Thursday, August 10, 2006

African languages - how are they connected to what I do?

Well I was just writing my first message to the AphrophoneWikis discussion group - and of course people in that group will wonder why I joined it ... well: I will tell you and them on my blog, because maybe you have or know people who have similar goals - and if so: please contact us.

Well as you can see from the various blogs I am involved in languages ... WiktionaryZ ... Wikipedia ... and other projects. I very much care about regional languages and how to make their life easier, make them known, connect people etc.

In WiktionaryZ we will have many languages where actually there is no Wikipedia and for many it will be the first repository on the Internet. In Africa there are many languages that need attention, otherwise these languages together with the culture of the poeple who speaks them would die. According to UNESCO each week one language dies.

Another thing is: our small Wikipedias - may it be Venetian, Piemontese, Sicilian, Lombard, Neapolitan, Akan, Ripuarian, Asturian, Maltese, Samogitian etc. (just to name some without giving any preference) - all face very similar problems. There are not as many speakers available as for English, German, French, Italian and the other big ones - so often only a handful of people work on them. There are ways to co-operate and make contents available for all of us. This is why I am in the African Wiki group - this is why I want to communicate with people: to give more value to our all contributions - to create projects that help all wikipedias, also the big ones, to have better data available and reach higher quality, to do certain tasks only once having them available for all.

If we start to talk and get such things on the way then one of our goals is partly reached ... why partly? Well: there is loads of contents to be added to these projects and that will take time.

On which kind of data could wikipedias co-operate:
  • Geographical data
  • Basic data of species
  • Baisc data of people
  • Basic data of events
  • ... and much, much more ...
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