2018/11/27: Due to government regulations, Balinese language TV programs in Bali are aired for only half hour a day, while schools limit instruction in Balinese to only two hours per week or less. While these regulations are intended to boost the use of Bahasa as a national language, they also make it more difficult to promote the use and development of local languages such as Balinese.
Looking to reverse the declining popularity of Balinese among young people, a group of linguists, anthropologists, and students working within and outside the island of Bali started collaborating in 2011 to keep Balinese strong and sustainable.
The main project is called Basa Bali (Basa means language or speech in Balinese), a multimedia Balinese-English-Indonesian wiki dictionary and encyclopedia. It aims to introduce Balinese in the modern digital world as well as to create free digital language resources.
2018/10/18: Often the most critical parts of major legislation are the most boring. For those of us working to bring government into the digital age, the bipartisan 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act, known as the 21st Century IDEA Act, is an incredibly important piece of legislation which gets the big things right. Its downside is that it’s not boring enough.
2018/04/05: Although their Indigenous language is extinct and their culture has changed in other ways over the centuries, the Lenca no longer want their knowledge to reside only in the minds of elders. They consider the Internet as a tool to empower their community. These people are curios and proud, they like to learn new skills while remaining true to their roots.
Azacualpa poses the greatest challenge our Chapter has ever faced. We are welcoming it with open arms for we understand the great impact that Internet access can have on their lives. We are going to connect 300 families and decrease the existing digital gap compared to the nearest city, La Esperanza, by at least 70% within 12 months. We will promote, through the establishment of a telecentre and hotspots in different points of the community, the human right to Internet access that was approved by the United Nations in the summer of 2016. We aim to document the entirety of this process so that our experience will help others to empower their communities and inspire them to take action.
Indigenous movements are attempting to revive the Lenca language, and recent press reports from Honduras indicate that elementary school textbooks in original language have been distributed to public schools. The Internet will give the opportunity to create spaces where Indigenous art, language, culture, and traditions can be shared, learned, and distributed. This project will make Lenca people free to digitize their oral culture and identify complementary knowledge from global resources to build a better future
2018/08/24: While there is a huge potential for remanufacturing, currently it is estimated that remanufactured products account for a mere 2% of total manufacturing output in Europe.
Ultimately the scaling of the circular economy practices will require enhanced social awareness and a regulatory environment that supports the economic viability of the circular economy business models.
Digitalisation is also expected to support the transition to a circular economy. Big data, for example, can improve traceability of materials, and in turn has the potential to manage the whole life cycle of a product.
2009/05/25: story about the growing trend for governments and others to eschew newspapers and post notices of public record on their own Web sites. It's under discussion at local, state, and national government levels, including in the SEC and the states of Pennsylvania.
"If classified ads were a backbone of the newspaper business, then the very center of the spine was the public notice. Mandated by laws and courts, these often long recitations of detail were to give official notification, to any who were interested, of the legal intents and actions of both government entities and companies that found themselves under some appropriate regulation. But a growing number of state and local governments want to move public notices online to their own sites as a cost-cutting measure. Beyond newspaper economics, critics are concerned that the shift would allow government officials to effectively hide their activities from scrutiny."
Iceland's mother tongue and cultural identity is drowning in an online ocean of English
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One of the most important decisions you face when scanning anything with your scanner is choosing what dpi ("dots per inch") to scan with. And specifically for this post, what is the best dpi to use when scanning and archiving your 8x10" and smaller paper photographic prints - which for most people, make up the majority of our pre-digital collection. Making this decision was very challenging for me and certainly a huge part of my 8 year delay. The reason for this is that dpi is the critical variable in a fairly simple mathematical equation that will determine several important outcomes for your digital images.
Unless something physically exists, unless I can touch it, it doesn't have the same significance," says one artist.
This is the text of a speech I gave as the opening address to the Library of Congress's Digital Preservation 2014 conference July 22 in Washington, DC. The audience was composed of professional
Thomas Smith will be speaking at OSCON 2014 about Project Gado, which has created an open source robotic scanner that small archives can use to digitize their photographic collections.