A Day in the Life of a Translation Consultant

Abstract: Andy Kellogg is the guest speaker this week. Andy Kellogg joined Wycliffe in 2005 and Seed Company a year later.  His first assignment was as a Consultant in Training.  Andy moved to Nigeria in 2007.  For the next 5 years, he gained experience consulting in various LIST workshops.  During this same period Andy worked… Continue reading A Day in the Life of a Translation Consultant

A Day in the Life of a Field Coordinator

Abstract: Cate Burnett Fierbaugh is the guest speaker this week. When I met Cate Burnett Fierbaugh, she was living on the edge of the Sahara Desert and working on minority language development.  At the same time, she was recording for Progressive Publication of MP3 audio.  So Cate has actually done many of the things that… Continue reading A Day in the Life of a Field Coordinator

Translation in Practice

Abstract: Since 2000, translation efficiency has improved by over 50%.  At least half of this gain is due to increased funding.  Most of the remainder is due to process improvements: MTTs, cluster approach and workshops, and shorter, focused projects.  ParaTExt has also produced concrete efficiency gains. Malinda Kathleen Reese’s views on machine translation are explained. … Continue reading Translation in Practice

Cross-cultural Communications

Abstract: Worldview is one’s personal view of the world and how one interprets it.  People in the Emerging World are rational and most “crazy” things in Africa have common sense explanations.  In the Emerging World, decision making is often relational while in the west it is results-oriented. Conflict management tips: Be humble, assume inaccurate data… Continue reading Cross-cultural Communications

Tech & Field Brownbag Lunch Series

Abstract: A series of Brownbag Lunch seminars which are webcast and recorded.  Goals: 1) To help everyone in the Technology Team understand translation in Emerging World environments as it relates to technology; 2) To prepare individuals within the Technology Team to travel overseas in direct support of Seed Company’s translation projects. Who should attend?  Anyone… Continue reading Tech & Field Brownbag Lunch Series

Communications Tips For Travel Around the World

Abstract: Your Tool Chest There are three tools that you should get familiar with before you travel: SMS, Skype, and VSee.  There are many other tools that provide similar features.  These are the ones that are already in widespread use at the Seed Company, and which experience has proven actually work in the emerging world.… Continue reading Communications Tips For Travel Around the World

Emerging ICT Trends Affecting Progressive Publication

Abstract: Progressive publication is the practice of distributing portions of Scripture in a language as soon as it is translated, rather than waiting until there is a complete New Testament before publication. A brief introduction to progressive publication is provided. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) such as mobile phones and village radios, which affect progressive… Continue reading Emerging ICT Trends Affecting Progressive Publication

Non-English ICT Computer Language Support

Abstract: Android, Apple OS X and iOS, Linux (including Balsa and Wasta), and Microsoft Windows 7 and 8, all provide excellent support for reading documents in languages other than English. Most provide good support for creating documents in major languages. Support for languages of wider communication (LWC) is mixed. Support for minority languages is best… Continue reading Non-English ICT Computer Language Support

Field Solutions Risk Assessment and Mitigation Strategy

Abstract: In September, 2014, TSC projects lost five laptops and a BGAN in [REDACTED]. It is not always possible to anticipate high-risk projects during the design phase because of changing security circumstances over the life of a project. It is crucial that Field Coordinators and Consultants inform Field Solutions immediately when a laptop or BGAN… Continue reading Field Solutions Risk Assessment and Mitigation Strategy

Country Safety Report

Abstract: Abstract Confidential safety report based upon a trip to visit a conflict zone in October, 2012.  This report is not public.  It reports background information, documents the security of a variety of specific locations of interest within the country, and makes concrete suggestions for improvements.  Media reports had described extremist destruction of communications infrastructure. … Continue reading Country Safety Report