The WikiFundi Software
Project under development. WikiFundi was first released early 2017
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. Once completed and connected to the internet, these articles can be uploaded to Wikipedia.
The software was designed to support the WikiAfrica movement and Wikimedia volunteers across Africa by Florence Devouard and Isla Haddow-Flood, in collaboration with Wikimedia CH. It is implemented by Emmanuel Engelhart (Kelson), Anthere and other community members. The development of the software is supported by the Orange Foundation. The WikiFundi Software and its documentation is licenced under CC-BY-SA 4.0.
A second release is planned for mid 2018. It will feature bugs fixing, improvement of user experience, interactive tutorials, and better software-size optimisation. This second version is financially supported by a grant from the Wikimedia Foundation and will be hosted by Wiki In Africa Association.
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.
Links to download the software
- January 2017 V1 version : wikifundi_mul_200gb_2017-01.img
- Mirrors list : http://download.kiwix.org/plug/wikifundi_mul_200gb_2017-01.img.mirrorlist
- Note: a 200 GB card is needed to install WikiFundi.
- 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)
- To report a bug : https://github.com/kelson42/wikifundi/issues
- to download (EN) : c:File:WikiFundi UserGuide V1.pdf
- à télécharger (FR) : c:File:Manuel d’utilisation de la platforme WikiFundi V1.1.pdf
News and activities
- 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
- June 2016 : Funding to launch WikiFundi project is approved by Orange Foundation.
- The Wikipack Africa project is the distribution project of WikiFundi in Africa in 2014/2017
- w:en:Wikipedia:WikiProject Wikipack Africa (the working portal page on the English Wikipedia)
- w:fr:Projet:Wikipack Africa (the working portal page on the French Wikipedia)
- WikiFundi Resources (list of resources)
- WikiFundi/Pilot feedback
- WMF ED Katherine Maher supports WikiFundi
- a video presentation
Notes and references
- Thank you Ingo for the clarification