New Industry Specification Group on Localisation Industry Standards

ETSI Headquarters, Sophia Antipolis, France – 13 July 2011 

ETSI has established an Industry Specification Group (ISG) for Localisation Industry Standards (LIS). This new group will develop XML-based specifications for information exchange in the computer-assisted translation industry, and its first meeting will take place on the 18th of August 2011 at ETSI. The ISG is open to participation from outside the ETSI membership. Interested parties should contact the ETSI Secretariat for further details.

The localisation industry has developed specifications for common data formats for data exchange related to computer-assisted translation.  With the recent closure of the Localization Industry Standards Association (LISA), a number of ETSI members involved in the LISA work have decided to establish a new group at ETSI using the Industry Specification Group model.

Members and participants of the LIS ISG, including WhP International, Lionbridge, IBM, Dell and Alcatel-Lucent, plan to extend the existing XML-based specifications for computer assisted translation, including TMX (Translation Memory eXchange) and SRX (Segmentation Rules eXchange). The first meeting of the new group is scheduled to take place on the 18th of August 2011 at ETSI. The ISG is open to participation from outside the ETSI membership, and the full list of members and participants can be consulted at:

This new Industry Specification Group is the seventh ISG established at ETSI since 2008. The popularity of the ISG concept demonstrates that this new type of standards committee at ETSI offers flexibility and features which meet current industry needs.

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About ETSI Industry Specification Groups

The Industry Specification Group (ISG) is an innovative and flexible standards mechanism offered by ETSI, which builds upon the strengths of ETSI's established processes, the professional support provided via the ETSI Portal, and its industry-leading IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) regime. ETSI Industry Specification Groups operate alongside the existing structure of Technical Committees and Working Groups and supplement ETSI's conventional standards development process. ISGs provide a mechanism for the speedy preparation of technical requirements or specifications for well-defined, specific issues, typically in response to a need expressed by a subset of the ETSI membership. ETSI has established seven ISGs during the past three years.

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