dann häufig leer bleiben und die Tabelle aufblähen und unübersichtlich machen. Aus eben diesem Grund teilen sich auch Synonyme und Akronyme eine Zelle und bekommen nicht je ein eigenes Feld .. man bewegt sich in einem ständigen Zwiespalt zwischen struktureller Machbarkeit und den terminologischen Grundsätzen der Elementarität und Granularität.

– Anzeigen & Drucken: MS-Excel ist nicht gerade das Nonplusultra in Sachen übersichtlicher Darstellung bzw. Druckansichten komplexer Datensätze. Natürlich kann man eine Tabelle durch Verbergen und Zusammenschieben der einzelnen Spalten so zurechtfrickeln,  dass sie auf den Bildschirm oder eine DIN-A4-Seite passt, aber es ist einigermaßen umständlich und so richtig Spaß macht es auch nicht, wenn man es mit mehr als zwei Spalten zu tun hat.

Einige dieser Unannehmlichkeiten lassen sich durch einen Umstieg auf MS-Acces, Microsofts eigentlichem Datenbankprogramm, überwinden. Access ist teuerer als Excel und nicht so weit verbreitet, deshalb kann nicht jeder einfach mal so eine Access-Datenbank auf seinem Computer öffnen. Auch ein Google-Äquivalent gibt es nicht; aber immerhin gibt es Filemaker für Mac und Windows sowie LibreOffice Base kostenlos für alle. Beide habe ich noch nicht gründlich getestet, freue mich aber über Erfahrungsberichte!

MS-Access ist auch noch relativ einfach zu bedienen und zu überschauen, es lassen sich aber deutlich einfacher Unterdatenbestände erstellen, das Drucken (wem es Spaß macht) macht wieder Spaß und es lassen sich mit ein paar Visual-Basic-Kenntnissen auch bessere Suchfunktionen einbauen. Auch hier kann man seine gesamte Terminologie in einer großen Tabelle lagern und auf deren Grundlage dann unterschiedliche Formulare, Abfragen und Berichte definieren, um etwa nur die zentralen Begriffe der aktuellen Konferenz, ein kundenspezifisches Glossar oder eine hübsch gestaltete Druckansicht zu bekommen. Es ist deutlich einfacher, einen terminologischen Eintrag in seiner ganzen Pracht zu visualisieren, d.h. mit allen begrifflichen Informationen wie Definition, Anmerkung, Bilder, Kontext usw. – sehen Sie selbst:

MS-Access SplitForm GeteiltesFormular
MS-Access geteiltes Formular

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Über die Autorin:
Anja Rütten ist freiberufliche Konferenzdolmetscherin für Deutsch (A), Spanisch (B), Englisch (C) und Französisch (C) in Düsseldorf. Sie widmet sich seit Mitte der 1990er dem Wissensmanagement.

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There may be a great many tools designed especially for the needs of conference interpreters (i.e. quick-searching in the booth and efficient preparation for interpreting assignments), but many colleagues still prefer more generic solutions. Apart from MS-Word, which I am not going to comment about as a terminology management program, Microsoft’s spreadsheet software Excel is the tool of choice for many interpreters. And although, as many an IT specialist might think, you might as well wash your clothes in the dishwasher, to some extent it does the trick and has some considerable merits:

– Availability: Pre-installed on most computers, MS-Excel will most probably still be around when you are long spending your days on the sunlounger watching your grandchildren run your conference interpreting business empire.

– Compatibility: Everybody has it, everybody knows it, you can even cut and paste decently formatted Word tables into Excel, not to mention the zillions of Lithos glossaries available to EU interpreters. If you don’t live in the Microsoft universe, there are alternatives free of charge, like LibreOffice or Google Sheets.

– Flexibility: You can create your customised little database, add (and delete) as many columns (aka data categories) as you please, like customer, subject area levels, speaker, conference, source, learning information and all sorts of individual tags. If you are not planning to create more than 1.048.576 terminological entries (rows), one table will do for your whole (interpreter’s) life, and it’s hard to slow Excel down due to data overload.

– Controllability: It is just a plain table with columns and rows, so you’ll always know what you have and find your way around.

– Easy to use: Basically you just type in your column headings and off you go. You can create a relatively useful „database“ like this Glossary Template MS-Excel in no time. And it is just great for quick sorting and filtering.

Terminology Management spreadsheet
terminology database in table

The downsides are:

– Searching: The search function (Ctrl+f) is very basic and you have to hop around your table from one hit to the next until you have found the right entry. No fuzzy matches, no incremental search. The text filter (see image below) can be used in order to display a hit list, but if you want it quick and intuitive, you will have to get into programming macros.

Search function Excel
MS-Excel text filter

– Subsets of data: In order to create subsets of data (i.e. glossaries for a special assignment, customer or subject), you need to filter the whole sheet, which means that the rest of it is not visible or even searchable. You must activate and deactivate filters in order to switch between subsets and the complete table. A workaround is to copy the relevant vocab for an assignment into a second sheet to easily switch between the two, or copy the most important words to the top of the sheet and freeze these top lines in order to be able to see them all the time (and colour the cells yellow for the perfect „post-it“ effect).

– Two-dimensional structure: Unlike „proper“ terminology management systems, a spreadsheet has no hierarchical structure. One concept or terminological entry is one line (data set), you cannot easily assign a customer, status, source etc. only to the Spanish or German term, but just to the whole entry or you will have to create endless additional columns, where most of the fields will be empty most of the time and the table will enormously grow in size and complexity. Synonyms and acronyms go into the same field (cell) for the very same reasion … You are in a constant dilemma between structural feasibility and the terminological principles of elementarity and granularity.

