Jaap van der Meer
founder of Translation Automation User Society (TAUS)
Jaap van der Meer was the founder and CEO of some of the largest global translation and localization service companies in the 1980s and 1990s. In 2005 he founded the Translation Automation User Society (TAUS). TAUS is an innovation think tank and platform for industry-shared services for the global translation and localization sector. Many of the largest IT companies, government translation bodies and their suppliers of translation and localization services and technologies are members of TAUS. TAUS offers among others a platform for translation quality evaluation and benchmarking and a platform for pooling and sharing of translation memory data. Jaap van der Meer has written many articles over the years about the translation industry.
Translation is becoming a utility. What does it mean?
Translation is becoming a utility, something similar to electricity, internet or water. Like things we need in our daily lives, things we need so dearly that we feel lost without them. Always available. Real-time when needed. Destined to be embedded in every app, on every screen. Every bit of information delivered in the languages we understand. What are the impacts?