Media in Africa conference paper
This page is meant to brainstorm and develop ideas for a Wikimedia-related paper to be presented at "The Media and Social Change in Africa" conference in London in March 2006. (See  for info and also notice on w:Wikipedia:Africa-related_regional_notice_board.)
From CfP: "The deadline for abstracts is 15th February 2006. Those whose papers are accepted will be notified by 28th February 2006. Completed papers (not more than 6000 words) must be e-mailed to us not later than 15th March 2006. Send 200-word abstracts to Winston Mano at: manow at wmin.ac.uk"
- Access to information
- How to desseminate knowledge, both online as well as offline
- Take-up/participation by schools - (Andy Rabagliati?)
- Creating communities in African languages
- For example the Wikipedia's in Fulfulde, Swahili, Bambara ...
- the role of blogs and bloggers networks - there is some level in Kiswahili among Tanzanian bloggers ...
- which African languages have a chance to become net-relevant? Considering the fact that African upper and middle classes are heavily oriented towards the ex-colonial "international" languages carrying a promise of being "modern" and better life thru brain drain and these are the same with computer access / ownership
- What is Wikimedia doing to encourage the production and dissemination of knowledge in Africa?
- What Wikimedia communities exist in Africa, and how are they developing? (See African languages)
- How can locally-based communities collaborate with each other? (eg. Swahili-speaking children in, say, UK collaborating with children in Kenya ...)
- please edit and add!
Wikimedia in Africa
- Wikimedia projects in African languages
- Current state
- Future possibilities
- Dissemination of knowledge of Wikimedia projects
- Wikimedia projects in "colonial" languages
- Afrikaans Wikipedia
- Swahili Wikipedia
- Bambara, Fulfulde Wikipedia
- non-existent really
International cooperation of local communities
Interested in collaboration on a paper
Interested in attending conference
- Floss conference workshop 1 (Angela, Erik, Andy ...)
- Floss conference workshop 2 (Anthere)
- African languages
- Wikipedia and Africa
- Kasper Souren (Guaka)'s presentation at Wikimania 2005: "Thoughts on the Bambara Wikipedia"
- Florence Devouard (Anthere)'s presentation at Wikimania 2005: "How to get Wikimedia into the Developing World" (slides and video)
- Achal Prabhala's presentation at Wikimania 2005: "Learning materials in South Africa"
- Milton Aineruhanga's presentation at Wikimaia 2005: "Women of Uganda Network" (video)
- World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) (2003) "Shaping information societies for human needs": civil society declaration to the World Summit on the Information Society, WSIS Civil Society Plenary, Geneva, 8th December 2003