Informal technical working group on technical matters relating to interpretation
12/2016 – Meeting organised by the International Criminal Court, the Hague (NL)
On the 20th of December 2016 a meeting of the Informal Working Group on interpretation and conference technologies was chaired and hosted by the International Criminal Court in the Hague. Following presentations were made available:
- Mr Samura (ICC): Videoconferencing with interpretation & AV broadcast technology at the ICC
- Ms Brigida (Infocomm): New standards when working with Interpreters.
- Ms Pauw/Brigida (Infocomm): Membership and standards.
After the different presentations and discussions a visit was organised in the courtroom, demonstration of remote VC connection with one of ICC Field Office location and explanation of the AV courtroom broadcast technology.
05/2016 - Meeting organised by the European Court of Justice (LU)
On the 27th of May 2016 a meeting of the Informal Working Group on the interpretation and conference technologies was hosted and chaired by the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.
12/2015 – VC+I challenges and evolutions.
On the 04th of December 2015, the Informal Technical Working Group on interpretating technologies gathered at the European Commission. The meeting minutes for this meeting can be found here [117 KB] .
Following presentations were publically made available:
- Ms Lely (SCIC); Overview of the state of play of the new ISO standards [117 KB] .
- Ms Dersan (CdT); Presentation on Speech recognition technologies [874 KB] .
- Mr Constable (AIIC/ICC); Technological Developments in Interpreter Training and Practice [376 KB] .
06/2015 – VC+I technical specification agreement, new ISO standard state of play and distance interpreting model proposal
On the 12th of June 2015 a meeting of the Informal Working Group on video-conferencing with interpretation was chaired and hosted by the European Parliament. SCIC presented its state of play on VC+I [729 KB] , including its technical specification [42 KB] agreement with the interpreters for organising VC+I and the state of play on the new ISO standard [99 KB] . A proposal for a model for distance interpreting [269 KB] was presented by the representative of AIIC.
12/2014 – VC+I draft proposal for a specification, ISO standards state of play and new headsets.
On the 05th of December 2014, the Informal Working Group on interpretation related technical matters, gathering representatives from the technical conference services of several European and international institutions, met at the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels.
SCIC presented three files:
- A draft proposal [2 MB] for specifications on VC+I for two types of interventions (a punctual [39 KB] and interactive [40 KB] intervention).
- A briefing [113 KB] on the current state of play on the new ISO standards concerning the interpretation profession, booths and equipment.
- A final pre-production version of the common developed new headset was demonstrated [76 KB] to the members.
07/2014 – VC+I launch of a proposal for common checklist and recommendation document
On the 04th of July 2014, the Informal Working Group on video-conferencing with interpretation, gathering representatives from the technical conference services of several European and international institutions, met at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. SCIC presented [1019 KB] a proposal for two new documents (a checklist and a “Tips for ….”) to help organizers of video-conferences with interpretation. The goal is that all institutions and organisations involved use the same document.
04/2014 – Final findings on the videoconferencing with interpretation follow up study on the distant party set-up
On the 29th of April 2014, the final findings were presented [6 MB] and and discussed with the members of the dedicated working group.
After this final meeting a comprehensive report with the different recommendations has been made available here [5 MB] .
03/2014 – Intermediate findings: follow-up study on Videoconferencing with interpretation
On 11 March 2014, the study's intermediate findings were presented and discussed with the members of the dedicated working group. These findings are based on the analysis of information gathered in the past month from different stakeholders.
A summary of the analysis can be found in this presentation [7 MB] .
01/2014 – Kick-off meeting: follow-up study on Videoconferencing with interpretation
On the 20th of January 2014 a first dedicated working group meeting was held to explain and share ideas on the way the study will be conducted.
12/2013 – Presentation of the follow-up study on Videoconferencing with interpretation
During the working group meeting on the 6th of December 2013, SCIC proposed the new inter-institutional follow-up study on Videoconferencing with interpretation – distant party set-up [457 KB] .
A call for participation was issued on the 18 of December 2013 to the members of the working group to organize sub-workgroup meetings with the aid of an external contractor. These meetings will be held in Q1 of 2014. The description of this assignment can be found here [580 KB] .
07/2013 – Meeting of the working group.
During the course of 2013 the European Commission’s interpretation service started an evaluation project for videoconferencing with interpretation of the distant site based on the consultant report. On the 4th of July 2013, the results and next steps of this project were presented to the group.
During this meeting other interpretation service projects were presented:
Presentation on the project of screens in interpretation booths [2 MB]
Presentation on the successor of the AKG K10 headphones [6 MB]
The European Commission's Directorate General for Interpretation asked this question of a consultant along with the question of which solutions are available in the marketplace. The report is now made public.