The Northern Saami Wikipedia has three main quality issues that we are trying to identify and address: language quality, structural quality, and information quality. The language quality of material in the Northern Saami Wikipedia ranges from appallingly bad to native-level writing, some of which is caused by the proficiency level of editors, but also stems from a lack of reference material to use in writing articles or translating them. Structural quality encompasses issues like the interface, templates, infoboxes, fallback languages, and being able to use the language on all Wikimedia projects. Information is judged to be of dubious quality for many reasons such as poor-quality source texts being used in translations, outdated information, poor-quality or outdated images, inadequately sourced information, article stubs, and fake “Saami” material from the tourist industry being used as if it were real. Each of these issues requires its own solutions which Wikimedia Norway and Wikimedia Finland are working to address together.
This session will address the conference theme — Wikimedia, Free Knowledge and the Sustainable Development Goals — in the following manner:
Our proposal aims to improve the quality and veracity of information displayed to the Saami communities through various means.
At the end of the session, the following will have been achieved:
After our talk, the audience should be able to understand some of the quality issues affecting the Northern Saami Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects and have learned about some of the solutions that Wikimedia Norway and Wikimedia Finland have come up with to combat these issues.
- Kimberli Mäkäräinen (Wikimedia Finland)
- Astrid Carlsen (Wikimedia Norway)
Each Space at Wikimania 2019 will have specific format requests. The program design prioritises submissions which are future-oriented and directly engage the audience. The format of this submission is a:
Our session will be a two-part session. The first 30 minutes will be our presentation and the remaining 30 minutes will be a sharing circle, roundtable discussion, or a question-and-answer session.
The session will work best with these conditions:
- A small classroom with a projector, a screen, round-table seating, and preferably some type of lectern.
- Single fixed-location camera will be fine. The presentation itself can be shared on the internet all will be under a free-licence. Slides will be uploaded to Commons under a free license.
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