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Kitamura Sae

Born in Japan
Joined Wikipedia in 2010
Favorite article is 激おこぷんぷん丸.

In Professor Kitamura Sae’s Tokyo classroom, Wikipedia is not just read, it is written. As part of their university coursework, Sae’s students regularly make contributions to Japanese Wikipedia, adding to the language’s 980,000 articles and counting.

“I just wanted to make my…class more interesting for my students” she says.

Sae herself first edited Wikipedia in 2010. She added her first article in 2011 as part of a project to encourage researchers to edit Wikipedia.

Editing Wikipedia is like fighting evil all alone in the public sphere.

“This project made me understand the importance of contributing to the society as a scholar/Wikipedian,” she explains.

Ella no se ha detenido desde entonces.

Now a Professor of English in Tokyo, Sae is still an active Wikipedian and advocate of the free and open knowledge movement. Recently, she found a way to match these interests and empower her students. She called it the “Wikipedia Translation Project.”

Para involucrar a sus estudiantes en las habilidades lingüísticas y en las prácticas de investigación, Sae los desafió a elegir un artículo de los existentes en Wikipedia en Inglés y traducirlo al japonés.

"Para mejorar las habilidades informacionales de los estudiantes, también me enseño cómo utilizar las bases de datos en línea y las fuentes de referencia, y la forma de evaluar la credibilidad de la información", añadió.

Sae’s students contribute around 40 new articles to Japanese Wikipedia each semester. “Some students have grown very keen to correct wrong or unclear information, and I am glad at that,” she said. “Editing Wikipedia is like fighting against evil all alone in the corner of public sphere.”