Dear friends,

At the beginning of 2011, a group of us began working on a project to 
explore alternative methods of citation on Wikipedia. We were motivated 
by the lack of published resources in much of the non-Anglo-European 
world, and the very real difficulty of citing everyday aspects of lived 
reality in India and South Africa.

We are now at a stage where the project is almost complete, and we'd 
like to share our work with the broader movement, especially within 
India and South Africa.

There are three languages we worked within: Malayalam, Hindi and Sepedi.

The project page documents the process and logistics employed, as well 
as the findings and results: 
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:Oral_Citations

A film made from the project is available here: http://vimeo.com/26469276

There have been discussions on oral citations for some time now within 
the language communities we worked with for the duration of the project. 
At this stage, we are really interested in *your* feedback, either on 
this list, or on the Discussion section of the project page.

There are still some things to come, namely:
- Better (high resolution) versions of the film on Wikimedia Commons 
with an open subtitle track for translation, in process
- Updates on events, meetings and discussions held around the project 
(updated as they happen)
- Updates on articles created in Malayalam, Hindi and Sepedi as a result 
of the project (updated as they happen)

We would be very grateful to hear your feedback, and begin a broader 
discussion.

Best wishes,
Achal

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