I am here to introduce to you our audiovisual documentation project.
Africa is proud of 2000+ indigenous languages. Most African languages
disappear as their speakers die out
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Language_death> or shift
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Language_shift> to speaking other languages.
To mitigate the risk effect of language loss due to mentioned instances,
and with support from the Wikimedia Foundation
the Wikimedia User Group Nigeria (WUGN) had conceptualized the idea of
audiovisual documentation of indigenous languages for enriching the
The Nigeria audiovisual language is a project designed to produce
high-quality audiovisual content on indigenous languages in Nigeria and
make it available for use on Wikipedia and education and research purposes.
We use audiovisual documentation methods (photography and film-documentary
techniques) to *record, capture and archive the different facets of lives
and user stories by ordinary people.*
The team has successfully executed the first phase of the audiovisual
documentation of indigenous languages in Nigeria. See the result here
Currently, the team is finalizing the 2nd phase of the project.
We observed that the requisite skills needed to execute a similar project
are limited in the movement. Hence, the idea is to recruit and introduce
volunteers to the basic skills required to replicate a similar project in
other African countries.
Volunteers would learn about the followings:
1. Interfacing with experienced Cinematographers on how to produce
high-quality audiovisual content.
2. How to build elicitation protocol for an interview subject.
3. How to create comprehensive metadata for an audiovisual.
4. Knowledge about archival activities that are involved in language
5. How to identify an endangered language and proposal writing
techniques for an audiovisual project.
6. How to analyze a language knowledge gap.
7. How to create awareness for content on the internet. e.g. social
media. (product sharing)
8. How to manage copyright licenses on the material used for audiovisual
9. How to determine various Wikipedia articles where the languages can
be used ( Language counts)
Are you interested?
Please fill out the attached Google form by the 10th of July 2022.
We are excited to let you know that this year’s Africa Wiki Challenge
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Africa_Wiki_Challenge_2022> will come to
an end on the *30th of June 2022*.
However, we will be hosting our final virtual office hour on *Friday, 1st
July, 2022. *We are looking forward to discussing your experiences as
organizers, spectators and participants of the contest.
So far, we have had *two hundred and twent*y *(220) editors *creating* three
thousand seven hundred and fifty (3,750) articles and editing sixteen
thousand (16,000) *articles surrounding the theme* "Projectiing African
Culture" as recorded by the dashboard
Join us for our virtual office hour on *Friday, 1st July 2022* at *15:00
*Date: Friday, 1st July 2022*
*Time:* *15:00 UTC*
*Meeting link*: https://bit.ly/39IfJkQ
Eugene Makafui Masiku,
Open Foundation West Africa
I've invited you to fill in the following form:
WikiIndaba 2022 in Rwanda Conference Community Engagement Survey -
To fill it in, visit:
Hello all , I hope you are doing well ,I am inviting you to fill in a form
in the preparation of WikiIndaba conference 2022.
Your kind and prompt response will be highly appreciated.
Google Forms: Create and analyse surveys.
This is to invite you to the episode 14 of WikiAfrica Hour, titled
"On Board"*, where we'll be discussing with the 2022 WMF Board of Trustees
election candidates from Africa, in the persons of Tobechukwu Precious
Friday, Gilbert Ndihokubwayo, Abderamane Abakar Brahim, Egbe Eugene Agbor
and Joris Quarshie. Come learn more about their motivations and aspirations
for the WMF Board if elected.
Date: 24th June 2022
Time: 4pm UTC
*WikiAfrica Hour Host*
The African Library and Information Associations and Institutions (AfLIA),
with grant support from the Wikimedia Foundation, is implementing a
12-months project titled "Promoting Open Knowledge practices in African
Libraries through WikiData" (
We are looking for a competent trainer with deep hands-on experience, who
will among other things:
1. facilitate development of a course on Wikidata and
2. train at least 200 African librarians from 20 African countries+ on how
to effectively open up and link knowledge by making their library
collections more visible through Wikidata.
All experienced African Wikimedians, especially Wikidata experts, are
encouraged to apply. To obtain more details about this job opening, kindly
Organisers of the African Wikimedia Developers Project would like to change
the official name and subscription email list of the *"**African Wikimedia
Developers Project"* to "*African Wikimedia Technical Community."*
We are in the process of re-branding the whole project into a technical
community that will be focusing on grooming and managing technical
contributors in Africa. So far, we have been able to grow a technical
community which involves not only developers but other technical
contributors such as* Designers, translators for localization,
Documentation writers, Data Science Professionals* (*Data Scientists,Data
Analysts, Machine Learning Engineers, AI professionals and NLP Specialists*)
and *QA engineers* from *Automated Testers* to *Manual Testers.*
With these professionals in this community and some tech enthusiasts who
are willing to learn and contribute to the movement technically, we are
looking forward to broadening this project into a technical community to
focus on all technical areas aside the developers contributions to the
Wikimedia movement as a whole.
We would like to change the name of the project from "African Wikimedia
Developers Project" to "*African Wikimedia Technical Community*", to ensure
that the aforementioned contributors can also be a part of the project. We
are looking forward to updating the whole mediawiki page and meta page for
the current AWMD project with the new name.
To help us with this transition phase, we would like you to kindly fill the
Survey : https://forms.gle/3fQKu7bqQcsVK2QL6
We will appreciate your effort in filling the form to help us with this
Eugene Makafui Masiku,
Open Foundation West Africa
As we draw the curtains down on this year's #WikiForHumanRights campaign
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiForHumanRights>, we would want to
thank everyone who helped make it a success. We are inspired by how
communities around the world took the opportunity and organized a myriad of
activities in their regions.
We are reaching out again to request your participation in a brief survey
to help us understand your experience, lessons, and recommendations for
future improvement of the campaign.
The survey will only take about 5 minutes to complete. Please click the
link below to go to the survey- https://forms.gle/wMVTSV4MoBR5i2qHA
*Who should complete the survey?*
We encourage all organizers and individual participants who either directly
or indirectly took part or supported the campaign including general
observers to complete the survey.
We hope to receive an appreciable number of responses by *Monday the 20th
of June*. Your timely feedback is greatly appreciated.
*Privacy: *Your participation in the survey is voluntary and all of your
responses will be kept confidential. This survey will be conducted via a
third-party service, which may subject it to additional terms. For more
information on privacy and data handling, see the survey privacy statement-
Should you have any comments or questions, please feel free to email
Thank you very much for your time and cooperation. Your feedback
is very important to us.
Happy new month everyone![image: 😄] The Movement Strategy and Governance
team invites everyone to review this proposal
for a new Movement Strategy Forum. The goal is to improve community
collaboration around Movement strategy implementation on a multilingual
platform that is welcoming and easy to use. This review is open between May
24 and July 24. A functional forum is available for testing and discussion.
If the community feedback is positive, the Forum will launch in August 2022
before Wikimania. If not, we will follow the feedback received, changing
the proposal or closing it. If you prefer to test first and read later,
join the MS Forum here <https://forum.movement-strategy.org/> with your
Wikimedia login now!
Best wishes, Zita
Zita Ursula Zage (she/her)
Facilitator, Movement Strategy & Governance
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>