Etnopedia is probably the most innovative research and translation project of our time. The project provides unreached people profiles in other languages for those emerging missionary movements mobilization. This is probably the most significant aspect of Etnopedia that no other research effort is implementing. Why do we need the people profile? Because the profile provides valuable information to the missionary movement and the research effort that you cannot obtain from a excel spreadsheet or database type view. It also provides an easy and efficient way to involve translators and researchers from around the world to be involved in translating and updating the unreached peoples information in their area.
These teams have and interface and manuals to use their interface in their own language. All this as well as ongoing updates to this software are provided by MediaWiki, the Wikipedia project. This eliminates the need for highly technical people and finances to develop, update and change the interface. Over 150 language interfaces exist for MediaWiki and the list is growing.
Reached Progress made more efficient and easy to update.
Etnopedia has two layers to each people profile. The profile itself and the discussion / research page. This page houses the reached progress scales and other important information.
Therefore Etnopedia does not have it’s own scale but rather takes the scales from other research efforts and combines them and displays them so that the reader can make up his or her own mind as to how reached that people is.
In most cases the people profiles on Etnopedia are considered unreached by most major research efforts and field efforts.
This research page provides the field research efforts a place to add their scales and discuss issues surrounding the complex task of identifying peoples.
People Group Definition’s resolved.
Etnopedia houses all people group definitions. Ethno-cultural, ethno-linguistic, people cluster, people affinity bloc, tribes, clans, castes are all here. We have taken away the technical terminology to make the process more understandable and easier to categorize.
The people profile header color is the affinity bloc color. Etnopedia’s disambiguation pages are people cluster, nationalities, major religious or political groupings.
The people profile has a related peoples section at the bottom for those who want to add all the different ways peoples are related, including tribes clans, castes, etc.
The people group definition is loose and not given to any particular denominational or missiological viewpoint so that all Christians everywhere can see their peoples.
All peoples are added to Etnopedia especially from field researchers work and no filtering process is done which sometimes excludes the field researchers people group.
Updates and Changes
Every update and change made to a people profile is recorded in the profiles history. The user, date, and exact changes are shown and if need that users changes can be rolled back globally in case of vandalism. This is why hardly anyone vandalizes Wikipedia.
Each user can be emailed from other users without revealing the email address and each user has his or her preferences and Talk page.
The Etnopedia project uses the MediaWiki software on it’s own dedicated server with encryption and protection protocols. No users information is available even to the administrators of the databases.
There is no missionary names, locations or believers locations anywhere on Etnopedia. In most cases (99%) even believers are not mentioned in the profiles.
Maps have been a major problem for field researchers in the past. The software is expensive and requires an expensive computer and technical training in English to operate. Etnopedia has resolved this problem with the use of Google Maps. The maps themselves no longer needing updates which are done from people all over the world. A large community not related to Etnopedia now does all the provinces, states, country changes etc.
The people locations on the maps are housed in the Etnopedia profile and can be moves expanded and changed by any researcher.
The are not point by point boundaries on a map to show exact language locations using polygons. But the most important part of the map is showing the general location of the people. Very advanced maps can be made by the Google Map system but this is not the goal of Etnopedia.
Etnopedia has incorporated a prayer plan into three of it’s main portals. The Ethne movement has a marvelous plan involving everyone in the world praying for the same region. Etnopedia incorporated this plan so that the visitor can click on the countries of that region and pray through the people profiles.
These are the main points to the Etnopedia project. There are many other details that you can discover by visiting the Community Portal and the Research Section of Etnopedia’s English portal.
Many of the problems that research efforts are currently trying to solve have already been resolved with Etnopedia. Mainly how to involve people from around the world speaking many different languages with little technical training involved in the using and translating of unreached people information. There is no need to re-invent the wheel.
Some would miss the value of the Etnopedia project because of it’s simplicity.