See also the NoongarPedia cross-project coordination page on Meta.
Kia ngulluck kaditj nitja Whadjuck Noongar boodjar nyuny nyinniny. Kia ngulluck kaditj quorp wirniny Whadjuck Noongar nyinniny nitja boodjar koora, yeye kitj boorda. Ngulluck wangkiny nitja.
What is NoongarPedia
We plan to concentrate the process of populating Wikipedia entries into a number of broad knowledge domains. This is partly for the practical purpose of limiting the scope of the project to feasible proportions in line with the Chief Investigators’ own expertise. More important, these categories are expected to cover popular preoccupations and therefore user-searches and development. Without seeking to be comprehensive or exclusive, these domains will model how the work can be done and explore attendant conceptual and practical problems. The categories are:
Country – places, landscapes, flora, fauna; tribal groups and trading patterns;
Narrative – stories from everyday life, including suburban domestic, urban industrial and regional traditions; literature and other art-forms;
Music – including lyrics, traditional and modern;
Popular culture – broadly defined, including ‘Gen Next’ and emergent knowledge;
Citizenship – public knowledge and exchange, from ‘welcome to country’ to international first-peoples forums.
Similarly, and for the same reason of making efficient use of Chief Investigator resources, we have identified a number of ‘sources’ for the trial version of the Noongar Wikipedia. Again, each of these will be the particular but not exclusive responsibility of the Chief Investigators. In the case of sources, we plan to work in pairs:
Archives – existing documentary archives in the ‘GLAM’ sector (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums), including informal archives (e.g. individual collections of papers etc.);
Family – the family as an archival resource for knowledge, and with that the attendant problems of recording, verifying, accessing and disseminating such knowledge, much of it oral (Ong 2012) or in the form of artefacts whose meanings may not be readily apparent to others (Miller 2009);
Media – old and new media, from colonial newspapers to YouTube;
Public Institutions – official and unofficial, including schools, government departments, workplaces etc. In addition to materials collected by volunteers the project will rely on existing databases in various stages of evolution
- Nyungar Boodjera Wangkiny – The People’s Land is Speaking: Nyungar Place Nomenclature of the Southwest of Western Australia (ARC DI110100010), which currently holds 12,000 terms and associated meanings; and see wwwmcc.murdoch.edu.au/multimedia/nyungar/;
- The Wirlomin Noongar Language and Stories Project Incorporated (a collection of language, stories, music, illustrations, song and dance): http://wirlomin.com.au/ (Scott et al 2011a; b);
- Ngalakata Wal-walang Moortitjabiny: Toward Revitalising Noongar Song from the South Coast of Western Australia (a developing archive of Noongar-language songs recorded in the southern parts of WA, 1964-2001);
- SWALSC and other organisations’ and individuals’ databases; e.g. at www.noongar.org.au.
The project’s aims require extensive community enterprise in the execution of the ‘natural experiment’ of creating a Noongar Wikipedia. The Chief Investigators’ role here is not only as experts in domain knowledge and as language users (Collard, Scott and PhD candidate Bracknell), but also as facilitators and mentors of community agents (both persons and organizations), who need to be attracted to the project as volunteers and activists (not obliged as students, employees, etc.). This is in line with Wikipedia’s own practice, where ‘volunteers’ edit all entries; and it will also ensure sustainability after the IN project is completed. Thus, the Chief Investigators (CI), led by CI Prof. Collard, will also work on active recruitment and mentoring of users as researchers and knowledge agents, from schoolchildren to elders.
- Schools – primary and secondary with high Noongar enrolment, in Perth metro area and Albany;
- Clontarf Aboriginal College (http://web.clontarf.wa.edu.au/) and other Indigenous centres in the HE/FE sector, including those at UWA and Curtin (see Fig. 1);
- Clubs and homes – aged & child care, social & sporting clubs (http://www.dsr.wa.gov.au/indigenous),health & mothercraft venues (e.g. KEMH: http://kemh.health.wa.gov.au/general/about_us/) etc.