While there may be reasons to wait for Google, there is nothing stopping you
to use this time to localise for your language ... As you may have read on
my blog, the localisation for mobile MediaWiki is now also complete for
Bangla, for Telugu there are four messages left to do.
On 22 February 2010 10:19, Ravi shankar <ravidreams_03(a)yahoo.com> wrote:
regarding the mail below:
Sundar and I have initiated contacts with Google on coordinating their
Google has agreed in principle for the demands below.
We hope we can update all Indian Wikis about the progress in this
collaboration, say in a month or two. Then it may be a good model for all
Indian Wikis to follow. So, it may be a good idea for all Indian Wikis to
wait during this period so Google need not have to do the same consensus
evolving approach with many wikis.
*From:* Ravi shankar <ravidreams_03(a)yahoo.com>
*Sent:* Fri, December 25, 2009 11:30:27 AM
*Subject:* Coordinating Google translation kit articles
Following the recent Wiki meet in Bangalore, Sundar (Tamil Wikipedian)
brought to our notice that Google is contributing to various Indian language
Wikis using Google translation kit and paid translators. In Tamil Wiki, we
feel a strong need to corordinate / organize this activity andwe hope it is
the same situation in many Indian language wikis.
So, may I propose that we discuss this in this mailing list and send a
common notification from Indian language wikis to Google India? To begin
with I propose the following. Please add to the list.
1. Google should appoint one coordinator each for every Indian language
wiki where they contribute articles. This coordinator should be available to
reach by mail and be adequately responsive (Say, once a week at least). He
will take feedback from the wiki community and pass it to the paid
2. If Googe policy allows, they should know us the time frame and scale of
this operation so we can plan accordingly.
3. Google should not translate existing articles because they are over
riding previous contributions.
4. Each Wiki can submit a list of needed articles and the translators can
consider giving priority from them.
5. Each Wiki can draft an essential Manual of Style which the translators
6. Based on the responses for above, we shall periodically re-evaluate how
we can continue to cooperate with Google.
After we finalise the list , some one of us who has links with Google India
team can take this forward.
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