Wiki Workshop – November/December 2022

Cooperation for a long-term purpose

The working team for the Tamil project at Lokalhistoriewiki.no is planning to arrange a wiki workshop once a month. The working team has created a platform for self-documentation of the Tamil Diaspora in Norway. The team is humbly requesting the Tamil society and the Tamil organizations in Norway, which have an organisational authority to cooperate to arrange:

  1. information meeting about the wiki project with their board (virtual meeting 30 min-1 hour)
  2. physical wiki workshop with a social get-together where we gather writers to write articles. Writers can be young or adults who can write in Norwegian. (approx. 3-4 hours physical wiki workshop)

Next wiki workshops @ TRVS building (Oslo), 18:00-20:30 

Tuesday 29.November 2022 
Wednesday 14.December 2022 

Bring a laptop or iPad for writing

You are possessing a valuable history! We hope you will contribute to documenting and passing it on to future generations.

The program for the wiki workshop:

  • 18:00: welcome and short presentation of the wiki team.
  • 18:05: presentation of the project.
  • 18:10 – 20:00: planning and writing encyclopedia articles or memory narratives (minnefortelling).
  • 19:00-20:00: follow writers who want to write memory narratives to the senior’s get-together activity (eldretreff) at TRVS and set up the writing process (14.12.2022).
  • 20:00-20:30: present the work done so far with food and drink.
    Participants get a wiki shopping net at the end of the wiki workshop.

Importance of wiki-workshop for self-documentation

The first generation of migrated Tamils is the starting point for the migration history of Tamils. They are also the source for the internationally known identity as the “Tamil Diaspora”. Their history is the origin and base for information, evidence, memory, identity, and cultural heritage of the Tamil diaspora in Norway and worldwide. They are the fundament of the identity of second, third and future generations in various countries. They are the living answers to the question of “who we are”. When there is a lack of documentation of social interactions at Tamil diasporic organisations, self-documentation becomes even more necessary. The result of a successful self-documentation and the consequence of a lack of self-documentation will be visible in long term. A lack of documentation or no documentation in present will lead to a status of lost identity when the future generation starts to search for information and evidence for their roots in Norway.

Why is self-documentation important?

There are:

  • no documentation that shows a continuity of Tamil migration history in Norway
  • lack of documentation of social interactions at Tamil organisations
  • lack of access to the documentation at Tamil organisations
  • lack of archives after Tamil organisations at Norwegian archives and libraries that can give a representative image of the Tamil migration history in Norway
  • fragmented documentation at Tamil organisations

Wiki workshop motivates aspects mentioned below through self-documentation

  • Memories
  • Experiences
  • Events
  • Travels
  • Processes
  • Developments
  • Changes
  • Roots
  • Tradition, history, culture
  • Local and historic narratives
Image: PowerPoint Presentation (Wiki team, 12.10.2022)

Lokalhistoriewiki.no and the tamil project

The project “Et mangfold av historier: norsk-tamilenes historie” at Lokalhistoriewiki.no is a collaborative project between a number of Tamil actors in the Tamil diasporic society in Norway and the National Library of Norway. Tamil Resource and Guidance Center Foundation (Stiftelsen Tamilsk Ressurs og veiledningssenter – TRVS) is the project’s facilitator. On 20.09.2021, the web page for the Tamil project at Lokalhistoriewiki.no was named “Snøfnuggpalmen-பூம்பனிப்பனை” and was assigned a logo.

Lokalhistoriewiki.no is a website administrated by the Norwegian Local History Institute at the National Library of Norway. It is an online platform for voluntary work on writing the local history of Norway.

The working group for the project, Et mangfold av historier – norsk-timelines historie (A diversity of stories: Norwegian-Tamil history) on Lokalhistoriewiki.no invited Tamil organisations in Norway to engage and motivate their members to participate in this effort.


Thank you for information sharing and dissemination


More info

“Et mangfold av historier: norsk-tamilenes historier” (A diversity of stories: Norwegian-Tamil history) at Lokalhistoriewiki.no: https://lokalhistoriewiki.no/wiki/Forside:Tamilsk_historie_og_kultur

About the project and its activities and development at Diaspora Tamil Archives:


புதுப்பிப்பு│Update: 28.11.2022

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