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|-|==Topic: What is the best way / is it a good idea to integrate non- English language versions of OWW?== |+|
|-|Some pages related to [[Synthetic Biology]] are currently being translated on OpenWetWare - they can be found here: [[Biología Sintética]] . We are very excited about the idea of bringing synthetic biology to a larger audience, particularly one that has had little exposure to it, however we need to consider how this meshes best with OpenWetWare. A couple issues: |+|
|-|#The current approach of using the same wiki for spanish and english pages means search results/recent changes will come up in both languages, diminishing the user experience for those who only speak one of the languages. |+|
[[Biología Sintética]] - Spanish synthetic biology community.
|-|#Wikipedia's approach of using seperate wiki's would require independent logins for English and Spanish OWW versions, as well as independent administration of two wikis. (i.e. upgrades, extensions, etc). |+|
|-|#OWW is not Wikipedia, I think the Spanish- speaking users on OWW would likely not just want to translate every page directly (as they would for an encyclopedia),but rather they would likely want to develop a community where discussions could take place in Spanish , new pages could be created that don't have a direct corralary in the English OWW, etc. |+|
|-|I fully appreciate that the "Spanish community" currently consists of one person excited about translating the synthetic biology pages, however I think we need to at least think briefly about what sort of support we are hoping to provide in the long term for non-English languages. Because we may be doing a disservice to [[User:Mauricio Rodriguez|Mauricio]] if we encourage him to build a community on OWW, only to ask them to move to a seperate wiki if that community grows so large as to make search results cumbersome, for instance. For instance, the smartest thing for him to do might be to start a spanish wiki devoted to synthetic biology and then occaisonally scrape OWW for new content worth moving over, as well as build a Spanish-speaking community to generate new content on their wiki. I think we can play it by ear for a little while for sure, but wanted to at least seed the discussion. |+|
We have some communities on OpenWetWare developing non-Engligh versions of the site, if you are fluent please help out.