My name is Leila and I'm a senior research scientist at WMF and the
technical lead for the Research team. I gave a talk in Research Showcase
session in Wiki Indaba over the weekend and am sharing with you the notes
from that session at
I hope you find them helpful. And if you were in the session and I
misunderstood a conversation, please call it out. :)
I'm looking forward to working more closely with you in the coming years.
Please feel free to reach out with questions or comments.
Senior Research Scientist
Hi African Wikimedians!
There is going to be a GLAM-Wiki conference this fall: we would love to
have your participation! It will be a great opportunity to learn more about
different kinds of GLAM projects, and to learn about how Wikidata and
Structured Data on Commons can help you advance partnerships!
Both the scholarship and submission process are opening this week (see the
organizer email below)!
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From: Shani Evenstein <shani.even(a)gmail.com>
Date: Sat, Mar 17, 2018 at 2:33 PM
Subject: [GLAM] GLAMWiki Conference 2018: Content submissions are now open!
To: Cultural Partners - ML <cultural-partners(a)wikimedia.ch>,
glam(a)lists.wikimedia.org, libraries(a)lists.wikimedia.org, Chapters Mailing
List <chapters(a)wikimedia.ch>, Wikimedia-l <wikimedia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>,
Education ML <education(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
[[Sorry for x-posting]]
I'm happy to report that the content submission process
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/GLAMTLV2018/Program/Submit> for the
GLAMWiki Conference 2018 is now open! Submissions will be accepted *till
April 30th*, so feel free to start drafting your proposals.
Please note that submissions for scholarships
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/GLAM_TLV_2018/Scholarships> will open
tomorrow via a different process and the actual registration will take
place later on in June. We'll notify you every step of the way. :)
Looking forward to reading your submissions,
Shani (on behalf of the organizing team and the program committee).
GLAM mailing list
Learn more about how the communities behind Wikipedia, Wikidata and other
Wikimedia projects partner with cultural heritage organizations:
Dear all ,
Trust you are fine.
We are glad to share the video production of Wikimedia UG Nigeria
collaboration with World of Knowledge (WOK) the owner of WikiMaster
We regret the "Typo" in the first paragraph...
"the app was created by WOK and not Wikipedia".
We have informed the publisher for correction...
Do bear with us.
Dear Admins, I sent this on March 9. As in the past that messages were
passed on fast I wonder if there is something about this topic ? I would
like something soon in followup.
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Betreff: African-Wikimedians Digest, #WikiGap
Datum: Fri, 9 Mar 2018 15:27:24 +0100
Von: Ingo Koll <ikoll(a)gmx.de>
On March 8 was International Women`s Day and Swedish embassies worldwide
had organized editathon events for their initiative "#WikiGap", aimed at
adding women related content to wikipedia.
I would like to hear
1) which wikimedia groups around Africa were involved in these events and
2) what was the outcome, especially
3) how much of the uploaded content did survive.
I had written already back in February but then my contribution to this
almanach ws not forwarded (overlooked? did I write too critical??). I
was sceptical about the project when I heard from Tanzania how it had
been started and now see that indeed much content (about 60-70%) which
was uploaded in Dar es Salaam ran immediately into the "speedy delete"
situation and was erased. Obviously this is a pity and a disappointment
for the new contributors who joined that event.
So I would be happy to hear where else in Africa something took place
connected to our groups.
The Swedish embassy locations in Africa are:
Algeria, Algiers (Embassy)
Angola, Luanda (Embassy)
Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou (Embassy)
Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kinshasa (Embassy)
Egypt, Cairo (Embassy)
Ethiopia, Addis Ababa (Embassy)
Kenya, Nairobi (Embassy)
Liberia, Monrovia (Embassy)
Mali, Bamako (Embassy)
Morocco, Rabat (Embassy)
Mozambique, Maputo (Embassy)
Nigeria, Abuja (Embassy)
Rwanda, Kigali (Embassy)
South Africa, Pretoria (Embassy)
Sudan, Khartoum (Embassy)
Tanzania, Dar es Salaam (Embassy)
Tunisia, Tunis (Embassy)
Uganda, Kampala (Embassy)
Zambia, Lusaka (Embassy)
Zimbabwe, Harare (Embassy)
Congrat Samuel! Hope that you'll do great things.
I'm planning to have such event here in Congo by the end of this year.
