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.
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
- Download January 2017 V1 version : wikifundi_mul_200gb_2017-01.img
- ReadMe : https://github.com/kelson42/wikifundi
- To report a bug : https://github.com/kelson42/wikifundi/issues
- 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
- WikiFundi mentionned on Wikimedia Foundation blog
- WMF ED Katherine Maher supports WikiFundi
Notes and references
- Thank you Ingo for the clarification