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Kvaløy Nettverk has been named the exclusive Kontax Translation Manager for Azerbaijan
(2012.11.15)    Kvaløy Nettverk has been named the exclusive Translation Manager in Azerbaijan for Kontax a global press release service specialising in the distribution of multilingual news and information.
   Available in more than 160 countries and over 60 languages, Kontax allows customers in every country to publish and distribute - free of charge - an unlimited number of multimedia press releases in the language of their choice, and to obtain professional translations of their press releases in any other language.
   Kontax users have direct contact with the Kontax translation companies – most of which have ISO 9001 or equivalent certification, and apply EN 15038 quality assurance procedures – appointed in each country to ensure translated press releases are optimised in terms of cost and quality.

Kvaloy Nettverk graduates from Enterprise Development and Training Programme
(2008.08.18)    Kvaloy Nettverk has successfully graduated from the Enterprise Development and Training Programme (EDTP) in the translation services sector in Baku, Azerbaijan. EDTP is a three-year initiative in support of local business development sponsored by BP and its co-venturers in Azerbaijan. The programme is part of BP’s effort to increase local content of their contracts in Azerbaijan and thereby contribute to the healthy and transparent development of the local economy.

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Linguistic Validation

Kvaløy Nettverk offers linguistic evaluation services in languages of the former USSR and Asia. Linguistic evaluation is used in highly regulated industries where accuracy and professional expertise in the subject matter are vital. Kvaløy Nettverk provides linguistic evaluation to make sure that the language versions obtained are conceptually equivalent to the original text and to one another; that they are culturally relevant and acceptable to the target population within each target country; and that they are psychometrically comparable.

The process of linguistic evaluation at Kvaløy Nettverk consists of 9 stages described below.

Conceptual Definition

The original text is analysed and definition of concepts is found in order to clarify the concepts investigated in the source language to ensure that they are reflected appropriately in the target language. This steps also includes discussions with the Client. Based on the initial review, the Project Manager submits his/her findings to the Client for confirmation or clarification. All information provided by the Client is recorded in the project report.

Forward Translation

This step comprises translation, editing and proofreading in order to obtain a consensus target language version. At Kvaløy Nettverk, two independent translations are produced by two professional translators in the target language spoken in the target country. This is followed by a reconciliation meeting between the two forward translators and their Project Manager to obtain a consensus version. Based on this discussion, the consensus language version may be further modified.

Backward Translation

At this stage, quality of translation is assessed and controlled by back-translation of the text in target language into the source language. The forward consensus version is translated back into the source language by one independent translator. The conceptual content of forward consensus versions is checked by comparison of the source text with the backward translation. Discussions are held with the client. Based on this discussion, a second target language version will be created.

Pilot Testing

At this stage, an input is got from people representing future users or target audience of the translated text. Two more procedures take place simultaneously: the Cognitive Debriefing with a sample of respondents and expert review.

Cognitive Debriefing

This step is aimed at assessment of clarity, intelligibility, appropriateness, and cultural relevance of the target language version to the target population. The end users or target users are interviewed to test the interpretation of the translation.

Expert Review

Experts provide their input on the translation as to the domain-specific terminology. At this stage, Kvaløy Nettverk submits the target version to the appointed expert reviewer. The Reviewer makes comments and suggestions for changes in the translation and returns it to Kvaløy Nettverk. Feedback is also incorporated from potential end users or target audience of the translation. Suggestions retained are incorporated into the second target language version with the results of the cognitive debriefing, resulting in a third target language version of the text.

International Harmonization

International harmonization is aimed at ensuring consistency of translation decisions and use of colloquial language across countries and enhancing cross-cultural comparability. At this stage, the source text and the target language versions are compared, item by item, in order to harmonize solutions proposed for different languages. Subsequently, each target language version with revisions suggested during international harmonization is submitted to the appropriate Consultant who will review the suggestions and inform Kvaløy Nettverk whether they can be retained or explain why they should not be. Suggestions retained and incorporated into the target language version result in a fourth target language version of the text.


The fourth target language version undergoes at least two rounds of proofreading to ensure that no typing, spelling, or grammatical mistakes remain. Integration of relevant corections leads to the final target language version.


Kvaløy Nettverk writes a report to keep track of the work done, methodology followed, translation issues raised, and decisions made during the linguistic validation process. This report shall describe the translation methodology, a synthesis of the translation problems encountered and solutions retained in the course of the linguistic validation process. The report covers all languages included in the project.