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 the Goethe-Institut in Johannesburg from the 30th November to the 4th December 2015.
Chosen delegates will be tasked with pre and post course takes that include engaging with content-rich institutions and training and supporting local Wikipedian volunteers. Delegates will be drawn from the following countries: Kenya, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire and South Africa.
For more on WikiAfrica, please visit www.wikiafrica.net.
This is a call for applications from Wikip/medians who would like to be instructed in all aspects of Wikipedia and Wikimedia interaction.
The training session will host 8 delegates with the aim of activating them as Wikipedians in Residence from countries across Africa, and South Africa. The training session will take 5 days of intensive introduction to the following subjects:
- Wikipedia, Wikimedia Projects, and the Wikimedia landscape in Africa,
- The Open Movement and its impact in Africa,
- Working with partners to extract citable content,
- Leveraging networks to build community and aggregate content,
- Using Wikimedia tools, e.g. GLAM tools, Wikimetrics and Wiki Data,
- Event planning, marketing and communication for engagement,
- Project planning, grants, accountability and budgets, and
- Tracking and metric tools and evaluation.
The expected outcomes will be:
- Complete immersion in and understanding of the Wikimedia projects.
- A road map for engagement with local partners, networks and community.
- The ability to determine the extent of information available in their country and how to draw that information onto Wikipedia.
- A plan for how to access the needed information effectively and efficiently.
- A sustainable strategy for the critical evaluation of the information and its sources.
- Plan the incorporation and expansion of all selected information into the Wikimedia projects.
- Have a proactive understanding of the economic, legal, and social issues that impact the Open Movement and develop an ethical and legal strategy to engage access and use information in 3-5 countries across Africa.
With these goals in mind, WikiAfrica is looking for applications for delegates to attend. The Wikipedian-in-Residence delegates will be expected to voluntarily do the following pre- and post- course actions in addition to attending the course:
- pre-course tasks:
- research 6 possible partners or opportunities (looking at content contributions to Wikipedia),
- connect with volunteer group or formal wikimedia user group in country (if not already)
- enter a minimum of 12 photos to Commons for Wiki Loves Africa
- post-course actions
- to be determined at the course
- A citizen or resident of Kenya, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire and South Africa with excellent written and spoken English.
- Experience on Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons, or another Wikimedia project.*
- A member of the local Wikimedia volunteer group, chapter or usergroup (where established).
- Please note that timelines (detailed below) are tight and cannot be moved.
* Please note: in some cases, non-Wikipedians may be considered, but must show involvement in an aligned open movement.
ABOUT THE EXPECTATION:
- Duration of involvement: 7 months (1 month recourse, 1 week course training and 6 months voluntary work)
- Remuneration: this is a voluntary position
- Costs: attendance (travel and accommodation) at the #OpenAfrica15 course will be covered
- Training Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
- The contract partner will be the Goethe-Institut Johannesburg, overseen by the WikiAfrica at the Africa Centre.
HOW TO APPLY:
Interested candidates must apply before 6th November 2015, and their applications should include (in English):
- Fill out this Application Form,
- Email your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org; and
- Provide an example of a Wikipedia article that you have written and researched.
Deadline: 6th November 2015
Submit your application for the WikiAfrica #OpenAfrica15 Training to Isla Haddow-Flood at email@example.com by the 6th November 2015.
- 26th October – Call for Delegates
- 6th November – final deadline for applications for delegates
- 9-10th November – interviews with potential delegates
- 11th November – delegates informed
- 29th November – meet and greet in Johannesburg
- 30th November – 4th December – training course