Whose Knowledge?/Newsletter/April 2017

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April 2017 • Volume 1 • Issue 2
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Dalit History Month Events[edit]

Equality Labs is organizing Dalit History Month edit-a-thons in India and the United States this April and May, with support from Whose Knowledge?.

Over 20 articles were improved or created at our first event in Berkeley, USA - including this inspiring biography of Grace Banu. Leading up to Dalit History Month, Dalit organizers mapped over 200 entries on people and events that are important for Dalit history, most of which are either missing from Wikipedia, or have an article in need of improvement (only 20 were deemed ok as-is).

Sources from Dalit scholars have been compiled, a Wikipedia worklist is growing, and we're working on getting the full set of knowledge maps into a database for long-term storage and reuse! Watch the Dalit History Month page for more updates.

Wikimania 2017 submissions[edit]

We've submitted two session ideas for Wikimania Montreal, and would love your input:

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Resource lists[edit]

As we think through various Wikimedia actions with our partners, we're curating and compiling some resources lists to support our partners' informed decision-making. The first three resource lists are driven by common questions/needs of the partners we're working with. Your feedback is welcome to improve these for everyone!

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Wikimedia Strategy: Knowledge is Global[edit]

At the April 2017 Berlin Wikimedia Conference, Whose Knowledge? worked helped craft the following thematic statement for Wikimedia's next 15-year strategic direction:

"Knowledge is global: we must move beyond western written knowledge, towards multiple and diverse forms of knowledge (including oral and visual), from multiple and diverse peoples and perspectives, to truly achieve the sum of all human knowledge."

It was ranked by conference participants as the most important thematic statement. We're excited to see so many emerging thematic statements focused on expanding forms and representations of knowledge, as well as increasing diversity and inclusion - let's keep that trend going :)

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