Igbo and Abstract Wikipedia - a conversation
2021-10-29, 18:00–18:55 (UTC), Livestream room

The Wikimedia Foundation’s vision is to “imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge”. Abstract Wikipedia imagines a world that closes the gap of the expensive linguistic diversity through abstract representations of knowledge that can get “translated into one of [Wikipedia’s] 300 languages whenever someone wants to read part of it”. In this talk Tochi Precious, bilingual educator and cross-cultural communications expert, and Silvia Gutiérrez, data scientist and computational linguist, will converse with Denny Vrandečić, Product Manager of Abstract Wikipedia, in order to unravel the challenges that lie at the intersection of automation and diversity.


What will the participants take away from this session?

The Wikimedia Foundation’s vision is to “imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge”. Abstract Wikipedia imagines a world that closes the gap of the expensive linguistic diversity through abstract representations of knowledge that can get “translated into one of [Wikipedia’s] 300 languages whenever someone wants to read part of it”. In this talk Tochi Precious, bilingual educator and cross-cultural communications expert, and Silvia Gutiérrez, data scientist and computational linguist, will converse with Denny Vrandečić, Product Manager of Abstract Wikipedia, in order to unravel the challenges that lie at the intersection of automation and diversity.

Language

English

Recording

Yes

Link to notes

https://etherpad.wikimedia.org/p/WikidataCon2021-IgboAbstractWikipedia

Founder of: Smarter Language Hub, Co-founder, Igbo Wikimedians User Group, Wikipedian in Residence at Moleskine Foundation, initiated the launch of the Makhuwa Language Wikipedia in the Incubator (an African language with over 7 million speakers but no digital footprints).

Head of special projects at the Wikimedia Foundation, Product Manager of Wikifunctions and Abstract Wikipedia, founder of Wikidata.

PhD candidate at the Computational Humanities Group at the University of Leipzig, researching biases in literary canons through text mining / LOD advisor for the Digital Library of Bogotá, implementing a Wikidata workflow for the largest Colombian Digital Collection.