Whose Knowledge?/Newsletter/July 2017

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July 2017 • Volume 1 • Issue 3
Whose Knowledge News
Activities and Events

Okvir pilot in Bosnia and Herzegovina[edit]

A new pilot project is underway with Okvir to work on making more LGBTQI knowledge from Bosnia and Herzegovina and its neighbors visible online! Thanks to our friends at Urgent Action Fund and their global network of women's human rights defenders, Okvir and One World Platform are our first partners in Southeast Europe.

Okvir is already collecting digital histories for a queer (kvir!) archive in Bosnia-Herzegovina, beginning with stories from activists and others who survived the 1990's war. In April 2017, Whose Knowledge? met up with both organizations in Sarajevo to discuss Wikipedia and open licensing. Over the next 6 months, we'll be supporting this community to map queer and feminist knowledge, explore storage and licensing to launch Bosnia's first queer archive, and create Wikipedia content on notable topics in multiple languages.

We're excited to learn about queer and feminist history in and from Bosnia - stay tuned for knowledge maps, digital stories, and a Wikipedia worklist coming soon!

Wikimania 2017[edit]

Scholars and community organizers from the Dalit, Kumeyaay and LBGTQI Bosnian communities that we've partnered with will be talking about their experiences and work at Wikimania 2017 in Montreal! (Unfortunately the Bosnian group will have to join virtually, due to visa issues - this is another form of structural bias that many face daily in our work).

Join us for Centering Knowledge from the Margins, a panel discussion on Friday 11 August 2017 in Drummond West, to learn with some truly amazing folks.


Emancipatory Design Research[edit]

Sucheta Ghoshal joined Whose Knowledge? as an Emancipatory Design Researcher for the summer. We're happy to have Sucheta working with us to explore socio-technical solutions for online knowledge maps that support marginalized communities' needs, desires, and knowledge paradigms. Sucheta is a former MediaWiki developer and now a PhD student at Georgia Tech in the area of Human-Centered Computing. She studies how science and technology can be mobilized for the causes of social justice, and we expect to share the processes and solutions she's mobilizing with Whose Knowledge? partners with you later in August.

Wikimedia Movement

Letter from Buenos Aires[edit]

We recommend reading Carta de Buenos Aires from our friends and partners at Iberoconf. It is really a manifesto for a multi-cultural movement!