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2023:Program/ESEAP Region/XZJSWN-How do I create a community to support small Wikipedias?

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Title: How do I create a community to support small Wikipedias?


J. Patrick Fischer

Wikipedia account since 26 July 2005 Main subject: East Timor, vexillology (flags) Over 160.000 Edits Over 5500 articles started nearly 1800 photos, maps and graphics 8 article featured articles, 17 good articles, 1 featured portal and 1 featured list. Zedlerpreis for the best community project 2013 German community prize RegioEule 2018 German community prize ProjektEule 2019

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Room: Room 325

Start time: Sat, 19 Aug 2023 14:35:00 +0800

End time: Sat, 19 Aug 2023 14:55:00 +0800

Type: Lecture

Track: ESEAP (East, South East Asia, and the Pacific) Region

Submission state: confirmed

Duration: 20 minutes

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Presentation language: en

Abstract & description[edit source]

Abstract[edit source]

Teaching people to edit on Wikipedia is not enough to bring Wikipedia to life in small language communities. Workshops generate a lot of enthusiasm, but without keeping the flame alive, it often disappears. You can write in Wikipedia on your own, but a language version only comes alive when people motivate each other in communities and drive the organisation forward. But how do you create interaction in real life?

Description[edit source]

I am currently trying to help a group of Wikipedians in East Timor to (re)activate the Wikipedia language version in Tetun. Internally, we have already collected a few ideas and I myself am active in the German Wikipedia community in Munich.

The goal is not only to strengthen the Tetum Wikipedia and to highlight the potential collaboration of Timorese Wikipedians with other Wikipedians in South East Asia in terms of community capacity building, improving content on our small Wikipedia projects. Originally planned as Round Table to exchange ideas, I can only present some of my ideas and tell of my experiences in Munich/Germany community, which are maybe partly transferable to other communities. I hope, the discussion afterwards will bring some valuable output.

Further details[edit source]

Qn. How does your session relate to the event themes: Diversity, Collaboration Future?

A lively community is the basic prerequisite for establishing Wikipedia in small languages and keeping it running. Creating living communities is supporting the diversity of the whole project.

Qn. What is the experience level needed for the audience for your session?

Some experience will be needed

Qn. What is the most appropriate format for this session?

  • Tick Onsite in Singapore
  • Empty Remote online participation, livestreamed
  • Empty Remote from a satellite event
  • Empty Hybrid with some participants in Singapore and others dialing in remotely
  • Empty Pre-recorded and available on demand