Africa’s Fashion and Design Celebrated in Continent-wide Photographic Competition

Cape Town, 19th February 2016 – During October and November 2015, as part of the continent-wide Wiki Loves Africa Competition, people from across the African continent took photographs that related to the production, sales, uses and display of cultural fashion and adornment in their country and submitted them to Wikipedia’s media repository Wikimedia Commons. The […]


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Call for applications: Wikipedian Training at #OpenAfrica15

Call for applications: Wikipedian Training at #OpenAfrica15

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Oct 26, 2015
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  The Goethe-Institut Johannesburg and WikiAfrica is proudly hosting the week-long (5 day) #OpenAfrica15 – a Wikipedian in Residence training course – in Johannesburg, South Africa. The #OpenAfrica15 training is a course for Wikipedians in Residence aimed at supporting and expanding the skill sets of existing Wikipedians across the continent. It will take place at […]

Experienced Trainer required to train Wikipedians in Residence at #OpenAfrica15

Experienced Trainer required to train Wikipedians in Residence at #OpenAfrica15

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Oct 16, 2015
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The Goethe-Institut Johannesburg and WikiAfrica is proudly hosting the week-long (5 day) #OpenAfrica15 – a Wikipedian in Residence training course – in Johannesburg, South Africa. The #OpenAfrica15 training is an introductory course for Wikipedians in Residence at the Goethe-Institute in Johannesburg from the 30th November to the 4th December 2015. The course is aimed at […]

Wiki Loves Africa 2015:

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Sep 14, 2015
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Wiki Loves Africa 2015 has been announced and eight intrepid volunteer groups across Africa are ready to host  training events, meet-ups and upload sessions across Africa. For the 2015 competition, Africa’s Wikipedia volunteers chose the theme Cultural Fashion and Adornment. The contest encourages media that represents cultural dress, fashion and a diversity of adornment. Cultural fashion has been […]

Wiki Loves Culture – talk at the Mhub

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Jul 14, 2015
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Last Saturday 11 July, I had the pleasure of sharing some of the projects under WikiAfrica at the Mhub, Malawi’s innovation and technology hub located in Lilongwe. With 9 techprenuers in attendance, it was quite a pleasant chat with lots of insights shared. I highlighted the Share Your Knowledge project, initiated last year with funding […]

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Wiki Loves Culture – Talk at Mhub, Lilongwe, Malawi

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Jul 10, 2015
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Tomorrow (Saturday 11th July 2015) I will give a talk titled Wiki Loves Culture where I will highlight how Wikimedia projects are being used to promote Malawi’s heritage and the importance of cultural grounding for Malawian/African techprenuers. Mhub is a technology and innovation hub based in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe. It brings together creative, innovative and […]

[Wikibook Cuisine] : La cuisine Ivoirienne racontée dans un Ouvrage

Des ateliers de formations, des chasses et l’image et des excursions culturelles et bien encore. C’est grâce à un ensemble d’activités diverses et collaboratives que les Wikimédiens de la Côte d’ivoire mettront sur pied le premier Wikibook sur la cuisine de leur pays. Une production destinée in fine à l’impression sur support papier. Wikibook de […]

Wiki GLAM 2015 Conference – report by Michael Muti Phoya

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May 27, 2015
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From Friday 10th May to Sunday 12 April 2015 I had the pleasure of attending GLAM-WIKI 2015, a conference about projects by Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAMs) in collaboration with Wikimedia and other organisations that have an open knowledge component. The goals of the conference were to share lessons learned and best practices on […]

And the winners are …

And the winners are …

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Feb 18, 2015
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Cape Town, 17th February 2015 – During October and November 2014, as part of the continent-wide Wiki Loves Africa Competition, people from across the African continent took photographs that related to food production, sales and consumption in their country and submitted them to Wikipedia’s media repository Wikimedia Commons. The competition became an unprecedented visual celebration […]

Wiki Takes GLAMs in Cape Town

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Nov 5, 2014
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Cape Town is packed with Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAMs). As a Wikipedian in Residence (WIR) at the Africa Centre, I made it a point to ‘Wiki Love’ as many of these GLAMs as possible, before my service as a WIR came to an end. My first stop was at the Hout Bay Museum. Welcomed warmly […]

