Looking at the future for indigenous and underrepresented languages and the Wikimedia projects!
The Arctic Knot Wikimedia Language Conference will take place online 24–25 June 2021.
At the Arctic Knot Wikimedia Language Conference we want to look at the future of indigenous and underrepresented languages and their presence and use on the Wikimedia projects. The conference will provide space and focus for indigenous and underrepresented language communities to connect, learn from each other, and collaborate.
With 20 billion page views every month, Wikipedia is one of the first stops when people search for information. It is a cornerstone of the digital age, but the information within it is not evenly represented across languages. The Wikimedia movement is about to start implementing the 2030 movement strategy and the UNESCO Decade of Indigenous languages will start in 2022. The Decade of Indigenous Languages points to the potential of digital technologies in supporting the use and preservation of indigenous languages. These two milestones give us the opportunity to look into our future efforts for language diversity on the Wikimedia projects, and during the conference discuss how we can work together to make indigenous and underrepresented language communities grow.
More information about the conference will be shared on the Arctic Knot Wikimedia Language Conference page over the next few weeks. Registration will open in May. We hope you will join the conference!
The Arctic Knot Wikimedia Language Conference is part of the Wikimedia UK Celtic Knot series of conferences. Arctic Knot Wikimedia Language Conference is led by Wikimedia Norge in collaboration with The Arctic University of Norway, Wikimedia UK and Wikimedia Deutschland, and will focus on Arctic and Sámi languages. We are also happy to have Wikitongues and Art+Feminism as part of the organization team for the conference.