Strategy/Wikimedia movement/2017/Sources/Cycle 2/Wikimedia Community User Côte d'Ivoire Strategy meet-up Abidjan June 10, 2017

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Information[edit]

What group or community is this source coming from?

name of group Wikimedia Community User Group Côte d'Ivoire
virtual location (page-link) or physical location (city/state/country) Headquarters of the Francophonie in Abidjan, one of our GLAM partners
Location type (e.g. local wiki, Facebook, in-person discussion, telephone conference) in-person discussion
# of participants in this discussion (a rough count) 27

Summary[edit]

The summary is a group of summary sentences and associated keywords that describe the relevant topic(s). Below is an example.

Fill in the table, using these 2 keys.

Theme key
  1. Healthy, inclusive communities
  2. The augmented age
  3. A truly global movement
  4. The most trusted source of knowledge
  5. Engaging in the knowledge ecosystem
Questions key
  1. What impact would we have on the world if we follow this theme?
  2. How important is this theme relative to the other 4 themes? Why?
  3. Focus requires tradeoffs. If we increase our effort in this area in the next 15 years, is there anything we’re doing today that we would need to stop doing?
  4. What else is important to add to this theme to make it stronger?
  5. Who else will be working in this area and how might we partner with them?

Group 1[edit]

Group 1 focusing on Health and inclusion.
A note-taker sharing discussion summary with all participants

Devoted to theme A: Abdala Azilbert, Yao Yasmine, Israël Yoroba Guébo and Dominique Eliane Yao as a note-taker and Yao Colette as facilitator of the group.

Line Theme (refer to key) Question (refer to key) Summary Statement Keywords
1 A 2 It's the community aspect that strengthen the Wikimedia Movement, the set of contributors who build something together. The greater the community is, the greater will be the weight and credibility of the movement. Credibility lies in exchanges and debates. exchanges
2 A 2 The topic is important because it is necessary that the community has a large number of people. size matters
3 A 2 Wikimedia is first and foremost a strong community.

The importance of this theme lies in one of the basic principles of wikipedia which is the inclusion of communities.

inclusion
4 A 2 Working in a tense atmosphere is not easy. An inclusion of communities, and therefore of individuals, will make community collaboration easier. inclusion
5 A 3 Do not use only English as the main language of the movement. It poses certain difficulties, for example during international meetings. It is therefore necessary to try to diversify the working languages. multilingualism
6 A 3 It should have at least two working languages, at least for international events, if it's not possible to use all languages present on Wiki. Or choose 5 major languages: English, French, Spanish, German and Chinese (for example). multilingualism
7 A 3 Avoid being discourteous. Each contributor should talk correctly and be polite during discussions. courtesy
8 A 3 Expand participation in events to the maximum number of contributors and diversify languages during international meetings. under-represented language
9 A 4 The Wiki movement must be less nerdy, and be more attractive. It should not be reserved to seniors with often difficult words to understand. new users
10 A 4 Update the selection criteria for international meetings. Prioritize commitment and competitiveness, rather than seniority.

In order to improve the quality of exchanges, a watchdog committee should be set up to sensitize and call disrespectful people to order. All communities must be represented in this monitoring committee.

international events
11 A 4 Build a more open and culturally representative community. diversity
12 A 4 Introduction of a mentoring system among community members. mentorship
13 A 4 Teach the wiki codes to pupils and students from an early age and anticipate the 2030 projects. coding
14 A 5 Wiki communities building should begin in schools. schools
15 A 5 Teach individuals to live in community, especially learn how to discuss without frustrate others. non violent communication
16 A 4 Learn the functioning mode of other communities to fit it within the wiki community. Community

Group 2[edit]

Facilitator of Group 2 engaging discussion
Personal notes of a participant from Group 2

Devoted to theme B: Kopoin Charlemagne, Yablé Didier, Arnaud Koné and Marie-Alice Amichia as a note-taker and Samuel Guebo as facilitator of the group.

Line Theme (refer to key) Question (refer to key) Summary Statement Keywords
17 B 2 Technology is in a constant evolution. It is important for Wikimedia to take this into account and to start adapting its content to other media such as videos, audios that could be used by blind people. evolution
18 B 2 Wikimedia should fit the technology to enable new users, particularly those of Generation Y, to better use it. new users
19 B 2 Wikipedia should invest in technology to improve the living conditions of men in terms of health and education. better world
20 B 3 Wikimedia must become a model of investment in the field of technological research. model
21 B 3 Do not give full power to the machines. This could cause defections in the editing process. It is therefore important to find the right balance between man and machine. automation
22 B 3 Make readjustments, not trade-offs, but improve what already works. trade-offs
23 B 4 Develop tools for reading and to be guided in learning on the platform. user experience
24 B 4 There should be a voice control feature on the Wikimedia platforms for people with disabilities such as blindness and eventually for anyone interested. voice control
25 B 4 Put an emphasis on audio content to diversify access to content. audio content
26 B 5 Get in touch with bloggers for a better visibility of the movement and allow them to actively contribute to the Wiki platforms, as does UNICEF with the U-Report project. partnerships
27 B 5 Set up a research team, collaborate with specialists, universities and the academic sector in order to transform the difficulties and needs of Wikimedia into research subjects. academia

