Wikimédiens du Bénin User Group/Reports/2020 Annual Report

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This report covers the perod from May 1st 2019 to April 30 2020.

Introduction[edit]

Since May 7th 2019, the Wikimédiens du Bénin User Group became an official affiliate to the wikimedia movement.

For 1 year, we:

  • Work to make free knowledge accessible for all in Bénin by documenting it on Wikipedia and its sister projects.
  • Work to implemente a new dynamic in the community
  • Recruit new contributors by organizing wiki workshops and trainings.
  • Set new partnerships to advance our projects
  • Participe to international wiki projects
  • Launch new wiki projects at national scale

Community health[edit]

The Wikimédiens du Benin User Group community is growing everyday with new contributors. To reach more volunteers and to make free knowledge accessible to all in the country, we organize many wikipedia workshops in northern regions of the country and have set up some new wiki hubs. Apart from the Wiki Club Parakou, we launched 2 new the wiki clubs: Wiki club Grand Popo and Wiki Club Bohicon.

On February, 24th, 2020, we launched the first Fon wiki contributors community. This is the community of volunteers contributors to the incubated Fon Wikipedia project.

We also start some works to reduce the gender gap in our community by recruiting and training more female contributors.

Our community also started the official procedure to be recognize by beninese administratives authorities as an official NGO. This would help us create more partnership to advance our projects.

Activités[edit]

Since our official recognition by the wikimedia movement, we've done many activities and projects to make the open knowledge accessible to all in the country. Among them, we have:

Activity Date Where Results
Salon stratégie Wikimedia 2030 February 1st, 2020 CNF Cotonou A document with the community recommendations has been created
Salon stratégie Wikimedia 2030 August 30th, 2019 CNF Cotonou A document with the community recommendations has been created
Salon stratégie Wikimedia 2030 August 24th, 2019 CNF Parakou A document with the community recommendations has been created
Fon Wikipedia Workshop May 11th, 2019 CNF Abomey Calavi 5 new articles has been created + Translation of the interface messages
WikiProject AfroCine Bénin From October 1st to November 30th, 2019 Bénin About 20 new articles had been created. More details
Wiki Loves Monuments 2019 au Bénin From September 1st to September 30th, 2019 Bénin 1396 images had been uploaded to Commons by about 15 contributors. More details
Wiki Loves Earth 2020 au bénin From June 15th to July 31st, 2020 Bénin 411 images had been uploaded to Commons by about 32 contributors (with 20 contributors joining after the end of the challenge). 7 uploads workshops had been organized via Zoom and Meet. The 10 best images had been awarded.
Wiki Loves Earth 2019 au Bénin From June 1st to June 30th, 2019 Bénin 1481 images had been uploaded to Commons by about 48 contributors and 4 photos walks had been organized(Calavi, Porto-Novo, Ouidah, Drabo). 2 uploads workshops had been organized at Abomey-Calavi and Cotonou.
Wiki Loves Africa 2020 au Bénin From February 15th to March 31st, 2020 Bénin 1327 images had been uploaded to Commons by about 44 contributors. Wiki loves Africa 2020 results in Bénin
2020 International Francophone Month of contributions Saturday March 7th, 2020 Blolab Cotonou About 20 women had been trained to contribute to Wikipedia. More details
2020 International Francophone Month of contributions Saturday March 14th, 2020 Blolab Porto-Novo About 20 women had been trained to contribute to Wikipedia. More details
2020 International Francophone Month of contributions Saturday March 14th, 2020 Bohicon About 20 women had been trained to contribute to Wikipedia
1000WikiBjChallenge From December 1st to December 31st , 2020 Bénin More than 100 new wikipedia articles had been created on the Benin Wikipedia portal. This challenge help reached the 1000 new articles on the Benin portal in December 2019.
Redesign Bénin Wikipedia portal October 2019 Bénin More visibility on the portal

Participation to community events[edit]

Members of the Wikimediens du Bénin User Group have attended many internal wiki events. Among them we can cite:

  • Wiki Indaba 2019
  • WikiConvention Francophone 2019
  • Wikimedia movement brand project
  • WikiTechStorm 2019
  • Wikimedia Hachackthon 2019
  • Wikimania 2019

Partnerships[edit]

if we succeed to do all those projects, this is thanks to our partners at both national and international levels. Among them we can cite:

  • Wikimedia Foundation, est une organisation à but non lucratif qui soutien Wikipédia et ses projets frères
  • Wikimédia France, association française pour le libre partage de la connaissance
  • WikiFranca est une collaboration entre les groupes francophones du mouvement Wikimédia,
  • Campus Numérique Francophone de Cotonou
  • Light Innovation
  • Iroko FabLab
  • Les instituts Français du Bénin
  • Centre d'Education à Distance (CED)
  • Le BloLab, est le premier FabLab, un laboratoire de fabrication numérique au Bénin

We have also start a partnership agreement with Wikipedia Finish chapter.

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