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Bukola James
Best way to connect: Via email
Wikimedia Nigeria User group(volunteer member), Wikimedia KWASU Fan club (President), GLAM-Wiki (member),
Participating as: For my whole organisation or group
Nigeria • Middle East and Africa (MEA) region
Preferred times: Thursday, Friday (12 - 16 UTC, 17 - 20 UTC)
Can dedicate: Between one (1) hour and three (3) hours per week
Languages: English
Main Wikimedia projects: Wikipedia → encyclopedia, Wikimedia Commons → media repository, Wikidata → knowledge database, Wikivoyage → travel guide, MetaWiki: central site for coordinating all projects and the Wikimedia community
Areas of interests: Education, Advocacy, Culture
Other peer learning/training initiatives participating in: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Education/EduWiki_Outreach_Collaborators (EWOC Skill Building Workshop)
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Skills this profile would like to share
Preferred way of sharing: Participate in an e-learning clinic sharing my case (2h plus workshops with 15-20 people), Organise face-to-face workshops

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More to learn[edit]

Further details about what I would like to learn.

1.Wiki-project related or technical skills Many Wikimedians in Nigeria are still unfamiliar with Wikisource, and I am eager to learn and understand the concepts involved in editing, representing different knowledge contents and formats, working with underrepresented knowledge, and innovating the use of Wikisource and other tools designed to automate processes (e.g. AutoWikibrowser, Pywikibot).

2. skills related to learning, evaluation, and communication Although a lot of Wikimedians in my local community here in Nigeria are familiar with measuring tools using quantitative metrics such as program and event dashboards, there are still a lot of tools that are yet to be used due to a lack of technical know-how, particularly for participants, editors, editor retention, and content contributions (Programs & Events Dashboard, Wikimetrics, Hashtag tool, Onwiki Tracking, Wiki Loves tools, Fountain, Event Metrics) which I will love to explore.

3.Organisation skill Effective financial planning and management are key to the implementation and execution of any project. I look forward to having a detailed understanding of how to create a standard budget design, carry out financial management practices, and financial reporting)

Stories about sharing[edit]

Interesting stories about applying the skills I want to share.

1. Organisation Skills Following AfLIA's first training to train African librarians to become Wikipedians in African Libraries in 2021[1], I was able to use the lessons learned as part of the first cohort to draft a good proposal that follows a logical sequence and captures my vision to create more awareness for GLAM institutions in Kwara State, identifying relevant strategies, activities, and budget, with a detailed evaluation to prepare my report at the end of the awareness campaign.

2. learning, evaluation, and communication skills Over time, I have become very familiar with documenting knowledge in ways that are easy to communicate with others (through writing reports based on learning and evaluation, communicating data to stakeholders, developing presentations, infographics, etc.). Worth mentioning are some of the video guides I made as a certified trainer of reading Wikipedia in the classroom program on my YouTube channel [2] and becoming a communication expert for the Eduwiki Collaborators through the sharing of educational newsletters on their Facebook page [3].

3.skills related to interpersonal skills, community health and governance. As the first certified Reading Wikipedia trainer in the classroom program from Nigeria, I have provided mentorship support to three trainees who are currently part of the third cohort from Nigeria. Answering their questions, evaluating their assignments, and making relevant recommendations on topics they find difficult to understand during the training.

My Resources[edit]