TAMIL DIGITAL RENAISSANCE
"..The print revolution brought Tamil from the ola leaves to paper, from the select few
literati to the many. The digital revolution is bringing Tamil from paper to the computer
and the internet.
Swaminathatha Iyer and
Thamotherampillai heralded the
Tamil renaissance in the 19th century.
Today, a Tamil digital renaissance is
taking place - and is helping to bring Tamil people together
simply culturally but also in political and economic terms..."
Nadesan Satyendra in Tamil Digital Renaissance
இருந்து, கணிப்பொறித் திரை வரை...
நான்காவது தமிழ் உதயமாகிறது
8th International Tamil Internet Conference
8 வது தமிழ் இணைய மாநாடு -2009
"கணிவழி காண்போம் தமிழ்"
23 - 25 October 2009, Koeln, Germany
[see also Official
Conference Website and
On Line Registration
The Executive Committee of INFITT is pleased to announce that the next Tamil
Internet Conference TIC 2009 will be held in Europe, in the city of Koeln,
Germany during October 23-25, 2009.
TIC 2009 will have the same format as the
last TIC 2004 held in Singapore. It will be a technical conference
devoted to discussing recent advances and challenges in Tamil Computing and
Tamil Internet in general. To permit max. interaction, participation will be
limited to 100 persons.
We invite Tamil IT professionals worldwide to participate in this conference
- only one of its kind devoted exclusively for Tamil. Tamil Internet
Conferences of INFITT has been held earlier in Chennai (1999,
2004), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2001), San Francisco, California
(2002) and in Singapore (2004). TIC 2009 will be the first
INFITT conference to be
held in Europe.
The TIC 2009 is being organized in close collaboration with the Institute of
Indology and Tamil Studies (IITS) of the University of Koeln who will serve
as the local host.
IITS, headed by Prof. Ulrike Niklas is one of the major Tamil Studies and
Research Center of Europe. A Tamil teacher, researcher of IITS well known to
Tamil community is Dr. Thomas Malten, who led a pioneering effort two
decades back to bring Tamil literature in electronic form. IITS of UKoeln
also has the unique distinction as the only Tamil Studies Center outside
Tamilnadu to have more than 50,000 Tamil books. So we are delighted to have
the next TIC at this key Institution devoted to Tamil Research in Europe.
Pleast take note of the date and venue for the conference. A formal call for
papers with more details will be published soon.
Dr. K. Kalyanasundaram,
Conference Hub : Call for Papers
A Conference Programme Committe (CPC) for TI2009 is being formed, with Dr.
Vasu Renganathan of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA as the
Chair. This committee (CPC) will deal with paper submission and scheduling
of the conference content (invited lectures and submitted papers). Further
details on the conference content, exact dates and venue will be announced
in due course.
We take this opportunity to invite 'technical' papers for presentation at
TI-2009 on all topics relating Tamil with Computers and/or Internet, on or
before 15 August 2009.
The following is a collection of topics to be addressed and the list is
1) Open source software (OpenOffice, ...) and Tami Localization of softwares
2) Tamil enabling in mobile and other hand-held platforms/technologies PDA,
3) NLP Applications in Tamil: Machine Translation,OCR, voice recognition,
speech synthesis, search engines, data mining of Tamil digital resources,
4) Tools for Tamil Computing: word-processing (text editor, spell check,
grammar check,dictionaries,..), plugins for browsers, online file
5) Tamil Internet : blogging, wikipedia, podcasting, educational portals,
6) computer-aided teaching of Tamil -online, offline, multimedia tools;
7) Tamil Databases for digital libraries and e-commerce;
8) Digital archiving of Tamil heritage materials and
9) Standards for Tamil Computing : encoding, glossary,mobile, DNS,...
Those who would like to make an oral presentation should submit a brief
abstract at the conf. gateway on or before 15 August 2009. Papers may be
presented in English, Tamil or bilingual (Tamil-English) format. As with the
earlier Conferencs, all submissions must be in electronic form. For papers
with content in Tamil or bilingual, please use Unicode encoding .
Conf. Program Committee will review all submissions and select several
papers for presentation at various tech. sessions. As in the past, extended
abstracts (max 4 pages) of all accepted papers for the conf. will be
published in the Conference Book and also in e-form in a CD/DVD. Authors
whose papers have been selected for presentation at the conference will be
informed by 31 August 2009.
Electronic versions of the accepted papers should reach the CPC on or before
30 September 2009 for them to appear in the official conference book. INFITT
reserve rights for publication of all papers presented at the conference. As
in the past, papers presented in the conference will be archived (in the
form of pdf files) for global distribution through the INFITT website.
The organisers of the conference assume that submission of a paper for
possible presentation at TI2009 implies attendance at the conference and
presentation in person by at least one author of the paper.
Tamil Software Exhibition at Tamil
Internet 2009 Conference
Tamil Computing-IT has been in constant
development for well over a decade. We have already a wide variety of Tamil
softwares for various applications and numerous multi-media based tools for
computer-aided teaching of Tamil.
Preparations are underway to have Tamil Software developers worldwide
(India, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, North America, ....) display their
software products (live demonstrations with volunteers to explain the usage
of the softwares) during Saturday, Sunday of the Tamil Internet Conference
2009. Tamil Software Exhibition will be open (free admission) to all
persons interested to know more about usage of Tamil on computers -basic
ones to advanced applications.