WikiIndaba conference 2019/Submissions/The crucial role of Wikipedia in the success of architectural projects led by young African volunteers

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Submission no. 039
Title of the submission

The crucial role of Wikipedia in the success of architectural projects led by young African volunteers, 2019 edition

Type of submission (lecture, panel, tutorial/workshop, roundtable discussion, lightning talk, birds of a feather discussion)


Author of the submission

Nassima Chahboun

Language of presentation

English / French

E-mail address



Nassima Chahboun

Country of origin


Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)

Wikimedia Morocco User Group

Personal homepage or blog


Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)

This presentation will shed light on how Wikipedia plays a crucial role in the success of volunteer architectural projects in Africa, specifically reconstruction after natural disasters, development of remote fabrics and rehabilitation of ruined monuments.

Through 3 concrete case studies of volunteer architectural projects in Morocco, the presentation will explain how Wikipedia has effectively helped young Moroccan architects to:

• Achieve their projects within a limited time, and with a reduced cost.

• Overcome the challenges they faced given the scarcity, the high cost, and sometimes the absence of conventional information sources such as books. • Improve projects quality and boost their sustainability.

Finally, it will give practical recommendations for Wikipedians about how to produce information that will highly contribute in the successful completion of existing or eventual projects, and that can even trigger new ones.

The presentation will be composed of 4 parts:

1. What types of volunteer architectural projects? What is their importance in the African context?

2. Why does Wikipedia play a key role in this type of projects?

3. How could Wikipedia improve the efficiency of the work of young volunteer architects ? (Case studies)

4. Practical recommandations: What can we do as Wikipedians? What content to produce? And how to produce it?

What will attendees take away from this session?

Understand the importance of Wikipedia for the success of volunteer architectural projects, and its direct impacts on the projects process and results.

Learn what type of information should be produced to promote community-based and culture-based architectural projects in Africa.

Learn the different ways to produce the needed information

Theme of presentation
  • Project community and community development, Project content

For workshops and discussions, what level is the intended audience?

Length of session (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)
25 minutes
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Slides or further information (optional)

Special requests


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  1. Anass Sedrati (talk) 18:04, 21 October 2018 (UTC)[reply]

Final decision[edit]