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Localization is an inventive principle

March 20th, 2015

When Gendrich Altshuller analyzed thousands of patents, he noticed that many inventions involved disrupting the uniformity of some quality of an object such that parts of the object can fulfill different and useful functions. Thus, besides chopping things into pieces (principle 1: segmentation) and pulling some pieces out (principle 2: extraction), objects or parts of objects are modified in or for certain situations. He called this third principle “local quality” – probably because the word for this particular activity had not been invented yet or had at least not been popularized. From today’s vantage point, it is fairly clear that he meant: localization.

Portuguese Spelling Intiative Part 2

January 15th, 2015

Summary of Major Changes
Brazilian Portuguese
An estimated 0.5% of the Brazilian Portuguese lexicon is affected by the spelling reform. The major changes are as follows:
1. Removal of accents that indicate pronunciation
2. Removal of hyphens in compound words
3. Standardization of hyphen use in prefixes
a. Hyphen is used when the second element starts with an “h”
b. Hyphen is not used when the prefix ends with a vowel and is followed by a different vowel or a consonant other than “r” or “s”

Iberian Portuguese (Portuguese for Portugal/European Portuguese)

There are significantly more changes for Iberian Portuguese, as the reform aligns the languages closer to the current Brazilian dialect. The major changes are as follows:
1. Addition of the letters k, w, and y to the Portuguese alphabet
2. Omission of all mute consonants
3. Standardization of the capitalization of months, seasons, and orientation which are to be lower-case when written within a sentence
4. Removal of accents that indicate pronunciation
5. Removal of accents used solely to distinguish between different words that would otherwise be spelt the same
6. Removal of hyphens in compound words
7. Standardization of hyphen use in prefixes
a. Hyphen is used when the second element starts with an “h”
b. Hyphen is not used when the prefix ends with a vowel and is followed by a different vowel or a consonant other than “r” or “s”

Portuguese Spelling Initiative Part 1

January 15th, 2015

On January 1, 2009, all eight Portuguese-speaking countries signed the 1990 Orthographic Agreement, which implements new standardized spelling rules to unify Brazilian and Iberian Portuguese. The goal of the reform is to improve technology-based research, standardize legal documents, and increase global markets particularly for film and book production. The countries were given a six-year transition period, ending in December 2014, to implement the new spelling and grammar rules in schools and governments.

Executive Q&A: Georgia Roeming’s Geo Group translates for some of Wisconsin’s biggest companies

January 9th, 2015

Probably the most high-stakes, with a hint of cloak-and-dagger, interpreting assignment that Georgia Roeming’s Madison-based translation services company ever received took place a year ago in March, when Roeming took a call one Friday from an executive at BP Amoco.

BP, one of the world’s biggest international oil and gas companies, wanted to bring Roeming and some of her simultaneous interpretation equipment to its U.S. headquarters in Houston, for a series of meetings with Russian business people who spoke no English.

The Geo Global Communications Conference was a HUGE success!

November 24th, 2014

The Geo Global Communications Conference was a HUGE success! Thank you to all who participated. We have gathered your input and are looking forward to next year’s conference. Here are some of the survey responses:

“It was nice to take a break from business, and learn about the translation industry”

Registration Now Open

July 28th, 2014

October 29, 2014

The Geo Group is a Gold Sponsor of the Northeast Wisconsin ATD Chapter September Educational Workshop

June 24th, 2014

Associated Center – 433 Main Street – Green Bay, WI

To establish real credibility and demonstrate value, learning and development professionals need to measure whether or not participants actually applied what they learned once back on the job (Level 3 evaluation), and show evidence of Level 4 business results.

Yet according to an ASTD research study, only 55% of organizations evaluate some learning programs at Level 3 and an even smaller 37% of organizations evaluate some programs at Level 4. This raises the question: “If conducting Level 3 and Level 4 evaluations is critical to establishing credibility and demonstrating value, how come so few organizations are doing it?” The unfortunate answer is that most L&D professionals are not savvy in the art and science of creating Level 3 and Level 4 evaluations nor do they have much experience doing it.

The Chicagoland Chapter of ASTD is holding a skills seminar: Let’s talk e Learning

May 20th, 2014

Join CCASTD for a panel discussion on e-Learning. The panel of e-Learning experts will talk about and answer questions on a variety of related topics, including:

  • Rapid authoring tools
  • Tips and techniques for e-Learning development
  • Development time for e-Learning
  • Recommendations for introducing e-Learning into your organization
  • How to develop skills for e-Learning
  • Managing e-Learning projects
  • Assessing learner needs for e-Learning design
  • Designing an e-Learning strategy

The Geo Group is Growing. . . In More Ways than One.

December 10th, 2013

Our staff is ever-changing and growing. This year we have hired several new staff members.

In-country Review

November 14th, 2013

At the Geo Group, we constantly strive to raise the standards of quality. In the spirit of community and to promote understanding, we are now reaching out to explain the “how”s and “why”s of our processes, starting with our in-country review.