Ni Hao, Monde: Connecting communities across cultural and linguistic boundaries

Simon Batistoni (Flickr)

11:45 Thursday, 8 May 2008
Social networks Goldsmiths 2
Chair: Ian Forrester (BBC)
Presentation: Ni Hao, Monde_ Connecting communities across cultural and linguistic boundaries Presentation [PDF]
Paper: Ni Hao, Monde_ Connecting communities across cultural and linguistic boundaries Paper 1 [PDF]
As social networking sites continue to grow and expand internationally, what does that mean for their members, and for the notion of “community”?

What can we do to facilitate communication between people no matter what language(s) they speak, or where they’re from?

The aim of this session is to provoke thought as much as to answer questions; we’ll explore both practical implementable solutions and more theoretical “pie in the sky” ideas on how to make language and locale matter less online.

The presentation is highly likely to contain the phrases “machine translation”, “mutiple entry points”, “pictograms”, “semantic markup”, “visual media”, “multi-lingual people” and “tasty salad”. You’ll need to actually attend, however, to hear them in context.

Simon Batistoni
Flickr

Simon is still surprised that he’s a software engineer, despite the fact that he’s been doing it for 8 years now.

After a varied career involving Estate Agents, internet radio, amateur writers, fine art, international websearch and babelfish, Simon joined Flickr in late 2006 as the site’s lead internationalisation engineer.

Simon currently lives in San Francisco, and posts uselessly infrequent updates to his blog, hitherto.net

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