[IAEP] cjl SLOBs candidacy
cjlhomeaddress at gmail.com
Sun Nov 6 20:48:25 EST 2011
I have decided to stand as a candidate for election to the Sugar Labs
Oversight Board election for the 2011-2012 term.
Since placing my G1G1 order on the first day of availability back in 2007,
I've been very interested in learning how I could contribute to the goals
of the education mission articulated by OLPC. With the spin out of Sugar
Labs in 2008, I joined as a member of Sugar Labs, but have long considered
myself to hold "dual-citizenship".
I've worked on many aspects of the effort. In the early days, I did a
great deal of work on the wikis, earning the medal of the "Order of the Mop
and Bucket" (wiki admin) and even rising to "b'crat" status. I've been a
member of the OLPC Support Gang answering help and collaboration requests
in the OLPC RT system and working to "weave together the grassroots". I've
also done testing of activities and filed numerous bugs in the OLPC, Sugar
Labs and eToys bug trackers, as well as performing a lot of ticket clean up
of older tickets as a general contribution to maintenance. I've explored
content development, producing a Latin America and Carribean targeted .xol
content bundle containing the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights in
about 100 languages, including a number of spoken audio versions.
In recent years I've been focusing my efforts on the Localization
community, working with and then picking up tasks from Sayamindu Dasgupta
as he made his transition to graduate school and in the process took on
responsibilities as the Sugar Labs Translation Team Coordinator. In that
role I have worked to expand our language coverage and facilitate the
recruitment and empowerment of members of the Localization community that
spans Sugar Labs / OLPC and eToys. I have advocated on behalf of
improvements in internationalization and localization of our products as
well as the tools to perform that work. I've performed extensive outreach
to upstream and downstream efforts to improve the overall L10n ecosystem.
We now host translation for Gnash and AbiWord upstream's as well as the
WavePlace downstream. I arranged for the Gnome team to provide us with a
"release set" to facilitate our tracking of the upstream L10n bits we pull
from them, as well as facilitating upstream contributions by our localizers
that will ultimately benefit our users.
I'm a frequent presence in the open meeetings of the various Sugar Labs
teams IRC meetings, including the SLOBS meetings and I have advocated for
attention to the needs of our language communities in those forums as well
as encouraging collabirative effort among Sugar Labs teams and upstream
outreach to the wider FOSS community.
I've gained a wide angle view of Sugar Lab's work, as well as having delved
into excruciating detail in a number of areas. I've had the opportunity to
work with a broad variety of stakeholders and I hope to use this
perspective to help Sugar Labs grow it's community and reach it goals.
Posted at http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/User:Cjl/Candidate_Statement
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