22Mar/110

The disappearance of LISA

(in response to this here blog post on Content Rules)

Industry associations provide more than networking opportunities and conferences. LISA had it in their name that they were primarly a standards setting organisation and we definitely do need standards bodies. LISA’s demise might have something to do with the organisation not focusing on this core activity that much anymore in recent years. They did provide us with TMX, but TMX exists in many different levels and versions and hasn’t fully delivered on the promise of lossless TM exchange. How about GMX with its various flavours? How many tools are actually using it? How about TBX (which is way to complicated for daily use)?
LISA could have concentrated much more on making the existing standards rock-solid. In this regard, LISA should have been looking to the Unicode consortium as a model, for instance.

LISA have also missed the way into the cloud. We have a number of web-based TM technologies competing today (TDA, Wordfast, Globalsight etc.), but no standards for the web services APIs that are used to access these systems and applications. In a similar manner, we will probably soon see web-based terminology databases (and Wiktionary might provide the foundation for these). Again, this is an area where LISA as an independent organisation could have been leading the way by defining API standards and working with tools developers to implement them.

It is a pity to see LISA disappear and I do hope that another organisation will continue to maintain and develop the exchange standards. Because we need them badly, especially in an interconnected localization world that is more and more moving into the cloud.

Cheers,

Martin

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