need OLPC contact

Sarah Ogilvie svo21 at
Tue Apr 6 14:22:11 EDT 2010

Dear SJ,

For development, I suggest talking to John Hatton, SIL International Software Developer, who I am copying in to this message.

John Hatton <john_hatton at>

As for content of the Sugar activity, I would be delighted to help with that.


On 6 Apr 2010, at 10:59, Samuel Klein wrote:

> Sarah, thank you.
> So you suggest including WeSay in our Gnome builds - that's an
> interesting idea, and something that Yama mentioned a year ago...
> certainly suitable for the OLPC devel list.  That's also the place to
> discuss Mono in general,  necessary if this were to become a
> widespread effort.
> Do you work with developers who could help make a Sugar activity out
> of wesay as well?  It would be nice to offer it as a download to the
>> 1 million students currently using an XO-1, who don't have a Gnome
> desktop option:
> SJ
> who just joined the wesay group.
> On Mon, Apr 5, 2010 at 1:57 AM, Sarah Ogilvie <svo21 at> wrote:
>> Hi SJ,
>> Glad you like the idea. There are various dictionary-making tools, but I
>> think that 'Wesay' would be the best option for your Fedora 11/Gnome and
>> Sugar desktops:
>> Best,
>> Sarah
>> On Apr 5 2010, Samuel Klein wrote:
>>> Kevin and Sarah, lovely to meet you, an awesome idea.   What tool
>>> would you recommend?  We could add it to our Fedora 11/Gnome desktop,
>>> or better yet to our Sugar desktop as an activity
>>> SJ
>>>> <quote who="Kevin Jones" date="Fri, Apr 02, 2010 at 06:40:02PM -0700">
>>>> Thanks Henry. Mako, my friend Sarah Ogilvie has something that would
>>>> add a lot of value to the OLPC, I think, extending its immediate
>>>> useful value to new groups, and do a lot of good at the same time.
>>>> ccing Sarah here.
>>>> Here is what Sarah said about her project:
>>>> My idea is to put simple dictionary-making software on the OLPC XO
>>>> laptops, so that speakers of endangered languages can document their
>>>> languages. We are living in an era in which an average of one
>>>> language disappears every two weeks, and my project at the
>>>> University of Cambridge (Endangered Languages and Dictionaries)
>>>> looks at how we can write innovative dictionaries that are
>>>> collaborative, community-focussed, and help facilitate language
>>>> preservation and revitalization.
>>>> There are various options for simple software which are perfectly
>>>> suited to the XO laptops, and I would be happy to discuss the issue
>>>> further. This could be another important extension of the OLPC
>>>> project and its vision to use technology as a means of bringing
>>>> freedom and empowerment to children. I would be delighted to help in
>>>> any way.

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