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Life in Cape Town as WiR

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Oct 27, 2014
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It was time to embark on my longest and most distant travel ever involving some two thousand kilometres. I had received the assignment to serve as a Wikipedian in Residence, at the centre of Africa, namely, The Arts Africa Centre. It was not all roses before I left, but with high hopes, I believed there […]

A week of Wiki Loves Africa
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A week of Wiki Loves Africa

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Oct 7, 2014
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On the 1st October 2014, the first ever Wiki Loves Africa was launched across the continent and beyond. Since then, 488 photographs have been uploaded to the competition. You can view uploaded photographs here. We are just getting started … For those of you that don’t yet know, Wiki Loves Africa is a competition where people from […]

The Open Book Festival Wiki edit-a-thon on South African Writers

The Open Book Festival Wiki edit-a-thon on South African Writers

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Oct 7, 2014
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This is a guest post from Wanjiru Koinange, coordinator at the recent Open Book edit-a-thon that took place in collaboration with Douglas and Theresa at Wikimedia ZA. It was not a WikiAfrica initiative, but has been include on this blog as an example of an initiative that could be replicated across Africa, and beyond. Cape Town South […]

Kumusha Bus 2.0: Apply Now!

Kumusha Bus 2.0: Apply Now!

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Sep 22, 2014
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** Please note, due to the short turn around time, the changes have been made to the delivery schedule for application. In June, Kumusha Bus 1.0 was held in Ethiopia. Abel Asrat, Simeon Oriko and the Kumusha Bus team created an excellent event that has energised the Open landscape in Addis Ababa. It turns out […]

Essential information on Ebola now on Wikipedia

Essential information on Ebola now on Wikipedia

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Sep 8, 2014
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Partnerships on Wikipedia helps South Africans, with other languages to follow, as organisations work to improve access to information about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Cape Town, South Africa 8 September 2014: Rubric, a global language service provider, has donated its translation services to Wikimedia ZA to provide South Africans with essential health information on Ebola, […]

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Wikipedian-in-Resident in Malawi, Michael joined the global community

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Sep 2, 2014
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Wikimania is a 2000+ person conference, festival, meetup, workshop, hackathon, and celebration, spread over five days preceded and followed by fringe events. It’s the official annual event of the Wikimedia movement, where all kinds of cool projects that people are making with wikis and open content are showcased. It is also the meeting of the […]

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Update: Wiki Indaba Conference a Success!

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Sep 1, 2014
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Update: The Wiki Indaba 2014 Conference, held in Johannesburg, came to an end as a success, as all the outlined goals of the event was achieved. View some of the pictures of the event. Almost all talks of the event are available to see via the YouTube Channel of the Wikimedia South Africa. Across Africa, […]

Kumusha Takes Wiki (and presents all #OpenAfrica) at Wikimania 2014

Kumusha Takes Wiki (and presents all #OpenAfrica) at Wikimania 2014

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Aug 24, 2014
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The submission Kumusha Takes Wiki: activating communities across Africa by co-project manager Florence Devouard (u: anthere) was the only submission from Africa that was accepted at the conference. Due to this oversight by the programme committee, it was decided that Florence and Isla would present an overview of the Open Movement in Africa, as well as […]

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Wikimania – A Conference for Wikimedians

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Aug 22, 2014
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For many, attending this year’s Wikimania international conference was a first time experience that will stay in their memories for a long time. The Wikimania international conference was a global come-together of Wikimedians around the world. In 2014, the conference was held in London, at the Barbican Centre. Over 2000 attendees came from some 55 […]

Kumusha in Uganda : Lantern Meet of Poets

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Aug 19, 2014
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The Lantern Meet of Poets is a Kampala based community of young writers brought together by the common desire to promote writing and revive the dying literary tradition in Africa. Their dream is to restore to Africa the epoch of great literary legends, preserve and lift African culture as well as discovering, encouraging and inspiring […]

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Wikipedia Zero: free access to Wikipedia on your mobile phone

Volunteer Wikipedians around the world work hard to compile the sum of all human knowledge, to make it freely available to every single person on the planet. For many readers in Africa, the primary (and often only) access to the internet is via mobile. However, mobile data costs are a significant barrier to internet usage. […]

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Youth Day Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

