African Languages in a Digital Age: Challenges and Opportunities for Indigenous Language Computing

African Languages in a Digital Age: Challenges and Opportunities for Indigenous Language Computing

By: Donald W. Osborn (author)Paperback

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With increasing numbers of computers and diffusion of the internet around the world, localisation of the technology and the content it carries into the many languages people speak is becoming an ever more important area for discussion and action. Localisation, simply put, includes translation and cultural adaptation of user interfaces and software applications, as well as the creation and translation of internet content in diverse langauges. It is essential in making information and communication technology more accessible to the populations of the poorer countries, increasing its relevance to their lives, needs, and aspirations, and ultimately in bridging the 'digital divide'. Localisation is a new and growing field of inquiry. This book identifies issues, concerns, priorities, and lines of research and is intended as a baseline study in defining localisation in Africa and how it is important for development and education in the long term. Techies, geeks, P2P experts, etc. as well as researchers and development organizations, this book is for you.

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With an MA and a PhD in Resource Development from Michigan State University, Dr Don Osborn is founder and director of Bisharat, Ltd - a language, technology and development initiative, dedicated to enhancing the use of African languages in computing and on the internet in the service of development.

Product Details

  • publication date: 15/03/2010
  • ISBN13: 9780796922496
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 176
  • ID: 9780796922496
  • weight: 277
  • ISBN10: 0796922497

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