Fostering Multilingualism in African Scholarship Through Digital Tools

There are several initiatives to foster African languages in schools and also universities such as African languages studies, natural language processing, and translations among others. Here is Chido Dzinotyiwei who is making it easier to learn indigenous African languages through her initiative, Vambo academy. Chido is a Master of Commerce student at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB). 

African languages to get more bespoke scientific terms

Decolonise Science will employ translators to work on papers from AfricArXiv for which the first author is African, says principal investigator Jade Abbott, a machine-learning specialist based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Words that do not have an equivalent in the target language will be flagged so that terminology specialists and science communicators can develop new terms. “It is not like translating a book, where the words might exist,” Abbott says. “This is a terminology-creating exercise.”

In memoriam of Florence Piron

Florence Piron was an anthropologist and ethicist, working as a professor in the Department of Information and Communication at Laval University in Quebec, Canada. As a strong advocate for Open Access, she taught critical thinking through multidisciplinary courses on ethics, democracy and living together and was passionately investigating the links Read more…