Etnopedia is a internet based community dedicated to translating unreached people profiles into many languages. This link and news portal will lead you to all the Etnopedia projects. This site is basically for news and related articles about the project. There are some great articles here about unreached peoples and research. It is important that they are in many places so they get more exposure. You will also find some articles that are out-of-the-box thinking about research.
Translating unreached people profiles into other languages and expanding the research effort.
The Etnopedia article on Lausanne World Pulse; January 2009
Etnopedia is a web-based community for bi-lingual Christians to translate people profiles into other languages. Etnopedia also provides a platform to give field or country level researchers the ability to expand their research on unreached peoples.
Why people profiles? Because they are simple tools used by the whole church for mobilization, prayer, networking, sending, and gathering research. They are printed in church bulletins, hung on prayer room walls, handed out at missions meetings, used by Bible school students and pasted into PowerPoint presentations.
The vision is to see every country translate its people profiles into their local language for their own mobilization and prayer. They can also share their information with other languages. If these things are accomplished to any degree, we should see a dramatic increase in the sending of new missionaries to unreached peoples.
How does Etnopedia work?
Etnopedia is an editable website with many language portals. You simply copy and paste the profile from English into your language portal and begin to translate. You can also copy and paste from German into Russian, or Spanish into Portuguese, if you don’t speak English. The photo and map appear automatically or you can add them. Each language portal has it’s own translation team that takes ownership and maintains their project. This team can be one person or one thousand people. There is no limit to your team’s size.
Etnopedia uses the same software as the Wikipedia project but has its own server. This software is extremely powerful and is continually being updated. We didn’t invent anything new here; we are just using these tools for the Kingdom of God!
A people profile on Etnopedia is like a sheet of paper with the people’s name, a photo, the countries where they live, their population, the languages they speak and a color to show how reached they are. This color is obtained by combining information from various research efforts. Farther down you find a description of the people, which could include history, what they believe and finally a map.
Each people profile also has a special page for research. You might think of this as the back of the sheet of paper. Clicking the “discussion” tab located at the top of the people profile accesses the research page. On this page you can see all the Christian progress indicators (or reachedness scales) available, people codes and the sources that were used to create the profile. You may also find dialog between two or more field researchers.
The research page has two purposes: The first is to display progress indicators from several research efforts so that visitors can see all this information in one place. Secondly, the research page provides a place for researchers to dialogue
The English language portal is where the research pages are housed but is not the center of all the other portals. On the contrary, it exists to serve along side all the other language portals — just as you would find a waiter standing at the side of those seated at a large table.
The English portal serves all the other language portals. If you change important data in your language portal, you also should change the English portal as well so that it can provide this information to the other languages portals. The various language portals receive new data from the English portal such as new scales and Bible translation status.
Etnopedia currently has twelve language portals but there are over 160 other language packs available. A language pack can be installed in a matter of hours and then the translation of people profiles can begin in your language. Contact us if you would like to add your language. Potentially there could be a people profile translation project in progress for every country of the world maintained by the people in that country using their first language!
Etnopedia is being translated in four languages at this time. Volunteers are needed and free training is available. The profiles are displayed freely to the Christian missionary movement. The unreached peoples are waiting and need to know Christ! Join the Etnopedia translation and research team to speed the arrival of the Gospel to them.
In closing, we would like to acknowledge and thank those who have contributed to Etnopedia. Many organizations and research efforts have contributed information for its translation and are listed on the website.
Website URL: http://www.etnopedia.org/