Have you ever wondered about the process of launching Wikipedia in a new language and the importance of Wikipedia for indigenous languages? In light of the most recent language version to join we will shed some light on the process from incubator to Wikipedia in Inari Sámi.
Sámi knowledge online is a Wikimedia Norge project with the intention of improving the Northern Sámi Wikipedia and to provide more Sámi related content to the Wikimedia projects. But why is it so important to conserve and revitalise small, indigenous languages? Chairperson of the board of Wikimedia Norge, Sigrun Espe has been interested in this a long time. The title of her Master’s thesis is «Education and revitalisation, The role of bilingual education in processes of ethnic revitalisation in the Ecuadorian highlands. She says the language we grow up speaking is such an important part of who we are. (mer…)