Group 3[edit]

Group 3 discussing how to make the movement truly global.
One of the individual notes

Devoted to theme C: Charlène Danon, Jacques Kouao, Coulibaly Émile and Didier Yao as a note-taker and Donatien Kangah as facilitator of the group.

Line Theme (refer to key) Question (refer to key) Summary Statement Keywords
28 C 2 The theme is important because it suggests a dynamic, progressive and non-static movement. evolution
29 C 2 Developing countries are not sufficiently represented within the movement; the theme presupposes that they will be better represented. under-representation
30 C 2 The topic is important because it fits into the vision of Wikimedia. vision
31 C 2 The theme fits perfectly with the universal principle of data diffusion. sharing
34 C 3 Breaking border and language barriers, especially at international meetings. internationalization
35 C 3 Aim for young age readership readership
36 C 3 Be fully open openness
37 C 3 Go beyond the elitist contributor, target the not yet served populations. under-represented
38 C 4 Initiate training sessions in high schools, colleges and universities. academia
39 C 4 Make wikimedia platforms, especially wikipedia, available online and offline. accessibility
40 C 4 Encourage ambassadors in countries where there are no affiliates. under-represented
41 C 4 Involve national/local authorities. local authorities
42 C 4 Encourage experience sharing among communities in terms of editing practice and organizational standard organisation
43 C 5 Involve national authorities, education/training sector (high schools, colleges and universities), publishing sector (journalists, publishers, and writers), telecommunications sector (mobile telephony, Internet) and CSOs (Civil Society Organizations). partners

Group 4[edit]

Group 4 on the move
Individual notes of a participant

Devoted to theme D: Géraldine Yanon, Stéphane Kra, Michael Tao and Emmanuelle Koffi as a note-taker and Emmanuel Dabo as facilitator of the group.

Line Theme (refer to key) Question (refer to key) Summary Statement Keywords
44 D 2 An important theme to defend the movement against its detractors, those who express reserves, those who are reticent and those who don't trust on Wiki platforms as reliable sources. skeptics
45 D 2 An important theme for valuing the efforts of contributors. contributors
46 D 3 Introduce a validating process for contributions prior to publication or reducing post-publication verification time (less than 24 hours). review process
47 D 3 Submit any new publication to a preliminary committee via a background platform in order to make verification and amendments before validation; Ask for experts to be part of this validation committee.

This process, in addition to bringing credibility, will allow more user-friendliness and collaborative work on wiki contributions.

review process
48 D 3 Enforce quality models and criteria (form and content) for any contribution. quality
49 D 3 Establish a gradual and continuous evaluation (1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 stars) of the articles by the validation committee which will be visible to all users. evaluation
50 D 3 Introduce checking before publication of articles.

Show names of contributors who give credibility, such as experts in the topics.

review process
51 D 3 Educate contributors to source and use especially good sources. quality
52 D 4 Anyone specialized and reknown in his field: archivist, librarian, teacher-researcher, scientist... partners

Group 5[edit]

Group 5 considering ways to make Wikimedia work efficiently within the knowledge ecosystem
Individual notes of a participant from Group 5

Devoted to theme E: Mariam Sanogo, Atta Adou Jean-Constant, Gbola Serge Arnaud, Evrard Aka and Chica Ehoueu as a note-taker and Aman Ado as facilitator of the group.

