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Submissions/Engaging adult learners and senior citizens in promoting Citizen Science and Local Heritage on Wikimedia Commons and Wiktionary

After careful consideration, the Programme Committee has decided not to accept the below submission at this time. Thank you to the author(s) for participating in the Wikimania 2015 programme submission, we hope to still see you at Wikimania this July.

Submission no.
Title of the submission
Engaging adult learners and senior citizens in promoting Citizen Science and Local Heritage on Wikimedia Commons and Wiktionary
Type of submission (discussion, hot seat, panel, presentation, tutorial, workshop)
Author of the submission
Mina Theofilatou
E-mail address
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Argostoli Evening High School
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

Argostoli Evening High School in Kefalonia Greece has been offering adult and working learners aged 14 upwards the opportunity to complete middle school and high school, and even enter tertiary education. One of the courses on the high school curriculum involves a team project, usually completed within one or two semesters.

Most of the projects I have assigned to my students have involved creating content for Wikimedia Projects, in one way or another. The presentation will provide an overview of the work we have done and highlight successful practices, by focusing on three specific projects: two photo galleries on Wikimedia Commons and a local dialect category on Wiktionary. Namely, The Wild Flora of Kefalonia, Greece and Villages in Kefalonia, Greece galleries were built in the school year 2012-13: the students were briefed to work in accordance with the guidelines set out on the galleries' discussion pages and images were uploaded in class or at home by those students with their own accounts. Our work was featured in the WMF blog in February 2013 and there was talk of following up on the wild flora gallery to promote tracking biodiversity by Citizen Science methods: Wikimedia Commons is an excellent platform for such activities. In school year 2014-15 we ventured our first project on Greek Wiktionary: here the brief was to gather as many words of the [sadly diminishing] Kefalonian dialect by talking with senior citizens who had good knowledge of the words and phrases. It is interesting to point out that e.g. elderly patients being hospitalized in the local hospital were proud to offer their input to our 55-year-old student who works as an assistant nurse: goes to show that Wikimedia can be therapeutic as well!

Activities such as these have multi-fold benefits for local communities, and they can be a lot of fun too! My presentation will include video and images from local events that were held to reach out to the locals and engage them in preserving our natural and cultural heritage.

  • Education Outreach
Length of session (if other than 30 minutes, specify how long)
30 minutes
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
Depends on scholarship
Slides or further information (optional)
Here's a video preview of our work:-)
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