Call for Two Wikipedians in Residence for Africa

Posted by on Nov 7, 2012 in Blog, Wikipedian in Residence | One Comment
Call for Two Wikipedians in Residence for Africa

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 and open up cultural, arts and heritage content to the world through Wikipedia and related Wikimedia projects.

The WikiAfrica project is an international collaboration between the Africa Centre and lettera27 Foundation that redresses the imbalance of factual heritage and cultural knowledge about Africa on Wikipedia by promoting a new approach to knowledge. Its mission is to assist and support the growth of Wikipedia as a free and open encyclopaedia that provides greater access to Africa’s wealth of contemporary and historical realities. The Africa Centre is a pan-African thought leadership and cultural social innovator based in Cape Town, South Africa.

The Project

WikiAfrica uses a variety of interventions and activations to redress the critical imbalance of factual information about historic and contemporary Africa on the Internet’s most utilised information resource, Wikipedia. For more information on the project, please visit: WikiAfrica on Wikipedia and WikiAfrica on the Africa Centre website.

As an organisation and a project, we are passionate about transparency, participation, collaboration, and open access to information. We value and seek to encourage the contribution of citizen archivists, citizen historians, and citizen journalists across Africa. The project benefits from content partnerships with core cultural and artistic repositories, and individuals from across Africa through our Share Your Knowledge intiative.

The Call

WikiAfrica is keen to employ two people from within digitally activated communities, and preferably Wikipedians, from across Africa to work as Wikipedians in Residence. The positions involve two phases.

The first phase requires the successful applicants spending three months in Cape Town working at the Africa Centre with GLAM institutions, being trained in the Open Movement, and collating and structuring an online training course around the Open Movement and Wikipedia.

The second phase requires that the Wikipedians in Residence returns to their home city and works intensively for three months with the GLAMs partners, as well as activate, expand and support a growing Wikipedian community.

Taskes would include, but not be limited to, the following:
1. In Cape Town

  • Co-create and collate training material;
  • Approach new GLAMs to join the project;
  • Work with existing GLAM partners to become sustainable;
  • Develop a rollout strategy in order to activate communities within specific hubs – universities, colleges, media hubs, etc.; and
  • Remotely develop the Wiki Loves Monuments competition for September.

2. In own country’s capital city

  • Organise 2 events – Wiki takes …  during September in support of Wiki Loves Monuments;
  • Organise at least 4 community building training events at universities and within the capital city;
  • Support and begin working with and training staff at the 10 GLAMs that were activated in Cape Town; holding at least one event at each GLAM in order to activate staff and associated heritage community.
  • Activate, train and support the developing wikipedia community.

Eligible candidates must be:

  • Living in a capital city anywhere in Africa except South Africa;
  • Knowledgeable about Wikimedia and its project’s practices;
  • Experienced in community building;
  • Dedicated to and have experience with in the Open Movement
    (Creative Commons, Open Education Resources, etc.);
  • Able to demonstrate extensive research and writing skills in English (additional French language skills would be an advantage, but not essential);
  • Able to display online savvy and be proficient in Social Media(XHTML and HTML coding skill is a nice to have);
  • Experienced in motivating and managing volunteers;
  • Proactive, and work comfortably within a group or on your own;
  • Experienced in managing multiple tasks and relationships; and
  • Passionate about Africa’s voice in the world.

About the position:

  • Work schedule: 5 day week; six month contract, starting 1st November 2013
  • Benefits: Annual and sick leave.
  • Location: Cape Town, South Africa and capital city of home.
  • This position is ideally suited to a Post Grad student or intern.
  • The Africa Centre will consider the costs of flights to and from Cape Town.
  • Accommodation expenses for the successful applicants’ account.


Interested persons should apply by 10th September 2013.  Your application should include:

  1. A cover letter [Note: Include a motivation as to why you would like to be the Wikipedian in Residence; your Wikipedia username; and an overview of your experience as a Wikipedia editor or in the Open Movement.]
  2. Your CV (2 pages max.)
  3. An example of an article that you have researched and written; preferably on Wikipedia.

Submit your application to (or direct any questions to):

Isla Haddow-Flood, Project Manager WikiAfrica, Africa Centre

Email your application to


  • Wikipedian-in-Residence is a person who facilitates exchange between Wikipedia and an institution. In Africa, the Wikipedian in Residence is a person who supports and assists local Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAM) and other civic organisations, whilst encouraging the emergence of a community around Wikipedia. For the purposes of this application the Wikipedian-in-Residence will be researching, creating the lists, collating the information, and writing articles on the website and on Wikipedia about each of the pubic artworks on the official City of Cape Town list.
  • Wiki Takes …  – the Wiki Takes events have proven to be an inspired and effective way to get the general public and non-Wikipedians to engage with heritage, architectural and cultural aspects of their City whilst participating in the aggregation of content about that City to Wikipedia. It is an open invitation for anyone to join a group of people to walk around the city and photograph a pre-determined list of buildings, monuments, and in this case, public art pieces and sites.
  • The Open Movement incorporates Open Access, Open Data, Open Education, Open Licensing and Open Content – which means creating the legal framework by which information and creative content  is available for use (under certain criteria) free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder. Creative Commons is one organisation that provides the legal framework for this to exist.

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