Junli Diao

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Junli Diao:
For today, I'm going to share some of my personal experience working with Wikipedia. So before, this kind of project was setup in most cases. I'm the Wikipedia user so I just was good at getting information. So what's behind the Wikipedia and who are contributors? How they contributed? And I don't have any idea at all. So last month, I joined LaGuardia Community College and they start- they invited people to participate in a translation project so I'm went to LaGuardia and I stayed there for two or three hours. The Wikipedia, we all know we have Wikipedia. The main language is English. So it needs people who have linguistic talents to translate those articles into another language. So Wikipedia, they started the translation force. They selected their focus on medicine. They select a list of hundreds of articles, and that is done by professors and researchers, they have very good credentials so they wanted to translate to another language. So I did the translation and the summary is here. Here in this one you can find a list of all these articles in medicine, show articles in medicine. What I did I choose hair loss, simply because I’m losing hair too. [laughs] So, that is hair loss. It’s translated in English. This is a long version and they have a brief version too, and this part is the English-in Chinese translation. And when I translated as a few weeks ago I received a message: "Sorry your translation has been deleted because it is overlapped".

Guest: 
It was what?

Junli Diao:
Overlapped.

Guest: 
It was an overlap? Okay.

Junli Diao:
It was an overlap, yeah. So that means there we have two people who were contributing to this. It says "Okay, we have to combine yours together," and so that will be deleted. 

Guest: 
Did they tell you which one is better?

Junli Diao:
Yea, they said that one was better. My version is better [laughs].

Junli Diao:
Okay

Junli Diao:
So that's my first experience with Wikipedia. And my second experience working with Wikipedia is two weeks ago I went to the Metropolitan Museum. They have they have an Asian month so they started inviting the people to make some Wikipedia entries. So that was in a Sunday and I started from 10:30, all the way to 4:00 in the afternoon. They had food, we had drinks, and I worked with the one of the curators. So I said “Hey, I want to contribute because I'm really interested in Chinese history, archaeology, calligraphy and art, these sorts of things. Could you help me select one of the things I can focus on for the day and create an entry?” So she said, “Okay, since you're interested in calligraphy, why don't you just-we just…” They just started a digitization project. That huge, huge amount of Chinese calligraphy was digitized and published on the Metropolitan Museum's website. So this is one of the Chinese calligraphy. And the only digitized Chinese calligraphy-they contribute to the Wiki comments. So that is where I can use one of the pictures to display it in a Wikipedia entry on the screen to create, otherwise I don’t know. I saw many pictures. So this is the one of the entries that was created for the background. Its calligraphy, it's a Chinese calligraphy written by of the artist that was living in the tenth century. And what I identified, the curator wants me to take the title from their metadata. I talked with the curator. I said “I probably have to disagree, because your metadata only tells part of the story.” It tells the biography of Lian Bo and Ling Xiayou, but it doesn't tell the story of the calligraphy, who wrote this calligraphy. So they only tells the biography of this person. Oh, sorry. The biography of Ling Xiayou need to hear. It’s a biography of a Chinese general and that basically the story. But they didn't tell-the translation didn't tell that is in the Sung dynasty and the calligraphy background- [audio unclear] Okay, I'm going to edit this. [audio unclear] Ok, I’m going to revert to what you edited. So it’s not solid [audio unclear]. This is too changeable.