World Network for Linguistic Diversity
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Project at a glance
Dates and Place06 March 2008 - 30 November -1
Maaya -- the World Network for Linguistic Diversity -- is a multilateral network created to contribute to the enhancement and promotion of linguistic diversity in the world. Its headquarters is in Geneva, Switzerland.
Maaya serves as a platform of exchange and sharing in the area of shared knowledge, where technology offers a great potential for languages, but is also a risk to them, as to date only a very small number of languages of the 6000 spoken in the world are available in cyberspace.
At present, the Network serves as the moderator of the sub-theme on Linguistic Diversity of the action line C8 of the WSIS Plan of Action and has initiated the Dynamic Coalition for Linguistic Diversity of the Internet Governance Forum. The Maaya Network was founded in the context of the recent World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), where linguistic and cultural diversity in cyberspace was one of the priorities identified. Maaya was initiated by the African Academy of Languages (ACALAN), under the auspices of the African Union.
While started in the context of the WSIS, Maaya also includes organizations not solely focusing on cyber issues. It is a multi-stakeholder network, involving all actors including civil society, governments and international organizations... Its mission is to value and promote linguistic diversity as a basis of the unity of human communication.
African Academy of Language (www.acalan.org), Association YSB SÃ¤ngÃ¶ (sango.free.fr), ENSTA (www.ensta.fr), Funredes (funredes.org), Global Knowledge Partnership (www.globalknowledge.org), ICVolunteers (www.icvolunteers.org), International Literacy Institute of the University of Pennsylvania (ILI) (www.literacyonline.org/HTMs/ili.htm), International Telecommunications Union (ITU) (www.itu.int), Intlnet (intlnet.org), Language Observatory (www.language-observatory.org), LinguamÃ³n - House of Languages (www.linguamon.cat), Linguasphere Observatory (www.linguasphere.org), Multilingual Internet Names Consortium (MINC) (minc.org), Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) (www.francophonie.org), SIL International (www.sil.org), Thai Computational Linguisitcs Laboratory (www.tcllab.org), Toile MÃ©tisse (www.toile-metisse.org),
Executive Committee Members
Who can join the Maaya Network?
The Maaya Network is composed of institutional members and honorary members. Institutions belonging to the following categories can apply to join the Network as institutional members:
Honorary members are institutions active in the fields of linguistic diversity or encouraging the aims of the Network through other means. They are nominated by the Executive Committee. If your institution wishes to join the Maaya Network, we invite you to fill in the application form available on the Maaya website (www.maaya.org -- section "How to become a member").
If you would like to collaborate with the Maaya Network by translating the information available on its website into a language that is not jet available, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Role of ICVolunteers
ICVolunteers hosts at present the headquarters of Maaya in Geneva and coordinates the secretariat together with LinguamÃ³n, House of Languages in Barcelona.
Posted: 2006-3-03 Updated: 2012-1-07