– Display & Printing: MS-Excel is not really great for visualising complex data sets or for printing. You can adjust a digital spreadsheet to fit on standard sheets of paper or a screen by hiding columns or squeezing them all in, but that’s not really the point of it, and it is a bit of a hassle if you are handling more than two columns.

Some of these inconveniences can be solved by switching to MS-Access, Microsoft’s real data base programme. It is more expensive than Excel and not as widely available, so not everyone can open an Access database on their computers. There is no Google equivalent either. However, there is Filemaker for Mac and PC users as well as LibreOffice Base for everyone and free of charge, neither of which I have tested in detail so far (comments welcome!).

While MS-Access is still quite easy to use, flexible and controllable, creating subsets of data becomes easier, printing is much more fun (if you think printing is fun in the first place) and with a tiny bit of Visual Basic skills you can even create very nice search functions. You can have one big table which contains all your terminology and, based on this table, create different forms, queries and reports which, for example, only contain your most important words for tomorrow’s conference, the terminology for a special assigment, customer or subject area and/or are neatly formatted for printing. It is easier to visualise a terminological entry in all its splendour, with the whole range of conceptual information attached to it, like definitions, context, comments, pictures etc. See for yourself:

MS-Access SplitForm GeteiltesFormular
MS-Access split form

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About the author:
Anja Rütten is a freelance conference interpreter for German (A), Spanish (B), English (C) and French (C) based in Düsseldorf, Germany. She has specialised in knowledge management since the mid-1990s.

Summary table of terminology tools for interpreters | Übersichtstabelle Terminologietools für Dolmetscher | cuadro sinóptico de programas de gestión de terminología para intérpretes

This is an overview of all the terminology management tools for conference interpreters that I am aware of. I will try to keep the information in the table up to date. If there is anything wrong, feel free to post a comment!

Dies ist eine Übersicht über alle Terminologieverwaltungstools für Konferenzdolmetscher, die mir bekannt sind. Ich versuche, die Informationen immer auf dem neuesten Stand zu halten. Wenn mir etwas entgangen ist, freue ich mich über eine Kommentar.

Esta lista contiene todos los programas de gestión de terminología para intérpretes de conferencias que conozco. Intentaré mantener esta tabla actualizada. Si encuentran algún error o si falta algo, no duden en publicar un comentario.

Program by runs on price blog article
Flashterm.eu Eisenrieth Dokumentations GmbH Windows, Mac, iOS and browser-based Solo edition currently free of charge (anniversary promotion), additional interpreter module for 299 EUR market snapshot part 3
Glossarmanager Glossarmanager GbR/Frank Brempe, Bonn Windows free of charge
Glossary Assistant Reg Martin, Switzerland tablets running Android 4.1 or later, phones running Android 4.2 or later, Windows based PC free of charge market snapshot part 2;

Interview with Reg Martin on LangFM

Interplex Peter Sand, Eric Hartner, Geneva Windows, iOS full license 99€, student license 49€, university license free upon agreement; free demo; Interplex HD for ipad 19,99 $, Interplex lite for iphone (viewer) free market snapshot part 1
InterpretBank Claudio Fantinuoli, Germersheim Windows and Mac; access to glossaries from Android/iOS mobile devices free demo, full license: 119 € plus VAT, 50 % student discount, free demo license for university teachers (and their students) market snapshot part 1
Interpreters’ Help Benoît Werner and Yann Plancqueel, Berlin, Paris all (browser-based), additionally Boothmate for Mac OS X and ipad free public glossaries + one private glossary;  pro version 19.99 €/month; free education plans market snapshot part 2;

Review by Alex Drechsel

http://www.adrechsel.de/langfm/interpretershelp

Intragloss Dan Kenig and Daniel Pohoryles, Paris Mac; Windows-version expected to be released in 2016 Special offer valid until Dec. 31, 2015: 39 $ for the first 6 months, 69 $ for first year; renewal 219 $/1 year, 309 $/2 years, 359 $/3 years (regular price: 49 $/month, 99 $/3 months, 269 $/1 year) Intragloss – the missing link;

Interview with Dan Kenig on LangFM

Lookup Christoph Stoll, Heidelberg Windows free of charge market snapshot part 1
Terminus Nils Wintringham, Zürich Windows (for W8, don’t use the default installation folder) CHF 148 plus VAT, 50 % off for academia, free demo with limited number of entries  market snapshot part 1

Generic database or spreadsheet programs:

Program by runs on price blog article
Excel Microsoft Windows, Mac e.g. Office 395 Personal 69.99 € per year including Access (for 1 PC/Mac plus 1 tablet) Excel and Access – any good for the booth?
Access Microsoft Windows, Mac, Android, iOS e.g. Office Home and Student 139.00 € (once for 1 PC) or Office 395 Personal 69.99 € per year including Access (for 1 PC plus 1 tablets) Excel and Access – any good for the booth?
LibreOffice Base The Document Foundation Windows, Linux, Mac OS X; Viewer for Android free of charge
LibreOffice Calc The Document Foundation Windows, Linux, Mac OS X; Viewer for Android free of charge
Filemaker FileMaker, Inc., (Apple Inc. subsidiary) Windows, Mac, iOS 329.00 $
Google Sheets Google all (browser-based) free of charge  Shared Glossaries in Google Docs
TapForms Tap Zapp Software Inc.; Calgary, Canada Mac und iOS Mac 34.99 $, ipad 9.,99 $, iphone 8.99 $ Phil Demay I-interprètes (in French)

Screencast by Alex Drechsel

Airtable Airtable, San Francisco all (browser-based); App for iOS and Android (beta) up to 1500 lines per database free of charge, up to 5000 for 12 $/month, up to 50 000 für 24 $/month Airtable – a great Google Sheets replacement

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