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2013 Internationalization and Localization Conference

B2: Volunteer Localization at Wikimedia Foundation

Today, there are Wikipedias in 280 languages, and Wikimedia Incubator contains projects in over 100 more languages. Internationalization was always largely supported by volunteer developers, simply because the Wikimedia Foundation had always had a very small budget, and there were always higher priorities to deal with. In August 2011 the Wikimedia Foundation created the Language Engineering team, hired out of the volunteer community. This presentation will go in depth on how Wikimedia Foundation crowd sources as much as possible in the i18n and L10n areas, while keeping a relatively small team of people in house that ensures that the frameworks to allow distribution are created and maintained.

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