List of activities included
- Wikiconcours in high school
- Club WikiSevran & QRmedia
- Photograph the Overseas 2018
- WikiClub RFI
- Lingua Libre SignIt
Wikimedia France has also developed actions supporting the contribution of priority audiences for the Wikimedia movement with two key objectives :
- Develop a better understanding of Wikimedia projects by a wide audience, especially young people, in order to promote a different, more participative and contributory web
- Facilitate access and participation in the development of new content
In this context, the long collaboration initiated in 2013 between Wikimedia France and the CLEMI (Center for Media and Information Education), especially for the organization of Wikiconcours in high school is particularly important to develop a critical mind of young people by practising and contributing to Wikimedia projects. The 2018-2019 edition of the Wikiconcours brought together 68 high schools throughout France. Nearly 2,000 high school students who, through participation in Wikimedia projects, discovered their ability to produce encyclopedic content, but also their rights as authors. They also learn how content is distributed and evolves online.
In keeping with this idea of giving access to Wikimedia projects, a new edition of WikiMOOC, exceptionally spread over the entire school year, enabled 467 new people to discover the contribution rules on Wikipedia and to publish their first article. In addition, in collaboration with a Francophone wikimedian, Reda Kerbouche, Wikimedia France supported the production of a WikiMOOC in Tamazight language, a Berber language of Algeria. Wikimedia France also supports the production of the second edition of WikiMOOC in Arabic, which brought together nearly 20,000 participants in 2018. Distance training via MOOCs or web-conferences is an important development axis for our association for the years coming. Wikimedia France is currently studying offers to outsource WikiMOOC management to other free platforms but proposing new opportunities in terms of animation and follow-up of participants much larger than the current one (FUN). We will quickly include in this platform e-learning and e-training modules for professionals and volunteers of the association.
Wikimedia France has also developed activities using Wikipedia as a tool for cultural and digital mediation or inviting populations, until now excluded, to make their voices heard in the galaxy of Wikimedia projects. Doing this, we fit perfectly in the spirit of the strategic direction of the movement: "We will break down the social, political, and technical barriers preventing people from accessing and contributing to free knowledge."
- audiences affected by the digital divide
Since 2016, Wikimedia France is engaged in a partnership with the municipality of Sevran. In 2018 and 2019, this joint action allowed the training of residents to contribute, the organization of editathon around local themes but also to the implementation of urban walks, led by students, on the history and personalities of the city through the installation of QR codes redirecting to Wikipedia articles created or improved by the people of Sevran. The success of this project is spreading to other cities in the northern suburbs of Paris, with a very strong ethnic, social and linguistic mix but also suffering from structural economic problems. “The widespread failure of the QRpedia system, used by our partner has forced Wikimedia France to develop its own QR codes generation instance redirecting to the French Wikipedia Qrmedia.”The same type of activity is organized by our partner, the Didac'resources association, in the Estaque, a neighbourhood in Marseille.
- Priority audiences to reduce participation gaps to the Wikimedia projects
In collaboration with the Sans PagEs association, Wikimedia France supported the organization of activities dedicated to women to reduce the gender gap on Wikimedia projects. On March 8, 2019, for the International Women's Rights Day, for the second year and in partnership with the UNESCO, Wikimedia France organized the Wiki4Women. During this day, nearly 150 people created 50 biographies of women and improved 200 articles on the encyclopedia in a dozen languages.
Overseas populations are also part of our priority public. We have been working for one year to promote and develop the contribution within these French territories spread over all the oceans of the world. In fact, these territories, with nearly 3,000,000 inhabitants, are under-represented on Wikimedia projects whether at the heritage, cultural or linguistic level. We have chosen to join the Ministry of Overseas to launch an initiative of awareness and production of content but we hope soon to train local people to empower them to participate in Wikimedia projects. This partnership enabled 70 people to take their first step on Wikimedia projects.
In order to support participation in Wikimedia projects from all French-speaking countries, Wikimedia France, on behalf of Wikifranca (the cooperation of French-speaking members of the Wikimedia movement), has entered into a partnership with RFI (Radio France International). The purpose of this collaboration is to train Wikimedia RFI volunteer clubs established in all countries where this radio is broadcast. These clubs participate in the radio program by regularly reporting on local news topics. The WikiclubRFI project aims to involve these volunteers in the improvement of Wikimedia projects on local themes by developing a peer-to-peer exchange of experiences between French-speaking countries. If the project is still in its infancy, 5 trainings sessions have already taken place in Benin, Chad and Haïti.
- audiences with a disability
In addition to contributing in French, Wikimedia France also supports participation in Wikimedia projects in all languages of the world. To this end and in order to break down the barrier of the writing to the contribution, the association developed since 2016, the tool Lingua Libre which allows saving words, expressions or texts in all possible languages, except, sign languages. To remedy this situation, and thanks to the skills of a member of the association Antoine Lamielle, a new option called Lingua Libre SignIt was developed. It now enables people who are deaf or hard of hearing to participate in Wikimedia projects. This extension, which can be activated from your browser, also displays videos in sign languages on Wikipedia for easy reading and comprehension. The tool was developed between January and June 2019. These are nearly 4,000,000 people to whom we gave the opportunity to share their knowledge on Wikimedia projects. Intensive collaboration with the associations of the deaf and hard of hearing should enable us, in the coming months, to improve the tool, in particular, to adapt it to the different possible uses. The work done on sign language has resulted in a slight delay in the other initiatives concerning the regional languages of France. But, we will resume the thread with the organization of a convention dedicated to Wikimedia projects in Occitan in January 2020. The objective will be to define with the community a program of development of content in Occitan on Wikimedia projects.
We take action so that everyone can participate in Wikimedia projects. We have opened the contribution to Overseas Territories and to deaf and hard of hearing people. We act in cities, known by the media for their great social difficulties, to train the inhabitants, to promote meetings and intercultural exchanges thanks to the Wikimedia projects. We take action to ensure that this contribution is valued and recognized by public stakeholders. We act to support the contribution throughout the French-speaking world through our participation in Wikifranca. And finally, we act with future citizens to give them keys of understanding and that they can become actors of the web of tomorrow.