Wikimedia indigenous voices

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Used for a workshop in Cambodia, August 2013, organised by Cobi Smith. http://www.slideshare.net/cobismith

Used for a workshop in Cambodia, August 2013, organised by Cobi Smith. http://www.slideshare.net/cobismith

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  • 1. Wikimedia Indigenous Voices
  • 2. Three ideas 1. Build a new language community 2. Support an existing majority language community 3. Promote interests of a cultural community in dominant languages
  • 3. 1. Build a new language community
  • 4. New Wikipedias A language community can create their own Wikipedia, using their own language if it has an ISO 639 code (http://enwp.org/ISO_639-3). The steps: 1. Initialise an ‘incubator’ project 2. Write a large set of articles – 1000 pages 3. Build a consistent community of contributors – 10 people
  • 5. Example: Cham language • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cham_language – 1.5% of Cambodians • No Wikipedia: – http://cjm.wikipedia.org/ – http://cja.wikipedia.org/ • No incubator projects: – http://incubator.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wp/cjm – http://incubator.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wp/cja
  • 6. Example: Mon language • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon_language • No Wikipedia • An incubator project was initialised in 2009 by ‘Jose77’ – http://incubator.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wp/mnw • But it has zero (0) pages ;-(
  • 7. Example: Shan language • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shan_language • http://incubator.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wp/shn • 40 articles – http://incubator.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:Prefix Index/Wp/shn • At least one consistent contributor – http://incubator.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:Contri butions/Saiddzone
  • 8. Example: Sunda language • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sundanese_lang uage • Wikipedia: – http://su.wikipedia.org/ • Statistics – http://stats.wikimedia.org/EN/ChartsWikipediaSU. htm • Very low participation/growth
  • 9. 2. Support an existing majority language community
  • 10. Existing majority languages • Most national official languages have small sustainable Wikipedias, but they need help – http://km.wikipedia.org - Khmer – http://th.wikipedia.org - Thai – http://lo.wikipedia.org - Lao – http://my.wikipedia.org - Burmese – http://vi.wikipedia.org - Vietnamese – http://ko.wikipedia.org - Korean
  • 11. 3. Promote interests of a cultural community in dominant languages
  • 12. English Wikipedia The biggest wikipedia, with the highest impact. So many rules! Dragons be there. Prepare for this journey.
  • 13. European language Wikipedias Most European languages have a ‘chapter’, that you can collaborate with based on shared interests, such as: 1. Colonial history and language Archives of SE Asian colonial history often exist in the European GLAMs (Gallery, Libraries, Archives and Museums) e.g. Wikimedia France 2. Aid funding programs e.g. a Scananavia funding NGO in Thailand might want to work with Scandanavian language Wikipedia in order to communicate with the granters core demographic.
  • 14. Resources • https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Indigenous_Lan guages • https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Asia_Project/Cul tural_Content_Exchange • https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Promoting_the_South_Asia n_languages_projects • https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Promoting_the_Southeast_ Asian_languages_projects