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Yes, wonderful! Congratulations!


On Wed, May 29, 2013 at 10:56 PM, Adam Frost <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> This is so very truly extremely exciting! (And that doesn't even begin to
> tell how much so very truly extremely exciting it is.) The ASL Wikipedia is
> in the Incubator! I guess this means that we will be hatching Sign Language
> Wikipedia Chickens in no time. :-D
>
> Adam
>
> On May 29, 2013, at 2:56 PM, Valerie Sutton wrote:
>
> SignWriting List
> May 29, 2013
>
> Hello Steve, and everyone who wants Wikipedias in written sign languages!
>
> We join you in celebrating this big step forward - We are closer now to
> having multiple Wikipedias in written sign languages - I am so happy for
> this work and thankful also to everyone at the Wikimedia Foundation for
> making this possible for us to pioneer this new development - Steve has
> already posted the SignWriting Gadget on the Incubator and is paving the
> way now for us to move to the Incubator. I also want to thank Gerard
> Meijssen for his ongoing encouragement - this is only the beginning,
> Gerard!!
>
> Let's Skype when you have the time, Gerard -
>
> And everyone - the reason this is so important is that your sign languages
> will be written in valuable encyclopedia articles that the world can read
> online - it will open the world to realizing that your sign languages are
> now written languages - it is a great way to inform the general public in
> so many ways - we will all learn each other's sign languages with
> Wikipedias and we will also learn information through the articles
> themselves -
>
> take a look at the current test Wikipedia for ASL, which will soon be
> moving to the Incubator…we have 14 article started...
>
> ASL Wikipedia
> http://ase.wikipedia.wmflabs.org/wiki/Main_Page
>
> Val ;-)
>
>
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>
> On May 29, 2013, at 1:31 PM, Stephen E Slevinski Jr <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>
>  Hi SignWriting List,
>
> I was privileged to take part in the Wikimedia Hackathon in Amsterdam this
> year.  A three day event that covered all things Wikipedia and more.
> http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Amsterdam_Hackathon_2013
>
>
> At the beginning of the event, everyone introduced themselves and a big
> board was created that covered all of the people and topics.
>
>
> http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/File:Proposed_projects_for_the_Wikimedia_Hackathon_2013.jpg
>
> My sticky for SignWriting is on the far right, second group from the end.
>
>
>
> Before any language can have a new Wikipedia (or other project), it needs
> to start on Incubator and reach a certain level of activity.  Previously,
> it was impossible for Incubator to support sign languages, so a special
> server needed to be built on Wikimedia Labs for each sign language
> project.
>
> My main goal for the hackathon was to enable a SignWriting viewer on
> Incubator.  Mission accomplished!  Soon, we will start the transition from
> Wikimedia Labs to Incubator for the ASL Wikipedia Project.
> http://incubator.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wp/ase
>
>
> I have been informed by the language committee that any sign language
> (with a valid language code) will be automatically approved for the
> Incubator now that this technology exists.  We still have lots of work to
> continue, but this basic level of support is enough to start.
>
> Additionally, I have a user script available on the English Wikipedia that
> anyone can enable to view SignWriting on the English Wikipedia.
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Slevinski
>
>
> There were many people at the hackathon that were interested in and
> supportive of written sign language.  I was informed that the idea of
> SignWriting is supported throughout the Wikimedia organization and various
> committees.  Several people reviewed the technical basis of the project and
> approved of the design.  It was a very positive event and I'm deeply
> grateful I was able to attend.
>
> Sometimes it seems like an overwhelming amount of work still needs to be
> completed, but today I celebrate the achievements that our team has made
> possible.
>
> Regards,
> ∼Steve
>
>
>
>


-- 
Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Oberlin College