Grants:IdeaLab/Botswana Wikipedia 3-phase study & HIV and AIDS article evaluation workshop

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Botswana Wikipedia 3-phase study and HIV/AIDS article evaluation workshop.
In 2013, the cellular provider Orange extended mobile access to Wikipedia to all their customers in the Middle East and Africa by waiving data charges for users. In response to this exciting new avenue for free online information, the Botswana-UPenn Partnership (BUP) Health Informatics Program and the University of Botswana (UB) have partnered in a 3 phase study investigating Wikipedia as an mHealth tool.The purpose is to evaluate the quality and content of Wikipedia articles related to HIV/AIDS topics and update those pages so that medical students, healthcare professionals, and the general public will have access to online information that is not only accurate, but also relevant to low-resource settings such as Botswana. The Wikipedia article evaluations and revisions will be conducted by volunteer medical students, residents, and healthcare professionals.n addition, UB and BUP researchers have been working with UB librarians to found "Wikipedia Wednesdays," a bi-monthly occurring extracurricular organization in which volunteer Batswana librarians, faculty, and students edit and upload articles to Wikipedia. The launch date of Wikipedia Wednesdays is Wednesday, March 11 and will begin with librarian training on how to edit and upload articles to Wikipedia. Subsequent sessions will focus on training volunteers, uploading the revisions from the Wikipedia Article Evaluation Workshop, creating a Wikipedia page and links for medical terminology Setswana translations, and translating Wikipedia pages to Setswana. The goal is to create awareness about Wikipedia and foster a culture of Wikipedia article editing to enhance online information specific to Botswana and Africa. With increased awareness we also hope to eventually incorporate Wikipedia article editing into the curriculum.
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created on08:57, 3 February 2017 (UTC)


Project idea[edit]

What is the problem you're trying to solve?[edit]

I am trying to assess Wikipedia's utility on Botswana healthcare facilities,evaluate, update, and translate HIV/AIDS Wikipedia articles using Batswana medical students, residents, HIV experts, faculty, and librarians. If we can successfully create awareness and enthusiasm surrounding Wikipedia article evaluation, we can continue Wikipedia article editing, thereby enhancing the Botswana and Africa-specific Wikipedia coverage as well as increasing the article translations.

What is your solution?[edit]

  • There will be an Increase Setswana translated articles on Wikipedia
  • Edit the selected HIV/AIDS Wikipedia articles to achieve a tremendous quality.
  • Awareness will be created and capacity building with respect to Wikipedia within Botswana.
  • Use our article evaluations and updates for future Wikipedia training of Batswana healthcare workers and assessment of Wikipedia's potential use as an mHealth tool.


Who will you be doing outreach with?[edit]

Botswana Upenn Partnership, University of Botswana Library and Orange Botswana.

Goals[edit]

The goal of this project is to evaluate, update, and translate HIV/AIDS Wikipedia articles using Batswana medical students, residents, HIV experts, faculty, and librarians. If we can successfully create awareness and enthusiasm surrounding Wikipedia article evaluation, we can continue Wikipedia article editing, thereby enhancing the Botswana and Africa-specific Wikipedia coverage as well as increasing the article translations. In addition, we hope to use our article evaluations and updates for future Wikipedia training of Batswana healthcare workers and assessment of Wikipedia's potential use as an mHealth tool.


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About the idea creator[edit]

My name is Mompati Dikunwane and I am the Co-Founder to Wikimedia Community User Group Botswana

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Endorsements[edit]

  • To increase article translations in Botswana. Mompati Dikunwane (talk) 07:42, 4 February 2017 (UTC)
  • This idea is useful to give more people valid, comprehensible and free to acess information abot HIV/AIDS in a language they understand and thereby helps to reduce the number new infections. X:: black ::X (talk) 16:03, 10 February 2017 (UTC)
  • A worthy project to increase the audience and coverage of HIV/AIDS related information in an inclusive manner. Mountaincirque (talk) 13:34, 17 February 2017 (UTC)
  • Good idea Mompati. Also... get in touch with James Heilman and check out http://www.kiwix.org/home/wikimed/ Could be interested for you and paths to explore Anthere (talk)
  • Translation efforts by medical students have been successful in other areas. We on EN WP have worked to improve a number of HIV/AIDS related topics. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 12:46, 22 March 2017 (UTC)

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