- The Rosetta Foundation was founded on September 21, 2009 at the Action for Global Information Sharing (AGIS) ’09 conference in Limerick, Ireland.
- The Rosetta Foundation was created as a spin-off of the Localisation Research Centre at the University of Limerick, Ireland, and the Centre for Next Generation Localisation (CNGL), a research initiative supported by the Irish Government.
- Upon its launch, the primary purpose of The Rosetta Foundation was to make vital information available to individuals all over the word irrespective of their social status, linguistic or cultural background, and geographical location.
History of our name: The Rosetta Stone
In 196 bc the text of the Rosetta Stone was carved in Egyptian and Greek using three different scripts to honor the Egyptian pharaoh. The three scripts are hieroglyphic, demotic and Greek. Hieroglyphic was mainly used for important and religious documents. Demotic was the common script of Egypt at that time, and Greek was the language of the rulers of Egypt. The Rosetta Stone was written in all three scripts to make sure that everyone who could read would understand it.
The Stone was discovered in 1799 in a small Egyptian village called Rosetta, which gave the stone its name.
Like the Rosetta Stone, the aim of The Rosetta Foundation is to provide information to as many people as possible. Access to information in your own language is a human right – one that The Rosetta Foundation is committed to preserve and protect.