The current situation is as follows: We have promised not to continue the
closure procedure for a month. This was agreed at Wikimania. When the month
is over and there has been no editing activity or localisation activity, a
closure procedure will start that takes some two months. When there is no
editing or localisation activity the content of the Sotho Wikipedia will be
moved to the Incubator awaiting editing and localisation activity.
In order to get out of the Incubator, a project has to comply with the
requirements of a new project. This includes activity by multiple people
over a couple of months. It also includes a minumum number of articles and a
minimal localisation of the user interface.
The requirements are designed to give a project a good chance to grow and
prosper. As you can read in my reply, what we are looking for is people
caring for their language, caring for their Wikipedia.
2011/8/30 Achal Prabhala <aprabhala(a)gmail.com>
> Dear Gerard,
> Can this be true? Doesn't sound to me like it is. (Or at least I didn't
> know that LangCom even had a 'delete' policy). Would like to know more if
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: Re: [Wikimedia ZA] Fwd: Sotho
> Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2011 10:50:27 +0200
> From: David Richfield <davidrichfield(a)gmail.com>
> To: Kerryn McKay <kerryn(a)africancommons.org>
> CC: wikimediaza(a)lists.wikimedia.**org<wikimediaza(a)lists.wikimedia.org>,
> Heather Ford <hford(a)ushahidi.com>
> What happens if it's deleted and we later get interest? Can we "undelete"?
> David Richfield
> WikimediaZA mailing list
> WikimediaZA(a)lists.wikimedia.**org <WikimediaZA(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
At the beginning of 2011, a group of us began working on a project to
explore alternative methods of citation on Wikipedia. We were motivated
by the lack of published resources in much of the non-Anglo-European
world, and the very real difficulty of citing everyday aspects of lived
reality in India and South Africa.
We are now at a stage where the project is almost complete, and we'd
like to share our work with the broader movement, especially within
India and South Africa.
There are three languages we worked within: Malayalam, Hindi and Sepedi.
The project page documents the process and logistics employed, as well
as the findings and results:
A film made from the project is available here: http://vimeo.com/26469276
There have been discussions on oral citations for some time now within
the language communities we worked with for the duration of the project.
At this stage, we are really interested in *your* feedback, either on
this list, or on the Discussion section of the project page.
There are still some things to come, namely:
- Better (high resolution) versions of the film on Wikimedia Commons
with an open subtitle track for translation, in process
- Updates on events, meetings and discussions held around the project
(updated as they happen)
- Updates on articles created in Malayalam, Hindi and Sepedi as a result
of the project (updated as they happen)
We would be very grateful to hear your feedback, and begin a broader
Has anyone forwarded this to this list yet?
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Iolanda Pensa <iolanda(a)pensa.it>
Date: Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 1:40 AM
Subject: [cultural-partners] call for wikipedian in residence in Cape Town
To: Wikimedia Chapters cultural partners coordination <
Cc: Isla Haddow-Flood <islahf(a)africacentre.net>
please find the call for a wikipedian in residence in Cape Town here
The Africa Centre is promoting and financing it. Your feedback would be
really important to improve the call and to make the best out of it.
I'll forward your remarks to Isla Haddow-Flood or please do not hesitate to
contact her directly (Isla Haddow-Flood <islahf(a)africacentre.net> in cc).
my very best regards
The Africa Centre manages WikiAfrica / Share Your Knowledge in Africa;
lettera27 currently manages WikiAfrica / Share Your African Knowledge in
Europe, US and Canada. We are right now finalizing several collaborations
with cultural institutions and wikimedia chapters; the list will be
available in 2012.
For WikiAfrica we are currently working to involve on wikipedia and in the
GLAM project 50 cultural institutions based in Africa or with contents
related to Africa.
*Network - Current Status 25/10/2011*
* Wikimedia: we had a positive feedback from Spain, UK, Switzerland,
Germany; no responses jet from Netherlands, Austria, Poland,
Portugal. Waiting for a replay from Serbia. Interest from France but several
issues to be discussed and clarified; we are currently waiting for a reply.
