Supporting OpenStreetMap makes sense on many levels, the more obvious one is that as OSM will be used in Wikimedia Foundation projects our community will find it a compelling application to support. What is more surprising is that as translatewiki.net supports more applications it becomes more of a "best practice" for supporting languages.
According to the Network to Promote Linguistic Diversity, some 50 million of all Europeans or 10% of Europe's population speak a regional or minority language. The NPLD supports the "best practices" that help these languages. We have been corresponding about this with one of our localisers who is professionally involved in supporting his language. He indicated that our strenghts are:
- We are dedicated to internationalisation and localisation
- We have a community of localisers
- Our community does support many Open Source applications
The talks about the NPLD and its possible involvement are still very much in the early stages. For me the "take home message" is first and foremost that our work is being appreciated and considered to be a best practice.