Translation Commons is a nonprofit aiming to unite the diverse sectors within the language community to encourage cross-functional collaboration. We have laid out our vision of why Translation Commons is vital to the Language Industry if it is to bring its full potential to global communications. We have described how by providing the tools of the trade and responding to community’s requests, Translation Commons will equip translators and localization engineers to meet a massive demand that continues to grow and grow. The processes involved in this enterprise require an agile, responsive platform that evolves as a result of experimentation and feedback.
Translation Commons is a responsive nonproﬁt organization that embraces a self-managed community and aims to correct imbalances in the supply chain of language provision from individuals to large organizations. It’s mission is to endow translators, interpreters and other localization professionals with the respect that they deserve. It fosters collaboration which endows the technical tools of the trade with dynamism instead of the stasis created by restrictive licensing. Translation Commons provides an ideal conduit for copyright and other legal issues to be resolved in favor of those who do the actual work. It responds to the needs of people using endangered and minority languages all over the globe, giving them the chance to participate in the opportunities created by technologies enabling scientific, cultural and economic pursuits. Translation Commons is targeted to the needs of language service professionals and students, translators and interpreters in particular. However, a diverse range of other professionals and students will find membership beneficial as will anyone on the client-side who is involved in localization and internationalization projects.