Re-narrating Web content

Intervenant(s) : T B Dinesh

  • Langue : English
  • Type d'événement : Atelier
  • Date : Mardi 10 juillet 2012
  • Horaire : 16h20
  • Durée : 100 minutes
  • Lieu : Uni Mail 2150


Re-narration Web is an initiative that allows users and groups of users to easily provide translation of their web-pages or even transformation of the page content. Users can choose to collaboratively re-create the content of a page of interest. Typical examples are 1) translation of textual content to another language, 2) localisation of page content by changing emergency contact numbers to more locally specific ones, 3) localisation by replacing images to more locally relevant ones, or 4) adding audio narrations.

Starting point is the site : which includes a small javascript to a page that one desires to alter. This javascript will enable elements on the page to be edited. The edited content is labelled and stored in user’s own repository, typically as a blog post of the user. This work can also be tweeted. The javascript will also let people see edits of the page by different people and for various contexts. A geolocation enabled mobile browser can suggest availability of localized variants. One can also choose to view re-narrations of a select group of people. The web site owners can also help users in choose a recommended set of re-narrators, or provide default repositories that can be monitored by the site owners.

The tools are open source, and the service is enabled by indexing re-narrations, which have indexable meta content that is inscribed in the posts.


Dinesh has Computer Science background and is a founder of Janastu in Bangalore, India. Janastu has been providing free and open source (FOSS) solutions and support to small not-for-profit and non-governmental organisations (NPOs/NGOs) since 2002. This includes one-on-one consulting regarding the information management needs of the NPOs/NGOs, building their online and offline knowledge bases, providing support to their projects : designing web-sites, configuring news-filters, helping them migrate to open source solutions, localisation and Indian language issues support, geographic information collection, and comprehensive or modular open source software development. Over the last year, they have developed the concept of “re-narration web” in order to address the issue of contextualisation needs of web content, in particular for the case of non-literate web users. Dinesh is also a founding member of the International Institute of Art Culture and Democracy.