Preserving Languages & Scientific Information: Accessible Knowledge for All

Dec 6, 2023 8:30 AM — 1:00 PM

Registration deadline: 27 November 2023

About the event


The event will introduce a collaboration aiming to preserve African languages and open up access to scientific information in South Africa. This event forms part of the SADiLaR, Wikipedia and PanSALB collaborative project to advance the use of African Languages, especially on Wikipedia. SWiP-project for short.

Aims and expected results

  • Forge collaborations with other like-minded organisations, partners, and stakeholders,
  • Encourage dialogue and create awareness about the SWiP project and its prime objective of advancing South African languages and including broader society in science that is open.

The event will also touch on themes related to Open Access, culture preservation, language development.

Target audience

The event is targeted at the broader community interested in contributing to growing access to scientific knowledge in all official languages of South Africa.

A non-exhaustive list of potential participants includes: academic staff across all faculties, professional support staff at universities, students across all faculties, anyone from the broader public with an interest in contributing to Wikipedia in their home language.


A 4.5-hour session which will include panel discussions followed by a question-and-answer and breakout groups.



  • CSIR International Conference, CentreScientia 627-Jr, Pretoria
  • Online participation details will be shared closer to the time


💰 Free

The event is fully sponsored through the project fund.


Kindly direct any enquiries regarding the project to:

👩🏿 Ms Tshego Rapoo - Communication Officer: SADiLaR


📱 +27 (0)18 285 2736