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TOOLS AND POLICIES FOR LINGUISTIC DIVERSITY

Partner of the University of Florence in the Scarab Lab

Smallcodes is a software development company for scientific and university projects.
It is divided into three macro areas of activity.

The first one concerns a project to safeguard and promote linguistic diversity through technology, with the aim of creating a network among linguistic minorities, in order to guarantee each language a constant and systematic presence in the written world and on the web. The SC community currently includes Occitan, Sardinian, Ladin, Walser, Francoprovençal, Lombard dialect of Italian Switzerland, Cimbrian, Mòcheno, Sappadino, Oto-mangue languages of Mexico, Rromani and many others.

SC aims to fill the information gap between majority and regional and minority languages. To achieve this, it produces lexicographic, spelling and terminology search software systems for lesser-used languages, as well as systems for toponymy cataloguing and bibliographic archiving. These five modules represent, according to SC’s policy, the first step towards a modern use of the language.

SC is also involved in publishing projects (books, DVDs and e-books in minority languages), resources for school education (applications and e-books for school, portals for teaching and practice of languages) and linguistic geography (maps with traditional toponymy).

The second area of intervention is the participation in European projects for the dissemination of digital skills, for linguistic and social inclusion and for teaching towards disadvantaged people. The two most recent projects have allowed us to create an online platform for distance teaching and training dedicated in one case to volunteers in the ambit of social inclusion and to migrants and refugees in EU countries and in the second case to teachers of pupils with visual impairments of varying degrees.

The third macro area focuses on software development in the medical field. For several years, SC has had a partnership with the University of Florence, with which it designs and develops technological applications for the treatment of clinical pharmacological data, pharmacovigilance and bioinformatics.

Each SC project is realized using the most advanced technological standards and a format that allows the exchange and sharing.

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