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WikiFranca logo. Writing feathers. The five colors of Francophonie. Logo by Flappiefh, CC BY-SA 3.0

WikiFranca is a partnership between francophone Wikimedia chapters and affiliated working groups. The objective is to encourage activities in the French Wikimedia projects such as Wikipedia and its sister projects, both on the Web and on the ground. It not only allows local user groups with no chapters in their countries to organize activities and events in their communities and in their language, but also to build a bridge between the countries participating in the Wikimedia projects in French language.

Background[edit]

Wikimedia stand at the Forum mondial de la langue française (Global Forum of the French language)
Edit-a-thon in Strasbourg

The idea of a partnership between francophone chapters was first discussed in 2011, at the Forum mondial de la langue française (Global Forum of the French language), where several members of Wikimédia France, Wikimedia Canada and the Quebec Committee joined forces to be present at the Forum which was held in Quebec city. The discussions were going well because creating "Francocoop", based on the model Iberocoop, was in the air.

In 2012, a first francophone chapters meeting was held at Wikimania Washington to discuss, to present projects and to exchange innovative ideas. Among the countries represented at this meeting, there were Belgium, Canada, France, Italy, Switzerland and Tunisia. It was during this meeting that a collaboration between francophone chapters became evident.

At Wikimania Hong Kong in 2013, francophone chapters had a second meeting, where a coordinator has been elected and formalizing WikiFranca. A first global project was organized in October 2013, called Mois international de la contribution francophone (International Francophone Contribution Month) where 26 workshops were organized in 21 cities around the world. The event had a worldwide media coverage, which has encouraged the organizers worldwide.

Observation[edit]

The model of national chapters is effective for countries where language and culture are homogeneous, but the reality is quite different for countries where French cohabits with another language and is a minority language, or where only small groups of French-speaking Wikipedians are limited by the chronic lack of active and involved participants. It appears important that collaboration between francophone countries is in place to meet the needs of these groups.

One of the challenges of multilingual chapters is that their members work on various Wikimedia projects. This may seem insignificant, but it is clear that this create a difficulty of creating a cohesive group working since users contribute in different versions of Wikipedia, Wikisource, etc. An association of francophone chapters and user groups coordinates the efforts of those who have the desire to contribute to French Wikimedia projects.

In addition some countries do not have the possibility of forming a chapter, and it may not be a viable option, such as the countries of Francophone Africa. Quebec is another example of a francophone nation enclosed by a majority language and Quebec contributors have little difficulty to thrive in a chapter where anglophone contributors are majority. Belgium and Tunisia are experiencing similar situations.

Mission[edit]

  • A collaboration between chapters and working groups of the Francophonie.
    • Chapters : France, Switzerland, Canada, etc.
    • Working groups: the Quebec Committee, Wikimedia TN User Group, etc.
    • Other non Wikimedia groups: Open Street Map France / Quebec / Montreal, FabLabs, etc.
  • Support for Francophones who wish to organize projects related to Wikimedia.
  • A framework for countries who have no national chapter and do not need such structure to organize activities.

Participating chapters and user groups[edit]

Country Name Status Representative(s) Website Mailing list IRC channel
Chapters
Icons-flag-be.png Belgium Wikimedia Belgium Chapter M0tty, Dimi be.wikimedia.org wikimediabe-l@lists.wikimedia.org #wikimedia-beconnect
Icons-flag-ca.png Canada Wikimedia Canada Chapter Benoit Rochon www.wikimedia.ca google.com/group/wmca-public #wikimedia-caconnect
Icons-flag-fr.png France Wikimédia France Chapter Anne-Laure Prévost www.wikimedia.fr info@wikimedia.fr #wikimedia-frconnect
Icons-flag-ch.png Switzerland Wikimedia CH Chapter   www.wikimedia.ch wikimediach-l@lists.wikimedia.org #wikimedia-chconnect
User groups
Icons-flag-dz.png Algeria Algeria Wikimedians User Group AKA WikiDZ Wikimedia User Group Bachounda Med
www.wikimedia-dz.com no list yet #wikimedia-dzconnect
Flag of Quebec.svg Quebec Quebec Committee User group Benoit Rochon google.com/d/forum/comqc #wikimedia-qcconnect
Icons-flag-tn.png Tunisia Wikimedia TN User Group Wikimedia User Group Habib M’henni,
Yamen Bousrih
www.wikimedia.tn lists@wikimedia.tn #wikimedia-tnconnect
Other groups unaffiliated to the Wikimedia Foundation.

Meetings[edit]

Projects and activities[edit]

This list doesn't intend to list all projects from the participating chapters, but rather the projects concerning the Francophonie globally.

