Available for help with Kurdish Kurmanji


#1

Bonjour,

I’m available for help with Adding Kurdish Kurmanji and Southern Kurdish to CLDR if volunteers need some kind of technical expertise or even just moral support :slight_smile: Now is the time where this is happening in the yearly cycle of CLDR.

Cheers


#2

@communia it was great seeing you at hackarnaval today and even more to learn that you have contact with someone willing to translate in Kurdish Kurmanji :slight_smile: I understand this is a very early contact and nothing is for certain, but there is hope! It would be great to meet this person with @Paris_Kurd_library at the Kurdish cultural center in paris, if at all possible. Fingers crossed !


#3

On behalf of @Paris_Kurd_library

after talking to Ridvan, I confirm we are ready to meet this volunteer if he confirms his interest.

@communia would you be available this week? If possible I feel it would be beneficial to visit @Paris_Kurd_library and try to make progress. CLDR general contributions are open and I have ideas to contribute with very little time.

What do you think?


#4

@communia thanks for stepping up :slight_smile: I tried to call and was told @Paris_Kurd_library will be there this afternoon.


#5

@Paris_Kurd_library thanks for agreeing to a meeting tomorrow afternoon 15:00. Here is what we could discuss about:

  • Getting in touch with journalists or media, anywhere in the world, who have an audience (even if a small one) reading Kurdî Kurmanji. It would be very useful to interview them to better understand how our efforts can benefit them.
  • Contributing to CLDR: this is going to be difficult but worth a try :wink:
  • Create a working group to get this moving
  • Explore the possibility for the Kurdish Institute to get funding via https://iscproject.org/request-funding/ or similar funds with an interest in localization and privacy software to further this effort

#6

We discussed the existence of various groups around the world who could be interested and active users but there is no direct connection with the Paris Kurdish Institute.

Both Ridvan & Gérard agreed to be disturbed when needed to keep things moving :tada: . A typical use case is:

  • I file a request for kmr inclusion in Unicode
  • Someone replies with a question that is non-technical but that only someone knowing Kurdish Kurmanji can answer
  • Instead of being blocked I would call Ridvan & Gérard for help

It was decided to create a working group with the Institut Kurde de Paris represented by @Paris_Kurd_library and localizationlab represented by @erinm and myself as a volunteer for both groups.

The Institut Kurde de Paris is a foundation (French law) and a suitable recepient for funding. @Paris_Kurd_library is willing to help with filing grant applications.

The goals of the newly formed working group are:

  • To improve Kurdish Kurmanji support in Unicode (that was the goal from the beginning :wink: for the benefit of privacy oriented software
  • To apply for funding to support that effort and more generally develop methods to better support minority languages
  • Establish contact with potential users of Kurdish Kurmanji software

The action items are:

Ideas & suggestions are welcome :slight_smile:


#7

I’ve not done anything on this front for weeks, except postponing action every week to the next. sigh


#8

Someone actively participating in CLDR agreed to help with Kurdish. I am surbscribed to the list where activities are notified and sent a mail asking for help yesterday. And they replied today. I will continue this private conversation and update the thread as new information is collected.

It appears the process of updating CLDR happens every six months and not every year as I initially thought (see Milestone Schedule).