PhilWiki Community/Diversity

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PhilWiki Community
DIVERSITY
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PhilWiki Community
Philippine Wikimedia Community, Inc.
Philippine Wikimedia Community
User Group

Philippines
LocationFlag of the Philippines.svg Philippines
Country codePH-WC
Founding date1 June 2015
Approval date17 October 2015
Official language(s)Philippine languages
Other language(s)Central Bikol language, Rinconada Bikol language
ReportsLink to reports
FacebookFacebook group and Facebook page

As a free, open and vibrant organization of Filipino volunteers and content editors from the Philippines and all over the world, the community aims to engage diverse participation in projects, programs and activities that promote free, responsibly open-content resources and reference materials through cost-effective, creative and innovative projects and partnerships with libraries, museums among others.

Marvin Molin is the Chair of Diversity Committee (2020-present). He started to actively contribute on Wikimedia Commons since joining Wiki Takes Rinconada in 2015 and has been involved in Wikimedia Movement since then. He represented the user group at the 2019 ESEAP Wikimedia Strategy Summit held in Bangkok, Thailand. He is a member of the organizing team of WikiGap in the Philippines which aims to close the gender gap in the internet. The Committee was first headed by Irvin Sto. Tomas (2019-2020) who is now the Chairman of GLAM Committee.

WikiGap Philippines

The Philippines has joined every edition of WikiGap campaign since its inception in 2019. The purpose of the activity was to participate in the global campaign focusing on improving and creating new articles on LGBTQ and Women related topics thru the Translation Tool. In 2020, five participants improved at least 30 articles each during the campaign launch and they actively worked to improve the visibility of women in seven Philippine languages namely: Bikol, Cebuano, Ilocano, Kapampangan, Pangasinan, Tagalog, and Waray. As a result, two of our participants have made it to the top contributors, internationally.

In partnership with Developh Community, the 1-hour WikiGAP: Closing the Digital Gender Gap discussion via livestream to launch WikiGap in the Philippines. PH-WC president Irvin Sto. Tomas introduced the activities of the organization and answered relevant issues related to Wikipedia and the Wikimedia movement.

Regional Cooperation

The East, South East Asia and the Pacific or ESEAP is among the most under represented communities in the Wikimedia Movement. The ESEAP Conference brings participants from various ESEAP communities together to achieve better understanding of each community. It also aims to connect people of the Wikimedia movement within ESEAP regions, to share ideas, and to build regional collaborations

The Philippines is one of the world’s most linguistically diverse countries, with over 190 documented languages. However, only Tagalog (officially called ‘Filipino’) and English are recognized as the country’s official languages. As a result, many of these regional languages are experiencing a decline in use and there is often a shortage of written material.

In 2018, Maffeth Opiana and Irvin Sto. Tomas represented the PhilWiki Community at the inaugural ESEAP Wikimedia Conference 2018 held in Bali, Indonesia. Froy Beraña and Marvin Molin participated at the Wikimedia ESEAP Strategy Summit 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. The conference aimed to bring ESEAP voices to the global conversation on Movement Strategy. Community leaders discussed the most relevant strategy topics for the region across thematic areas and the Wikimedia movement’s future.

Wikipedia Asian Month

Wikipedia Asian Month is an annual online event that occurs in November and which aims to promote Asian content on Wikipedia. PhilWiki Community has been promoting the campaign since 2015 by running the Bulan kan Asya nin Wikipedia, a local online Wikipedia activity promoting the creation or improvement of the Wikipedia content about Asia except the Philippines.

In 2021, Wikipedia Philippine Month was introduced by the Community as a monthly online event inspired by Wikipedia Asian Month which aims to promote Philippine content in Philippine Wikipedia editions and beyond. It also promotes the creation or improvement of the Wikipedia content about a particular group or groups of people in the Philippines and the region they represent. The monthly activity aims the collaboration among Filipino contributors within the archipelago and in the diaspora and create linkages among Filipino and non-Filipino contributors who support the main objective.

Lingua Libre Philippines

Lingua Libre Philippines is a future project of PhilWiki Community which aims to collect audios of the vocabulary of different Philippine languages. The Philippines is one of the world’s most linguistically diverse countries, with over 190 documented languages. However, under the 1987 Constitution, only Tagalog (officially called ‘Filipino’) and English are recognized as the country’s official languages. As a result, many of these regional languages are experiencing a decline in use and there is often a shortage of written material. Documentation of the vocabulary of different Philippine languages is the main goal of the project.