We conducted a Hackathon on OpenSource Software for Tamil Language, last sunday.
Mohan, Rajesh, Gowtham, Ragunath and myself gathered. I have already listed few project ideas on my blog.
Mohan worked on fixing the Tamil Text-to-Speech engine, provided by IITM. It was an android app. As the source code was given, Mohan made it as a command line application. He tried to build a web application on top of that.
Here is the sourcecode : https://github.com/mentamizh/flite_hts_tamil
Rajesh kumar worked on building a web based report for Ebooks download counts on https://ta.wikisource.org
I hosted it in a tools server provided by wikimedia labs : https://tools.wmflabs.org/shrinitools/TamilWikisourceEbooksReportWebApp/
I started to work on adding Tamil Books from ProjectMadurai site ( http://www.projectmadurai.org/pmworks.html ) to ElasticSearch, for analysing text from various authors. I did adding books and searching books via commandline. But, when tried to explore via kibana, the visualization tool, it failed. Still exploring on that. If done, we can do analysis on various authors text.
Gowtham, is a 2nd year BE(CSE) student. He explored on web scrapping with mechanize and beautifulsoup using python. He will be doing creating mobi files daily by scrapping few news sites. He will continue this by next month, once exams are over.
Ragunath, was translating strings from English to Tamil, to create Tamil Maps using http://OpenStreetMaps.org
The day was very interesting. Happy to meet Rajeshkumar. I know him for 5 years. He was one of the initial contributors for http://Kaniyam.com site. We had met on a training 3 years ago. Happy to see him as a contributor for open source projects.
We are thinking on conducting similar events every month. We should plan prior and announce atleast one week ago, so that you can plan and attend the event.
Thanks for all the participants. Special thanks to the venue provider Dr.Semmal.
Here are few more snaps – https://goo.gl/photos/EWd1NwZ7y1WFyg5X7
Manavai Mustafa Memorial,
A E 103, 6th Street, 10th Main Road
Anna nagar West, Chennai – 600040
is open for such event for Tamil development (500Rs/event) . We can use it for hackathons, gatherings, meetings, book reviews, book releases etc. It can accommodate 20 people. It has air conditioned. Airtel wifi is available.
Send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to book the venue.