Lingua Creation Guide

This page explains the procedures of creating a new Lingua site. Please check out the rest of our Global Voices Lingua Guides.

Setting it up a new Lingua website quite easy, but regularly providing fresh content and nurturing a community of volunteers is a real challenge. We welcome applications from both large and under-represented languages. An under-represented language is a specific language and/or specific community that is not well represented on the Internet.

Before creating the site

The first step is to express your interest, at the end of this page. We will let you know if there is already an upcoming website in your language, and put you in touch with anybody else who has displayed an interest in it.

We will need at least one person who can commit to the role of volunteer editor and a team of at least three volunteer translators. The editor must be a native speaker of the language in question, and it is also important that the person can communicate (even if little) in written English because it is the lingua franca we use at Global Voices. The next steps are as follow.

Can you commit to it?

The list of Lingua Editors Tasks includes promoting the project, recruiting and training volunteers, editing and publishing translations on a regular basis, website maintenance, and regular communication with Lingua team, among other tasks. These tasks take time and demand commitment.

If you want to start a Lingua site, you need not be put off by this: as Victor Hugo would say:

Nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come.”

Should this be the time for a new Lingua site in your language, it will attract the attention it needs to bear fruit and grow organically.

Get familiar with Global Voices ways

In case you haven't done so yet, please check out our history, read our manifesto and our general and Lingua specific frequently asked questions. Next, please take some time to read and familiarize yourself first with Lingua Editors Tasks, which will detail the tasks that Lingua editors commit to and the Lingua Editors Guide which is a more technical guide to managing a WordPress site. Welcome to New Translators is a document that introduces the work to new volunteers, and Lingua Translators Guide is a step by step guide on how to get started with translations.

Translate the Global Voices Manifesto

The Global Voices Manifesto is a short article setting our mission. If you see a link to the manifesto on the right-hand side of the site, it means that we have already a Lingua site in your language. Please also check the sub-pages listed below the text, as we may already have the translation of the Manifesto, even if we don't have a site in your language. In case it is not listed there, you are welcome to send a translation.

Start Social Media pages

Basically, a Facebook page and a Twitter account to attract interest in Global Voices in the new language and to:

  • Explain what Global Voices is.
  • Set the hope that it will be translated to the new language.
  • Attract interest and recruit volunteers.
  • Communicate with the Lingua Director and give them access and credentials.

Get involved anyway

While we decide whether to start or not a new site, consider joining Global Voices community in another capacity, and there are some other ways to do so:

Subtitling: If you enjoy working with videos, join our subtitling team at Amara. See the guidelines [Using Amara To Subtitle Videos].

Writing: Join the team of volunteer authors to report on the daily conversations occurring in blogging communities around the world. Follow the “conversation” in your own language and help us report on them, translating it into English. See the application form. And after you get familiar with Global Voices you can apply to join the:

Social Media team: who can volunteer 2-10 hours a week to help us run our Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr accounts. You can do so by submitting here.

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