Википроект AfroCreatives

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AfroCreatives WikiProject

The AfroCreatives WikiProject aims to support and mobilize creatives and professionals from the African cultural and creative industries, as well as African cultural enthusiasts, to contribute and enhance knowledge on Wikipedia about Africa’s creative economy. Only an estimated 1.5% of Wikipedia’s contributors and 15% of its contributions originate from the continent, while just 5.5% of all geotagged Wikipedia articles across all languages are related to Africa (according to the Wikipedia Diversity Observatory).

AfroCreatives WikiProject’s initial focus is on African film, which will be followed by activities centered on African literature and African fashion. ACWP is spearheaded by The Africa Narrative (TAN), a non-profit dedicated to building capacity in the African creative economy and amplifying the global visibility of African cultural soft power.

Calendar of events

FESPACO Edit-a-thon Campaign: Saturday, 18th May – 1st June 2024.

In the lead-up to the campaign, participants are encouraged to join online and/or in-person training sessions to learn how to contribute to Wikipedia, or if already familiar with editing Wikipedia, to refresh their skills. To accommodate as many people as possible, there will be two online training sessions to choose from in each of the 3 languages scheduled (English, French, Arabic).

Online training sessions
  • английский
    • Dates: Friday, 3rd May AND Wednesday, 15th May 2024
    • Times: TBA
    • Links: TBA
  • французский
    • Dates: Saturday, 4th May AND Thursday, 16th May 2024
    • Times: TBA
    • Links: TBA
  • арабский
    • Dates: Saturday, 4th May AND Thursday, 16th May 2024
    • Times: TBA
    • Links: TBA
In-person training sessions
  • Date: Friday, 10th May 2024
    • Times: TBA
    • Where: Locations across Africa TBA
    • Язык: Based on local context
  • Date: Saturday, 11th May 2024
    • Times: TBA
    • Where: Locations across Africa TBA
    • Язык: Based on local context

Scope

AfroCreatives WikiProject +film

The inaugural effort of the AfroCreatives WikiProject is focused on African film with the aim to:

  • Build capacity within the African film industry to contribute knowledge to Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects.
  • Increase African-generated content about the continent’s film sector on Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects through a network of community organizers.
  • Generate awareness and interest among the general public on Wikipedia as a source of valuable information on the African film industry.
  • Use this first ACWP to learn how best to expand activities into other creative sectors.

ACWP +film’s first campaign launched in July 2022 and included Edit-a-thons in Nigeria, Rwanda, and Senegal.

In 2024 ACWP is expanding its activities through a series of campaigns in partnership with premier African film festivals. The first will take place in May in partnership with Festival panafricain du cinéma et de la télévision Ouagadougou (FESPACO), Africa’s largest film festival.

The collaboration is a first-of-its-kind for (FESPACO), scheduled in an “off-year” of its biennial festival.

Who should join?

Contributors:

ACWP is particularly interested in mobilizing Contributors who bring a high level of knowledge, commitment, and interest in enhancing content and knowledge surrounding the African film sector. These include:

  • Film Industry Creatives and Professionals.
  • African film academics and researchers.
  • African cultural and film enthusiasts, including those already contributing to Wikipedia.

Organizers:

  • Seasoned Wikipedia Organizers in target countries who can help mobilize existing Wiki contributors and run training sessions and edit-a-thons.

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