FOSSMeet ‘24 is the seventeenth edition of NIT Calicut’s Free and Open Source Software event aimed at creating awareness and encouraging the use of free and open source software. The event includes a wide array of workshops, talks, hackathons, tech competitions, discussions and a lot more.
Our call for proposals is open, inviting a broad spectrum of content formats: lectures, demos, tutorials, workshops, and discussions. We have slots for both experienced professionals and bright student minds.
But this isn’t your run-of-the-mill event; it’s where innovation intersects with inspiration. We’re not just looking for speakers; we’re on the hunt for visionaries. If you’ve got a fresh take on open source or a unique viewpoint, we want to hear your story.
While we applaud your creative flair, let’s ensure it orbits within the open-source universe. Proposals should revolve around open-source software, development, or related fields. While we value diversity, your topic should connect with the audience. Aim for the sweet spot—engaging yet comprehensible, unique but not excessively obscure. And here’s the deal: We won’t be counting upvotes in our selection process.
Join us at FOSSMeet’24, where innovation, inspiration, and open-source excellence converge. We eagerly await your proposals!
Making a semantic dictionary from 2001 Pagemaker files using FOSS tools
Adobe Pagemaker 7 is a proprietary software that was deprecated in 2004 by Adobe. Yet it is used by thousands and thousands of DTP centres across India. New documents even in 2024 is getting created using this 20+ years old defunct software.
Njatyela Shreedharan is a 85 year old person from Kannur, Kerala who compiled a 4-way Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu dictionary in the course of 25 years which is a very unique one of a kind dictionary. His story became a documentary “Dreaming of Words” and won the National Film Award for Best Educational/Motivational/Instructional Film (2020) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWmRnOcm_Ko
This unique dictionary need to be made accessible freely over the internet, open archive style. And not just limit it to a book. The book was created in Adobe Pagemaker 7. We were able to contact him and get these Pagemaker files.
I watched the documentary and was instantly inspired. It motivated me to take on the work of making that pagemaker file into a semantic dictionary website.
This talk will be about:
- How the dictionary was converted to Unicode semantically using FOSS tools in Malayalam built over 20 years ago
- The clever hacks used for the conversion, HTML + PHP + jQuery
- How the dictionary was made into a searchable website: https://samam.net
- The problems of proprietary file formats
- This talk will give the audience quick hacking tools that one can use to cleverly sovle problems like this