The project is developed within a long collaboration with Wikimedia Italy.
we have been in contact with Wikimedia Canada to establish a collaboration
between them and the ROM Royal Ontario Museum. We informed Wikimedia
Foundation and we are discussing possibilities for their support to the
African side of the project and the follow up.The discussion with Wikimedia
associations was done outside of the mailing lists; an e-mail informing
about the project was sent to the cultural partnership mailing list
(20/09/2011). The Africa Centre is in contact with Wikimedia South Africa
and Wikimedia Kenya.
* Institutions: apart from the institutions with ** and * listed in the
project description with which we are already in contact; we had a very good
reaction from the Royal Museum of Central Africa in Tervuren and from the
Institute for Anthropological Research in Africa (IARA) Faculty of Social
Sciences / Catholic University of Leuven (with a very nice letter of support
from Filip De Boeck); good support from Iwalewa-Haus / University of
Bayreuth. No French institutions have been contacted or recontacted jet. We
are currently collaborating in Italy with 10 institutions. here pilot
project we developed in 2011 and that we are still currently working on is
Share Your Knowledge (
a list of the institutions we are currently collaborating with
http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Progetto:WikiAfrica/Istituzioni. A press
* Institutions the Africa Centre based in Cape Town is planning to involve
in WikiAfrica: Timbuktu Manuscripts, Mali, via the UCT digitisation project
TomboUCTto ((http://www.tombouctoumanuscripts.org/about/project/ <http://<http:>
www.tombouctoumanuscripts.org/about/project/> ); Bibliotheca Alexandrina,
Egypt (http://www.bibalex.org/ <http:// <http:>www.bibalex.org/> ); Robben
Island Museum, South Africa (http://www.robben-island.org.za/ <http://<http:>
www.robben-island.org.za/> ); M-Net’s Africa Film Library (
http://www.africanfilmlibrary.com/ <http:// <http:>
www.africanfilmlibrary.com/>); Sithengi’s 10 years of Film Festivals (this
is available in archival format which I have, but need to get authority from
the organisation); African Documentaries via Encounters (
www.encounters.co.za ); South African galleries / IZIKO (
http://www.iziko.org.za/ <http:// <http:>www.iziko.org.za/> ); South African
History Online (www.sa
.org.za <http://www.sahistory.org.za/>); Africa South Art Initiative (
www.asai.co.za); Journalist partner : Highway Africa (
http://www.highwayafrica.com/ <http:// <http:>www.highwayafrica.com/> )
* People and institutions we contacted to get a general feedback on
WikiAfrica and Share Your African Knowledge: positive feedback from Open
Knowledge Foundation (Jonathan Gray), Creative Commons Italy / Centro NEXA
(Federico Morando); interest on the idea of implementing the project in
Africa from Africa Centre, Wikimedia Kenya (Isaac Kosgei - also interested
in collaborating as wikipedian in residence), Nhlanhla Mabaso, Heather Ford
(suggesting to focus on African contributors and providing advices for
institutions based in South Africa and Africa).
cultural-partners mailing list
Asaf Bartov <asaf.bartov(a)gmail.com>
I just came across this project, where a friend of mine works and
thought it might be of interest in terms of a Wikipedia-in-education
project (more in terms of possibilities than it's current focus):
If any of you on this list are interested in getting in touch with them,
and/or see possibilities in it to bring them into the Wikimedia
mainstream (perhaps by licensing their work differently, and integrating
it with projects we already host) then please let me know and I'll
A friend of mine in South Africa, Isabel Hofmeyr, passed on this image
of the first page of the first edition of the English translation of
Gandhi's "Hind Swaraj" - or "Indian Home Rule" in translation. (Hind
Swaraj was the blueprint for India's freedom movement).
The book was published in South Africa in 1909, and is rarely available.
Isabel was able to see it courtesy Uma Dhupelia-Mesthrie, who owns a copy.
And the copyright legend on this front page?
It reads: "No rights reserved"
Isabel and Uma kindly offered to donate the image to Commons, and you
can see it here:
Finally, an answer to the great copyright question that has never been
asked: "What would Gandhi do?" :)
Sorry for the absence (again!!!)
I'll be in Swaziland between 10 and 28 Oct, working weeks and
weekends, so I'm going to be a bit scarce.
I can access the presentations - you click on the link to the
presentation (the first column: "file") and then you get to the file
page. Then you click on "full resolution" (under the preview image).