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Hi all[edit]

I am Peter from Namibia. My contributions here on meta relate to a project on indigenous knowledge preservation and to several attempts to include a Wikipedia module into the general curriculum of the Namibia University of Science and Technology. I have also twice been a candidate in Board of Trustees elections.

My home wiki is the English Wikipedia, my main user page is there.


Board of Trustees elections[edit]

  • 2017: Came in fifth of nine candidates with a 75% support percentage
  • 2015: Came in seventh of twenty candidates with a 69% support percentage


These are activities from the past. For current activities and future plans please see my schedule on English Wikipedia.

Indigenous Knowledge and Wikipedia[edit]

This project is part of the Community-Centered Localisation research cluster at the Namibia University of Science and Technology ( and its spinoff, a portal for disseminating knowledge ( The following activities and publications are related:

Wikipedia in education[edit]

  • 30 September 2015: Presented a talk titled "The Digital Education Revolution: Introducing Digital Literacy" (slides) at the 3rd Annual Transformation & Governance Basic Education Summit in Johannesburg. Wikimedia was part of this talk, of course, albeit more due to its copyright regime than to its core mission
  • May 2015: Attended e-Learning Africa 2015 in w:Addis Ababa and presented a talk titled Wikipedia Assignments as an E–learning Component. Due to a nasty trick of mine the slides are CC-BY released on on commons, even though the conference proceedings are copyrighted. I have received a WMF grant to attend this conference.
  • August 2014: A proposed talk for Wikimania 2014 about our outreach activities to rural Namibian schools (1 year of outreach into Omaheke - ups and downs) was rejected.
  • March 2015: Aminuis. This time I presented English Wikipedia 'read–only' in order to not have to introduce 1001 rules. Article creation happened in the incubator in OtjiHerero and on the Setswana mini-Wikipedia. During 2.5 days in the school lab we had 4 hours of Internet access, that's why I didn't get very far introducing Wikipedia.
  • December 2013: Epukiro follow-up training. Lost one day to a power outage, and had only one serious participant. The rest came for the lunch and/or the T-Shirt but wasn't really interested in Wikipedia.
  • August 2013: Otjinene teacher's training workshop, cancelled after two sessions due to lack of participation
  • June 2013: Epukiro teacher's training workshop, see WMF blog report Using rural school computer labs for Wikipedia
  • May 2013: The Polytechnic of Namibia university project was temporarily suspended due to a wave of copyright violations that my students produced.
  • February 2013: Gobabis teacher's training workshop, see WMF blog report Teaching rural teachers in Namibia how to edit Wikipedia
  • October 2012: Gave a short talk on Wikipedia in education at a teacher's workshop in Gobabis
  • August 2012: Attended Wikimania 2012 in w:Washington, D.C. on a WMF scholarship. My proposed talk on Managing large university projects was not accepted into the main schedule, but I gave that talk at the Wikipedia in Education meetup at that conference.
  • April 2012: Failed to deliver an offline Wikipedia to Donkerbos Primary School, Donkerbos---the only school computer had neither a DVD drive nor a USB slot
  • April 2012: Delivered an offline Wikipedia to Claudius Heuva Junior Secondary School, Talismanus
  • 2010, 2011, 2012: Wikipedia module as compulsory part of the course Information Competence, results available on the Polytechnic of Namibia project page and the related archive. The Wikipedia assignment wording apparently was the first of its kind and has been re-used here by Martin Poulter, thankfully with attribution... sometimes the Wikimedians are the better scientists ;)

Other activities and publications[edit]

  • 3 September 2019: Gave a talk "Wikipedia in Namibia, Namibia on Wikipedia" (slides) at the Namibia Scientific Society in Windhoek. Funny how outsiders know predominantly three things about Wikipedia: 1) Some random edit war or fruitless multi-megabyte discussion, 2) w:Julian Assange, and for the German community 3) Die dunkle Seite der Wikipedia. A number of people expressed interest in a beginners' workshop.
  • 9-13 August 2017: At Wikimania 2017 in Montreal, Canada, I had an approved workshop Pirates at work, modelled after the guerrilla session in Ghana in January. I did not conduct this workshop because there already was the Editathon for Bassel Khartabil throughout the conference.
  • 31 March-2 April 2017: Attended WMCON 2017 in Berlin as unaffiliated member.
  • Bi-monthly March-September 2016: Met the Head of Information and Library of Windhoek's Goethe Institute to discuss possibilities of cooperation. Agreed to reconvene about monthly in search of methods of editor recruitment for Wikipedia, and of ways to productively spend German tax money. Another two Wikipedian residents in Namibia, Chtrede and Dumbassman, joined the team. The meeting has not taken place since September, but we can hopefully revive it.
  • March 2016: Travelled to Opuwo to gather data to improve the town's appearance on OpenStreetMap. This was done with the aim of providing audiovisual coverage of the place, which is thought to include an OSM map. However, I got some of the technicalities wrong and gained mainly experience, and not so much usable data.
  • February 2016: Served on the review panel of Wikimania 2016 Critical Issues track and reviewed some 60 or 70 submissions.
  • July 2015: Attended Wikimania 2015 in Mexico City on a WMF scholarship. Both talks were rejected.
  • August 2014: Attended Wikimania 2014 in London on a WMF scholarship and presented a talk on research and the OR policy (slides). The talk received prior attention by Dirk Franke in his pre-Wikimania presentation in Berlin: Coolest talks, and extensive reflection in the Wikimania 2014 edition of the German Wikipedia newsletter Kurier.
  • November 2011: Gave technical assistance at the Polytechnic of Namibia's first and so far only Translat@thon