Wikimedia indigenous voices

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

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Wikimedia indigenous voices

  1. 1. Wikimedia Indigenous Voices
  2. 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. 3. 1. Build a new language community
  4. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 9. 2. Support an existing majority language community
  10. 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. 11. 3. Promote interests of a cultural community in dominant languages
  12. 12. English Wikipedia The biggest wikipedia, with the highest impact. So many rules! Dragons be there. Prepare for this journey.
  13. 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. 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

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