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Jun 18, 2014
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The 16th of June is a day set aside as a holiday in South Africa and it brings back memories of a protest which resulted in a wave of protests across the country known as the Soweto Uprising of 1976. It came in response to multiple issues with the Bantu Education Act and the government edict in 1974 that Afrikaans be […]

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Jun 18, 2014
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The 16th of June is a day set aside as a holiday in South Africa and it brings back memories of a protest which resulted in a wave of protests across the country known as the Soweto uprising of 1976. It came in response to multiple issues with the Bantu Education Act and the government edict in 1974 that Afrikaans be […]

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WikiAfrica GLAM – Cape Medical Museum

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Jun 9, 2014
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In my previous visit, I went to the Hout Bay Museum. This time, I was at the Cape Medical Museum, a museum dedicated to the history behind medicine timeline in Cape Town, and the Western Cape at large. Located at the Old City Hospital Complex, Green Point (Cape Town), South Africa, the Cape Medical Museum is […]

WikiAfrica GLAM – Hout Bay Museum

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May 29, 2014
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My first stop, as a Wikipedian in Residence, to reach out to GLAMs (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) in and around Cape Town to share content to Wikimedia Commons for use on Wikipedia was at the Hout Bay Museum. Although a relatively small museum (when compared to other museums like the Iziko Museum), I could realize how true the […]

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Activating John Paul 2 – Leadership and IT Institute – Part one

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May 26, 2014
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After lunch (nsima, veggies, plus a chicken drumstick – How I got served chicken when everyone else had beef is the story of Open Movement in living colour: After seeing a small closed container sandwiched between two big pots of nsima(pap) and beef I, with the audacity of the visitor, asked not “What else are […]

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Wiki Loves Monuments South Africa Exhibition

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May 9, 2014
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The First Thursday arts exhibition begun this May with the Wiki Loves Monument 2013 Photo Exhibition at the Friends of Art hall in Cape Town. First Thursdays is a public event and free to attend. Art galleries and selected shops around Cape Town’s central city stay open until 9pm on the first Thursday of every […]

The Wiki Entrepreneur programme in Malawi

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May 3, 2014
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A couple of months has passed since the Wiki Entrepreneurs who came from Malawi and Ethiopia for #OpenAfrica14 returned to their countries.  Michael Phoya from Malawi updates us on the progress made in introducing to the world of Wikipedia to a country of over fifteen million inhabitants. As described by Erina Mukuta, who was also a delegate […]

All Change at Wikimedia Foundation
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All Change at Wikimedia Foundation

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May 2, 2014
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After a long global search for the successor of Sue Gardner, the former Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, an announcement from the official Wikimedia Foundation blog has confirmed that Lila Tretikov is the new Executive Director of the foundation that runs Wikipedia and other aligned projects. She took up her position on the first of May, but will be in […]

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Kumusha Takes Wiki : focus on Ivory Coast communities

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Apr 28, 2014
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Early 2014, Cyriac Gbogou was hired to become the first Wikipedian in Community in Ivory Coast as part of the Kumusha Takes Wiki project. Kumusha Takes Wiki is a project that aims at activating specifically-targetted communities across Africa to create and contribute freely-licensed information, texts, images and media about their communities. One of the first […]

Research paper: Establishing the need, demand, use and ability to access Wikipedia using mobile phones in South Africa

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Apr 2, 2014
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This  page links to a pre-print paper, researched and written in 2013 for a Masters assignment at the University of Cape Town. It explores the information and knowledge-seeking habits of the mobile internet-using public in Cape Town, South Africa. It analyses two surveys carried out in face-to-face interviews and a usability study with random members of […]

Help Make Wikipedia Better
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Help Make Wikipedia Better

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Mar 17, 2014
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On November 7, 2013, the Wikimedia Foundation introduced new upcoming features on Wikipedia (known as Beta Features). Have you tried the features yet? What are those features? Will the features make any significant change(s) in user experience? According to the announcement, four Beta features were introduced at that time which still exist and even a […]

Activating Livity Africa onto Wikipedia

Activating Livity Africa onto Wikipedia

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Mar 11, 2014
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The Open Advocate Training Course came to an end on 7th March with an  activation at Livity Africa in Cape Town. The activation program was a part of outline of the course, to offer the delegates the opportunity to talk to others about what they have learned and get a real feel of how to […]

