Submissions/Wikimedia Translation Sprint

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This is an accepted submission for Wikimania 2015.

Submission no.
Author of the submission
Siebrand Mazeland
E-mail address
Country of origin
The Netherlands
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.), Wikimedia Foundation
Personal homepage or blog
Kindof profile page,
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

This session is a medium length workshop targeted at people that have a good proficiency in a language other than English. You are expected to have a portable computer, capable of connecting to a wireless network with a modern graphical web browser installed on it, to maximise the effectiveness of this session.

During this workshop you will get a quick introduction to using the Translate extension on Wikimedia wikis and This will enable you to start contributing to translations for the project of your choice and to make a difference to open source software users and fellow Wikimedians that speak the same language as you do.

Wikimedia uses many pieces of software and has a lot of documentation and notifications that can be translated, so that every user may able to use that software and consume documentation and notifications in their native language. It is proven that using software in one's native language increases understanding and productivity considerably. Software is ever changing and evolving. It almost goes without saying, that there is also a continuous flow of new and updated user documentation, policy and notifications about the former. There is a continuous need for translators. In the Wikimedia movement, this is done mostly by volunteers.

The MediaWiki extension Translate enhances MediaWiki with essential features needed to do translation work. It can be used to translate the content of pages, the interface of a wiki and other software products. Wiki markup and user interface strings of those products become messages that volunteers can translate. The Translate extension helps those volunteers not only to provide translations for those messages in English but, also tracks and synchronises changes between the source and the translations. This makes is very easy to keep translations up to date, as minor changes are being made to the source text all the time.

  • WikiCulture & Community
  • Technology, Interface & Infrastructure
Length of session (if other than 30 minutes, specify how long)

70 minutes. 30 minutes for a workshop isn't enough. There's a 10 minute introduction and people need enough time to get going and be able to ask their question and have them answered.

Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?


Slides or further information (optional)
Special requests
  • Need video projector for visual support.
  • If a computer lab is present, that would be great to get people to participate that do not have a portable computer with them.
  • A working internet connection is required to make this workshop successful.

Interested attendees

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  1. This is a very useful session and I'll be willing to assist the participants. Amir E. Aharoni (talk) 15:35, 6 March 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  2. Sebastian Wallroth (talk) 10:14, 1 July 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  3. Poco a poco (talk) 08:51, 12 July 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]