The September Project Blog

Come here to learn about the goings-on of The September Project, a grassroots effort to foster public events in all communities on September 11.

Friday, June 16, 2006

grow globally

this is the third year of the september project. TSP is many things but the most simple definition we like to use is this:
The September Project encourages free and public events in all libraries in all countries on or around September 11.
one of the most exciting elements of the project is the speed by which it has developed nationally and internationally. in each of its first two years, september project events took place in all 50 states. since 2004, more than 1,100 libraries in 34 countries have hosted september project events. this year, libraries in 10 countries have signed up to participate and we are not even in july yet!

in spring, when john klockner, sarah washburn, and i began meeting to discuss this year's september project, we agreed that in order to make our site as accessible as possible, it had to be in multiple languages. with help from current and former university of washington students aljosa corovic, mark hungerford, jen rosenberg, and grace zhang, through financial help from microsoft research (which allowed us to get excellent translation help from sinometrics incorporated), and through some pretty visionary work by klockner, the september project is now accessible in chinese, english, french, german, italian, japanese, portuguese, russian, serbian, spanish, and turkish.

unfortunately, most computers, including the laptop i'm currently working on, do not have the correct fonts to read all languages, especially chinese and japanese. so i am unsure whether or not you, reader, will be able to read all of the characters below. it's certainly worth trying:

when working on things like the september project, you quickly learn that the project can - and will - develop in directions you never imagined. that said, i hope the september project will continue to grow globally and introduce itself to libraries and communities around the world.


At June 16, 2006 9:26 PM, Blogger Ivan Chew said...

David, Sarah, John -- know what? Why don't we try featuring some audios this year? I hesitate to call it podcasts but I guess if we provide a feed of sorts and there are enough regular audio content, why not eh? Snippets of discussions etc.

At June 17, 2006 5:53 PM, Blogger sarah said...

hi ivan!
i'm intrigued. tell me more about what you're thinking. is this an idea you're considering for your library's events?

At June 18, 2006 10:48 AM, Blogger david silver said...

hello ivan! i'm with sarah: intrigued.

we have shared ideas via the translated text. hopefully, this year we will have shared images via some kind of use of flickr. what you, ivan, are talking about i think is shared audios, shared sounds.

it would be a beautiful composition indeed to hear sounds from the same day from libraries from all over the world. i want to hear more!


Post a Comment

<< Home