Technology-powered education through Open Education

Technology-powered education through Open Education

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Mar 5, 2014
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Open Education is regarded as one of the trend in education around the world. With the rise of online based platforms dedicated to sharing knowledge and making them accessible free of charge, open education is no doubt a key player in how we learn and share knowledge. Open education is a collective term to describe institutional practices […]

Photo Hunt #openafrica14

Photo Hunt #openafrica14

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Feb 21, 2014
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As part of the ongoing Open Advocate Training Course, the trainees were required to go on a photo hunt the previous weekend. According to Erina: I have to say Saturday 15th February was one of my best days in Cape Town. The 88 kilometer round-trip journey to Simons Town was on rails. The Cape Town […]

Open Movements in Africa

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Feb 17, 2014
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As Abel Asrat, a Wikipedian in Residence from Ethiopia, explains it, “[Open Movement] can be a platform that allows people to access contents and materials openly or it can be a social gathering and movement toward knowledge and experience sharing.” Across Africa, several organizations are keen in allowing people access knowledge freely and openly. At […]

Michael Phoya

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Feb 17, 2014
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Michael Phoya is  a vibrant young man of many talents known to us as Muti (black magic). He started to write his first book when he was 20 years old. This was after his under graduate studies in Business computing at the Malawi Polytechnic. He made a three year trip around Malawi  collecting information for […]

Kumusha Takes Wiki – Erina Mukuta Muhame

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Feb 14, 2014
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Erina Mukuta was born in Jinja, Uganda in 1988. She spent her first childhood years in a small village called Kilembe and later moved to Kampala where she completed her secondary and undergraduate studies. Erina attained a bachelor of science in surveying from Makerere University. She then worked in the Seychelles for one and a […]

Wikipedia Zero Reaches South Africa

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Feb 14, 2014
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South Africa, sometimes referred to as ZA, now enjoys Wikipedia Zero powered by MTN. Wikipedia Zero is a project which allows mobile phone users using the MTN network to access content and articles on Wikipedia for free. Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia for doing research and study, improved and authored by users across the world. […]

Creative Commons in Africa

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Feb 14, 2014
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Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools. The Creative Commons have a free-to-use copyright licenses. Their copyright licenses are pretty simple, standardized, and a way to give the public permission to share their creative work, on variable conditions of their choice. Thus, […]

Open versus Free Resources and Softwares

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Feb 13, 2014
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At the Open Advocate Training Course, currently in progress at the Africa Centre in Cape Town, the students enjoyed having Jonathan Carter today on the program, to discuss more about Open and Free resources and softwares. Jonathan Carter works with the Praekelt Foundation based in South Africa. He is the Technical Manager of the foundation. […]

Wikipedian in Community in Côte d’Ivoire

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Feb 13, 2014
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On January 25, 2014, the Kumusha Takes Wiki team was happy to announce the first Wikipedian in Community in Cote d’Ivoire called Cyriac Gohi Gbogou. The Kumusha Takes Wiki is a project that aims at activating communities across Africa to create and contribute freely-licensed information, texts, images and media about their communities (villages, townships, suburbs, inner cities, […]

Wikipedian in Residence at the Africa Centre

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Feb 5, 2014
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Druing 2014 Rexford Nkansah will be the Wikipedian in Residence at the Africa Centre, in Cape Town.  A Wikipedian in Residence is a volunteered individual dedicated to working in-house at an organisation. Rexford is working with the WikiAfrica project and is assisting with the Africa Centre’s ongoing donation of its content. At the heart of his responsibility is to serve as a liaison […]

What is the Open Movement?

