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Communication and Information Activities

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Multilingualism in Cyberspace

Language constitutes the foundation of communication and is fundamental to cultural and historical heritage.
  • The 'Atlas on-line' will serve as an ever-evolving electronic extension to the print publication, under Initiative B@bel.
  • This project was carried out within Initiative B@bel with the Ethiopian Computer Standards Association (ECoSA) to support efforts aimed at developing and supporting the implementation of multilingual policicies.
  • Supporting creativity and innovation in local content production in radio, television and new media
  • This database gathers CD Rom and online resources related to the teaching and learning of languages. It focuses on tools supporting literacy and acquisition of local languages . They are available freely to users and target adult learners. It has been launched within the framework of Initiative B@bel and in cooperation with the section for the Promotion of Quality in Education (Education sector).
  • The project consist in developing a Unicode standard for N'ko a script used by the Manden people of West Africa, to the international character encoding standards Unicode and ISO/IEC 10646. The project is being conducted by the University of California Berkeley's Script Encoding Initiative with the support of UNESCO's Initiative B@bel.
  • The purpose of this project is to raise awareness of language endangerment and disappearance, and the need to safeguard our linguistic diversity.
  • a generic, easily-customisable browser that enables communities to communicate and build up relevant information and content in local languages
  • A special thematic series of the International Journal on Multicultural Societies, developed within the framework of Initiative B@bel, will focus on the debate surrounding the Internet and multilingualism.
  • This project was carried out within Initiative B@bel in cooperation with Infoterm to harmonise database system for processing of bibliographical, terminological, and factual data.
  • This project was carried out within Initiative B@bel in cooperation with SIL International to support efforts aimed at developing software/tools promoting multilingualism in cyberspace.
  • The rapid development and use of information and communication technologies has major repercussions on all aspects of the private and public life in all countries.
  • As one of the inputs to the World Summit on the Information Society (Geneva, 2003), the UNESCO Institute for Statistics is preparing a report regarding the status of multilingualism on the Internet, under Initiative B@bel.
  • Guidelines for Writing System Support - under Initiative B@bel in cooperation with SIL International
  • CMC combines community radio by local people in local languages with community telecentre facilities such as computers with Internet and e-mail, phone, fax and photocopying services.
  • UNESCO Red Book of Languages in Danger of Disappearing» was launched in 1993 to gather updated information on endangered languages and promote research.
  • Aynisiwi has been developed by Iván Guzmán de Rojas' IGRAL R&D group in La Paz, Bolivia, with the support of UNIÓN LATINA (París) and NEOTEC (Bolivia). The forum for testing it was developed in cooperation with Initiative B@bel.