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ADA Celebrates 25 Years!

The Americans with Disabilities Act was passed into law 25 years ago in July of 1990. The result of decades of unceasing work by disability advocates, the ADA is one of America’s most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life.adaquote

Crucial to those in the video and language industries, the ADA included the deaf and hearing impaired community.  In the 90s, the internet was in its infancy, and the state of video was America’s Funniest Home Video (also celebrating its 25th anniversary).  Facebook (2004) and YouTube (2005) were at least a decade away.  The ADA, of course, only dealt with the existing telecommunications.

Captions and closed captions had been experimented with in the 70s.  In fact, Washington’s public television station and current Dotsub customer, WETA, successfully tested the closed captioning system in 1973.  Network broadcasting of regular shows with televisions equipped with closed caption decoders began in the 80s.

The disability advocates have continued to work ceaselessly with the ADA and the FCC to expand accessibility to include new technology.  The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act expanded the scope of devices that must display captions to all video devices that display video programming transmitted simultaneously with sound, including those that can receive or display programming carried over the Internet.

Today, content service providers, such as broadcasters and cable companies, must provide closed captioning for 100% of all new, non-exempt, English language video programming.  The aim is to maintain the pace of accessibility with advances in technology.

The ADA is the model for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Treaty.  The Convention was adopted in December 2006 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, and was opened for signature on 30 March 2007. It was met with the highest number of signatories in history to a UN Convention on its opening day.  It is the first comprehensive human rights treaty of the 21st century and was enacted in May 2008.  Ironically, the U.S. is not a signatory.

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Sources:

http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?navid=15&pid=150
http://www.ada.gov/ada_intro.htm
http://fpif.org/the-americans-with-disabilities-act-is-a-model-for-the-world-literally/
http://nad.org/issues/technology/captioning/when-required
http://www.ncicap.org/about-us/history-of-closed-captioning/

Michael Smolens Speaking at Cross Video Days (Video)

Dotsub’s Chairman. Michael Smolens gave the keynote speech at Cross Video Days in Paris. Michael’s talk emphasized expansion of video reach via language translation.  With more than 1,100 participants, Cross Video Days has established itself as a major event of the audiovisual industry in Europe gathering all actors in the value chain: authors, producers, TV, digital platforms, funding bodies, communication agencies and the most innovative cross-media brands and startups.

Here’s the keynote with English captions or Spanish translation.

Dotsub Friend IAP HealthPhone Launches!

IAP HealthPhone is announcing their largest launch to date.  We have written about the HealthPhone project in these pages before.  Using mobile phones and SD chips with videos about health and nutrition for mothers and children in 18 Indian language translations, the HealthPhone method was proven to improve household well-being.  Last March with help from the Dotsub community, HealthPhone won the peoples’ choice Katerva award for Gender Equality.  Today, we are happy to share that this project is being launched in on a massive scale estimated to reach more than 170 million households in India.  See the full press release here.

This three year effort was a public private initiative made up of The HealthPhone project of The Mother and Child Health and Education Trust (MCHET), The Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP), Ministry of Women and Child Development, UNICEF and Aamir Khan, and Vodafone. This is the world’s largest digital mass education undertaking to tackle malnutrition in mothers and children.

“This is the fulfillment of the dream of my lifetime – to deliver lifesaving information directly into the hands of mothers on throughout the whole of India,” states Nand Wadhwani, Founding Trustee, The Mother and Child Health and Education Trust.

Wadhwani continues, “The three-year campaign by IAP HealthPhone will be transformative for India’s fight against malnutrition and is expected to benefit the health of tens of millions of children in India in the years and decades to come. We are thrilled to be a part of this ‘dream team’ working together to put health and nutrition knowledge directly in the hands of those who need it most. We look forward to India’s children thriving from the power of their knowledgeable mothers.”

This unique program leverages the increasing penetration of mobile and by 2018 will educate over ten million 13-35 year-old girls and women and their families in India on better health and nutrition practices.  This project also serves as proof-of-concept for opportunities to provide health and nutrition information by leveraging mobile phone penetration with video in native languages in places like Africa, Malaysia, etc.

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Dotsub Sponsors Kaltura Connect 2015

Kaltura Connect 2015: June 24

Dotsub is proud to be a Diamond sponsor of Kaltura Connect Virtual Summit 2015!  The series contained three tracks: May 28th: Education Track, June 11: Enterprise Track and the upcoming June 24: OTT and Monetization Track.  In an innovative new format, Kaltura Connect 2015 is a virtual conference, with all sessions broadcast over the web and a virtual exhibit hall for one-on-one interaction.  On Wednesday June 24th, come visit us at our booth!  The only thing missing is stale coffee!

