Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Opening knowledge creation with Wikipedia

EuroCALL 2018 kicks off with a range of workshops for language specialists. One such workshop is a hands-on session looking at how wikipedia editing can contribute to language learning and how becoming part of the open knowledge community that is wikipedia can be of mutual benefit to our communities. 

Wikipedia was launched in 2001 by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger. It is the largest and most popular general reference work on the internet. A multi-lingual, free encyclopedia which has adopted an open-door policy which allows anyone to edit. Those who contribute often have a passion for their area of expertise and the community uses technical tools to check the quality of articles hosted on the site. Editors have to observe a strict set of style guidelines and support their article with citations. It has been called the largest OER on earth (open educational resource) and you can read all about it here.

The language community could have an instrumental role in extending contributions to a more diverse range of contributors. There are many possibilities for contribution to existing articles and projects, improving and reviewing citations in some of the many languages which are active on Wikipedia and helping to eradicate the bias which is sometimes a source of criticism. This workshop will be an opportunity to explore how we can do this. 

A set of resources about the many facets of the Wikimedia Foundation activities have been made openly available here to support those who will join the workshop and we will tweet from the event so that those who would like to follow from afar can do so. Look out for #eurocall2018 tweets to ask your questions or join the session remotely. 

My session slides are available here.

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