Eddie Avila interviewed on possible support in preservering and revitalising Indic languages using Wikimedia

Screenshot of website with Amrit Sufi's article on Strategies to bring more Indic languages on Wikimedia projects

Screenshot of the website with Amrit Sufi's and Nitesh Gill article on Strategies to bring more Indic languages on Wikimedia projects including their research findings. Source: Wikimedia.

Eddie Avila, director of Rising Voices, was interviewed by Angika-language activist Amrit Sufi from India. Sufi, who is a researcher and academic as well as a speaker of the endangered language of Angika, spoke to Avila in light of the recently concluded research project titled “Needs assessment for documentation and revitalization of Indic languages using Wikimedia projects”.

According to the article Sufi and Nitesh Gill published on the research findings, “89% of survey takers were unaware of Wikimedia projects other than Wikipedia”.

In the interview, Avila, among other things, spoke about possibilities on how to provide needed support for individuals who are interested in documenting and revitalising Indic languages. He shared that:

Even if there are not existing activists in one’s language, opportunities for cross-linguistic, cross-regional mentorship between activists from another language can guide and inspire interested individuals.

Find Sufi's and Gill's article addressing the findings as well as the aforementioned interview here.

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