|ID : Research||Let’s talk about growing and supporting the Wikimedia research communities in Africa|
|Speakers : Emily Lescak, Houcemeddine Turki, Mohammed Sadat Abdulai, Reem Al Kashif||Time block: Sunday 7 November 2021||Start : 11:40|
|Location : Room B||Duration : 55 minutes|
Wikimedia researchers use data to understand and empower users of Wikipedia and sister projects. The Wikimedia Foundation's Research team is part of a community of researchers, volunteers, and contributors across the Wikimedia global Movement. The team supports this research community through formal collaborations, office hours, sharing tools and methods, and providing platforms for researchers to share their work. This infrastructure supports a dynamic community that can tackle complex questions. The focus of this session is on how the Foundation and Indaba community can co-create a strategy to support and grow research capacity across Africa. We invite members of the technical and editorial teams, user groups, and affiliates to bring their questions and goals around research. What role would the Indaba community like to see in these initiatives? What are the challenges, motivations, and needs of established and aspiring researchers? What technical and social support do researchers need? What questions are researchers interested in addressing? What are the community's wishes around research growth? How can the Foundation improve communication and sharing of research? We aim to connect researchers to each other, the Indaba community, and resources to support their work. Through growing the network of Wikimedia researchers globally and in Africa, we aim to work towards the following Movement Recommendations: Innovate in Free Knowledge, Increase the sustainability of our Movement, and equip more communities with tools and resources to improve Equity in Decision Making.
|Themes : Innovation and Research|
|Tags : Wikimedia Research, African Scientists, Innovation, Research and development|
|Notes : #WikiIndaba2021_Research|