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Santhosh Thottingal wrote a comprehensive analysis and comparison of input methods available for Malayalam.
Santhosh Thottingal worked to improve Malayalam handwriting recognition tool.
Kavya Manohar presented a paper on Quantitative Analysis of the Morphological Complexity of Malayalam Language at 23rd International Conference on Text, Speech and Dialogue: TSD 2020, Brno, Czech Republic, September 8–11 2020. The analysis is performed on the Malayalam Wikipedia text corpus maintained by SMC. The results include a comparison of Malayalam morphological complexity with other Indian and foreign languages. A detailed analysis of the paper is published in SMC blog.
Nalin, with Sathyan released Accessible-Coconut(AC) - A Gnu/Linux OS distribution.
Accessible-Coconut (AC) is a Ubuntu flavored distribution, bundled with accessibility tools required for people with special needs.
Unlike other generic Linux distributions, Accessible coconut have six key input for Braille input, Games, talk-back, screen reader and other applications with accessibility and community support, pre-installed.
As accessibility in software systems are not mainstream, People with special needs always have to figure tools out of the box. Accessible-Coconut is trying to help them by bundling everything together.
Sathyan, Accessible Coconut
You can support this project by recommending, helping to install Accessible Coconut, and obviously by recommending on DistroWatch.
iNaturalist is an online community to map and share biodiversity observations. Kerala Biodiversity Monitor Network recently started coordinating Malayalam and Tamil translations of the iNaturalist website and mobile app. You can contribute to App and Website localization.
As of September 2020, 1,00,000 KM of Kerala roads are mapped in OpenStreetMap. Users will be directly benefited for navigation.
Maps of Kerala LSGs in Malayalam Wikipedia now have pinch and zoom features. Users can avail this feature by clicking on the zoom button in the short map of the LSG in the article info-box.
OSM India Community has sent an open letter to Kerala IT Mission Director, on 14 September 2020 in the context of following OSM guidelines and recognizing community efforts in the on-going Mapathon Keralam Project.
The statement we sent to Kerala Government on mandatory Aadhaar requirement in ILGMS portal got quoted in a The Hindu report following the project state wide rollout.
Documenting happenings around Free Software, Malayalam and digital commons, which may or may not be directly from SMC volunteers.
Collective for Open Data Distribution-Keralam (CODD-K), a group of technologists, academicians, students, and the public advocating for open data, released lecture series discussing how organization of data into structured data formats would profoundly influence human existence and endeavor in the 21st century.