Presentation on theme: "Pan African Localization Network"— Presentation transcript:
1 Pan African Localization Network Manal Amin CEO ArabizeMember in ANLoc
2 Biography Manal Mahmoud Amin Graduate of Political Science, Cairo University, July 1983Started career as a translator and technical writer in the first Arabic Computer Company, February 1984 for 10 years.Founded Arabize in April 1994Vice Chairman of The Egyptian Information, Telecommunication, Electronics and Software Alliance (EITESAL)Vice Chairman of The ICT Export Council in the Ministry Trade and IndustryMember of the German Arab Chamber of Commerce, the British Egyptian Business Association, and the Egyptian Irish Business Council
3 The African Network for Localization ICT is necessarily adapted to human languages in order to enable its use by non-specialists.Localization – the adaptation of ICT to the language and culture where it is used – allows cultural pressure to be reduced, eliminated or even reversed.Ten Sub-Projects are being developed to address specific localization needs.
4 ANLoc Partners ACALAN Alt-I Arabize Bisharat Denis Jacquerye Inc. Kamusiproject.orgKasahorowOpenCraftTranslate.org.zaUniversity of Nairobi
5 ANLoc Objectives Build an African network of localizers Lower and eliminate participatory barriersIncrease technology and skills to facilitate localizationEnhance allied localization technologyInfluence Policy
6 ANLoc Sub-ProjectsFonts Development Producing full coverage & choice by ensuring that 10 Latin fonts are fully AfricanKeyboards Development Creating keyboard layouts to type all African languages on a computerLanguage and ICT Policy Reviewing the current state of language and ICT policyLocales Development Creating 100 African locales to boost African languagesLocalization Tools Development Enhancing & expanding the abilities of various localization tools to cover African languages
7 ANLoc Sub-ProjectsLocalization Software Localizing various open source softwareCommon Networking Activities Bringing together participants to share ideas, demonstrate results and build a stronger networkSpell Checkers Development Building spell checkers and diacritic correctors for some large languages in AfricaTerminology Development Creating a 2500 word ICT term list for use in localization Enhancing terminology management softwareTraining on Localization
8 ANLoc Sub-Project: Training An Existing dire need for local localization skillsCreating modules covering local localization needs within a training coursePartners working on this project:Arabize, the Localization CompanyTranslate.org.za
9 Arabize, the Localization Company A leading Localization company in the Middle EastA limited Liability Company providing Arabization, DTP, documentation, testing, digitization, and content development services.Highly equipped with latest technology.100 skilled well trained employeesEurope marketing office based in SwitzerlandWell organized working environment (organizational structure, working process, Financial and HR departments)ISO 9001\2000 certified and preparing for applying 6 sigma and ENExcellent relation with MCIT and major funding agencies and programsRevenues in the past 5 years exceeds US$1000,000
10 Arabize and TILPCooperating with The Institute of Localization Professionals (TILP) - University of Limerick, IrelandPreparing and delivering the material for the Arabic ChapterHosting the 4-day course training
11 Arabic Chapter Define the Topics Gather Material Select various topics to address training objectives of the Arabic ModuleCoincide with the international certificateGather MaterialSearch in hard and soft references, and onlineDocument work experienceDevelop Training MaterialPowerPoint presentationsReader document and Reading listExercises and Scenarios for delivering themBilingual glossary and more…
12 Arabic Chapter Deliver Demos Finalize Material Suitability of the material for the audienceEfficiency of the trainerFinalize MaterialFeedbacks from demosMaterial renamingPrepare Training Packs and FacilitiesTrainer’s PackTrainees’ Pack
13 Arabic Chapter Deliver Arabic Module Project Dissemination July 14, 2008Arabize TrainersProject DisseminationTILP - The Institute of Localization ProfessionalsEitesal - Egyptian Information Telecommunications Electronics & Software Alliance
14 Next Step Africa is divided into 5 regions. Arabic Chapter is North African region.Next: Collaborate to prepare Regional Chapters for three other languages in Africa.
15 Thank YouFor more information, Please do not hesitate to contact me at:To know more about ArabizeTo know more about ANLoc