Innovative Online community to localize educational websites to offer more accessibility to Arab users
Taghreedat, a major Arabic e-content community building
initiative supported by twofour54 and the fourth most influential
Arabic brand on Twitter, today announced the signing of a
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Meedan, the California based
social translation and software NGO. This collaboration focuses on
translating Open Education Resources (OER), and hence increasing
the availability of educational resources in Arabic language for
users worldwide, particularly students.
Announced on the final day of the Abu Dhabi Media Summit 2012,
the partnership will promote Taghreedat and Meedan's common goal of
providing access to high quality Arabic digital educational
content, Open Educational Resources, through online social
translation software in the Middle East.
This new agreement will allow Meedan, which has been working on
building an online translation community since 2008, to focus its
resources on program and software design and delivery. Taghreedat
will work towards translating all online educational content and
dialogue initiatives into Arabic through its active social media
community of over 2500 volunteers.
Commenting on this latest partnership, Sami Mustafa Mubarak,
co-founder of Taghreedat, said;
"We are proud to be working with Meedan, as another step forward
towards improving digital Arabic content across the global web. The
web can serve as a great educational tool, and this project in
particular will help open up more learning opportunities for Arabic
speakers in the future. This is Taghreedat's fifth international
partnership this year with an international organization that
shares our common goal of increasing high quality Arabic e-content,
and we are looking forward to developing more in the future."
Ed Bice, CEO at Meedan, added;
"The collaboration with Taghreedat is a great opportunity for
Meedan to increase digital Arabic educational content, and ensure
language barriers do not stop people accessing these fantastic
resources. With Taghreedat's translations and support through their
innovative social media crowdsourcing approach, and with Meedan's
focus on building innovative technologies for community translation
we expect to contribute to opening access to open licensed
educational resources and open source educational software across
the MENA region and globally."
Taghreedat's other partnerships with international organisations
include Twitter, Inc., Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED),
Storify and the Wikimedia Foundation.