Submissions/The hundred-year old websites

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This is an accepted submission for Wikimania 2012.

Submission no.

219

Title of the submission
The hundred-year old websites - a new look at Wikisource
Type of submission (workshop, tutorial, panel, presentation)
presentation
Author of the submission
Amir E. Aharoni
E-mail address
amir.aharoni@mail.huji.ac.il
Username
amire80
Country of origin
Israel
Affiliation, if any (organization, company etc.)
Wikimedia
Personal homepage or blog
http://aharoni.wordpress.com
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)
Many of the few people who heard about Wikisource think that it's just a collection of old books. This talk will present several projects which will show that it is much more than that: Encyclopedia Britannica 1911 – You may have heard that it's outdated and racist, but in some ways it is better than Wikipedia and even better than the modern online version of Britannica; Malayalam Wikisource projects in Kerala schools – How usage of Wikisource changes the way literature is taught; Gesenius' Hebrew Grammar – How a book published in the 19th century with so many cross-references that it should have been a website, is finally realizing its potential and starts a new life, helping students and professors all over the world. This talk will also show how recent improvements in MediaWiki's internationalization technologies, such as WebFonts, are taking Wikisource even further in making knowledge and cultural assets accessible in ways hardly imaginable in the past.
Track (Wikis and the Public Sector; GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums); WikiCulture and Community; Research, Analysis, and Education; Technology and Infrastructure)
GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums)
Length of presentation/talk (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)
25 Minutes
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
Yes
Slides or further information (optional)
Special request as to time of presentations (for example - can not present on Saturday)


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