Nordicity studying the impacts of translating Linux-based Ubuntu for the Inuit language Inuktitut (Kativik Regional Government)
Posted by Nordicity in Ottawa on Feb 12, 2014

OTTAWA – January 2014 - Nordicity has been retained by the Kativik Regional Government (KRG) to identify the impacts of a project currently proposed in Nunavik to translate ‘Ubuntu’ –an English-language, open-source (Linux-based) operating system into Inuktitut. 

Over the course of the project, our evaluation of the potential impacts of an Inuktitut computing environment will focus on understanding how Nunavik residents currently use computers for work and home applications, what role Inuktituk plays in that interface and finally, whether the proposed Inuktitut Operating System would have a significant impact on Inuit culture. In discussing the potential benefits of the translation project to the Inuit people of Nunavik, we will also discuss the feasibility of the Ubuntu translation project in terms of risks related to its potential uptake and its cost to the KRG.

In order to measure the potential impacts of an Inuktitut operating system, Nordicity has developed a simple online survey for all residents in Nunavik. Respondents were entered into a draw for an iPod nano.

The online survey closed on February 11th, 2014 and the winners are announced below.


        • Julie Ohaituk of Imukjuak Québec
        • Mathilde Dherissard of Kuujjuaq Québec

Julie and Mathilde have each won (1) one iPod Nano! Thanks to everyone who participated and keep checking back to Nordicity's News section for more opportunities in the future!



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