The Autshumato Project
The Autshumato project was initiated by the South African Department of Arts and Culture, and developments are done by the Centre for Text Technology (CTexT®) at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus), in collaboration with the University of Pretoria.
The general aim of this project is the development of open source machine-aided translation tools and resources for South African languages. The term “open source” implies that every application developed in this project is freely available to the general public. This definition also extends to the source code of every application.
The main aims for this project are:
The secondary aims of the project are:
The translation tools developed in this project do not only aim at meeting the needs of the Department of Arts and Culture, but also that of a wide variety of South African citizens at various levels in a developing Information Society. This project therefore strongly contributes to the more rapid promotion of a culture of multilingualism in South Africa. It also contributes to language pride, and a consciousness of the importance to promote, preserve and develop minority languages in South Africa. By involving native speakers of the indigenous languages in this project, the shortage of people who are knowledgeable about and trained in ICT is also partially addressed, as it empowers native speakers of local languages to partake in the growing local and global HLT industry.