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

Dev Anand Teelucksingh admin at ttcsweb.org
Fri Jan 22 17:23:10 UTC 2016

Hi Seun, thanks for the question.

It is very straightforward to implement for other regions like AFRALO for
any two language lists. I'll suggest that AFRALO through the FBSC express
support for the proposal so that the tool can be used in AFRALO. Because
the existing new code is not ready for use (currently HTML mail works, but
plain text email doesn't)

Once the bugs have been fixed, I've even proposed an alternative approach
that would scale for multiple language groups in regions.
See page 11 of the TTF abridged presentation done at ICANN53 on the
wiki page. But, (sigh) all things in time.

Dev Anand

On 22 January 2016 at 10:17, Seun Ojedeji <seun.ojedeji at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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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