Grants:Project/Rapid/Epantaleo/The Wikimedia Foundation - Wiktionary - Etymologies/Report

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Report accepted
This report for a Rapid Grant approved in FY 2016-17 has been reviewed and accepted by the Wikimedia Foundation.


During my 45 minute talk I showed the audience Wikimedia's projects, including Wiktionary and Wikizionario. Then I showed "etytree", the tool that I am developing within the Wikimedia Foundation Labs, and some examples of terms in dialect (Tarantino, Sicilian, Neapolitan) that are included in the English Wiktionary and as such are exported into etytree. None in the audience knew Wiktionary contains words from Italian dialects or extinct languages. After the meeting we had private conversations and people showed their interest in contributing new material to Wiktionary extracting content from books that they own. I will follow up with them to see if they would be interested in future meetings where we could discuss about the best way to proceed on this (which materials to use, how to contribute without infringing copyright, how our local dialect - Barese - compares to Tarantino or Neapolitan or Sicilian which are existing languages in Wiktionary).

I was hoping more people would participate to the meeting because the coworking space is popular. However, I realized afterwards, at their public events not so many people participate. I was expecting more than 30 people, just got 25. After all I am happy with the outcome because the coworking space hosted the meeting for free and the venue was perfect for the event.


Please report on your original project targets.

Target outcome Achieved outcome Explanation
dissemination about Wiktionary and Wikizionario focusing on local dialects people learnt how to use them, their content, and how to edit them I showed on a projector how wiki pages in Wiktionary and Wikizionario are structured, how people can discuss about a page, how the history of edits is available, and basic principles about wiki text
attract new users and editors positive outcome One person explicitly said she will use Wiktionary during her studies on the English Literature - where she needs to find words in Old English - she didn't know words in extinct languages are available on Wiktionary, other people showed their interest in contributing new words in their respective dialect to Wiktionary. Hopefully many of them will start using/contributing to Wiktionary and Wikizionario.
dissemination about the etytree tool positive outcome I showed people at the meeting how to use etytree going through the initial disambiguation page, the network of words etymologically related and I let them test it.


Projects do not always go according to plan. Sharing what you learned can help you and others plan similar projects in the future. Help the movement learn from your experience by answering the following questions:

  • What worked well?

I got interesting feedback and interesting questions about Wikimedia and Wiktionary, as well as on the tool "etytree".

  • What did not work so well?

I was expecting more people.

  • What would you do differently next time?

I will try to attract more people by posting about the event on different media.


EUR 50 on focaccia (food), towels, cups, beer and coke. EUR 15 on panzerotti and crocchette (food).

Grant funds spent[edit]

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I spent EUR 65 on food, drinks, towels and cups + tip for delivery.

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