Objectives of the Language Observatory
Although over 6,000 languages are currently spoken on the globe (see footnote ), only a few of them has been properly represented in the virtual universe of the Internet. We call this situation "Digital Divide among Languages" or just "Digital Language Divide
" (see another blog article
). We share the same concerns with UNESCO on this point when the latter stressing the importance of "the preservation of a balanced use of languages in cyberspace". Here, objectives of the Language Observatory Project can be stated as;
- To raise public awareness on "Digital Language Divide" issues
- To encourage support to the processing of those languages now falling through the net.
 Although experts estimate there are more than 6,000 languages on the globe, the project will try to cover 300+ languages which appear at Alphabetical listing of all translations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)
. This coverage is still far beyond the scope of currently available commercial search engines.
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