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AFRIK-IT  April 2005

AFRIK-IT April 2005

Subject:

Re: Software localization efforts in Africa?

From:

"Donald Z. Osborn" <[log in to unmask]>

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African Network of IT Experts and Professionals (ANITEP) List

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Sun, 17 Apr 2005 00:09:26 -0500

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Thank you. Yes I'm in communication with them both. When I wrote Eastern Africa,
I meant the Horn too. I'm also in touch with Dr. Solomon Atnafu, who has been
involved with the localization of mobile technology (an area that promises to
become ever more important given the increased use of cellphones
continentwide).

Among others in the eastern part of the continent, there is of course the
Kilinux effort, focusing on Swahili and based in Tanzania, and a FOSS
localization group in Uganda.

Don Osborn
Bisharat.net



Quoting Kebadu Muluken <[log in to unmask]>:

> 
> You may want to contact Dr. Dawit Bekele or Mr. Daniel Yacob from EthioLink
> (www.ethiolink.com) for similar efforts in Ethiopia.
> 
> Cheers!
> 
> 
> Kebadu Muluken Belachew
> ICT Specialist, USAID, Internet Data Services
> 1100 Wilson Blv. Suite 1000
> Arlington, Virginia 22209, USA
> Tel:   703-666-1223 Fax:   703-666-1466
> email: [log in to unmask] or [log in to unmask]
> 
> 
> 
> >From: "Donald Z. Osborn" <[log in to unmask]>
> >Reply-To: "African Network of IT Experts and Professionals (ANITEP)
> List"              <[log in to unmask]>
> >To: [log in to unmask]
> >Subject: Software localization efforts in Africa?
> >Date: Sat, 16 Apr 2005 19:01:42 -0500
> >
> >I am interested in communicating with individuals and projects involved in
> >software localization/translation to African languages in (and for) Africa,
> >particularly by free/open-source software projects and small proprietary
> >software firms.
> >
> >I have sent similar requests out in the past and from replies to those, as
> well
> >as from various other contacts and news releases, have developed a pretty
> good
> >idea of the main players in South Africa, Nigeria, and Eastern Africa,
> along
> >with as some efforts elsewhere on and off the continent. But this
> information
> >is certainly not complete and the field is changing constantly.
> >
> >I take this topic broadly, including software applications (office suites,
> >browsers, wordprocessors, locales, etc.), specialized subareas like
> keyboard
> >layouts, machine translation, text-speech transformations, font
> development,
> >etc. It is also always of interest to know of other projects, such as
> online
> >dictionaries, language learning programs, content development initiatives.
> >
> >This information will be used in research I am undertaking on African
> language
> >localization and in perhaps adding to a list of invitees to a (FOSS)
> >localization workshop currently in the late planning stages. More info on
> the
> >latter is forthcoming.
> >
> >Thanks in advance for any feedback.
> >
> >Don
> >
> >Don Osborn, Ph.D.         [log in to unmask]
> >*Bisharat! A language, technology & development initiative
> >*Bisharat! Initiative langues - technologie - développement
> >http://www.bisharat.net
> 
> 

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