Connecting communities through information technology
The Age Technology editor, Gordon Farrer, has highlighted some of the great work Vicnet's Andrew Cunningham does under the Open Road project in his Untangling the Web blog. Andrew is working with Keh Blut to create software tools to help native speakers of S'gaw Karen (a minority language used by the Karen communities of Burma and Thailand) to use computers in their own language.
Read the full article at theage.com.au.
To learn more about the Open Road project, go to http://www.openroad.net.au/.
Vicnet was recently announced as the winner of the Best Diversity Intiative for the inaugural Australia & New Zealand Internet Best Practice Award. This prestigous international award recognises a significant body of work that the State Library of Victoria through Vicnet has done to promote and facilitate use of the web by the many communities that have a limited presence on the web. As part of its activities Vicnet has identified the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities to be of particular concern, with seniors and new and emerging communities recognised as some of those most vulnerable to digital exclusion.
Research has shown that speakers of languages other than English have great difficulty navigating sites when they must first negotiate in another language. This is particularly the case for new users of the internet. Vicnet has been recognised for significantly improving the online experience of CALD communities through:
For more about the AuDA Best Practice Awards, visit http://bestpracticeawards.org.au/.
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