Open Swahili Projects Join Forces Internationally!
We are happy to announce the partnership of two projects devoted to using
computers to promote the Swahili language. The Open Swahili Localization Project
, also known as KiLiNuX (KlnX), based at the University of Dar es
Salaam Department of Computer Science
, is teaming up with the Kamusi Project Internet Living Swahili Dictionary
, based at the Yale University Council on African Studies
The Kamusi Project
is an ongoing work of
collaborative scholarship that is developing free online dictionary and
learning resources for Swahili. Established in 1994, it is the world's
most-used resource for the Swahili language, and the first result for
"Swahili" delivered by most Internet search engines.
The Kamusi Project will provide
a permanent home for the terminology developed by KlnX; the KlnX data
will be integrated within the online Kamusi, with a special "KlnX"
designation. Visitors to the Kamusi Project will thereby know the source
of terms that originated with the KlnX project, and they also will be
able to select to view the KlnX data as a separate specialized
At the same time, KlnX is implementing a Tanzanian mirror server for the
Kamusi Project. This server will be connected to the Tanzania Internet Exchange (TIX)
. The server will synchronize data regularly with the main
Kamusi server in the US, and will provide local access to the project to
all Tanzanian IP addresses. This mirror server will greatly increase the
speed and reduce the costs of connecting Tanzanians to the Kamusi
Project, and will serve as the starting point for bringing the University
of Dar es Salaam fully into TIX. KlnX is also developing a streamlined
implementation system that will enable the future addition of mirror
servers in other countries.
Work on the technical aspects of the collaboration is already quite
advanced. We are currently looking for a computer to act as the
permanent mirror server in Tanzania, and we are finishing some coding
that is necessary to incorporate the specialized Klnx vocabulary into the
Kamusi Project database.
This collaboration will be of great benefit to both projects, by easing
Tanzanian access to the Kamusi Project and by making KlnX available to
the quarter of a million people who visit the Kamusi Project each year.
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