WikiFundi in brief
The WikiFundi is a software that provides off-line editing environment that mimics the Wikipedia environment. WikiFundi allows for training and contribution when technology, access and electricity outages fail or are not available at all. It enables individuals, groups and communities to learn how to edit Wikipedia, and to work on articles collaboratively. It requires a local server (such as a raspberry PI) which will provide a local network to which editors may contact.
Once completed and connected to the internet, the articles produced can be uploaded to Wikipedia.
- A video presentation by Florence Devouard (video in English)
- WMF ED Katherine Maher supports WikiFundi (Video in English)
- Presentation of WikiFundi during the Open Education Global 2020 Conference. 
- Explainer video : 
Choice of Software name
Wiki - self explanatory...
Fundi (//, not //) - in Bantu languages from South Africa to Tanzania (Swahili) and Congo (Lingala) fundi means a learned person. Depending on environment this could be a teacher, an expert in general, a skilled artisan or master craftsperson, an expert in a particular area. The term has crossed over also into other languages like Zimbabwean and South African English.
Motivation for WikiFundi as the project name:
School children in southern Africa refer to each other as being a “fundi” - as in “can you help me with my homework, you’re such a maths fundi”. Wikipedia is associated with being clever, it imparts knowledge. The use of the term Fundi is a play on words - Wiki Fundi teaches you a skill, and it also gives you access to knowledge. It is a clever programme that teaches you how to teach others by writing articles about things that you are passionate about.
The software will be called WikiFundi - as it makes those who engage with the software into experts at editing Wikipedia, and ultimately experts in their subject by contributing to Wikipedia.
First release (2017)
The first release of the software took place in January 2017. The WikiFundi software is intended to support the WikiAfrica movement and Wikimedia volunteers across Africa thanks to Florence Devouard (Anthere) and Isla Haddow-Flood, from Wiki in Africa association. It has been realized in collaboration with Wikimedia CH and Kiwix. It is set up by Anthere, Emmanuel Engelhard (Kelson), Florent Kaisser, Renaud Gaudin and other members of the community. The development of this software is made possible thanks to the Wikimedia Foundation and the Orange Foundation. The WikiFundi software and its documentation are licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0.
Second release (2018)
A second release occured in Fall 2018. It features bugs fixing, improvement of user experience, and better software-size optimisation. This second version is financially supported by a grant from the Wikimedia Foundation and is hosted by Wiki In Africa Association.
Third release (2021)
A third release should occur in 2021. Initial versions were only accessible in French and English. 2021 release will expand to Spanish. See WikiFundi/2021
Links to download the software
You have two options.
You want the WikiFundi software alone with no additional content. Just the software.
- Download the English version : https://download.kiwix.org/archive/hotspot/wikifundi-min-en_2018-10.img
- Download the French version : https://download.kiwix.org/archive/hotspot/wikifundi-min-fr_2018-10.img
You want both languages (English and French) together and/or you want some of the free content proposed by Kiwix at the same time for a fuller experience.
Such additional content can be Wikipedia offline in English, Vikidia offline in French, Wiktionary in Arabic, WikiMed, the WikiMooc proposed by Wikimedia France etc.)... if this is the case, please contact Florence for a specific package. You can find all available packages in all languages on the Kiwix Wiki, as well as a sortable Google sheet here. We can pretty easily prepare a specific package for you using https://cardshop.hotspot.kiwix.org, so feel free to ask and we will hel (in most cases, the size of the content will be the limit).
Tech ReadMe and bug report
- Url to connect: wikifundi.hotspot or https://wikifundi.hotspot or http://wikifundi.hotspot
- For Macintosh users, we recommand the use of Apple-Pi Baker to flash the card (we tried Etcher and it did not work whilst Apple PI Baker did)
UserGuide and support
- Dedicated YouTube playlist on WikiAfrica Channel
- Setting up WikiFundi with a raspberry PI 3 (video in English)
- Presentation of WikiFundi during the Open Education Global 2020 Conference. Presentation and full record of the session
UserGuides V2 (2018)
UserGuides V1 (2017)
- November 2020: presentation of WikiFundi during the Open Education Global 2020 Conference. Presentation and full record of the session; Report on Edu Newsletter.
- August 2019: presentation during poster session at Wikimania 
- May 2019: presentation of WikiFundi and the WikiChallenge Ecoles d'Afrique during the Creative Commons Summit
- January 2019: release of an explainer video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pzcyi9vi82Q&t=23s
- December 2018 : a media article to get a full picture
- Novembre 2018: V2 release is officially out
- October 2018: Presentation of WikiFundi during Wikiconvention francophone
- July 2018: beta version of WikiFundi featured during Wikimania Cap Town in various panels and throughout the poster session File:WikiFundi Generic Poster-A2.jpg
- May 2018: Exploring offline access to Wikipedia: WikiFundi, an editing tool for remote schools with Florence on Wikimedia Foundation blog
- December 2017: a new grant is approved by Wikimedia Foundation to work on version V2.0
- October 2017 : Interview of Florence on Openssource.com in September 2017
- Summer 2017 : the WikiChallenge Ecoles d'Afrique, writing contest using WikiFundi, is launched in 4 French speaking African countries
- March-July 2017 : distribution of the Wikipack (bundle made of raspberry PI server + WikiFundi software + ressources)
- March 2017 : WikiFundi mentionned on Wikimedia Foundation blog
- January 2017: WikiFundi V1 version is released
- September 2016 : a first pilote version for the Foundation Orange platform is released
- June 2016 : Funding to launch WikiFundi project is approved by Orange Foundation.
Tech road map
Links for the 2021 version
Github for the 2018 version : https://github.com/kiwix/wikifundi/wiki/WikiFundi-2.0
- Nov 2018: release of V2
- 14 mai 2018 : First fonctionnal Docker Image to install and configure MediaFundi with an unique container
- 21 mai : Script using Pywikibot to synchronize articles and templates (without medias) from a config file (for FR/EN)
- 28 mai : Script using Pywikibot to synchronize medias related to synchronized articles. Check if all data appears in the synchronized articles.
- 4 juin : Publication of the Docker image on Docker hub. Using a continuous integration solution
- 11 juin : Fixe display issues for main browsers on multiple OS : Ubuntu, MacOS, Windows 7+, Android.
- 18 juin : Publication of a online version. Script to export MediaFundi as a tarball.
- 25 juin : Kiwix integration.
- 1 juillet 2018 : Collects of issues after online publication
- w:en:Wikipedia:WikiProject WikiFundi (the working portal page on the English Wikipedia)
- w:fr:Projet:WikiFundi (the working portal page on the French Wikipedia)
- WikiFundi Resources (list of resources)
About first release
- The Wikipack Africa project is the distribution project of WikiFundi in Africa in 2014/2017
- WikiFundi/Pilot feedback
- WMCH Annual Report Partnership Outreach
- some feedback
People working on async issues
- Wikimedians for offline wikis
- Grants:Project/Rapid/MarkAHershberger/MABS: Multilateral, Asynchronous, Bidirectional Synchronisation (of wikis)
- Community Wishlist Survey 2019/Mobile and apps/Low-bandwidth editing app
Notes and references
- Thank you Ingo for the clarification