 

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June 24:  As viewers increasingly gravitate towards over-the-top content, online video has become more and more valuable. Delivering an outstanding viewing experience for premium content can be a challenge, as the number of devices increases, the market continues to fragment, and standards change. Join media industry leaders to explore the secrets of effective monetization, programming, delivery, marketing, and more through cutting-edge online video techniques. At the Kaltura Connect OTT+Monetization Video Summit, discover how to unlock the full value of online video.

For the agenda and to register…

 

 

The Enterprise Track featured leaders from various industries describing the strategic role video playing in their organizations.

Video is transforming the way we do business. It has the power to increase engagement, collaboration, and institutional knowledge by helping employees connect, personally and intuitively. This track is available for viewing.  Listen to the leaders in enterprise video technology and discover how to increase innovation, improve training, and even monetize your rich media content. You can learn how to empower your employees, consolidate your content, and create a successful video strategy.

View the Enterprise summit sessions Video-on-demand here.

The Education Track featured leaders from organizations and institutions dealing with higher education and with the already valuable tool of video.

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This track is available for viewing.  Listen to Education leaders about their use of video to further engage, increase motivation, and otherwise enhance learning.  You can learn about the challenges and successes in the video strategy of these institutions.

View the Education summit sessions video-on-demand here.

 

GALA Conference March 2015

Gala Conference, March 22-25, Sevilla, Spain
by Tanbir Johal

The well-known voice of the localization industry, the Globalization and Localization Association (GALA), tends to hold its annual conference in very attractive destinations – past locations have included Monaco, Istanbul and Miami – where in 2013 our very own David Orban was the keynote speaker.

This year was no exception, with the conference taking place last week in historic Sevilla, southern Spain. The relatively small size of the conference and high level attendees ensured it was focused and informative, with daily sessions ranging across Interpreting, technology, travel and other industry topics. We were very pleased to attend and hear fascinating insights from the people who make up this multi-cultural industry.

The buzz was all around the conference theme of Change and Disruption, with a entertaining keynote by Paula Shannon of Lionbridge Language Services, one of Dotsub’s key partners. In her speech Paula dived into many of the advancements breaking new ground in the localization industry today: including real-time translation tools, and portable, wearable translation devices. The future is upon us!

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Are You Using Video to Make the World a Better Place?

See3 Communications , YouTube and the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) are excited to present the 2015 DoGooder National Awards!

Enter your video today to have the opportunity to showcase your innovative and impactful video and increase your video’s viewership (the viewing increase was a whopping 5,21%).  Submission ends on February 8th.

Dotsub friend, Michael Hoffman, CEO of See3, says, “Dotsub has helped so many people and organizations to ‘do good’ through the creative force of video.  It is only natural that we invite members of the Dotsub community to participate – and maybe win – the 2015 National DoGooder Awards!”

There are four categories for Awards:

ImpactX Award: A juried prize based on the real world impact driven by a video.

DoGooder YouTube Creator for Good Award: A juried prize based on the social impact driven by a YouTube creator through their videos.

Best Nonprofit Video Award: This category is reserved exclusively for 501c3 or equivalent nonprofits in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia and New Zealand per YouTube’s Nonprofit Program membership rules.

Funny for Good Award: This category celebrates those videos that use humor and comedy to raise awareness and drive action around important issues. The winner in this category will be chosen through public voting and must be a member of the YouTube Nonprofit Program.

To learn more about the contest rules visit the web site: http://2015.dogooder.tv/

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Dotsub.com November Statistics

Here is the December edition of our regular section giving you, the Dotsub community, an idea of where in the world our users were using Dotsub and what languages they were working in during the month of November, 2014 and as always a fascinating piece of geography trivia at the end, this month with some Natural History thrown in.

English, Spanish and Portuguese are well established at the top of the rankings these days and in the last few months French and Czech have been consistently 4th and 5th, with Dutch, Italian and German vying for the next 3 places. Russian is the first language with a different alphabet at 9th and Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Greek, Hebrew and Arabic are also represented in the top 20. So there are 13 of the top 20 using the Latin alphabet with 7 using other characters.

As always I have removed the top few (4 in this case) to make the graph a little more discernible.

