In November, Red Hat and C-DAC GIST organized a two-day conference, which Mozilla helped support, called the FUEL GILT Conference 2014. The event focused on GILT (Globalization, Internationalization, Localization, and Translation) technologies and was held at YASHADA Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration, the Administrative Training Institute of the Government of Maharashtra, India, in Pune. The annual event was first held last year, and approximately 100 people attended the 2014 conference.
FUEL GILT Conference is the largest FOSS localization industry conference, and the FUEL Project is the largest repository of standard linguistic resources in the field of free and open source software. FUEL stands for "frequently used entries for localization", and the FUEL project community works to create standard linguistic and technical resources, such as standardized terminology, translation style and convention guides, Unicode Text Rendering Reference Standard (UTRRS), Translation Assessment Matrix, and more.
FUEL also has started creating modules of terminology for domains other than information and communication technology, including education and health care. In fact, two new FUEL terminology modules, fuel-cloud and fuel-agriculture, were reviewed and released at this year's conference.
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According to the Bible, there was a time when all people on earth spoke one language, and people began building the Tower of Babel to reach the heavens, which was in open defiance of God’s wishes. To stop these efforts, God made everybody speak different languages so that no one could understand each other. Because of the new language barrier, work on the tower halted and it remained unfinished. As with the Tower of Babel, language differences can be a barrier in technology, as almost 95% of people in the world are non-native English speakers.
Two approaches to tackling the challenge of language barriers preventing knowledge decentralization are to force everybody to learn the same language, or change the technology to support different languages. In the world of free and open source, Fedora, GNOME, KDE, LibreOffice, and Mozilla are a few of the many projects working toward supporting different languages. A variety of projects are helping to create information- and communication-related tools and technologies in languages that diverse communities of users can understand. Almost all major open source projects are working with more than 100 languages. Thousands of volunteers around the world contribute to localization projects to help break down communication barriers.
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FUEL Project announced a Call for Papers for the 2nd FUEL GILT Conference, which is the largest event of FOSS language technology. The conference will be held November 14-15, 2014, in Pune, India.
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