Collaboratively develop the software that companies, freelancers and MT-researchers need
Many translation companies, translation departments, freelancers and MT-researchers are technically skilled. They know what they want and expect from their software.
The goal of the translate5 project is to give the control over the software they use to its users.
It's about being independent, it's about being able to use, extend and integrate their software in the way they need it. And it's about being in control over your software.
Joint development: the conceptual base
The language industry is becoming more technically complex.
For small- and medium-sized companies and language departments of big companies, joining development forces with others to develop the software they need is an important factor in building the processes you acutally need and maintaining independence from the big players of the language industry.
For MT- researchers it is extremely helpful to be in close cooperation with companies using translation software in business - and to engage in common software development. Translation professionals benefit from inputs of MT- research in development and translation processes.
The conceptual basis for these needs is joint development based on Open Source.
Studies show, that many of the most successful companies cooperate with their competitors.
translate5 project cooperates with these and other Open Source projects wherever possible. As a web server environment, translate5 serves as an API-based integration hub for many different tools (both Open Source and proprietary) to help users enjoy the combined power of different tools in an easy-to-use GUI.
Why Open Source & free software
Open Source is free software. It is free in the sense of "no cost to use", but its main idea is "freedom". Users are free to do what they want with the software - integrate it, extend it, develop it - as long as they respect the Open Source license.
translate5 follows this concept of Open Source in the sense of free software. It's goal is to serve and support its users and be owned by its users in the way, that users can influence and contribute to the development in any way they want and need.
This gives users security for their business: They will be able to rely on the software no matter what happens to any company backing it. They always will be able to find someone to support or develop it.
In addition to that, the freedom of Open Source enables software to attract much more attention from both users and contributors than closed source software can.