 

In the countries section, Spain took second place pushing Canada to third, Brazil staying at 4th with the UK at 5th. Slovenia roared back into the top 20 at  #10 and New Zealand appeared at #14. Argentina dropped from #13 to #18 and Israel crept in at #20.

And removing the US allows everything else to be seen a little more easily.

 

Geography Trivia. The intriguing part of the data to me, as regular readers know, is the countries and/or territories that are at the other end of the list with only one or two visits. This month we primarily had unique visits from islands or groups of islands. This month, 10 of the 12 unique visitors came from island nations, the other 2 from African nations, one of those being the newest nation on earth, South Sudan.

The island group we will mention this week is Kiribati. Officially the Independent and Sovereign Republic of Kiribati, is an island nation in the central tropical Pacific Ocean. The permanent population is just over 100,000 (2011) on 800 square kilometers (310 sq mi). The nation is composed of 32 atolls and one raised coral island, Banaba, dispersed over 3.5 million square kilometers, (1,351,000 square miles) straddling the equator, and bordering the International Date Line at its easternmost point amidst the Line Islands.

The name Kiribati is the local pronunciation of Gilberts, which derives from the main island chain, named the Gilbert Islands after the British explorer Thomas Gilbert, who sailed through the islands in 1788. The capital, South Tarawa, consists of a number of islets connected through a series of causeways, located in the Tarawa archipelago. Kiribati became independent from the United Kingdom in 1979. It is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the IMF and the World Bank, and became a full member of the United Nations in 1999.

It reached the zenith of its popularity on December 31st, 1999 where because of its proximity to the International Date Line, it was the first nation to see the new millennium. It was probably also the first nation to realize that the Y2K fears were greatly exaggerated.

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The Global Language Network

Translation Big Data Mapped in New Study

What are the most influential languages in the world? Researchers at MIT, led by César Hidalgo, set out to answer that question.

How would you even begin?  They began with books, Wikipedia, and Twitter and then mapped the number of translations between languages.  [Ed Note: Why not videos and movies??]  The researchers were rigorous in weeding out commercial tweets, bot generated content, sales/marketing messages, etc.  Translations were used as a metric for the greatest ability to reach other people and thereby influence them.

The hub languages?  English turned out to be the largest hub for information translated from one language into another in all three data sets. Other languages including Russian, German, and Spanish also serve as hubs to other languages.  It should be remembered that these are not based on number of speakers or even who is doing the writing – it is based on the number of translations.

“Of the many languages that have ever been spoken, only a few of them have been able to achieve global prominence, they have been important enough to become a global language,” Hidalgo told Serious Science.

The results and details are beautifully laid out on the interactive website:  The Global Language Network.   Be forewarned that you might get in there and not get out for quite a while.

Screen shots below.

The Wikipedia Data Set

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The Twitter Data Set

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The Books Data Set

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Make Way for Millennials!

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Kay Koplovitz founded the USA Network and is the first woman to serve as network president in television history.  Recognized as an authority in broadcast, communications and technology,  Koplovitz explores how the millennials are building the entrepreneurial community in a two-part article for Forbes.  The youth oriented organizations include the Kairos  Society and the Thieil Foundation.  The common themes are cross- discipline collaboration, focus on solving big problems on a large and holistic scale, and strong encouraging mentorship.  That’s where Dotsub’s Founder, Michael Smolens comes in (Part 2).  Koplovitz conclusion is that in such smart and hard-working hands, the future looks bright indeed.

Part 1.

Part 2.

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Around the Globe: Second Languages

This fascinating info-graphic shows the second most used languages in countries throughout the world.  The rise and fall of these secondary languages are of wide interest to companies and organizations that serve – or sell to – these populations.  Dotsub translated combinations of over 50 different languages in recent months, often to meet the demands of non-primary language speakers.

There are, of course, many different and intertwined reasons for the rise and fall of particular language usage.  There is history: war, occupation and migration.  Examples shown here include Tatar in Russia and Nahuatl (informally known as Aztec) in Mexico.  Then there is proximity that enables trade such as the use of Swedish in Finland and the use of Danish in Iceland.

Immigration is a driving factor as well.  In the U.S., the Spanish speaking population is the fastest growing population which has fueled powerhouses like Univision and Telemundo.  Meanwhile, in England, a large wave of Polish speakers have migrated to the UK since Poland joined the EU in 2004.  Still, that Polish is England’s secondary language is surprising but it shouldn’t be.

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