As a free, open and vibrant organization of Filipino volunteers and content editors from the Philippines and all over the world, the community aims to engage diverse participation in projects, programs and activities that promote free, responsibly open-content resources and reference materials through cost-effective, creative and innovative projects and partnerships with libraries, museums among others.
Irvin Sto. Tomasserves as theChairman of Diversity Committee(2019-2020). He has been involved with the Wikimedia movement since 2007 wherein he became an administrator of Bikol Wikipedia. He is one of the founders of Philippine Wikimedia Community User Group (PhilWiki Community) and represented the user group at the Wikimedia Summit held in Berlin, Germany in 2017, 2018 and 2019, and the ESEAP Wikimedia Conference held in Bali, Indonesia in 2018. Recently, he led the Wiki Gap Campaign in the Philippines which was launched on March 9, 2019 in Naga City. He currently serves as the President of the organization.
The Philippines joined WikiGap campaign. Participants focused on creating new articles on LGBTQ and Women related topics thru Translation. As a result, two participants made it to the top contributors, internationally.
WikiGap Philippines 2019 poster
WikiGap Philippines 2019 launch
Some of the WikiGap Challenge participants in the Philippines
Participants creating new articles thru Translation
Lingua Libre Philippines is a future project of PhilWiki Community which aims to collect audios of the vocabulary of different Philippine languages. The Philippines is one of the world’s most linguistically diverse countries, with over 190 documented languages. However, under the 1987 Constitution, only Tagalog (officially called ‘Filipino’) and English are recognized as the country’s official languages. As a result, many of these regional languages are experiencing a decline in use and there is often a shortage of written material. Documentation of the vocabulary of different Philippine languages is the main goal of the project.