Open Source Bible Translation
Translation teams need to have their efforts tested by a wide range of English speakers before their work is published, when it becomes much more difficult to make changes. There is nothing like the reality of how a translation wording comes across to an "ordinary" Bible user to help improve the quality of a Bible version. I know; I've experienced that as we have field tested the Cheyenne translation. It is so much better now than if it had depended on me and one other person working with me, because we got helpful feedback from others.
Is open sourcing for Bible translation just a pipedream? Maybe. But maybe not. A few years ago it might have been thought a pipedream that English Bible translation team members could instantly communicate with each other via the Internet, and use powerful Bible research software like Accordance, so that everyone on the team was "on the same page" and the translation effort could move forward more efficiently. Yet that is exactly how the HCSB team operated. And I'm sure their team would say how grateful they were for the role that computer technology had in the process of birthing the HCSB.
One of my dreams is that a Bible version with the literary potential of the ESV and the technological savvy of its website team could be improved through some form of open sourcing. That would put part of this blog out of business! I could just submit all the wordings I felt were not good literary English to the team via email or the next stage of computer connectivity, and there could be rapid interaction among exegetes and English scholars as to whether or not my ideas had any literary value or not.
Ah, dreams! Maybe Bill Gates will allow open sourcing someday. But then again, maybe not. But that hasn't prevented others from benefitting from the concept, nor will it prevent such benefit in the future, if we are willing. For as it is said, where there's a will, there's a way (it has also been said, where there's a will, there's a relative!).
Kudos to those working to bring about open sourcing in biblical studies. And maybe there can be some good to our planting a bug (not software) in the ear of various ones about Open Source Bible Translation, as well.