few weeks ago, i attended a two days workshop on Tamil computing and open source at Anna university.
here are some of my views on the event.
it is a good move to have such events regularly. thanks for Anna university and infitt group for this.
we need more computer professionals to learn linguistic skills. Tamil needs lot of tools like corpus, spell checkers, grammar checker, morphological, lexican analyzer etc.
we have to create these tools and release them as free open source software.
i thought this event Will be fully hands on and it Will teach of to create these software. but the event has more theory and very little hands on that too in a in house, non free open source software.
there were lot English talks. though all the participants know Tamil, the speakers loved to talk only in English. very few talked in Tamil.
they teach using theory slides. very less demos.
they compare with English which has many free open source tools on linguistic. they asked to create more software for Tamil.
the sad part is many of them showed their own products like spell checkers and corpus etc. but they only sell the binaries. they wont give source. but they are waiting for someone to do open source projects for Tamil.
even in Anna university, there is a Tamil computing lab, named tacola. they created a Tamil word analyzer, Tamil dictionary, search engine. but they are not open source. though these products are funded by government, they cant release the source for public.
Tamil virtual university also funds for many Tamil software. but they also non free open source.
they are ready to talk a lot about Tamil and their own software. but they are not ready to give the code.
frustrated to know these things.
decided to work on more free open source Tamil computing software.
we only have to give freedom to Tamil computing from these business people.
Will plan and call for volunteers to workshops, hackathon etc. let us join together to do more.