Grants talk:IEG/MediaWiki and Javanese script/Midpoint
Thanks very much for your midpoint report, I really enjoyed reading it. Some thoughts, based on what you've written:
- It is interesting to see that the online piece (refining the input method) has been what's worked well...and it reminds me that what IEGs might really do best is support online community initiatives.
- I'm sorry that government changes to the education system and other outside factors have had such a large impact on the offline organizing part of this grant. Those are real challenges that I think lots of folks trying to conduct local outreach in our movement might face, so thanks for sharing your learnings about this here.
- I'm glad Wikimania was a positive experience for you! And your comment makes me wonder if having virtual meetings (Skype, IRC, whatever) with other grantees earlier in the process of these grants would also be helpful...what do you think? (Also, that "1 thing" prompt is just a guideline...please do say as much as you like in that section :P )
- I'm impressed with your ability to persevere and keep trying new things, opening a window when a door closes, etc. Looking forward to seeing the outcomes of the competition and what you learn from that part of the project as well!
Interesting report - amazing that some schools have stopped teaching Javanese. I guess it is not cost-effective to the modern generation because it is seen as purely of historical interest? This could be an opportunity for Wikipedia educational initiatives, because I am sure there are lots of concerned parents worried about the cultural implications of this. I was also interested in your comment about lack of support locally. That tends to be the case even here in Europe. Despite all of those millions of readers, there are pretty darn few Wikimedians willing to do the work. In your case, you need specific help with font-related expertise as well as language issues, no? Maybe this could be used as a lesson-learned going forward with other non-Western-font-language projects. Good luck with the rest of your project! Jane023 (talk) 16:53, 28 September 2013 (UTC)