Keyboard Communities Manager (Volunteer)

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ORGANIZATION: Translation Commons


Essentially, the role is to be the public face of Translation Commons to its Keyboard Communities. These are indigenous language communities that seek to develop keyboards.

It is understood this is a volunteer and part-time role. To be clear, making keyboard creation scalable is mostly about making it repeatable and well-defined, as opposed to having very large numbers of simultaneous projects. It seems likely that the number of communities interested in keyboard creation in 2023 will be manageable.

Primary Responsibilities

The KCM will:

  • Serve as an evangelist and a liaison between TC and community members.
  • Work with indigenous communities, where respect, listening and understanding is vital.
  • Work with the web and social media team, and the educator’s group etc. to promote/solicit keyboard projects.
  • Assist in identifying communities that may have a need.
  • Reach out to indigenous language communities.
  • Work with the keyboard team to identify information necessary to vet potential projects.
  • Establish and promote a communications channel for communities to share problems and solutions and to help each other.
  • Identify common information requests that we should address via FAQ or documentation, etc.
  • Identify community interest in keyboard creation training or workshop events and help organize.
  • Assist Keyboard team with project management.
  • Serve as a model for creating additional Communities Manager roles
  • Help create additional communities
  • Create the framework and requirements for attracting volunteers to become community managers.
  • Create the framework and requirements for attracting volunteers to become community managers.
    • Create guidelines for our community managers to interact with communities.
    • Establish basic traits and skills that community managers should have to work with indigenous communities, i.e. respect, listening and understandingl.
    • Establish basic traits and skills that community members should have to work with technology and technical staff.
  • Manage the other CMs.

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About Translation Commons



Mission Statement

We believe in the Power of a Language to... - Sustain languages by bringing them online - Create opportunities and give back - Share knowledge through free resources - Bring together a vibrant community of volunteers


Translation Commons is a non-profit community of language lovers, professionals and technologists. We provide a roadmap and create resources for a digital ecosystem where all languages have equal access and speakers can pursue educational, cultural and economic opportunities.

We are partners to the International Year of Indigenous Languages, a UNESCO initiative, and are creating resources for the International Decade of Indigenous Languages, 2022-2032, making language rights a reality for all people! Our Language Digitization Initiative is enabling many languages to get their script online and partake to digital opportunities.

Our volunteers are the heart and soul of our community.
Their passion for language and their expertise in technology are the cornerstones of all our initiatives. Our activities are centered around career paths that volunteers can engage, experience and practice. Our platform offers over 40 free language related tools. Our courses and resources include a variety of language topics, all created by our volunteers.

As part of our support towards Pandemic, Crisis, Emergency & Safety ; our Covid-19 poster-maker is translated in over 350 languages and for the majority of these communities, our poster has been the only Covid-19 information available in their language. Our volunteers also offer their help to other organizations responding to any ongoing Covid-19 crisis.


Computers & Technology
Education & Literacy
Community, Computers & Technology, Education & Literacy


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