The World Region
The Web4Dev conference is celebrating its 6th year of existence by convening in Brasilia, Brazil, a prominent country office for UNESCO. The conference opens up with frustrated attendees scrambling to get an internet connection at Brasilia’s Hotel Grand Bittar. This is immediately followed by discussions highlighting the similar challenges faced by web programs in developing countries: sparse wireless networks, unreliable and low-bandwidth connectivity,
A few months ago, Valerie Hufbauer presented to the Web Managers Roundtable here in DC on sustaining a multilingual web presence here at the Bank.
I promised to get her slides up as soon as I could — we had a lot of people asking about them — but I've been remiss in my obligation. Apologies for the long delay, but here it is, Valerie's presentation from October 2009:
I may spend my entire day staring at a computer screen, but when I'm not at work, I'm an avid magazine reader. Because of that, I've become increasingly interested in how the magazine industry is responding to the changes in media consumption and content delivery.
I never thought I'd say this with a straight face, but URL shorteners are now the topic du jour.
For those of you that have no idea what I'm talking about, a definition, from Wikipedia:
URL shortening is a technique on the World Wide Web where a provider makes a web page available under a very short URL in addition to the original address.
This year's Development Marketplace global competition did more than just find ideas to save the world: it shared the ideas and the people who make them happen with the rest of us.
The human toll of natural disasters in Vietnam… entrepreneurs in Rwanda… wind power in Egypt… an infant with jaundice in Nepal… World Bank slideshows connect users with diverse people and places through the open window of a computer screen.
We get quite a few questions about how the World Bank manages to coordinate its web presence in a multitude of languages and still keep most of the multilingual content up-to-date and relevant.