Call for applications: Language Teams

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Call for applications: Language Teams

Start: 27/08/2009
Timezone: Africa/Harare
Localise software
  • Deadline: 27 August 2009
  • Call for applications: Language Teams
  • Organisation: African Network for Localisation (ANLoc)
  • Project: Localise Software
  • Email to:


The African Network for Localis ation (ANLoc) - Localise Software sub-project is excited to announce a call for language teams to localise software into TEN African languages.

ANLoc Localise Software sub project is embarking on a new localisation initiative and is urgently seeking language teams.

ICT is necessarily adapted to human languages in order to enable its use by non-specialists. For historic and economic reasons, however, certain languages dominate in this role, regardless of where ICT is used. So, when technology is used where the language and culture are different, it will exert an unintentional influence on the latter that could be negative. Localisation – the adaptation of ICT to the language and culture where it is used – allows that cultural pressure to be reduced, eliminated or even reversed.

By addressing the issue of localisation ANLoc and its sub-projects aim to address these dimensions to indeed turn ICTs into a positive force for all of the above dimensions.


Context of the project

The goal of the Localise Software sub-project is to localise existing Open Source projects into ten African languages.

The ten language teams will be assisted with a small team of technical experts, who will help them with the different localisation processes for each of the software they will be localising.

List of Open Source Software to be localised

  • Firefox (multi platform browser)
  • Fennec (mobile browser)
  • Pootle (online localisation tool)
  • Virtaal (multi platform offline localisation tool)
  • GlossMaster (terminology tool)


Call for language teams applications

We are calling for language teams who want to localise the above list of software into any African language:

The project period is from September 2009 to April 2010, including localisation, review, testing, communication with software developers, releasing the localised software and promoting it.

The Localise Software budget is up to USD2,500 per language team, which covers all costs related to the project for its entire duration, including promoting the localised software in your community.

We accept applications from individuals and organisations. You should apply as a language team. All applications should identify a team lead.


To localise the above list of software, that involves the following tasks:
  • Translating the strings of each of those software projects
  • Getting involved with the development/localisation teams of each of those software projects
  • Communicating with ANLoc Localise Software Tech Team
  • Actively participating in a collaborative process with the Tech Team and the other language teams, sharing tips, helping each other and documenting this process.


  • 1 September 2009:
  • 15 September 2009: Translation of Firefox phase 1 (includes 4000 words)
  • 22 September 2009: Review of Firefox phase 1
  • 29 September 2009:
    • Fixes of Firefox phase 1 according to review
    • Translation of Firefox phase 2 (includes 3500 words)
  • 2 October 2009:
    • Language pack
    • Review of Firefox phase 2
  • 1 November 2009:
    • Translation and review for Firefox phases 3 to 6 (includes 5700 words)
    • Communicating with Mozilla on recognizing the new language
  • 1 December 2009:
    • Translation and review for Pootle (includes 1500 words)
    • Translation and review for Virtaal (includes 1500 words)
    • Translation and review for GlossMaster (includes 500 words)
  • 28 February 2010:
    • Translation and review for the remaining Firefox phases
    • Communicating with Mozilla until becoming an official language
    • Translation and review for Fennec (includes 1100 words)
  • March 2010: Promotion and distribution of localised software in your community.

(See different Firefox phases:

To apply

All applications (or any questions) should be sent to with the subject title 'Language Team Application' by 27 August 2009.

Applications should comprise of:

  1. Answers to the application questions below;
  2. A letter stating why you are interested in this call;
  3. Confirmation whether the language you are targeting for localisation has a locale or not;


Please read the documentation pages on the localisation process if you want more details:


Successful applicants should have:
  • Experience in localising software.
  • Proficiency in at least one African language in which they will be localising
  • Proficiency in one of these languages (English/French/Portuguese)
  • Ability to read and communicate in English.

Successful applicants will be notified by 31 August 2009.

Application Questions

A. Team Details:

  1. Name of Entity/Organization/Team
  2. Description and background of Entity/Organization/Team
  3. Number of members in your language team
  4. Name of the team lead
  5. Email for the team lead
  6. Phone no. for the team lead (please add country code)
  7. Country (or countries) of the team members
  8. Language that your team will localise into (target language)
  9. Language from which you prefer to localise (source language):
    • (a).English (default)
    • (b).French
    • (c).Portuguese
    • (d).Other, please specify

B. Qualifications:

  1. Proficiency in English
  2. Proficiency in the source language you prefer (English/French/Portuguese/Other)
  3. Are you native speakers of the language you are targeting for localisation?

C. Localisation:

  1. Why is localisation important to you?
  2. Please tell us about your localisation experience; mentioning software projects in which your team have participated in their localisation
  3. What is the status of Firefox localisation in the language you are targeting?
  4. Why is it important to localise Firefox in that language?
  5. How many hours will per week, will your team be able to devote for this project?
  6. Please explain your methodology in localising software, reviewing and testing your work.
  7. Please explain how you will approach the development of missing terminology and testing of the application; mentioning specific organisations and people that you have engaged with for these roles if needed.
  8. How will you build a sustained localisation effort such that you can keep the software you localised translated and up-to-date for the next 2 years?
  9. How do plan to use some of the budget to promote your localisation efforts?
  10. What are the communities, ICT projects, language advocacy projects, etc. that members of your team are part of?
  11. What expertise do you bring to Anloc in the areas of localisation, translation and/or human language technology?

D. Communication:

  1. Does each member of your team have a personal computer? If not, please specify how you plan to do the localisation work
  2. Where do you get access to the internet:
    • (a).Home
    • (b).Office
    • (c).University
    • (d).Other, please specify
  3. How frequent do you check your email:
    • (a).Daily
    • (b).Twice a week
    • (c).Weekly
    • (d).Monthly
  4. How fast is the internet connection that you often use:
    • (a).Fast
    • (b).Slow
    • (c).It varies

The African Network for Localisation (ANLoc)

ANLoc's mission is to empower Africans to participate in the digital age by removing the last inch limitations imposed on language usage by the limitation of technology.

In order to do this technology needs to be enabled. Tools need to be built that make localisation more effective that help the translator or the relating fields that assist translators. Training needs to be provided and developed that increase the African localisation skills level. The status of the language policy as it relates to localisation and to the usage of ICTs in local languages needs to be influenced.

We are achieving this by creating a network of African languages localisers who through various projects address these needs. This network and the sub-projects developed by its members are focused on empowering African languages practitioners to be skilled in these areas, forgoing short-term advances to ensure that African expertise is created for future localisation development.

ANLoc and the localise software sub-project have been made possible
through funding from the International Development Research Centre

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