Video guide to EU call for tenders

The European Commission has helpfully produced a video guide to assist potential applicants interested in the new call for tenders for translation services (#TRAD23).

The video contains four presenations:

  • an overview of outsourcing at DG Translation
  • the specificities of the TRAD23 call for tenders
  • preparation of your bid
  • an overview of how the tenders will be evaluated.

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Stop press – EU translation memories, 2016 release

EU globeAs many of you know, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Translation and the Joint Research Centre make freely available translation memories which include the majority of the European Union’s legislative documents (Acquis Communautaire) and some other documents not forming part of the Acquis, in 24 EU languages.

The aim is to support multilingualism, language diversity and the re-use of Commission information.

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Stop press – EU translation memories updated *again*!

Following my post in April, I would like to let you know that the translation memories made available by the Directorate-General for Translation at the European Commission Joint Research Centre have been updated for the second time this year.

In the April 2012 release, documents up to 2010 were included. Now, 2011 data has been added – a further 6 million translation units. Somewhat confusingly, the new update is called “DGT-TM-2012” even though the data is from 2011.

New features of DGT-TM-2012 are:

  • Small amounts of Irish data are now included for the first time;
  • Significantly more data for the Bulgarian, Maltese and Romanian languages;
  • Mostly about 285K new translation units per language.

The translation memories are parallel texts of the entire body of European legislation, comprising all the treaties, regulations and directives adopted by the European Union (EU), in 23 languages: Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, German, Greek, Finnish, French, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish and Swedish.

You can download them from this page. Scroll down to “DGT-TM-release 2012” for the 2011 data. Information on how to produce bilingual extractions appears on the same page.

Translation studies days in Brussels

On 20 and 21 September 2012, the Directorate-General for Translation of the European Commission (DGT) will organize the second edition of its Translation Studies Days in Brussels.

At this event, representatives from academia, public translation services and the language industry will meet to discuss studies covering a wide range of topics regarding translation, multilingualism, and international legal terminology.

(Note: you can click on the poster to enlarge it.)

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