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Annual Wikipedia Conference “Wikimania” to make debut in sub-Saharan Africa[
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- *First ever gathering in the sub-Saharan African region will be held
in Cape Town, bringing together more than 700 people to discuss how to
improve the diversity of knowledge represented on Wikipedia and Wikimedia
- *Key participants include Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director
Katherine Maher, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, as well as notable thought
leaders from across the African continent and the world*
*Cape Town, South Africa - 31 May 2018:* Cape Town has won the bid to host
the 14th annual Wikimania 2018 conference, the annual gathering of
volunteers from around the world to celebrate Wikipedia and the Wikimedia
projects, from 18-22 of July. More than 700 volunteers from around the
world will come together to discuss and share ideas around the future of
Wikipedia and free knowledge globally.
Attendees will be made up of members of the global Wikimedia movement,
including those who volunteer their time to edit and improve Wikipedia
articles, create bots, or organise events and projects to draw more content
onto Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects. Other open knowledge advocates
will also attend, along with local academics, teachers, heritage
specialists, and interested stakeholders.
Across more than 70 sessions, attendees will work to bring the conference
theme: Bridging knowledge gaps; the Ubuntu way forward, to life by ensuring
that some of the fundamental principles of the Wikimedia movement are
contextualised within the rapidly evolving internet narrative.
Confirmed speakers include internet geographist Dr. Martin Dittus
<https://www.oii.ox.ac.uk/people/martin-dittus/>, who will be speaking on
economic development, labour, power, participation, and representation. Joy
Buolamwini <https://www.media.mit.edu/people/joyab/overview/>, a noted
female Artificial Intelligence expert fighting to remove bias in machine
learning, and Prof. Sean Jacobs
whose focus areas includes trends in digital culture are also invited
thought leaders at the conference.
“Our vision is a world in which every single person can freely share in the
sum of all knowledge. We believe that knowledge belongs to everyone, and
that people from diverse backgrounds should be empowered to participate in
the collaborative creation of knowledge,” said Katherine Maher, Executive
Director, Wikimedia Foundation.
Wikimedia is also looking to expand its non-Western topics, where there is
still not enough locally relevant content
about Africa, particularly that which is gathered from African
perspectives or shared in African languages. The same could be said for
indigenous knowledge and local knowledge from many places outside the
Global North, much of which is still missing. South Africa has active
Afrikaans <https://af.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuisblad> and isiXhosa
<https://xh.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iphepha_Elingundoqo> Wikipedia editions, but
most of the other indigenous languages from the continent are either
missing or do not have regular contributions
<http://www.greenman.co.za/blog/?p=2082> on Wikipedia.
Challenges with software localisation, the structure of data, and even the
forms of knowledge that Wikimedia has defined as “verifiable” (text-based,
rather than oral, for example) are some of the issues the movement is
grappling with as it moves actively towards incorporating more diverse
kinds of knowledge within Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects.
This year’s Wikimania conference will take place at the Southern Sun, Cape
Sun Hotel. Wikimania 2018 is co-organised by Wikimedia South Africa
<http://wikimedia.org.za/wiki/Main_Page>, the local Wikimedia affiliate
organisation of South Africa, and the Wikimedia Foundation
<https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Home>, the non-profit that supports
the Wikipedia and other free knowledge projects.
Wikipedia is a collaborative collection of knowledge that is open for
anyone to edit. Today Wikipedia is available in more than 45 million across
nearly 300 languages, and is read more than 15 billion times every month.
Volunteer editors from around the world, or Wikipedians, come together to
write and update Wikipedia articles in real time, collaborating to ensure
that information is neutral and based in reliable sources. Each month, more
than 200,000 people edit Wikipedia.
The Wikimedia Foundation is the nonprofit organisation that supports
Wikipedia, the Wikimedia free knowledge projects, and its mission of free
knowledge for every single person.
Follow the conference on #Wikimania2018 as well as on:
- Facebook <https://www.facebook.com/wikimania2018>
- Twitter <https://twitter.com/Wikimania2018>
- Instagram <https://www.instagram.com/wikimania2018>
For more information about the conference and to register, please visit
*About the Wikimedia Foundation*
The Wikimedia Foundation is the nonprofit organization that supports
Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia free knowledge projects. Our vision is a
world in which every single human can freely share in the sum of all
knowledge. We believe that everyone has the potential to contribute
something to our shared knowledge, and that everyone should be able to
access that knowledge freely. We host Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects,
build software experiences for reading, contributing, and sharing Wikimedia
content, support the volunteer communities and partners who make Wikimedia
possible, and advocate for policies that enable Wikimedia and free
knowledge to thrive. The Wikimedia Foundation is a charitable,
not-for-profit organization that relies on donations. We receive financial
support from millions of individuals around the world, with an average
donation of about $15. We also receive donations through institutional
grants and gifts. The Wikimedia Foundation is a United States 501(c)(3)
tax-exempt organization with offices in San Francisco, California, USA.
*About Wikimedia South Africa*
Wikimedia ZA <http://wikimedia.org.za/wiki/Main_Page> is the non-profit
volunteer-driven South African Wikimedia chapter. It exists to promote the
free knowledge movement in the country by supporting Wikipedia editors,
contributions to Wikimedia projects such as Wikipedia and Wikimedia
Commons, and increase access to free knowledge sources. Membership is open
to anyone based in South Africa with an interest in participating in the
free knowledge movement. Wikimedia ZA is the local host of Wikimania 2018.
Wikimania is an annual conference centered on the Wikimedia projects
(Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia free knowledge websites) and the
Wikimedia community of volunteers who contribute to them. It features
presentations on Wikimedia projects, other wikis, free and open source
software, free knowledge and free content, and the social and technical
aspects which relate to these topics. Wikimania 2018 marks the 14th year of
Wikipedia is the world’s free knowledge resource. It is a collaborative
creation that has been added to and edited by millions of people from
around the globe since it was created in 2001: anyone can edit it, at any
time. Wikipedia is offered in 300 languages containing a total of more than
46 million articles, and viewed more than 15 billion times every month. It
is the largest, collaborative collection of free knowledge in human
history, and today its content is contributed and edited by a community of
more than 200,000 volunteer editors each month.
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