Education/Newsletter/October 2014/Greek university giving credit for translation of Wikipedia articles

By Konstantinos Stampoulis (Wikimedia Community User Group Greece)

Snippet: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki students in a postgraduate course will translate Wikipedia articles from Italian to Greek for academic credit.

Professors and students of the School of Italian Language and Literature with a Wikipedian.

Starting with the 2014/2015 academic year, Greek Wikipedia will receive contributions from the postgraduate students in course on translation in the School of Italian Language and Literature, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Professor Eleni Kassapi, director of the course, has agreed that the school will be giving assignments for translation of Wikipedia articles from Italian to Greek, starting with articles on theory of translation and expanding to other subjects as needed. The school will formally include the activity in the course's curriculum, and the students will be awarded with a predetermined amount of ECTS-credits for their amount of work and each student will complete up to 180 hours. A course on translation from Spanish will get assignments to translate articles on Humanities from Spanish to Greek. The program started with a lecture on September 15, 2014 by Konstantinos Stampoulis, a member of Wikimedia Community User Group Greece.

Education programs exist in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki annually since 2010, in the Schools of Medicine and Mathematics. These programs are based on the translation of articles from English to Greek Wikipedia, giving priority to high importance and best quality articles. Although translation is not among the skills demanded from mathematicians or medicine doctors, those projects had a major impact on Greek Wikipedia, filling major gaps on those thematic fields. We have great expectations from this new project in the School of Italian Language and Literature, since this time the translation will be the work of future professional translators.

Read more about the Wikipedia Education Program in Greece here.