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
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Sujet: H-Africa: Familiar with Contributing to and Working with Wikipedia?
Envoyé: mercredi 31 mai 2017 12:14
De: H-Net Notifications <drupaladmin(a)mail.h-net.msu.edu>
À: simon.iv(a)LAPOSTE.NET <simon.iv(a)LAPOSTE.NET>
Greetings Simon Imbert-Vier,
A new item has been posted in H-Africa.
Familiar with Contributing to and Working with Wikipedia?
by Daniel Ostendorff
Have you ever edited, contributed to, moderated, or otherwise worked with
Wikipedia? If so, I could use your expertise. A project is in the initial
stages for taking the Wikipedia model of collaboration and shared creation to
develop resources and a common knowledge base for those doing research in the
area of African studies.
Let me know if you're interested in finding out more about the project or
willing to offer your experience/expertise in working with Wikipedia.
Assistant Prof. of History & Political Science
Letourneau Univeristy 
Read more or reply: https://networks.h-net.org/user/login%3Fdestination%3Dnode/181913
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I am and my team are so sad by the news that the Foundation will not be
funding Wiki Loves Women.
By all standards, this is one of the projects that have unified Africa as
an emerging community.
Nevertheless, we must stand by Wiki Loves Africa and ensure that it is
@Felix and Co, thank you for the initiative (your project) . We are behind
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> Date: Wed, 24 May 2017 13:33:16 +0000
> From: Sam Oye <samoye_(a)hotmail.com>
> To: Mailing list for African Wikimedians
> Subject: Re: [African Wikimedians] Wiki Loves Africa 2016 and beyond :
> your input needed
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> I look forward to the success of Wiki Loves Africa, this year. The
> rejection of Wiki Loves Women is truly disappointing :(.
> From: African-Wikimedians <african-wikimedians-bounces(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
> on behalf of Florence Devouard <anthere(a)anthere.org>
> Sent: 23 May 2017 13:45:41
> To: Mailing list for African Wikimedians
> Subject: [African Wikimedians] Wiki Loves Africa 2016 and beyond : your
> input needed
> Hello guys
> We would like to invite all WLAf 2016 team leaders to answer our Team
> This year, we decided to put it directly on meta (you will not get a
> google form).
> LINK : https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Loves_Africa_2016/Team_survey
> Please provide a feedback at the very earliest convenience (strong
> emphasis on "earliest")
> FOR ALL Africa community members
> Please directly head to the last question 3 below our team survey. The
> Theme for WLAf 2017
> LINK : https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Loves_Africa_2016/Team_
> Context: the committee approving the Projects Grant Requests is meeting
> this week-end to make final decisions. You should know that Wiki Loves
> Africa project is not yet approved for funding (crossing fingers) and that
> our proposition for Wiki Loves Women funding has been rejected. The
> committee did not consider it a worth-supporting project. Disappointing.
> But fine.
> Accordingly, we are boldly suggesting a theme that could be somehow
> tweaked in such a manner that we could also address gender gap issues
> through Wiki Loves Africa this year.
> Our suggestion is to push for year 2017 the theme : PEOPLE AT WORK.
> More context may be found here in a few pages, which I recommand you to
> have a look:
> * A really cool tool made by Envel after a conference I gave about Africa
> and women, based on my suspicion that we mostly had biographies about porn
> and sport women (lol) : http://tools.dicare.org/gaps/gender.php
> * Explanation about the tool : https://www.lehir.net/a-tool-t
> * And category tree ... : https://commons.wikimedia.org/
> Of course, if that theme, PEOPLE AT WORK, is chosen, we would not limit
> ourselves for women. Men at work, women at work, transgendered at work,
> children at work (unfortunately) etc. would be welcome.
> What do you think ? Everyone feedback is welcome. This includes people who
> did not participate to WLAf previous years. And this can include AfroCROWD
> of course ;)
> If there is enough support, there will not be a "call for themes and
> votes" this year as we did last year. If we have a good enough support, we
> will add the theme in the WLAf grant request asap.
> Florence and Isla
We would like to invite all WLAf 2016 team leaders to answer our Team
This year, we decided to put it directly on meta (you will not get a
*LINK : https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Loves_Africa_2016/Team_survey*
Please provide a feedback at the very earliest convenience (strong
emphasis on "earliest")
FOR ALL Africa community members
*P*lease directly head to the last question 3 below our team survey.*The
Theme for WLAf 2017*
Context: the committee approving the Projects Grant Requests is meeting
this week-end to make final decisions. You should know that Wiki Loves
Africa project is not yet approved for funding (crossing fingers) and
that our proposition for Wiki Loves Women funding has been rejected. The
committee did not consider it a worth-supporting project. Disappointing.
