Marc Mittag

Marc Mittag

Marc Mittag is head of ”MittagQI – Quality Informatics“ and founder and enthusiastic lead developer of translate5 – the open source proofreading and post-editing environment. Marc started developing software in 2000 and working in the IT-centric part of the language industry in 2002. In 2009, he founded his company MittagQI, which focuses on building software and technical consulting for the language industry (with translate5 as a main project). Until he founded his own company, he worked as head of the translation-centric IT-department of a mid-sized LSP.

Building an Open Source Ecosystem for the Language Industry (OSELI) the Grassroots Way

Building an Open Source Ecosystem for the Language Industry (OSELI) the Grassroots Way
Many translators and LSPs are longing for tools that are affordable, interconnectable, up2date with current technology, and fully support open standards. They want to work with the tool they like best, regardless of the tool their customer is using. Yet, in recent years, the opposite has happened: Even small LSPs have to buy their fourth and fifth CAT-tool. This scenario is developing into a major cost driver and makes it hard to integrate all the tools in LSP internal processautomation.

Community open source tools are developed according the needs of their users, through the support, the input and the work of their users. It is their natural interest to support the exchange of data with other tools and the integration into other tools in every reasonable way.

With Okapi, OmegaT, openTM2, translate5, and others, there are a number of existing open source tools for the language industry – but they are not widely used due to lack of features and support. Will it be possible to coordinate and support these efforts the grassroots way? Developing the software we need – together with the people and companies of the language industry? Developing an open source software landscape that will allow the interconnection of commercial tools and occupy the vacant space of free software in the language industry at the same time?