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SEMINAR | Kadidjiny biidi (knowledge trails): Why is there no Australian Aboriginal language Wikipedia?



Start Date

20 Nov 2015 1:00 pm

End Date

20 Nov 2015 2:00 pm


Room 312, Social Sciences Building, Sandy Bay Campus

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Presented by

Professor Len Collard, University of Western Australia

The ubiquitous website Wikipedia aims to facilitate the creation and distribution of knowledge to every single person on the planet in their own language, but this agenda is complicated by specific, diverse and hybrid realities of knowledge in the case of some languages. Whilst there are versions of Wikipedia in Welsh, Maori and a range of Indigenous languages, no representation of knowledge in an Aboriginal language currently exists on the site. Focusing on Noongar language from the south-west of Western Australia, the endangered heritage language of over 30,000 individuals, current research seeks to test the possibility that knowledge-sharing via a platform such as Wikipedia could help to invigorate and sustain an online language community. It also investigates ways in which the online platform may need to adapt and change in response to the demands of an endangered language and its parallel oral tradition.

This presentation will report on the state-of-play at the approximate half-way stage of the Australian Research Council funded project. This presentation by Professor Len Collard is on behalf of colleagues Professor Kim Scott, Professor John Hartley, Research Associates Jennifer Buchanan and Ingrid Cumming.

Professor Len Collard, ARC Chief Investigator, School of Indigenous Studies at the University of Western Australia is a Whadjuk/Balardong Nyungar and traditional owner of the Perth region and surrounding districts whose ground-breaking theoretical work has put Nyungar cultural research on the local, national and international stage. He has a background in literature and communications and his research interests are in the area of Aboriginal studies, including Nyungar interpretive histories and Nyungartheoretical and practical research models. Len Is currently undertaking the development of a ground breaking study in to the question… Why isn't there a Nyungar Wiki-pedia this will the subject of his seminar. Len will give an view and present the latest finding of this complex project.

Event details
WHEN | Friday 20 November 2015, 1.00pm to 2.00pm
WHERE | Room 312, Social Sciences Building, Sandy Bay Campus

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