In 2017, the Wikimedia Foundation in partnership with the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS), Wikimedia India chapter (WMIN), user groups and external partners launched a pilot project in India to encourage local Wikipedia communities to create locally relevant articles in Indian languages. The project, (codename: Project Tiger) (a) supports active and experienced Wikipedia editors through the donation of laptops and stipends for internet access and (b) supports a language-based article writing contest that aims to address existing Wikipedia content gaps. The pilot ends in May 2018, after which we will begin an in-depth evaluation of the pilot. Results from the pilot will inform our efforts to refine and scale this strategy for engaging contributors to create locally relevant content in their languages, into a program - Growing Local Language Content on Wikipedia (GLOW).
The GLOW Program will prioritize collaborating with Wikipedia communities from languages and countries in emerging regions that are underrepresented on Wikipedia and Wikimedia projects to address content gaps. Through this program and with support from external partners, we will be able to empower local language communities overcome barriers to participation, facilitating them to grow in a way that attracts more readers. Additionally, the communities will be engaged in a program that is also responsive to their needs and encourages their long-term participation.
At the session we will present high-level results and learnings from the laptop and internet access support, and the writing contest that will inform scaling the GLOW program.
Attendees will learn about the strategy the Wikimedia Foundation is adopting to address content gaps and empower contributors through partnerships. Attendees will also have the opportunity to share their thoughts, ideas and interest in this program and its objective to increase locally relevant content in underrepresented languages and express interest to collaborate with the Wikimedia Foundation to bridge content gaps in their local languages.
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