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Update Digital Language Death software

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  • 3 people are interested

The objective of the project is to upadate the Linux based software for the completion of a new study about the systematic evaluation of the potential risks for all existing languages to be left aside in the process to obtain digital existence. The project will retake and enhance, the method used by Prof. Kornai in his first study published in 2013, Digital language death , PloS one 8 (10), e77056. The method stands on a software to crawl a series of existing websites holding key information for most of the languages of the world, in regard to their EGIDS status and/or digital status. This software produces as output a matrix with all languages in the world (actually 8426) and a set of 91 attributes (collected from the crawling operation) which allowed the diagnostic made by the paper of the risk of digital death of the majority of them. We want to check the evolution 10 years after of the situation of languages in front of the digital challenge and need therefore to update or rewrite the software which is stored in https://github.com/kornai/langdeath. We estimate that 2 programmers with the appropriate skills can do the task in 3 months under the guidance of our team.

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The Observatory of the Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in the Internet (OBDILCI) is a non-profit organization that researches the presence of languages and cultures online within the perspective to foster Internet diversity and multilingualism. Since 1998, OBDILCI have developed methodologies which have evolved to keep up with the changes of the Internet. OBDILCI's work is transparently published and peer-reviewed leading to the most reliable and in-depth indicators. Betond the production of indicators OBDILCI contributes with different projects towards promoting and enhancing online multilingualism and linguistic diversity


OBDILCI started in 1998 as a project from a pioneer NGO targeting the digital divide in developing countries, Netwwork & Development Foundation (https://funredes.org).When FUNREDES stopped activitie in 2017, OBDILCI was then transformed into another NGO with the capacity to create a new methology and develop a model to produce indicators for linguistic diversity in the Internet and share its results in open access, in different formats, including a data base access. OBDILCI updates yearly its results and complete with other projects, such as Digital Language Death the one which motivates this search of volunteers which is conducted in the form of a consortium with Eötvös Loránd University in Hungary, the UNESCO Chair for linguistic policies for multilingualism and the Instituto Caro y Cuervo in Colombia.


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This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.


  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Internet Research
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Software Development


  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 20
  • Each one of the 2 volunteers will offer 90 days working time.
  • Linux program + Interfacing websites + linguistics or strong interest in languages. Fit well students looking for a PhD subject or retired person with right skills

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