Dear List Members,

While GKD was in a focused discussion last month, there was a
localization development sprint in Warsaw (20-22 Nov.). Here is the
announcement that went out after the meeting, which invites input.

Don Osborn


Announcing the Wiki and Planet Localisation

We Heartily Invite Your Participation and Contributions!

The first Localisation Developers Sprint took place in Warsaw, Poland
from 20 to 22 November, 2004. The event brought together a diverse group
of leaders and innovators in software and documentation localisation for
the NGO sector to share experiences, compare projects and practices, and
document the same. The Sprint was organised by Aspiration
<> and Tactical Tech Collective

The goals of the Localisation Sprint were three-fold: 

* Individuals working in the localisation field rarely enjoy the
opportunity to convene, grow relationships and collaborate on applied
projects; the sprint provided a venue for enhancing the social network
of localisation practitioners while focusing on concrete outcomes.

* Participants mapped out the localisation landscape, from tools to
guides to practices; many exciting projects and initiatives are underway
around the globe, but few top-down views exists into the range of

* Participants laid the foundation and initial groundwork for curricula
designed to educate developers, technical intermediaries and funders in
the best practices and sustainable processes for localisation in a broad
scope of technology and documentation contexts around the globe. The
curricula will see their first use at Asia Source in January 2005
<>, an event bringing together NGO
technology activists and intermediaries from Southeast Asia to discuss
free and open source software deployment for civil society organisations
in the region.

All materials generated at the sprint are being published under Creative
Commons license to encourage the broadest use, adoption and ongoing
enhancement of those resources.

We invite anyone interested in these topics to visit
<> to survey the work to this point and to add
their own knowledge, experience and comments to the mix. In particular,
we invite you to:

* View the Wiki at <> and add your
knowledge. We've attempted to create pages aimed at different
localisation audiences (including developers, eRiders, funders, and end
users), but there is much to be done in completing and broadening these
resources. A Wiki is a system of Web pages which allows easy
editing/adding of content simply through your Web browser.

* Visit Planet Localisation at <>, check
out the feeds and let us know of blogs we should be aggregating. A
Planet is a Web page that includes the most recent entries of the blogs
- online diaries - of people with a common interest (here, it's

* Join the loc-dev mailing list and participate in discussions about
creating software that's adaptable for a broader range of locales. To
join, send email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] or go
to subscription page at
We invite you to please forward this announcement to any appropriate
lists, organisations and individuals. Thank you!

The LocalisationDev Organisers

Aspiration <>

Tactical Tech Collective <>

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