Archive for May, 2017

  • 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 Wiki Africa movement timeline […]

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  • An officially recognised Wikimedia Chapter in South Africa. The only one on the continent. Involved directly in Wiki Loves Africa and a members is a beneficiary of Wikipack Africa.  

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  • The Open Foundation West Africa is a registered not for profit organisation in Ghana. Its mission is to extend the reach of Open Movement Activities in West Africa.

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  • An officially recognised group of Wikimedia-focused volunteers in Ghana.

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  • An officially recognised group of Wikimedia-focused volunteers in Côte d’Ivoire.  

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  • An officially recognised group of Wikimedia-focused volunteers in Nigeria.  

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  • A group of Wikimedia-focused volunteers in Cameroon.

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  • Trained, mentored and supported Wikipedians in Residence as they honed the skills needed to develop long-term relationships that encouraged cultural partners to release their content onto Wikipedia. The project employed two Wikipedians in Residence (WiR) – Abel Asrat in Ethiopia and Michael Phoya in Malawi. The year programme was to work collaboratively with cultural organisations in order […]

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  • A central resource hub that allows everyone to understand, engage with and enter the open movement in Africa, including working on Wikipedia and with Creative Commons.  

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  • WikiAfrica Schools uses WikiFundi to introduce Wikipedia to school children by incorporating local article-writing programme into their curriculums to build the next generation of Wikipedians. WikiAfrica Schools supports the teacher’s mission to introduce global knowledge systems to their students by encouraging their students to write Wikipedia articles. During the programme, they learn the best practices and tools that […]

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  • WikiChallenge African Schools is a multi-national contest that creates a fun way for students to learn how knowledge is built by contributing to Vikidia, the little sister of Wikipedia dedicated to children aged 8-15 years. The contest challenges schools across the continent to compete by writing Vikidia articles about something of importance in their area. […]

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  • Wikipack Africa is an offline action pack that contains the WikiFundi software, materials and content that facilitates the outreach work done by local Wikimedia chapters and user groups, or isolated individuals in African countries. This pack allows for new editor training and contribution to continue when technology fails or is inadequate, the internet is inaccessible, or […]

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  • This project sets out to provide students, families and teachers the information on Wikipedia that is required to complete the cycle of primary education in their country, in their language.   Wikipedia aims to be an educational tool and it is available online, via mobile phones and offline. Experiences have shown, however, that once accessible, […]

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  • Provides an offline editable environment that enables new contributors to learn how to edit Wikipedia when access to power, technology and the internet is unavailable. In Africa, access to electricity, technology and internet connectivity often fails or is not available at all. Driven by the belief that this should not prevent new editors from being […]

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  • Wiki Loves Women bridges two significant gaps on Wikimedia projects – women and Africa – in terms of content about these subjects and participation by people from these groups. Gender inequality is rife across Africa. The Wiki Loves Women project focuses on tackling this issue by bridging two significant gaps on Wikimedia projects – women […]

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  • A continent-wide online competition that encourages people to contribute Africa-relevant media (photos, video or audio) around an annual theme. Wiki Loves Africa (WLA) is an annual contest that gives everyone across the African continent an opportunity to share media that is relevant to their experience. These photographs, video and audio files are contributed to Wikimedia […]

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  • A partnership with cultural institutions, such as galleries, libraries, archives and museums (known as GLAMs) across Europe and Africa. WikiAfrica’s Share Your Knowledge ( SYK) project worked with cultural institutions to enhance the ability of the institution’s African content to reach new audiences by making them available on Wikipedia. A milestone of 20,000 content pieces was surpassed in November […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • Kumusha Takes Wiki spun the frame to activate and support individuals to create and contribute freely-licensed information, texts, images and media about their communities. Kumusha Takes Wiki activated citizens of a Cote d’Ivoire and Uganda in 2014. The project required that the people who hold the knowledge of an area (village, town, peri-urban settlement, inner-city suburb, […]

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  • Ynternet.org promotes the use of information technologies to reconciles economic efficiency and digital ethics, incorporating best practices specific to digital citizenship. Host.

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  • Assists people and organisations in the transfer and sharing of Africa’s multiple stories on an easy-to-access platform so global readers can encounter Africa’s knowledge and perspectives. Host.

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  • The Wikimedia Foundation is nonprofit structure that supports Wikipedia and its community, and a host of other online volunteer-led open knowledge projects. Partner.

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  • Wikimedia CH is the Swiss Chapter of the global Wikimedia movement, and supports and promotes Wikimedia projects. Host.

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  • The Africa Centre is both a physical entity and an ongoing philosophical journey that explores how Pan-African cultural practice can be a catalyst for social change. Host.

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  • The University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland is one of the Universities of Applied Sciences of the Swiss Confederation. Host.

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  • Prins Claus Fons actively seeks cultural collaborations with partners of excellence where opportunities for cultural expression, creative production and research are limited. Partner.

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  • Its mission is to create links between individuals, and make communication easier for those who are excluded, be it because of health, handicap or their economical situation. Partner.

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  • lettera27 supports the right to literacy and education, and promotes access to knowledge and information, with a specific focus on Africa and its diaspora. Host & Partner.

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  • The Goethe-Institut is the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institute, active worldwide, that promotes the study of German abroad and encourages international cultural exchange. Partner.

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  • Creative Commons is the international movement that ensures people can legally share their knowledge and creativity to build a more equitable, accessible, and innovative world. Project convened in collaboration with Kelsey Wiens, public lead CC ZA. Partners.    

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    More about The Impact of WikiAfrica

    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 Wiki Africa movement timeline 2006-2017

    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.

    2006

    • WikiAfrica is launched by lettera27 Foundation in collaboration with Wikimedia Italia, led by Iolanda Pensa.

    2009

    • A 30’000 African contributions to Wikimedia projects by 2012 milestone is set.

    2011

    • The Africa Centre begins working on WikiAfrica projects, led by Isla Haddow-Flood.
    • Share Your Knowledge is launched to involve cultural institutions in contributing to the WikiAfrica milestone.

    2012

    2013

    2014 

    2015

    • The OpenAfrica15, a week-long WIR training course training 6 Wikipedians across Africa at the Goethe-Institut in Johannesburg.
    • 2015. The second edition of Wiki Loves Africa photographic competition is held and completed under the theme Cultural Fashion and Adornment.

    2016

    2017

    • Wiki In Africa is registered as an NGO in South Africa.
    • Official launch of WikiFundi, a software that provides off-line editing environment that mimics the Wikipedia environment.
    • #16WikiWomen translation drive is held to celebrate International Women’s Day for Wiki Loves Women.

    WikiAfrica projects across Africa since 2013

    Hosts and Partners

    The organisations that have hosted or are collaborating on Wiki Africa projects include:

    Credit: This website is managed and run by Wiki In Africa in order to ensure all contributions to WikiAfrica are recorded.