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Join us at the 'Celtic Knot' - Wikipedia Language Conference

The University of Edinburgh and Wikimedia UK are delighted to invite you to join us at this event showcasing innovative approaches to open education, open knowledge and open data that support and grow Celtic and Indigenous language communities.

If you want to know what’s important to a culture, learn their language.

Joanne Harris

The main objective for Celtic Knot 2017 is the coming together of language practitioners in the same room at same time; strengthening the bonds of those working to support language communities into a 'knot' and leading into action. We welcome diverse attendees and presenters working in Celtic and Indigenous languages ranging from Wikimedians, educators, researchers, information professionals, media professionals, linguists, translators, learning technologists and more coming together to share good practice and find fruitful new collaborations as a result of the event.

Keynote speakers

  • Jason Evans - Wikimedian in Residence at The National Library of Wales, now the longest running Wikimedia residency in the world. Jason has been responsible for implementing and leading a number of innovative projects designed to increase public and institutional engagement with Wikimedia projects. A passionate advocate for open access, Jason has published case studies and produced a business case on the subject, drawing on the successful implementation of open access policies at The National Library of Wales. Jason has spoken widely of the importance of the Welsh language Wikipedia and the multilingual nature of Wikidata in developing Welsh as a digital language and has recently began exploring the use of multilingual data to create Welsh language Wikipedia content.
  • Professor Antonella Sorace - Professor of Developmental Linguistics at The University of Edinburgh and founding director of Bilingualism Matters. Antonella is a world leading authority on bilingualism over the lifespan and is particularly well known for her studies of exceptionally talented ("near-native") adult second language speakers; for her research on the changes ("attrition") that take place in the native language of advanced second language speakers; for her investigation of bilingual language acquisition in early and late childhood, and of the effects of bilingualism in non-linguistic domains.

Confirmed speakers also include

  • Robin Owain – Wales Manager for Wikimedia UK
  • Astrid Carlsen – Executive Director, Wikimedia Norge.
  • Susan Ross – Scots Gaelic Wikipedian in Residence, The National Library of Scotland.
  • Alex Hinojo – Executive Director, Amical Wikimedia presenting on the Catalan Language project.
Jul 06 2017 -

Join us at the 'Celtic Knot' - Wikipedia Language Conference

Registration is now open for the ‘Celtic Knot’ – Wikipedia Language Conference taking place on Thursday 6 July at The University of Edinburgh Business School.