It was just a second conference that we organized around GILT technology under the name FUEL Project. As always Red Hat and C-DAC has provided their full support to help us organize the conference. In addition Mozilla joined the force to ease some of the supporting activities required to organize the conference.
Glimpse of the conference can be found from the Facebook photographs added by our very own community volunteers. Recorded video clips would be made available on YouTube for later viewing. We will also have a full-fledged report about the FUEL GILT Conference 2014 which will be published sometime soon, either in FUEL quarterly newsletter or in an e-mail to the mailing list.
Two days of the conference were full of energy, discussions, debates, arguments, talks and workshops. I am sure everyone had a great learning experience as I did. There’s definitely a lot to take away from these kind of conferences.
FUEL Project community need to act on take aways gained during the conference. Being an organizer, all Red Hat Localization group members called up for a meeting by Rajesh to collect their feedback. Name it as a meeting to identify “What Went Wrong” and “What Went Right”. Believe me the list is huge, deep and very intense, but end of the day very helpful for organizing conference next year and obviously for the growth of FUEL Project.
Mentioning the action items:
For the conference
- Early planning for the conference
- Better organizing activities around
- Better line up of participants, speakers, keynotes, etc
- We shouldn’t have more than 10 talks per day
- If we are planning for the workshops we should have per-requisities communicated to the attendees in advance
- Workshops shouldn’t end-up being regular presentation/talks
- Venue & Arrangements
- Venue could be changed from Pune to some other location for extended outreach
- Internet facility to be made available, especially where Twitter, Facebook works so participants can regularly tweet about the conference
For the FUEL Project
- Quality of the source modules
- Some of the modules (e.g. Desktop) have been prepared long-time ago as a result many of the FUEL entries become invalid in today’s context
- Source (or English) entries of the terminology modules needs regular (or need basis) revisit
- non-ICT terminology modules
- We should distinguish between ICT and non-ICT terminology modules so as to avoid confusion
- Process to revision
- The modules FUELised or evaluated needs to be revisited in the cases when there’s a need
- The modules itself needs regular moderation eye in order to have them stamped in the current scenario
- Every language community should come up with a Feedback/Suggestion after the evaluation meet-up. (e.g. Malayalam community provided some good suggesions in their last meet-up)
There was also a request about localizing fuelproject.org website, which got unnoticed earlier. The question is whether we should do it OR not? If yes/not, then why?
Team is going to act on some of them right away and some needs more brainstorming. I would urge all the volunteers (or anyone else interested) to jump-in to the activities and conversation around the mentioned topics in order to help us improve. I would also request everyone to feel free while sharing their feedback so as to help us do the right thing.