Submissions/Challenges and needs for developing content in Indigenous Languages in Wikimedia projects

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Submission no.
3010
Subject no.
C2
Title of the submission

Challenges and needs for developing content in Indigenous Languages in Wikimedia projects

Type of submission

Presentation

Author of the submission

Carlos Colina, Iván Martínez

Country of origin

Venezuela/Israel, México (respectively)

Affiliation

Wikimedia Venezuela/Wikimedia Israel, Wikimedia México, Wikimedia Iberocoop

E-mail address

jewbask@wikimedia.org.ve, galaver@gmail.com

Username

Maor X, Protoplasmakid

Personal homepage or blog
Abstract

The Wikimedia projects in indigenous languages have different needs that those in more "mainstream" languages, due to many barriers: social, linguistic, religious, economic, geographic and so on. Nevertheess, a few have become succesful and have become a motivation for other indigenous communities to work on their own projects, with a little help from other wiki-volunteers at the beginning.

Detailed proposal

The Wikimedia projects in indigenous languages have different needs that those in more "mainstream" languages, due to many barriers: social, linguistic, religious, economic, geographic and so on. Nevertheess, a few have become succesful and have become a motivation for other indigenous communities to work on their own projects, with a little help from other wikimedians who don't belong to these communities for their first steps. This presentation will give a look into the current projects in indigenous languages in Venezuela and Mexico, the approaches taken based on their particular contexts and the results obtained so far, including ramifications to education and other non-Wikimedia projects in endangered languages such as OS translation, content generation software and educational software for intercultural bilingual schools in both countries and the interest this has caused in the indigenous communities. Among the communities whose interest in preserving their language and culture through Wikimedia projects are Maya (Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador), Nahua and Tzotzil communities in Mexico and the Wayuu (Venezuela and Colombia), Kari'ña and Añú in Venezuela. Also, this presentation will include a glance at other collaborative projects in Indigenous languages of the Americas, like those in Aymara, Navajo, Cree, Inuktikut, Cheyenne, Quechua, Mapudungun, Guaraní and others.

Track

WikiCulture and Community

Length of presentation/talk
25 Minutes
Language of presentation/talk

English

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  1. 186.14.96.180 15:16, 17 February 2013 (UTC)
  2. Djembayz (talk) 23:49, 1 March 2013 (UTC) -- Please make a video for those of us not attending!
  3. ProtoplasmaKid (talk) 02:28, 4 March 2013 (UTC) (As a presentator).
  4. అమీర్ ఎ. అహరొని (talk) 20:14, 5 March 2013 (UTC)
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  9. Amqui (talk) 20:02, 25 April 2013 (UTC) With the support of WIL.
  10. CT Cooper · talk 23:29, 28 April 2013 (UTC)
  11. Please don't forget about North American Indigenous communities and languages! SarahStierch (talk) 05:24, 1 May 2013 (UTC)
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