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Jan 29, 2014
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New media technology, the increasing prevalence of linked cellular phones, and increased access to global information sources, along with social networking and media-sharing websites, has altered the way that individuals learn, interpret, create and ‘publish’ work. The Open Movement has evolved as individuals and institutions around the world have embraced the benefits of releasing digitised […]

Articles Graduate from the WikiAfrica Incubator

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Jan 15, 2014
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The WikiAfrica Incubator is an online portal on Wikipedia that nurtures new articles about Africa. Articles passing through the WikiAfrica Incubator are sure to stay on Wikipedia. This is because, for an article to exit the WikiAfrica Incubator, it should follow recommended writing guidelines of Wikipedia and should have enough content. Over the next few […]

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WikiAfrica recherche deux “Wikipédiens en Communauté” pour son projet “Kumusha Takes Wiki”

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Dec 3, 2013
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Kumusha Takes Wiki (que l’on pourrait traduire assez librement par Kumusha prend Wiki) est un projet d’accompagnement de communautés africaines souhaitant décrire et partager des connaissances relatives à leur environnement de vie (campements, quartiers, villages, banlieues, centres-villes…). Le projet vise à faciliter la production et la mise à disposition de tous de contenus divers relatifs […]

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Call for Wikipedian in Community

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Nov 25, 2013
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Job description: Wikipedian in Community WikiAfrica is looking for two Wikipedians in Community for its Kumusha Takes Wiki Project. Kumusha Takes Wiki is a multi-country, multi-faceted project that aims at activating communities (or Kumusha’s) across Africa to create and contribute freely-licensed information, texts, images and media about their communities (villages, townships, suburbs, inner cities, etc) […]

WikiAfrica searching for Wikipedian in Residence for Ethiopia

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Aug 30, 2013
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Job description and call for applications WikiAfrica is a cross-continental, collaborative project that aims to activate and encourage more articles onto Wikipedia that feature Africa in all its multiplicity and diversity. It is looking to hire, for one year, an entrepreneur, social activist or professional person involved in journalism, education, heritage or the arts, who is […]

WikiAfrica searching for a Wikipedian in Residence in Malawi

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Aug 30, 2013
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Job description and call for applications WikiAfrica is a cross-continental, collaborative project that aims to activate and encourage more articles onto Wikipedia that feature Africa in all its multiplicity and diversity. It is looking to hire, for one year, an entrepreneur, social activist or professional person involved in journalism, education, heritage or the arts, who is […]

WikiAfrica searching for Cape Town-based researcher

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May 15, 2013
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The Africa Centre wishes to employ a researcher who has exceptional writing and photographic skills for an exciting 8-week intensive short-term project for WikiAfrica. The researcher must be based in Cape Town for the next 8 weeks and have their own transport. Knowledge and appreciation of contemporary art is a bonus. ABOUT THE POSITION: Work Schedule: […]

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WikiAfrica Cameroon and doual’art posts 2000 photos to Wikipedia

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Apr 17, 2013
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By the 16th April 2013, the number of images that has been posted by the doual’art hosts of the WikiAfrica Space in Cameroon. The images that reveal Douala and its public art now number an astonishing 2,000 donations to Wikimedia Commons. The images can be browsed all the images in the category doual’art  or  you can find […]

WikiAfrica on SABC 2’s Morning Live

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Apr 11, 2013
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In March 2013, the South African Heritage Resource Agency (SAHRA) launched its ground-breaking content management system – SAHRIS.  To celebrate the launch of SAHRIS, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) decided to dedicate 2 hours of their Morning Live show to South African heritage. SAHRIS project’s founder and developer Nicholas Wiltshire invited WikiAfrica to attend, and […]

Encounters Documentary Film Festival

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Apr 11, 2013
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The Encounters Documentary Film Festival article has been moved from the WikiAfrica Incubator to the mainspace in Wikipedia. A WikiAfrica Share Your Knowledge content partner, Encounters is one of Africa’s oldest and most prolific documentary film festivals. Since its inception in 1999, they have platformed highly controversial and thought-provoking films, and have encouraged, grown and […]

Wiki Loves Monuments

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Dec 1, 2012
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Wiki Loves Monuments (WLM) is an international competition that is run at a national level every September.  This photographic competition encourages every person to participate in and engage with South Africa’s heritage by asking the public to celebrate South Africa’s heritage sites and monuments by taking photographs of them and uploading them to Wikipedia. Wikimedia […]

Call for Two Wikipedians in Residence for Africa

Call for Two Wikipedians in Residence for Africa

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Nov 7, 2012
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WikiAfrica has put out a call for two Wikipedians in Residence (WiR) for the African Continent. The two Wikipedians in Residence will, initially, be based at the WikiAfrica project at the Africa Centre in Cape Town. A Wikipedian in Residence is an experienced Wikipedian who works with organisations and activates communities in order to share […]