Submissions/Promoting Wiki in Indian Languages putting to use free and inovative open Software
This is a rejected submission for Wikimania 2012.
- Submission no.
- Title of the submission
Promoting Wiki in Indian Languages putting to use free and inovative open Software.
- Type of submission (workshop, tutorial, panel, presentation)
- Author of the submission
Nikita S. Belavate
- E-mail address
- Country of origin
- Affiliation, if any (organization, company etc.)
Wikimedia India Foundation.
- Personal homepage or blog
- Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)
I believe,access to knowledge is everyone's right and Wikipedia has comes to life with this very sentiment. I want to carry this ahead to the people who cannot absorb this 'read only' format. I believe there should be an audio file for each and every article in different languages. There is 'speaking Dictionary' translating between Marathi-English, English-Marathi, besides few others languages. We can make use of these software techniques to built a data-base of audio files which will be a boon to Visually impaired. There is also an extremely wide range of population in India who cannot still read fluently even in their own native languages, let alone English.
Creating Audio files for articles will require a greater task-force indeed but just as in case of Medical articles being efficiently converted to simple English by a dedicated organisation like 'Content rules', a free and open knowledge sharing organisation who will be willing to take-up the project; pertaining to the wide visibility it will receive, it should indeed be taken head-strongly.
There is one more advantage we can accrue, is that it will assume popularity quickly and will be a friend for out-reach programmes. Right now, outreach efforts are limited to assistance by editors either physically at the venue or virtually through hangouts or Skype. If instructions are recorded and made available, anybody can take up the task of spreading awareness about Wiki and thereby its immense knowledge-base.
I would like to see Wikipedia being HEARD ! and for this I would like to present a means for my native language Marathi.
- WikiCulture and Community; Research, Analysis, and Education
- Technology and Infrastructure
- Length of presentation/talk
- 25 Minutes
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- Slides or further information (optional)
- Special request as to time of presentations
Preferably before lunch.
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