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Open Web Day Philippines

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Wikimedia Philippines (WMPH) and Mozilla Philippines joined forces to conduct seminar-workshops dubbed as Open Web Day. This event is focused on teaching the basics on Wikipedia editing (from account creation to basic article editing) to Internet newbies as well as seek their help on the localization of Firefox (translating Firefox in Tagalog).

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Year 1:Original project phase[edit]

February 25, 2012[edit]

The first Open Web Day was held at Netopia, an Internet café in Robinsons Place Ermita, Manila. Most of the participants were members of WMPH who do not have an account in any Wikimedia-related projects and who have not yet edited any article in the Wikipedia. WMPH President Jojit Ballesteros gave the presentation and workshop on Wikipedia and Mozilla Representative Bob Reyes presented the localization project of Firefox into Tagalog. The outputs of the workshop are as follows: (1) the participants created their Wikipedia account; (2) the participants have edited some articles; (3) the participants have started an article and/or created stubs; (4) the participants have translated some Firefox phrases into Tagalog. The participants were given free food at the end of the event.

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March 17, 2012[edit]

The organizers partnered with the De La Salle University (DLSU) - College of Computer Studies (CCS) to bring Open Web Day to DLSU as part of its Research and Technology Summit 2012. The actual workshops did not happen because organizers cannot connect to the Internet. Nonetheless, the event continued with presentations from both organizations– Jojit from WMPH, Bob and Community Manager Eusebio "Jun" Barrun from Mozilla Philippines. Students asked questions enthusiastically after the presentations and were rewarded with swags (stickers, pins, pens and ID laces), Mozilla T-Shirts and Offline Wikipedia DVDs. After the event, Ralph Vincent Regalado, instructor and our partner organizer at DLSU, toured WMPH and Mozilla around the College and introduced us to Dr. Rachel Edita O. Roxas, CCS Dean. WMPH and Mozilla Philippines were given plaques of appreciation for participating in the summit.

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May 4, 2012[edit]

The Wikimedia Philippines conducted a Wikipedia seminar and editing demonstration during the Pandayan sa Daluyan 2.0 at Bishop Tudtud Home for the Aged Complex, Iligan City, Lanao del Norte in Mindanao (Southern Philippines). This was a conference on integrating New Media concepts and practices of Mindanao's community-based organizations and media practitioners. It was sponsored by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and various organizations through a grant program and organized by the Computer Professionals' Union (CPU). Mozilla Philippines Representative RJ Ian S. Sevilla attended the event. Jojit Ballesteros conducted the Wikipedia sessions and Bel Ballesteros assisted in answering questions from the audience. Participants were interested in uploading their work in Wikimedia projects and how they can distribute their work freely.

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May 18, 2012[edit]

The Open Web Day was held at Asian Institute of Management (AIM), Makati City in partnership with AIM and Computer Professionals' Union (CPU). More than 30 students from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines-Taguig and Technological University of the Philippines-Taguig and some professionals came to learn more about Wikipedia and Firefox. Jojit Ballesteros opened the event with a presentation and demonstration of basic editing of Wikipedia articles. The actual workshops did not happen because of lack of internet connection. In the afternoon, Jun Barrun of Mozilla illustrated the presence of Mozilla in the Philippines. Bob Reyes discussed about the localization (L10n) of Firefox Aurora to Tagalog and showed Boot to Gecko (also known as Firefox OS), an operating system for smartphones and tablet computers, for the very first time in the Philippines.

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May 25, 2012[edit]

During the WikiCon 2012 held at Co.lab Xchange in Pasig City, Jojit Ballesteros carried out an actual editing workshop with ten persons, some veteran Wikipedians and those who are new to Wikipedia editing, as participants. Mozilla Philippines is not present during this event since this is a WMPH event.

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June 30, 2012[edit]

An Open Web Day was held at Ateneo de Naga University (ADNU) in Naga City, Bicol region with the help of the Philippine Librarians Associations, Inc., Bicol Reigion Librarians Council (PLAI-BRLC) and ADNU. Library information science students, librarians and professionals attended the workshops at the 1st Floor, James J. O’Brien S.J. Library, Ateneo de Naga University. Gil Gregorio and Irvin Sto. Tomas who are veteran Bikol Wikipedians and WMPH members assisted in organizing the whole event.

Dr. Alfredo C. Fabay, Dean of ADNU Graduate School, opened the event by giving a keynote speech. After the keynote speech, Jojit Ballesteros presented the world of Wikipedia and then conducted a workshop on Wikipedia editing. The workshops focused on the Bikol Wikipedia. Bel Ballesteros and Butch Bustria helped Jojit in answering questions of the participants.

