Hi Asaf,

I'm curious about how the languages were chosen for this challenge? 

There are some really incredible people on this list with great experience running similar types of projects so my big suggestion would be for you to engage with them in the planning process rather than merely to ask for foot soldiers :)

In fact, I think what would make most sense would be to share the documentation of lessons learned from the Kiswahili challenge and to be able to have a good discussion about  potential solutions to the key problems. 

I'd love to speak to the Kiswahili folks as well but if you have already documented this, then that would be most helpful as a start. 


Heather Ford 
Ethnographer: Swiftly | Ushahidi 

On Jun 17, 2011, at 4:27 PM, Asaf Bartov wrote:

Hello again, everyone.

On Wed, Jun 15, 2011 at 7:02 PM, Asaf Bartov <abartov@wikimedia.org> wrote:

As for judges -- yes, Google's figure of 35 judges per language would be a challenge, certainly for Zulu and Tswana.  We shall try to achieve at least half that many for each.  I ask for your help in this -- volunteer judges can sign up on the page I just created in Meta to start concentrating information about this[5].  I will also be reaching out to some non-Wikipedians to serve as judges -- academics, linguists, etc.

I am also on the lookout for a volunteer trainer from South Africa, ideally a speaker of at least one of the three target languages.  The trainer needs to be available for a whole week of fairly intensive training sessions in 2-3 universities in South Africa and 2-3 others in Botswana, on the week beginning July 25th.  The Foundation will fund travel; Google will fund accommodation.  The Foundation will also help prepare the training materials.  Please let me know if you're interested and available.

If none of the people receiving this e-mail are interested, perhaps some of you can help us find someone who would be?
Once again, I welcome any suggestion for improvement, to make this as successful and beneficial to our movement and mission as possible.

If one of you is planning to respond to or engage with me on this, but hasn't found the time yet, I'd appreciate a quick note, just so I know we shall have _some_ cooperation from WMZA.


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