WikiAfrica: Cultural institutions contributing to African knowledge on Wikipedia
The WikiAfrica project aims to involve cultural institutions in 30,000 African contributions to Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects by 2012. The project was launched in 2006 by lettera27 Foundation in collaboration with Wikimedia Italy; since 2011 WikiAfrica is developed with a partnership between lettera27 and the Africa Centre. The Africa Centre is a cultural platform based in Cape Town supporting and producing cultural projects and initiatives. In 2011 the Africa Centre adopted the CC BY-SA on its online documentation and in November launched a call for a Wikipedian in Residence in charge of contributing to WikiAfrica and coordinating more GLAM outreach in Africa.
Since 2006 other cultural institutions based in Africa have been involved in contributing to Wikipedia:
- doual'art: a cultural non profit organization focussed on contemporary art and urban research in Doula. Since 1991 doual'art produces public art and collects documentation about its city. doual'art provides all of its online documentation in CC BY-SA: project descriptions, artworks descriptions, biographies of artists and experts.
- Chimurenga is based in Cape Town. The Chimurenga Library is a repertoire of magazines which influenced writing and thinking in Africa; the website is in CC BY-SA.
- Kër Thiossane, an art centre, residency space and training facility based in Dakar. The centre provided training to intellectuals, artists and authors in Dakar on how to contribute to Wikipedia and wiki websites.
Other cultural institutions based in Africa have expressed interest in contributing to Wikipedia and collaborating with the Wikimedia projects.
Cultural institutions currently involved in WikiAfrica and Share Your Knowledge contributing to Wikipedia and Wikimedia project with contents related to Africa.
- ↑ Please refer to the CC BY-SA metacode on http://www.africacentre.org.
- ↑ Call for a Wikipedian in residence at the Africa Centre http://www.africacentre.net/lib/downloads/Wikipedian_in_residency.pdf.
- ↑ The project WikiAfrica on the Africa Centre website http://www.africacentre.net/wikiafrica
- ↑ Case studies and translations in progress.
During GLAMcamp Amsterdam, in the GLAM newsletter session, there has been a discussion about the opportunity to create an Africa report. Obviously the Africa report can be split in as many reports as the the continent nations. This page is simply a starting point. I personally proposed to include in the report also links to documentation related to Africa provided by galleries, libraries, archives and museums not based in Africa; the specific national reports will provide more information on the partnerships but having all the documentation listed on the Africa report can facilitate the work of wikipedians interested in contributing to Wikipedia with contents related to Africa. --Iopensa (talk) 11:08, 12 December 2011 (UTC)