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5.3.23. Mali

FLaReNet Summary

Presently, research in Mali is mostly oriented towards the development of Web content in the national languages and of information processing software, not so much on HLT, and there is no national program in this area. A. Samassekou chairs the MAAYA network on Language Diversity, launched with the support of UNESCO.

Contact Point Input

National/Regional contact: Tidiani Togola, Agence Nationale de Télésanté et d'Informatique Médicale (ANTIM), proposed by Adama Samassekou, ACALAN.

Programs

Presently, research in Mali is mostly oriented towards the development of Web content in the national languages and of information processing software, not so much on HLT, and there is no national program in this area.

Some information may be found at:

A Web site on the Bambara language, with an online French-English-Bambara lexicon:
http://www.bambara.org/fr/index.htm.

A Web site describing an information processing system in 5 languages spoken in Mali (bamanakan, soninke, fulfulde, songhoy, and dogoso):
http://www.malikounda.com/nouvelle_voir.php?idNouvelle=5568.

The Web site of the Unesco CMC (Community Multimedia Centres) Program:
http://portal.unesco.org/ci/en/ev.php-URL_ID=19314&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_S... ;
http://portal.unesco.org/ci/en/ev.php-URL_ID=17884&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_S... .

It should also be mentioned that the head of MAAYA, the World Network for Linguistic Diversity, founded in the context of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and initiated by the African Academy of Languages (ACALAN), under the auspices of the African Union, is Adama Samassekou, a former Ministry of Education in Mali. He is also the president of ACALAN.