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 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.
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.
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.
Elements of communication
- A video presentation by Florence Devouard (video in English)
- Setting up WikiFundi with a raspberry PI 3 (video in English)
- WMF ED Katherine Maher supports WikiFundi (Video in English)
- See c:Category:WikiFundi for many media elements
News and activities
- 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
- 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.
Links to download the software
V2 version (November 2018)
In 2018, we released several packages to faciliate maximum use of the tools. The resources that may be found in the packages are the following.
- WikiFundi FR : offline editable environment that provide a similar experience to editing Wikipedia, with a French interface
- WikiFundi EN : offline editable environment that provide a similar experience to editing Wikipedia, with an English interface
- Ressources : those are various ressources, pdf, images, audio and video, that can be useful. This is a mix of English and French medias.
- Vikidia: the content of the encyclopedia for 8-15 years old
- Wikipedia: the content of the famous online encyclopedia
- Wikiquote: the content of the quotation-based website
- Wikisource: the content of the free library
- Wiktionnaire: the content of the free dictionnary
- WikiMed: the content of the medical encyclopedia
- WikiMooc: videos of the Wikimedia France mooc
Most of those resources include text and images, but no videos.
The packages available for download are:
- Package “WikiFundi Min Fr”: this package includes: WikiFundi en français, WikiFundi in English and the mix resources. Requires a 32 GB SD card
- Package “WikiFundi Max Fr”: this package includes: WikiFundi en français, resources, Vikidia, Wikimooc, Wikipedia, WikiMed, Wikiquote, Wikisource and Wiktionnaire (français). Requires a 128 GB SD card
- Package “WikiFundi Min En”: this package includes: WikiFundi in English and resources. Requires a 24 GB SD card
- Package “WikiFundi Max En”: this package includes: WikiFundi in English, resources, Wikipedia, WikiMed, Wikiquote, Wikisource and Wiktionnary (English). Requires a 128 GB SD card
- Package ”WikiFundi Fr Ecoles” : this package includes: WikiFundi en français, Vikidia and resources. Requires a 24 GB SD card
Tech ReadMe and bug report
V1 version (January 2017)
- 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)
Tech ReadMe and bug report
Tech road map
Github for the new 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
- Grants:Project/Rapid/MarkAHershberger/MABS: Multilateral, Asynchronous, Bidirectional Synchronisation (of wikis)
- Community Wishlist Survey 2019/Mobile and apps/Low-bandwidth editing app
- Wikimedians for offline wikis
Notes and references
- Thank you Ingo for the clarification