I hope this email finds you well.
As resolved from the recent Wiki Indaba 2017 in Accra, Ghana please find
attached the L2K.
This letter consists of the feedback collected from participants on two
sets of questions (explained further in the letter). The organizers of
Indaba analysed this data on behalf of the African conference participants.
We would also like to take the opportunity to appreciate Wikimedia
Foundation support including Asaf Bartov and Kacie Harold from Community
Engagement, Jack Rabah from the Global Reach Team, and Zack McCune from the
See you soon at our next Wiki Indaba in Tunisia.
- Felix Nartey
I can not imagine that they really can block it. When I lived in Iran,
lots of pages were blocked. Most people I knew had *Psiphone* on the
computer and also on their USB-sticks. Nice little programme, faster
than Thor, and channels you around nearly all blocks. Still slows down
the net somewhat. I think only the Chinese are good enough to make even
this hard to handle. I use it also nowadays, when US-sites tell me that
I cannot view this or that from my location. Psiphone allows me to
choose the country from which I present myself. (But you cannot edit
wikipedia from a proxy programme like this)
Usually censorship is not too smart. Be smarter! Greetings from Dar es
Salaam! Ingo - kipala
> Message: 4
> Date: Sat, 29 Apr 2017 22:56:34 +0000
> From: Nkansah Rexford <seanmavley(a)gmail.com>
> Is Wikipedia still accessible via VPN from Turkey?
> If accessible, then how about the effort spent in pushing a response to the
> government, which might not let them change their mind, nor stop them from
> blocking sometime later, instead, focus on encouraging the use of VPNs more?
> VPNs are no longer the "terminal" things. Just a button click, and you're
> browsing from the US or UK.
> If the government bans *all* internet access, then fine. But ban only
> Wikipedia? Unless VPNs don't work in Turkey too.
I am happy to draw the attention of active Wikimedia User Group in Africa
to a just concluded discussion on Wikimedia Commons where it was
established that images taken by community members at Wikimedia events may
be attributed to the user group provided all the photographers (who are
community members) agree to it rather than wrongly uploading them as "Own
work" by the organizers.
There are cases where organizers of Wikimedia event upload images taken at
the event as 'Own work" when they are clearly not the photographer who took
those images (such as the Iranian Wikimedia User Group issue that led to
the discussion). When told to correctly attribute the works, they sometimes
say " My camera was used, so I am the copyright holder" , " I organized the
event" or "The images were taken by some members of the user group and I
don't know who took XYZ images" . Yes, this is possible if different people
were asked to take images either with their personal camera or equipment
belonging to the organizers. Regrettably, these images usually get
nominated for deletions by Commons's user per the community precautionary
principle (COM:PRP) if not properly attributed 
In the course of the discussion I noted above, a user created a template
for Iranian Wikimedia User Group which was really useful in resolving the
aforementioned copyright issue. I am drawing the attention representatives
of user groups to this template with the hope that they can adopt it and
use it when a case like this occur.
The Wiki Loves Africa team are pleased to announce the forth and final winner of the Wiki Loves Africa 2016 prize. The Organizers Prize goes to the Nubian Flute Player by Ahmed Emad H (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Nubian_flute_player.jpg <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Nubian_flute_player.jpg>).
The Community Prize was cancelled for the 2016 competition as there was not enough participation from within the community. Of those that did vote, a few seemed to be concerned with tampering with the vote. After a long and hard decision and time spent going through the contributions of each voter, the organisers decided to not award the Community Prize at all this year. This was tough decision made as the bid to influence the vote is not within the spirit of the Wikimedia movement. We felt that, as the stewards of the WMF’s grant, we could not justify awarding the prize under this dark cloud.
As the organisers of the competition we have awarded the Organisers Prize to Nubian Flute Player by Ahmed Emad H as it displays excellent framing and use of colour and light, as well as beautifully depicting on a rarely seen corner, in this case Nubia in Egypt, of this vast continent. Further, the collection of work that Ahmed Emad H contributed to Commons during this time has provided a wonderful spotlight on singers and musicians in Egypt: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:ListFiles/Ahmed_Emad_H
You can view all the winners here: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Africa_2016/Winners <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Africa_2016/Winners>
Congratulations to Ahmed!! Thanks again to the Jury for their initial hard work in determining the first 3 winners.
Isla and Florence
Dear members of the African Community,
The Wikipedia Library (TWL) is starting a usergroup and we ask that members
of the African community who are interested in knowing more or contributing
to the usergroup, signup on the meta page
encourage you to share this with people you know may be interested and
librarians around you.
In view of this we are documenting all existing partnerships with Libraries
globally. Tell us what partnerships you have currently built and how you
are exploring such partnerships. We are willing to help you explore other
ways of using such partnerships and even build activities around your work
with them. You can privately email me the details of your current
partnership(s) with any library in your country by providing the following
details *(name of institution, country, affiliate/group, presence of a
Wikipedian in Residence (WIR), contact of library, email of library)*
I am happy to assist current TWL coordinators who need assistance with
their duties and ready to support existing TWL branches on the continent.
It will be great to help any country who wishes to start a TWL branch in
their country and please don't hesitate to contact me on any issues
You can also join our activities or follow us on social media to be updated
on all that is happening in the world of Wikipedia + Libraries via:
- Facebook <https://www.facebook.com/groups/WikiLibrary/> 
- Twitter <https://twitter.com/WikiLibrary> 
*The Wikipedia Library*
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---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Douglas Scott <douglas.i.scott(a)gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Apr 10, 2017 at 7:36 PM
Subject: [Wikimedia ZA] Fwd: [WMCON17] Metropolitan Museum of Art
To: wikimediaza <wikimediaza(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
I would like to share the following email (below) from the new Wikipedian
in Residance at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Richard
(user:Pharos) is calling for Wikipedia editors who might be interested to
participate in sorting and/or using content from the museum on Wikipedia
and WikiData. If you feel there might be art works that will likely be
digitise that could be useful for your favorate Wikipedia topics or just
like doing WikiData stuff then dont hesitate to sign up.
See below for details,
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Pharos <pharosofalexandria(a)gmail.com>
Date: 30 March 2017 at 23:28
Subject: [WMCON17] Metropolitan Museum of Art collaborations
Hi fellow attendees,
I recently started a project as Wikimedian-in-Residence at the Metropolitan
Museum of Art in New York City:
As the Met is a major "encyclopedic" museum with an international
collection, we'd like to start collaborations soon with Wikimedia chapters
and related groups around the world.
Please join the WikiProject if you are interested:
Besides uploading ~375k images eventually, we also want to help facilitate
articles on these artworks on multiple language Wikipedias, and are
developing some special tools to create drafts from Wikidata,
You can search the Met collection to see examples of artworks from your own
I'd also be very glad to get in touch with folks in-person at the
conference, or by personal email. If folks are interested, we could do an
informal meetup as well.
Douglas Ian Scott
South African mobile number: +27 (0)79 515 8727
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