AGIS '11 (conference)

"AGIS '11," the third conference of Action for Global Information Sharing, was held in the UN Conference Centre, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 1-2 December 2011. It was organised by: UNECA's ICT and Science & Technology Division; the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC), India; and the Localisation Research Centre, University of Limerick, Ireland. MultiLingual was the media sponsor. AGIS '11 was supported by:

"Africa is the world’s most diverse linguistic continent and the birthplace of human language. It is also the continent with the highest growth rates in some of the most advanced technologies, such as internet and mobile communications. For the first time, AGIS ’11 will connect Africa’s language industry and decision makers with the mainstream localization and translation industry and researchers." (This connection was actually presaged by the Africa track at the LISA Cairo conference in 2005.)


Wednesday, November 30 2011

Pre-Conference Visits

08:30-09:30 Registration for the Pre-Conference Visits United Nations Conference Centre
10:00 Addis Ababa University
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Social Enterprises – Visits
15:30-17:30 Registration for the main conference at UNCC, UNECA
17:45-19:00 Session Chairs and Resource Persons Meeting (by invitation)

Kamusi Project meeting

13:00-17:00 The Kamusi Project is working with partners from around Africa to create PALDO (the Pan-African Living Dictionary Online), a public lexicography resource for numerous African languages. Partners from Africa, Europe, and the US will convene to review the current state of the project, view the most recent version of the multilingual lexicography editing system developed for PALDO, discuss issues faced by the different language groups, and plan future activities.

Thursday, 01 December 2011

AGIS’11 – Day 1

08:00 Registration
08:45 Opening Session with Welcome Address
09:00 Plenary Session 1 with Keynote
09:45 Respondents
10:30 Break
11:00 Networking Session & Exhibition
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Breakout Session 1 (three tracks)
15:10 Plenary session
15:30 Coffee Break
16:00 Breakout Session 2 (three tracks)
17:10 Plenary Session
17:30 Summary of Day 1 and Outlook for Day 2
18:00 Close Day 1
19:00 Conference Dinner

Friday, 02 December 2011

AGIS’11 Day 2

08:45 Plenary Session 2: Language and Technology in Rural Community
10:15 Coffee break and Exhibition
10:45 Plenary Session 3: The African Language Industry
12:15 Lunch
14:00 Breakout Session 3 (three tracks)
15:30 Coffee break
16:00 Plenary Session 4: Stakeholder Panel Session: The Way Forward
16:45 Launch of AGIS ’12
17:00 Close AGIS ’11

Saturday, 03 December – Monday 05 December 2011

Post-Conference Excursion to Lalibela