Disrupting Digital Knowledge Infrastructures: A Status Quo Survey
Many of us work in internationalized universities, in which researchers use different languages for research and scholarly communication. We know that our research infrastructures can fall short, however, in accommodating our linguistic and geo-cultural diversity.
As a follow up to the "Disrupting Digital Monolingualism" (DDM) conference at King's College London (16-17 June 2020) our working group aims to draft a “requirement profile” for digital platforms (i.e. repository, WordPress, library catalog, XML editor, e-journal, etc) in which people use different languages. By "requirement profile" we mean a list of minimal standards that platforms would support to be accessible to different users. We are particularly interested in standards supporting non-Latin scripts.
So, if you are using more than one language or non-Latin scripts in digital environments then we want to hear from you in this survey about issues, workarounds, and downright dealbreakers that you experience every day.
What we will do with these answers: We will be collating the different answers we get for the purposes of including them in a short white paper, hopefully to provide developers and infrastructure specialists with design specifications. The white paper might also be published as part of a conference report by the DDM conference organisers by the end of June 2020.
How we will acknowledge your contribution: You can offer your opinion anonymously OR give your name and email. If you provide your name, respond to the questions and agree we will include your name on the white paper as one of the contributors. Please list it as you would like it to appear in the white paper.
We will NOT use emails for any other purpose than contacting you with follow-up questions.
This survey will close Friday 19 June 2020 at noon UTC
#1 What languages (other than English) and scripts do you use in digital environments in your daily work? List them in order of how their importance to you.
#2 What kinds of difficulties do you encounter when you use more than one language and/or non-Latin scripts in a digital environment?
#3 What would you like to be able to do using your languages that you can't right now? If you can, specify the kind of digital environment (repository, WordPress or other web publishing, library catalog, XML editor, e-journal, etc).
#4 Do you have workarounds to get a task done that would seem to be so simple but is actually not due to difficulties described in the second question of this survey?
If you would like for us to contact you with the results of the survey and allow you the possibility of offering rewrite suggestions, please provide your email.
Would it be ok to use the email you provided for us to follow up with a few short questions? We will do this before Sunday 21 June 2020.
Do you agree that your name will be included in a white paper as one of the contributors?
If so, provide your name as you would like it to appear on the published version
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