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The situation
  • Internet has changed the way information can be shared by the people, now anyone can become an author, a journalist or a teacher of knowledge.
  • The content is overwhelmingly written in large languages and about those cultures themselves, and smaller communities have to fight for their position. Internet works as an amplifier and without an active involvement the informational gap will widen even more.[1] See the subpage on linguistic diversity on the internet.
  • Access to this information is limited by the languages you know, or the translations you can find.
  • Translating texts to smaller languages can greatly improve the usefulness of internet in general and Wikipedia in particular to the local communities and improve the vitality of small languages.
Wikipedia
  • Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, has become one of the top websites in the world and is often one of the first sources found by the users.[2]
  • Wikipedia is entirely built by active members of the community and therefore reflects the needs and interests of the writers, local and global.
  • Wikipedians has been working hard to offer quality information in as many languages as possible. At the moment there is a Wikipedia for 291 languages, with 354 more languages being developed in the incubator.
  • For 52 languages the articles already cover a range of topics comparable to professionally written encyclopedias with more than 100,000 articles. For 76 more languages more than 10,000 articles have been written in total.
  • Wikipedia allows the global knowledge to be spread in a local setting, preserving and helping the cultural diversity around the world.
Translating Wikipedia
Seminar with Minority Translate tool
  • Wikipedia has become one of the greatest archives of information mankind has built, easy to access for anyone with the Internet connection.
  • Developing a Wikipedia in a new language is made easy by the immense work done by volunteers in other languages.
  • The new users can not only translate existing texts, but also combine and synthesize them to fit the local needs and audience.
  • Anyone can translate if you know the language and building a Wikipedia together can give focus to disconnected communities.
  • New tools have been developed, like Minority Translate, to ease the translation process.
  • Translations could also be used to introduce your own culture to people from other nations.
A local Wikipedia
  • Wikipedia commonly includes very different types of information, for example scientific achievements (space flight, origins of humans), applied sciences (agriculture, medical practices), current events (politics, elections, scandals), culture (music, television, literature, dance), local geography, leaders and organizations, and so on.
  • A local wikipedia allows exactly the kind of knowledge to be gathered that its users need and want to use.
  • Traditional knowledge in the community often can not be found on the internet. A local wikipedia allows the traditional knowledge to be preserved and shared with the younger generations.
  • Once it is has enough information, it’s contents will be accessible anyone with internet, the knowledge of foreign languages is no longer crucial to learn and stay informed about the world and its gathered knowledge.
Methods to make a Wikipedia
Seminar with Minority Translate tool
To help develop local Wikipedias we're collecting work-flows and best practices by which local Wikipedias could be made to work and live. The information is gradually collected on the rationale page.
See also: Workflows for growing smaller Wikipedias


Notes
  1. Professor Mark Graham public lecture “Uneven Geographies of Power and Participation in the Internet Era” University of Tartu
  2. As of 02.01.2016 Alexa, an internet ranking service placed wikipedia.org as 7th in the global rankings. http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/wikipedia.org