A remix of the Libre Bus, designed for Africa to ensure collaboration between local members of the open community. Kumusha Bus creates a journey into the Open Movement in Africa. Along the journey, the members of the bus (made up of aligned open movement advocates) share aspects of the Open Movement with each other. Each intervention educates delegates, or a local community or members of a...
A remix of the Libre Bus, designed for Africa to ensure collaboration between local members of the open community.
Kumusha Bus creates a journey into the Open Movement in Africa. Along the journey, the members of the bus (made up of aligned open movement advocates) share aspects of the Open Movement with each other. Each intervention educates delegates, or a local community or members of a heritage, educational or media organisation about the benefits of the Open Movement. This is achieved by hosting such interventions as photo bombing, OER (Open Educational Resource), training at a local school, Wikipedia edit-a-thon, citizen journalism, Creative Commons open mic and open movie sessions, etc.
The project’s proof of concept took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in June 2014, and Ghana in November 2014.
The movements that are covered during each Kumusha Bus were Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons, Wiki Data and Open Data, Wiki News, Creative Commons, OSM (Open Street Map), GLAM, Open Data, OER (Open Educational Resource) and OKFN (Open Knowledge Foundation).
Kumusha Bus was conceived by Kelsey Wiens (Public lead, Creative Commons South Africa) and Isla HaddowFlood in 2013. Funded by Creative Commons and hosted at the Africa Centre.
WikiAfrica is an international movement that takes place on the African continent and beyond. It encourages individuals, interested groups and organisations to create, expand and enhance online content about Africa. This involves motivating for the representation of the continent’s contemporary realities and history, its peoples and its innovations on the world’s most used encyclopaedia, Wikipedia. WikiAfrica is not owned by one organisation and it belongs to all people and organisations contributing to its scope.
In its various guises and hosted at several institutions (including Lettera27, Africa Centre, Ynternet.org, and Wikimedia CH), the WikiAfrica movement has consistently instigated and led multi-faceted innovative projects. These projects have activated communities and driven content onto Wikipedia. Examples include Share Your Knowledge, #OpenAfrica training Courses and Toolkits, Kumusha Bus (in Ethiopia and Ghana), WikiEntrepreneur (in Ethiopia and Malawi), Kumusha Takes Wiki (Cote d’Ivoire and Uganda) and Wiki Loves Africa.
Over 2016/17 it is working on Wiki Loves Women (in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut), WikiPack Africa, WikiFundi and the WikiChallenge African Schools (funded by the Orange Foundation), WikiAfrica Schools (funded by lettera27), Wikipedia Primary (funded by SUPSI) and Wiki Loves Africa (funded by Wikimedia Foundation).
WikiAfrica was started in 2006 as a collaboration between Wikimedia IT and lettera27, since then – via the support of several organisations and the work of a few people – it has grown to embrace the continent and build communities. It has been pivotal in driving the current contributions done by communities across sub-Saharan Africa.
The projects detailed below form the main backbone of the WikiAfrica movement. They have all been conceptualised, instigated and led by three members of Wiki In Africa, although until 2017 through the agency or fiscal sponsorship of different organisations.
The organisations that have hosted or are collaborating on Wiki Africa projects include: