[technology taskforce] TTF proposal to ICANN for FY17 - Fixing the bugs in ICANN’s machine translation tool used for the LACRALO mailing lists

Satish Babu sbabu at ieee.org
Fri Jan 22 14:55:13 UTC 2016

As a tool that is useful to a significant section of the At-Large
community, it is indeed surprising that ICANN has not considered completing
this work on priority basis. I get the feeling that the TTF has been forced
to submit this proposal.

I support the proposal and hope that it gets funded. I wonder what would
happen if funding is refused...


On Fri, Jan 22, 2016 at 7:47 PM, Seun Ojedeji <seun.ojedeji at gmail.com>

> Hello,
> While no cost is indicated in the proposal, i expect that it should not
> have been too expensive to fund at ICANN level and wonder why this did not
> happen. I support this as well, however i think perhaps it could be done as
> a joint proposal to address that of AFRALO as well.
> I note that the proposal indicated that the tool could be used by AFRALO
> (English <> French) but its not clear whether a new set of code development
> will not be required. So it may be be good if that part is updated to
> include the AFRALO region. Although i understand this is normally a
> regional thing, if what i suggest is not possible, perhaps AFRALO could
> also submit something similar and then it gets combined at a later time? I
> am available to take that up if required
> Regards
> On Fri, Jan 22, 2016 at 1:43 PM, Dev Anand Teelucksingh <devtee at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Dear All,
>> Today is the deadline for budget proposals to be submitted to the
>> At-Large Finance and Budget Subcommittee (FBSC).
>> One longstanding technology issue is the machine translation used on
>> the LACRALO mailing list.
>> This has been documented extensively by the TTF at
>> https://community.icann.org/display/LACRALO/discussion-of-LACRALO-mailing-list-issues
>> Currently, the key issue is that ICANN doesn't have any dedicated
>> persons to fix this software tool. There is only one person from ICANN
>> IT staff who attempts to work on a new version of the translation tool
>> in his spare time, outside of ICANN hours. As this ICANN IT person is
>> very busy at ICANN and his volunteer efforts are appreciated, he has
>> little to no spare time to work on fixing the outstanding bugs in the
>> software. It is clear that a person is critically needed at ICANN with
>> a mandate to fixing this software.
>> Hence this budget request is for funding to be made available to ICANN
>> IT staff for ICANN to hire a programmer to work on ICANN’s new machine
>> translation tool and fix the remaining bugs so that the new software
>> tool can be installed and ease the communication difficulties faced by
>> LACRALO, the At-Large Community and ICANN Staff over the past 6 years.
>> Although this proposal was submitted to LACRALO earlier in the week,
>> it appears that LACRALO will not be considering any proposals for
>> submission.
>> Hence, the TTF will be submitting the attached proposal to the FBSC
>> for their review.
>> Kind Regards,
>> Dev Anand Teelucksingh,
>> TTF chair
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