Abel Lifaefi Mbula
Free Software Dev
Free Culture Enthousiast
Please do not send me Microsoft Office/Apple iWork documents. Send
OpenDocument instead! http://fsf.org/campaigns/opendocument/
On 12 February 2018 at 12:05, Abel MBULA <bam6192(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> Congrat Samuel! Hope that you'll do great things.
> I'm planning to have such event here in Congo by the end of this year.
> Abel Lifaefi Mbula
> Free Software Dev
> Free Culture Enthousiast
> Please do not send me Microsoft Office/Apple iWork documents. Send
> OpenDocument instead! http://fsf.org/campaigns/opendocument/
> On 12 February 2018 at 11:22, Samuel Guebo <samuelguebo(a)gmail.com> wrote:
>> *Dear all,I am excited to inform you that the African Wikimedia
>> Developers Project (AWMD)
>> will have its second training session in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. This event
>> was made possible thanks to a close collaboration between Wikimedia
>> Community User Group Côte d’Ivoire (WCUG-CI) and Open Foundation West
>> Africa, along with other local partners.From February 16 to 17, around 25
>> developers will learn how to improve or develop on the Mediawiki software
>> as well as the overall technical infrastructure of Wikimedia projects.
>> Following the training session in Accra last year and its encouraging
>> the step of Abidjan intends to build on the lessons learned so far and
>> continue to expand the volunteer community of the Africa Wikimedia
>> Developers Project (AWMD). As a reminder, AWMD is a project that focuses on
>> recruiting volunteer African Developers for the benefit of the Wikimedia
>> Movement. Its main goal is to increase the number of volunteer developers
>> who can solve related Wikimedia issues on the continent and in the movement
>> at large. Stay tuned for more updates soon!Cheers,*
>>  https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Africa_Wikimedia_Developers_Project
>>  https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/10/19/african-wikimedia-
>> *Samuel Guebo*
>> *Vice-chair of Wikimedia Community User Group Côte d'Ivoire
>> <http://wikimedia.ci> (WCUG-CI)GLAM-WIKI Coordinator in Côte d'Ivoire*
>> *(225) 77 34 17 21 / 40 27 28 37**Join me on : Facebook
>> <http://facebook.com./samuel.guebo> / Twitter
>> <http://twitter.com/samuelguebo> / Blog <http://samuelguebo.co>*
>> African-wikimedia-developers mailing list
Some of you know me, but for those of you who don't, let me introduce
myself briefly: I am a program officer at the Wikimedia Foundation, and
work in the Community Resources (formerly called Grantmaking) team. While
I handled grants in the past, I am now working on capacity-building
activities with emerging communities, in a program called Community
Capacity Development (CCD, [[m:CCD]]), one aspect of which -- the
Community Capacity Map (CCM, [[m:CCM]]) -- you may have run across on
the Wikimedia-l in the past few weeks.
I write today to ask whether your community would be interested in
discussing a possible visit to Sub-Saharan Africa by me, with several
related goals in each country I'd visit, including:
* a strategy/planning workshop with the group of active contributors. This
would build on any existing plans or strategy you have, and also integrate
thinking about the broad goals identified in the movement strategy
project's phase 1 (presented at Wikimania in Montreal in August 2017.)
* Meetings with important existing/prospective partners (if deemed helpful)
* Public speaking (if deemed helpful)
* capacity-building workshops for your community members, on topics such as
(I'll need your help in determining which of these would be useful):
** Free licenses, non-free licenses, copyright, and OTRS (or: How to
contribute to the Wikimedia Commons)
** Composing encyclopedic prose from a neutral point of view (NPOV)
** Negotiating notability and reliability requirements on Wikipedia
** Conflict management for Wikipedians
** Group facilitation skills
** Introduction to Wikidata
** Querying Wikidata with SPARQL
** Modern tools demonstration
** How to build a partnership
Some logistical details:
*If I come, it would be after the Wikimedia Conference and before
Wikimania, i.e. between late April and early July.
* If I come, I would probably stay in Africa for between two and three
weeks total, to have enough time for the above in several countries, and to
accommodate your needs and availability.
* I will have a budget for some domestic travel, to bring key volunteers
* No expenses are expected from your group's budget. Only your time and
Please take some time to discuss this idea and let me know if your
community is sufficiently interested that we should discuss it further,
over email or a video call. If you feel this would not be very helpful, or
you really can't accommodate any additional activities before July this
year, *please* don't feel obligated to respond. I am genuinely interested
in helping, and there are other communities I could be supporting with this
budget and time, so I won't be offended or upset, promise! :)
I look forward to hearing from you.