Calendar of WikiFranca actions (local and international actions)[edit]

Action Last Event Next Event Venue Contact Countries Actions
SOIMA conference 3/4-Sept-2015 Bruxelles Romaine (WMBE) Belgium Financial support, translation of flyers, material support (equipment, ect.)
International Contribution Month 1/30-Oct-2014 1/31-Mar-2016 Jean-Philippe Béland All
Wiki loves Africa 1/30-Oct/Nov-2014 2017 Florence Devouard All Communication support (Press Release), Mediation support (Photography kit)
WikNic
MedinaWiki
Wikipedia training in French-speaking Africa 15/16-Jun-2015 Dakar Senegal + France financial support, technical support
WikiCamp 6/21-Jul-2014 + 12/26-Aug-2014 Venadzor, Armenia Susanna Mkrtchyan Armenia

Gallery[edit]

Your country in French[edit]

This list of Wikidata queries highlight articles that do not exist in French concerning a francophone country or a francophone territory. For example, this query in Wikidata highlight articles in Wikipedia that concern France without a French article. Another example for a francophone territory that is not a country, this query in Wikidata highlight articles in Wikipedia that concern Quebec (Francophone province of Canada) without a French article.

List of articles concerning a French-speaking country or territory not having articles in French in Wikipedia
Requête Wikidata Country / Territory Total population Francophone Population Percentage
lien= Lancer la requête France 64 983 000 62 968 000 96,9 %
lien= Lancer la requête Luxembourg 543 000 521 000 95,95 %
lien= Lancer la requête Guadeloupe 450 000 427 900 95,1 %
lien= Lancer la requête Martinique 400 000 378 000 94,7 %
lien= Lancer la requête Québec 8 214 000 7 666 000 93,33 %
lien= Lancer la requête Nouvelle-Calédonie 230 000 207 000 90 %
lien= Lancer la requête Monaco 38 000 30 000 78,95 %
lien= Lancer la requête Maurice 1 254 000 911 000 72,65 %
lien= Lancer la requête Belgique 11 183 000 8 088 000 72,32 %
lien= Lancer la requête Andorre 81 000 57 000 70,37 %
lien= Lancer la requête Suisse 8 239 000 5 402 000 65,57 %
lien= Lancer la requête Tunisie 11 235 000 6 900 000 61,42 %
lien= Lancer la requête Gabon 1 751 000 1 070 000 61,11 %
lien= Lancer la requête République du Congo 4 671 000 2 717 000 58,17 %
lien= Lancer la requête Algérie 37 100 000 25 000 000 58 %
lien= Lancer la requête Seychelles 94 000 50 000 53,19 %
lien= Lancer la requête Djibouti 900 000 450 000 50 %
lien= Lancer la requête République démocratique du Congo 71 246 000 33 222 000 46,63 %
lien= Lancer la requête Haïti 10 604 000 4 454 000 42 %
lien= Lancer la requête Nouveau-Brunswick (Canada) 769 000 320 000 41,61 %
lien= Lancer la requête Cameroun 23 393 000 9 334 000 39,90 %
lien= Lancer la requête Togo 7 171 000 2 787 000 38,86 %
lien= Lancer la requête Liban 5 054 000 1 920 000 37,99 %
lien= Lancer la requête Bénin 10 880 000 3 848 000 35,37 %
lien= Lancer la requête Côte d'Ivoire 21 295 000 7 218 000 33,90 %
lien= Lancer la requête Vanuatu 264 000 83 000 31,44 %
lien= Lancer la requête Maroc 33 955 000 10 657 000 31,39 %
lien= Lancer la requête République centrafricaine 4 803 000 1 410 000 29,36 %
lien= Lancer la requête Canada 36 104 000 10 470 000 29 %
lien= Lancer la requête Guinée 12 348 000 2 974 000 24,08 %
lien= Lancer la requête Burkina Faso 17 915 000 3 965 000 22,13 %
lien= Lancer la requête Madagascar 24 235 000 4 847 000 20 %
lien= Lancer la requête Mali 16 259 000 2 744 000 16,88 %
lien= Lancer la requête Mauritanie 3 366 000 429 000 12,75 %
lien= Lancer la requête Niger 19 268 000 2 439 000 12,66 %
lien= Lancer la requête Tchad 13 606 000 1 714 000 12,60 %
lien= Lancer la requête Sénégal 14 967 000 1 714 000 11,45 %
lien= Lancer la requête Burundi 10 813 000 897 000 8,30 %
lien= Lancer la requête Rwanda 12 428 000 700 000 5,63 %
lien= Lancer la requête Ontario (Canada) 12 028 900 548 940 4,56
lien= Lancer la requête Manitoba (Canada) 1 208 268 51 000 4,22

Press Review[edit]

September / October 2015[edit]

How to participate[edit]

Here is a todo list that wikimedians can work on (requires French skills).

Easiest way to begin is to join and discuss on the francophone Wikimedia mailing list: francophones@wikimedia.ch.