The Language Observatory Project led by Prof Yoshiki Mikami successfully presented a specific survey called African Web Survey Project in Paris at the UNESCO headquarters inline with the International Mother Language Day (21 February 2006).
In addition to that, African language experts were also symbiotically involved to further enhance the accuracy of the "Language Identification" program for this special purpose. More information here
The list of LOP crew for this meeting:
1. Yoshiki Mikami, Leader
2. Zavarsky Pavol, Co-leader
3. Carla Salem, staff, graphic design
4. János Göndri Nagy, staff, language analysis
5. Rizza Caminero Camus, staff, web-graph analysis
6. Virach Sornlertlamvanich & Team
The UNESCO report, to which Language Observatory team has contributed one chapter, has been published and advertised on the UNESCO homepage
The main message of the report is that "hundreds of local languages may be sidelined in the drive to bridge the digital divide because of technological oversight and political inertia." The report also calls the attention to the need to look for new ways to monitor information societies which go beyond a techno-centric view to consider the social impact of the Internet.
If you want to read more, please download the entire report from here (PDF-Book: English version
, PDF-Book: French version