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e-Inclusion and Participation 2011

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e- Inclusion and Participation



Bhasha SETTdeco

Producer : Bhasha Lanka (Pvt) Ltd

Producer URL :

Producer’s Description

Bhasha  SETTdeco is a web service given through a web widget that enables the user to read Sinhala & Tamil Unicode web contents even in the absence of Sinhala/Tamil support in the computer being used. Once the SETTdeco widget is installed by the developer on a given Sinhala/Tamil website or blog the web service will be automatically provided via the widget. If the visitor to the site is using a computer which does not have Sinhala/ Tamil Unicode support the SETTdeco widget will instantly detect it and do the job of decoding & rendering Sinhala/Tamil Unicode contents. The user can now view the content as he would on a Sinhala/Tamil supported computer.


Jurors’ Evaluation

Unicode has enabled the use of local language, Sinhala and Tamil, on the Internet. However, a majority of Sri Lankan computer users do not benefit from the Unicode facility due to various reasons. Foremost being the fact the most commonly used to operating system in Sri Lanka, Windows XP, does not have Sinhala Unicode support by default. Manual installation of Unicode (Sinhala or Tamil) is thus required and users who are unable to do so cannot read Unicode characters in websites or contribute to blogs in local languages. It also adversely affects the Government’s attempts to serve citizens with a range of online services in local languages. Some companies have even resorted to using non-standard methods such as use of text images in place of Sinhala/Tamil Unicode text or using non-Unicode fonts. Not only is this practice costly, it affects the usefulness and accessibility of the content since these websites are not non-searchable by search engines and precludes application of online translation facilities.

By the end of August 2011, four months after deployment, Bhasha SETTdeco has been installed in 1,229 Sinhala/Tamil web sites & blogs including some of the more popular news websites. Since Windows XP OS will have a long run in Sri Lanka, SETTdeco designers are optimistic about its long term sustainability for desktop web rendering.


Special Merit Award

Producer :ICT Agency of Sri Lanka

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Producer’s Description is a local language community content portal enriched with a wealth of knowledge. Its main objective is to enable rural communities to easily access a vast array of knowledge and information which has been compiled through a collaborative effort of the communities themselves. It is a medium through which people can share their knowledge and experience.

It currently hosts more than 10,000 articles and is growing in number. Information access and upload is enabled through country wide community based Nenasalas (rural knowledge centres) through their own web sites which function as child portals in the main Danuma parent portal. The content on a child portal can be transferred to the main Danuma parent portal based on the request of the manager of any of the child portals. The child sites on Danuma currently number 43 and is growing. 


Jurors’ Evaluation

The Jurors identified Danuma as a very informative and a timely product.  It uses a simple and an effective concept to harness the local content from grassroots. It allows village people to create their own website with a minimum level of IT knowledge under the Danuma parent portal. In an era where local language content is minimal on the Internet this site acts as a very useful information portal. The portal which has initially been on Open eNRICH has been re-engineered to a PHP and MySQL based framework, providing easy access to rural communities providing a unique website each for a Nenasala.

Among the salient features of the site, a viewer can print, PDF or email the content or even chat in local language. The admin of the child portal is given all the controls of his/her website.  The parent site has 21307 page visits and the average time on site is 5 minutes and 43 seconds. These statistics reveal the level of usage and moreover there has been significant access from Australia, Canada & America.


Real Time Singlish

Producer :Madura Anushanga Shelton

Media Format :Offline(standalone systems)

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Producer’s Description

Rsinglish is an input method for Windows and Linux which makes it easier for people who do not have expertise in Sinhala typing to key in text using the already existing phonetic Sinhala typing method where Sinhala words are in the English Alphabet, in 'Singlish'. Although the typing of Sinhala text using English letters is commonly found in a range of ICT applications, at the time of releasing this product to the market none of them had operating system Integration capability, i.e. all of them required the user to manually copy and paste the generated Sinhala text.

Jurors’ Evaluation

Real-time “Singlish” where Sinhala words/text is typed in English letters is a highly customizable input method for Microsoft Windows. It serves to popularize and facilitate the use of Sinhala Unicode through an appropriate and user friendly application. It thereby helps support the drive to increase ICT literacy among people who are not comfortable in communicating in English. Real-time “Singlish” supports every application that runs on MS Windows and Linux operating systems. It is estimated that over 20,000 users have downloaded this free software during the past two years.

Main feature of this product is that it converts Singlish to Sinhala Unicode text in real-time. It comes with currently available standard similes so the user can chat in Sinhala, without any hassle. Its ‘help’ facility guides the user to find the most appropriate characters for a given word while typing it in “Singlish”.

Certificate of Appreciation

Hanthana Linux Project

Producer : Danishka Navin

Media Format : Offline(standalone system)

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Key Touch

Producer :  Dasun Sameera Weerasinghe

Media Format:  Offline(standalone e systems)

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Hiru News

Producer : Asia Broadcasting Corporation Private Limited

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Nenapiyasa Web Site

Producer :  ICT Agency of Sri Lanka & Helium 1800

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Sinhala 7

Producer : Sumagasoft

Media Format : CD/DVD