WikiIndaba conference 2014/Day 3/Team 1 WikiIndaba Strategy
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1. What can be done to increase understanding of and use of Wikipedia in Africa?
- Take a feather from Cameroon videos to make local content to drive awareness
Find out what articles people want to read - perhaps a campaign; also perhaps a pop up asking what people did not find when they were on wikipedia
- target librarians and teachers
- give additional resources
- provide training to teachers through teacher colleges and or Dept of education interventions
- Create a MOOC for teachers
- Create competition for users to navigate wikipedia for prizes
- Target academics to:
- include wikipedia programmes in their student’s course work, citations and research
- create wikibooks
- Mass Media Campaign
- Create WikiAfrica E-Book
2. What can be done to attract users? What subjects are effective?
- Add sports related content
- Use local entertainers
- Find what people want to read on Wikipedia
- Conduct Wiki challenges between cities ie CT and JHB or countries.
3. How should we organise ourselves to work together going forward?
- Create a name for the network:
- Njangi - pidgin English
- Ipade - yoruba - people coming together
- Lama - لمة coming together in Arabic
- Pabwalo - Chichewa - coming together to discuss issues
- Create a Road map for the next year:
- create local / regional groupings to drive interest
- create cross-regional grouping around interest (GLAM, Education, etc.)
- set practical goals and targets:
- Regional Wikimedia
- do a meeting with aligned people at their home
- amount of outreach events
- participation of people in planning
- wiki meetups
- Regional Wikimedia
- investigate a user campaign in the region
- investigate the region and the open movement in neighbouring countries
- get at least contacts and engagement in one other country
- create a ‘map’ of open movement in your region
- set priorities for the region / local
- provide one WikiTour ?
- create content around theme
- find out what the users want to see
- create a list of toolkits that are needed for each project
- Theme projects
- Establish what themes are interesting … for continental involvement:
- Continental competition: Wiki Loves Africa / Monuments
- Kumusha Bus
4. What is the best way / tool to stay connected as a group and regions going forward?
- Create a mailing list / group discussions
- notice board / update as to what is happening = creating a facebook group
- skype checkins once every two months
- Get volunteers for people to be regional Community Builder for #wikiindaba + one continental connector + continental project builder
5. What is the future of WikiIndaba?
- Should we have more wikiindaba ? Yes
- How often ? provisionally once a year (there may be regional events in the future as well. It is not exclusive)
- Should there be turns between regions ? Yes, but next year would probably occur in South Africa. Maybe Tunisia next year. City should change. Maximum consensus for Cap Town ! Or Durban.
- Question: does it require a chapter ? A: No. But it requires quite an amount of work (hence of organizers) and a “legal” structure (to pay invoices, receive grant etc.)
- I want more fun and more lively people (says Aminou). Aminou volunteers to be entertainment director.
- 14 countries present this year. Try to increase the participation (more countries). This year was limited by funds (35 scholarships)
- Respecting the time more
- more time for brainstorming. Earlier planification and communication about the brainstorming part
- maybe next time get a professional facilitator
- We could use Wikinews to get some interest from the media
- The outcome should be specific (clear outcomes. Set of stuff to do)