Line Theme (refer to key) Question (refer to key) Summary Statement Keywords
53 E 2 Get involved in the ecosystem of knowledge because it is the best legacy we can leave to our descendants. legacy
54 E 2 This theme is also important for the recognition of Wikimedia platforms as a tool contributing to access to knowledge, by actors in the education system (teachers, researchers, laboratories). academia
55 E 2 The transmission of knowledge uses several tools and means including encyclopedias. And wikipedia is an excellent platform for disseminating knowledge. sharing knowledge
56 E 2 Knowledge is lost if it is not saved. So, wikipedia (wikimedia) should not stop sharing knowledge. It should not be selective in the choice of topics. It must be able to diversify the subjects and deepen actions in several areas. diversity
57 E 3 Wikipedia (wikimedia) should not be limited to contributors. beyond contributors
58 E 3 Wikimedia platforms must no longer lack information about certain topics. bias
59 E 3 Involve and educate scientists, knowledge field's actors to make wikipedia and other wikimedia platforms credible in the eyes of users. For example, approach the teacher-researchers, to integrate wikipedia into scientific research works. partners
60 E 4 Establish "wikimedia" centers in universities, in information and documentation centers, in audiovisual information organizations, etc. university
61 E 4 Intensify training of contributors. training
62 E 4 Organize practical workshops to arouse contributions and organize contests around wikimedia activities. activities
63 E 4 Involve large structures such as teachers' unions and universities. academia
64 E 4 Invest in scientific writing standards. standards
65 E 4 Have a motivation and encouragement policy for contributors, both nationally and internationally. motivation
66 E 4 Implement an efficient communication strategy to promote wikipedia and wikimedia. outreach
67 E 4 Train, raise awareness and increase actions about the use of the content of wikimedia platforms (articles and their various sources). outreach
68 E 4 Scientific community (researchers, teachers-researchers, students, universities, etc.); Higher Education Councils; Libraries and documentation and information centers; Information relay structures and organizations (press and audiovisual). academaia
69 E 5 Build win-win partnerships. partnership

Detailed notes[edit]

Wikimedia 2030 presentation (FR)

Report[edit]

Prepared during the last two weeks, the Cycle 2 meet-up with experts and GLAM partners was held on this 11th June 2017 at the Francophonie headquarters, one of our GLAM partners. The main purpose of this discussion was to have new insights regarding the future of Wikimedia future from the perspectives of various experts whose voices are not always associated with the strategy process.

Introduction to the Wikimedia movement and its strategy discussion[edit]

The meetup started at 9:30am with a joint presentation made by Donatien Kangah, chair of WCUG-CI, and Samuel Guebo, vice-chair and Strategy coordinator for the French-Speaking communities. They focused their presentation (PDF) recalling what Wikipedia and its sister projects are about. Afterwards they insisted on the Wikimedia 2030 strategy discussion.

Some participants

A cycle 2, following a cycle 1[edit]

Participants familiarized themselves with the cycle 1 discussion in which WCUG-CI took part. They learned more about the 5 main themes generated from the cycle 1 discussion and were given the chance to ask questions.

Discussing the 5 themes[edit]

Once they knew more about the themes, participants were asked to decide which theme they were willing to discuss by standing right next to their facilitator. A break was taken, and discussion started again among the five focus groups for 60 minutes.

When the 1 hour delay given for discussions expired, note-takers from each focus group shared the highlights of their local discussion.

Participants[edit]

  1. Mariam Sanogo - Master in Communication and Media.
  2. Atta Adou Jean-Constant - Librarian, member of the Libraries' and archives' professionals association of Côte d'Ivoire (APSID-CI) and Libraries Without Borders (BSF).
  3. Aman Ado - Media Engineer, Digital and Audiovisual Communication Consultant (Facilitator).
  4. Chica Ehoueu - Web editor (Africa Daily News).
  5. Gbola Serge Alain - Teacher, Museologist.
  6. Evrard Aka - Jurist, Professional journalist.
  7. Amichia Marie Alice - Community manager.
  8. Arnaud Koné - Blogger.
  9. Yablé Didier - PhD student at the Computer and Telecommunications Research Laboratory.
  10. Samuel Guebo - Designer (Facilitator)
  11. Kopoin Charlemagne - PhD student at the Computer and Telecommunications Research Laboratory.
  12. Abdallah Azibert - Francophonie international volunteer.
  13. Yao Yasmine - Student in Communication.
  14. Israel Yoroba Guébo - Journalist, New Media Consultant and Trainer.
  15. Colette Guebo - Entrepreneur, administrative and accounting assistant (Facilitator).
  16. Dominique Eliane Yao - Public Relations and Press Officer.
  17. Géraldine Yanon - Doctor of Information and Communication Sciences, Lecturer at Ucao (Catholic University of West Africa).
  18. Stéphane Kra - Editorial Assistant
  19. Michael Tao - Logistician and Photographer
  20. Emmanuelle Koffi - Insurer.
  21. Emmanuel Dabo - Communicator, Researcher (Facilitator).
  22. Charlène Danon, Journalist and writer.
  23. Jacques Kouao - Blogger et Photographer.
  24. Coulibaly Émile - Archivist.
  25. Donatien Kangah - Teacher, New Media Consultant and Social Entrepreneur (Facilitator).
  26. Didier Yao - Web Developer and Digital Manager.
  27. Adama Koné - Chairperson of the Libraries' and archives' professionals association of Côte d'Ivoire (APSID-CI).