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Wikitongues is a nonprofit community of 800 volunteers in 60 countries promoting and preserving linguistic diversity worldwide. We're building a public archive of every language in the world, recording and publishing video oral histories under Creative Commons licensing. This user group will facilitate more and better contribution from our initiative to Wikimedia projects.


Wikitongues aims to increase the scope of language content for Wikimedia projects and expand their overall linguistic diversity.

Language Content[edit]

  • We recruit volunteers to record video oral histories in their native language.
  • We contribute all appropriately licensed Wikitongues language documentation to relevant Wikimedia projects.
  • We introduce language activists to the Wikimedia movement and educate the general public about:
    • Linguistic preservation;
    • Oral history production; and
    • Digital media publishing as it pertains to Creative Commons Licensing.

Linguistic Diversity[edit]

  • We coordinate with local WMF affiliates and partners to organize translate-a-thons for Wikimedia projects.
  • In the future, we aim to organize Wikipedia training sessions for language activists who wish to launch Wikipedia editions in their language.


Daniel Bogre Udell presenting at Wikipedia Day 2018 in NYC

Wikitongues began as a grassroots initiative in 2014 and has been a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit since 2016. Many from our community are active Wikimedians who contribute language content to Wikipedia and the Wikimedia Commons and participate in Wikimedia events.

Wikimania 2017[edit]

Wikipedia Day 2018 in NYC[edit]

  • Daniel Bogre Udell (talk) expanded upon his Wikimania lightning talk by presenting examples of Internet-based language activism on every continent.


Wikitongues aims to organize events that expand the quantity and quality of language-related content on Wikimedia projects and improve the overall linguistic diversity of Wikimedia. These will include translate-a-thons, edit-a-thons, and “record-a-thons” for the Wikimedia Commons.

2018 Agenda[edit]


  • Launch Wikimedia user group
  • Elect a community leader for the user group


  • Organize at least one Wikitongues event (see above Events section for current plans)
  • Identify all Wikitongues language videos with Wikimedia-appropriate licensing
  • Systemize Wikitongues-Wikimedia contribution flow for future language videos


  • Contribute all existing Wikitongues language videos to the Wikimedia Commons
  • Participate in Wikimania 2018


  • Identify three relevant Wikipedia projects besides the Commons and contribute appropriate Wikitongues content

Join Us![edit]

Anyone who speaks a language (that's everyone) may join our community: either add your name to the community section below, or fill out our volunteer application. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to leave them on the talk page.

Contact information[edit]

To learn more, visit us at or drop us a line at hello(at)


To join us, simply add your name below.

Designated Contacts[edit]