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CRISP Goals and Structure

The GALA Collaborative Research, Innovation and Standards Program (CRISP) offers an inclusive platform for voluntary cooperation among language enterprise stakeholders. CRISP seeks to bring together participants to produce concrete results that advance the industry and create innovative solutions for shared problems.

This program is an outgrowth of the GALA Standards Initiative, which began in 2011 in an effort to provide a clearinghouse for information about industry standards. It quickly became evident that the GALA community and beyond wanted more than just information about standards; in addition to determining the best practices of tomorrow, they wanted to participate in creating and implementing solutions that could help them in their work today.

GALA’s CRISP program extends the focus beyond standards to create a collaborative framework that is open to experts and volunteers and is designed with low barriers to participation. Program projects and initiatives are driven primarily by its participants, with minimal direction and vetting by a CRISP Advisory Board (AB) of invited experts. Program deliverables will be made available broadly and at reasonable cost.

The CRISP Advisory Board is overseen by GALA’s CRISP Program Leads (Serge Gladkoff, as CRISP program director, and Kim Harris, as Board Liaison (current).

Since CRISP may touch on many areas – collaborative projects, industry standards, research, and so forth – the program is divided into “Clusters”. The idea of a “Cluster” is to group relevant related topics and subjects together, so as to make it easier to understand, manage, participate, and achieve publishable results. CRISP currently consists of four Clusters, each led by a subject-matter expert. More Clusters may be added based on interest and needs. GALA members, CRISP program participants and their companies, and sponsor companies have access to all deliverables and information created by Clusters; others (non-GALA members, those who are not participating in CRISP, etc.) may be charged a fee for access.