Accordingly, we are boldly suggesting a theme that could be somehow
tweaked in such a manner that we could also address gender gap issues
through Wiki Loves Africa this year.
Our suggestion is to push for year 2017 the theme : PEOPLE AT WORK.
More context may be found here in a few pages, which I recommand you to
have a look:
* A really cool tool made by Envel after a conference I gave about
Africa and women, based on my suspicion that we mostly had biographies
about porn and sport women (lol) : http://tools.dicare.org/gaps/gender.php
* Explanation about the tool :
* And category tree ... :
Of course, if that theme, PEOPLE AT WORK, is chosen, we would not limit
ourselves for women. Men at work, women at work, transgendered at work,
children at work (unfortunately) etc. would be welcome.
What do you think ? Everyone feedback is welcome. This includes people
who did not participate to WLAf previous years. And this can include
AfroCROWD of course ;)
If there is enough support, there will not be a "call for themes and
votes" this year as we did last year. If we have a good enough support,
we will add the theme in the WLAf grant request asap.
Florence and Isla
I am forwarding this here as I believe it would be useful for future
Isaac (*who has never received a wikimanian scholarship or apply for one
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From: Deryck Chan <deryckchan(a)gmail.com>
Date: Wed, May 24, 2017 at 5:59 AM
Subject: [Wikimania-l] Successful scholarship applications
To: "Wikimania general list (open subscription)" <
It's good that we're discussing the hurdle for someone to get their first
scholarship to participate in Wikimania. In addition to the suggestions in
the other thread, I'd like to lead an initiative to help future applicants
who want their first-ever Wikimania scholarship.
As a successful Wikimania 2017 scholarship applicant, I'm publishing
on-wiki all my answers to the scholarship application form, except personal
I encourage all other successful scholarship applicants to do the same. If
you kept a draft of your application form, redact any personally
identifiable information and publish it on wikimania2017wiki. This will
help future scholarship applicants get a feeling of what the reviewers are
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From: Delphine Ménard <dmenard(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: Fri, May 19, 2017 at 9:13 AM
Subject: [Wikimedia-l] FDC elections: Call for candidates
To: Wikimedia Mailing List <wikimedia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
FDC elections are coming up. If you want to run or know someone who would
be good on the FDC or as an ombudsperson, please see
As you may know, the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC)  is a volunteer
committee that makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees on how to
spend funds to achieve the movement’s goals. Each year, the FDC meets twice
in person to deliberate on annual plan grant proposals submitted by
affiliates and aligned partners of the Wikimedia movement. Allocated
through a participatory, transparent, collaborative grantmaking process,
these funds are used by organizations to expand and deepen participation
and enable the creation and curation of quality content on Wikimedia
As foreseen in the FDC framework , five seats on the committee are open
to election this year, as is the position of the ombudsperson. Serving on
this committee is an opportunity to deepen your engagement in the movement,
build your leadership and experience, and work closely with other
colleagues who are interested in helping the movement achieve more impact.
The commitments are significant: you will be expected to come to at least
two face-to-face meetings each year that last up to 5 days, in addition to
reviewing more than 15 proposals and significant background documents each
year. For most committee members, participation in the meetings also
includes significant international travel. Note that the committee will
meet for a four/five-day period mid-November, possibly in San Francisco, so
you must be available during this period. The other mandatory face to face
meeting usually happens around mid-May.
We're looking for a diverse group of people with the following attributes:
* Experience directing or evaluating programs, within or outside of the
* Expertise with grants (you have received or managed grant funds or you
have experience making grants);
* Knowledge and understanding of, and personal credibility within the
Wikimedia movement and on the Wikimedia projects (that is, experience with
Wikimedia programs, Wikimedia organizations, or on-wiki leadership roles);
* We seek gender, geographic and linguistic diversity on the committee, as
well as experience with diverse roles within the Wikimedia movement (e.g.
content contributors, program leaders, user group leaders, functionaries,
chapter board members)
* To find more information about eligibility requirements, how to nominate
candidates, or to publish your self-nomination, please visit the election
Please reach out to me with any questions about these elections or the work
the FDC does.
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