That's very cool Laurent! Thank you as well for sharing. Hopefully
there's some natural way to connect the projects.
On Sun, Apr 7, 2013 at 4:10 AM, Laurent Jauquier
Thank you for sharing your vision of such a project and taking the time to
collect information about it.
I've added a description of the Wikimini encyclopedia. Here is a copy:
(License: CC-BY-SA 3.0): currently in French*, started in
October 2008, 10180 articles in April 2013, anonymous contributions not
* is working on new language versions
** collecting and publishing the IP addresses of participating schools and
children (without parental permission) has been considered a problem by the
people who designed the project
As it is the case in the two projects described above (Wikikids.nl and
ZUM-Grundschulwiki), Wikimini is an online encyclopedia where almost all of
the content is being written by children and teenagers (~8 to 15 years old
in the case of Wikimini). 10-15% of its articles are being created or
developed in the context of class/school projects (see an original example
covered by the press here (in French)), while the rest is being edited by
other contributors outside any formal teaching context (see one of their
young contributors interviewed at home by the national FrenchTV). Adults are
welcomed to participate and have a dedicated portal. Basically they can be
seen as "helpers". They help in: organizing the content; following the
recent changes; checking and proof-reading the articles; making text
understandable when it is not; adding pictures and videos; providing
encouragement and advices to new contributors; etc. (More details here (in
French)). It should be noted that moderation and administration tasks are
shared between both adults and children. Ultimately, the children remain the
main actors and builders of the project and their contributions are not
overwhelmed by massive adult inputs. This is a central scope of Wikimini and
probably one of the most important factors regarding its success and the
large-scale participation of children of all abilities (not only those
excelling at school and with a high self-esteem).
The conceptual design of Wikimini began in Switzerland in 2008, within a
small group of primary education teachers and students in educational
sciences from the universities of Fribourg (CH) and Mons (BE). Actually, the
initial aim was not to bring the project into reality, but only to imagine a
successful way of building such a wiki. Laurent Jauquier, a Swiss teacher
currently living in Brazil, and who was at the origin of the idea, took the
lead and decided to transform it into reality. He launched Wikimini in
French in October 2008. The project has been growing fast ever since and has
received a warm welcome from children, educational and media professionals
around the French-speaking parts of the world. In 2011 it has even been
invited, nominated and finally awarded as the “Best French site / content
for children” in a contest organized by the European Commission (more info
here). More recently, Wikimini has received the financial support from
Wikimedia CH to improve its technical infrastructure, develop a common
repository of shared media files suitable for children (something like
''Commons''), implement the technical requirements to support the
development of other language versions and finally relieve the
(non-technician) founder of the most highly technical workloads.
It has been expressed on different occasions that Wikimini wants to
collaborate/exchange with similar wikis and that motivated persons would be
welcomed to coordinate and represent new versions of Wikimini in their own
Please feel free to contact me to discuss more about this.
2013/4/6 Everton Zanella Alvarenga <tom(a)wikimedia.org>
I've sent your e-mail to the Brazilian volunteers. If someone if
interested, I hope they will contact you.
On Sat, Apr 6, 2013 at 11:17 AM, Mathias Damour
Hi, I have updated and better again the proposal:
It refers in particular to the 2010 /Wikimedia Study of Controversial
I added :
and I may write a /*Wikikids/Questions and answers
to anserw the questions and concerns this proposal can raise.
One next step it certainly to draw up a project plan/potential
schedule/roadmap for a migration to WMF hosting and for the first months...
And to have your remarks on the proposal !
Everton Zanella Alvarenga (also Tom)
"A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more
useful than a life spent doing nothing."
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