Celtic Knot Conference 2017/Programme/CK125

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Title: The Kefalonian Dialect in Wiktionary and how Wikitherapy addresses social equality in open-source language projects.

Lecture Theatre 1B - University of Edinburgh Business School

Date: 6 July 2017

Time: 11am to 11:20am

Duration: 15 minutes (5 mins Q&A)

Venue: University of Edinburgh Business School - Lecture Theatre 1B


  • Mina Theofilatou, Greek Wikipedia.

Overview of topic:

Kefalonia is an island in the Ionian Sea, on the west coast of Greece. Along with the other islands of the "Heptanese", the island's culture has been influenced by centuries of Venetian rule: words of Italian origin are often used among locals, although their use is declining with each passing generation. In the capacity of Computer Science Teacher at a High School for adults, and recipient of an IEG grant to train mentally ill patients to edit the Wikimedia projects, I will present the ideas that helped us contribute to preserving our cultural heritage: from the edits of a 55-year-old assistant nurse being warmly received on Greek Wiktionary, to a user-friendly programming environment being used to develop a language quiz app for Android devices, to getting the Wikitherapy participants actively involved in joining forces with the students... and presenting our achievements at an event in the local Municipal Library last June. The highlight of the event was a live demonstration of the language quiz by a volunteer from the audience; I will be making a quiz based on the same CC-BY-SA code especially for the Celtic Knot conference (volunteer from the audience will be needed :-)


Supporting material:

Related Paper presented at Informatics in Education Conference, Piraeus University, October 2015[edit | edit source]

Wikitherapy video

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