Tuesday, September 10, 2013

One of the happenning event FUEL GILT conference 6-7 Sept 2013 @ Pune, India

    I would like to start this blogpost with saying one of the successful conference happened during recent times in GILT industry in India. One can get idea from the power packed program schedule[1] with highly weighted name like Mr. Sam Pitroda.

    One of the very useful things was govt. was involved in this conference. Govt's positive approach to get things done in opensource way was very motivating to opensource contributors. Hoping this will go further ahead and we will get major contributions from government in each opensource project like FUEL.

    Another point was most of the opensource contributors from well known organizations were present. It was really great to see all of them. Having Anivar from SMC in conference was very useful. He given very useful comments in most of the sessions.

    I am sure attendees now have clear understanding of complexities of Localization industry and hurricane task done by the communities over the years.

    Though first day Keynote speaker was not able to attend, Satish Mohan and Mahesh Kulkarni very nicely motivated the audience and educated them regarding FUEL efforts.

    I liked Zanata session from Ani Peter. Features available in Zanata project are really good. Specifically liked the feature of allowing two translator chat while working on same project and decide on words choice. Question from audience regarding having localize instance of Zanata was really well worth.

    Rajat Gupta session on "Towards generation of translation memories from varied file formats from distributed/unorganized data" created interest in audience regarding how can they use there different format localize data to create translation memory.
    Talk by Ms. Sushma Chitta on "Application of Simplified Technical English in globalization of the content." was interesting. The guidelines of  Simplified Technical English (STE) was nice. I am not aware regarding any such open standard.

    Rahul Bhalerao Ex-Red Hatter  explained the importants of understanding target audience thoroughly before doing translations.
    Good part from the  conference perspective was audience was very vocal and attentive.

    It was good meeting Karthik, mostly interacted with him on bugzilla and mailing list. He presented on WMF activities on i18n sides. Also good to Goraji after long time, i remember we worked together for fixing sorting issues in glibc. Looking forward to see some more contributions from him.

    Dinner was good had nice discussion with Mr. Pavanaja U B he told how he started developing open type fonts during 2001. (That time i was doing my first year of engineering ;)). He promised help for Lohit2 Kannada development.

    Had a nice conversation with Omshivaprakash. We were discussing about bug in gnome-shell [2] Tested it today but not able to reproduce same. Was happy to see one more gnome-shell fan. :)

    Arjuna Rao Chavala talk was nice and his interest in improving Indian language uses across communities is impressive. Though English is important as a business language i am sure people will not forget there language. Easy to use basic i18n components are key factors.

    Twitting was good experience in this conference with gang :)

    Second day keynote by Mr. Sam Pitroda was great. He provided information regarding National Translation Mission and also emphasized on point that Machine translation is required to handle huge data.

    Talk by Mr. Guntupalli Karunakar on "Indic fonts: Guidelines and Standardization" was well taken, i am sure Lohit2 [3] will solve number of issues presented by him.

    Anivar explained importants of targeting mobile devices for Indian languages. Lots of work needed to happen in that domain.

    Enjoyed interaction with audience during my talk on IME's evolution. Good part was audience included highly experience localization people and same time there was developers working on i18n components and last but not the least the student/freshers wanted to learn as much as they can. I am sure that audience understood the problem and soon we will have my new proposed IME architecture available everywhere. Lots of expected from me, hoping will try to do it.

    Panel discussion was good. We saw good scope for further development of FUEL. Though at sometime we were loosing direction Ankit did well to keep focus on FUEL only.

    Soon one can get presentations pdf and also videos of talk recording on youtube. I missed Dr.  Nagarjuna G during this conference as he is the one who bring me to Indian language computing and opensource.

    I would like to end this blog by thanking Rajesh, Ankit, Chandrakant for organizing such a nice conference. Expecting some more next time :)

1. http://www.fuelproject.org/gilt2013/program
2. https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1005471
3. http://pravin-s.blogspot.in/2013/08/project-creating-standard-and-reusable.html

1 comment:

Dr U B Pavanaja said...

Thanks for a nice writeup