The sessions resumed after a lunch break. The first session in the afternoon was given by Jun Barrun and he talked about Mozilla's projects and products. After Jun's presentation, Jean Austin Rodriguez showed a demo phone that has the Firefox Mobile OS. Then, Ren-Ren Gabas introduced the L10n or localization project of Mozilla and proceeded with the workshop on the localization of Firefox into Tagalog. This event for Mozilla Philippines achieved a milestone where 100% translation of Firefox into Tagalog.

Before the event ended, Edna M. San Buenaventura, PLAI-BRLC President and University Librarian of ADNU, and Zero M. Magallon, ADNU's Director for Network Operation Center and Computer Services, presented Certificates of Appreciations to Mozilla Philippines and Wikimedia Philippines.

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September 15, 2012[edit]

Jojit Ballesteros and Jun Barrun were resource speakers for the Software Freedom Day (SFD) 2012 at the University of the Philippines (UP) in Diliman, Quezon City. Jojit talked about Free Culture and Wikipedia while Jun gave an introduction to Mozilla. Around 1,106 participants including students from various colleges and universities attended the event. Aside from Jojit and Jun, there were 24 other speakers who discussed various topics that relates to Free/Open Source Software. Software Freedom Day 2012 was organized by Computer Professionals' Union.

In the afternoon, Jojit conducted a Wikipedia editing workshop including how to upload pictures to Wikimedia Commons. Around 20 participants attended the workshop.

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September 29, 2012[edit]

The next Open Web Day was held at the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, which was attended by more than 30 students. This Open Web Day was made possible in partnership with TomasinoWeb and GlobeLabs. Jojit Ballesteros and Bob Reyes served as resource speakers for the event. Jojit presented an overview on how Wikipedia works and demonstrated how to edit articles in Wikipedia. Bob Reyes introduced projects and products of Mozilla including Firefox and Firefox OS. As with other Open Web Day events, Mozilla and Wikimedia did not conduct any workshop.

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October 19, 2012[edit]

As part of the Mozilla Campus Tour, the Open Web Day event was held at Laguna University in Sta. Cruz, Laguna. About 200 students and faculty attended the whole event. Aside from the talks of Wikimedia Philippines and Mozilla Philippines, there are other speakers who discussed about blogging and social media. One of the speakers who talked about blogging was Juned Sonido who is a member of both Mozilla Philippines and Wikimedia Philippines.

In the afternoon, breakout sessions were conducted on separate rooms. Jojit Ballesteros conducted a workshop to 45 students. He was assisted by WMPH member and volunteer, Joel Encinas.

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November 16, 2012[edit]

Wikimedia Philippines solely carried out an Open Web Day event at the Pangasinan Provincial Capitol in Lingayen, Pangasinan (Northern Luzon). Mozilla Philippines wasn’t able to come because of conflicting schedule but it allowed WMPH to name the event as Open Web Day although this event is part of the WikiProject Pangasinan Phase I: Outreach Activity as proposed by WMPH Vice President Butch Bustria to the Open Web Day team.

The event was held at the Malong Building, Provincial Capitol Complex, Lingayen, Pangasinan in partnership with the multimedia arm of Provincial Government of Pangasinan headed by Vanj Padilla. It was attended by 49 participants.

The event started with the welcome remarks of Vanj and followed by the presentation of Jojit Ballesteros about the world of Wikipedia. After Jojit's talk, Butch introduced the WikiProject Pangasinan.

Jojit conducted the workshop in the afternoon with the help of fellow Board member, Eric Calica. Participants learned about the basic editing in Wikipedia. They also uploaded pictures of the Capitol Complex, which they took before the workshop, to Wikimedia Commons and appended it to the articles in the Pangasinan, Tagalog and English Wikipedias.

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December 8, 2012[edit]

Mozilla Philippines and Wikimedia Philippines participated in the Lipa IT Convention held at Lipa City Colleges (LCC), Lipa City, Batangas, which was organized by Phil-IT Organization headed by Antonio L. Martinez and LCC. Different topics on information technology were discussed by various speakers from like-minded organizations. About 600 students attended the convention.

Jun Barrun, Bob Reyes and Jojit Ballesteros' talks focused on their organizations' respective projects. Before Jojit’s talk, he held a Gangnam-Style dance contest participated by random contestants from the audience. The winner of the contest got a Wikipedia T-shirt. After the contest, Jojit proceeded with his presentation about Wikipedia but he wasn’t able to conduct a workshop. Engr. Policarpio D. Tena II, overall chairman of the Lipa IT Convention 2012, awarded WMPH a certificate of appreciation.

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February 9, 2013[edit]

Wikimedia Philippines and Mozilla Philippines were invited to talk at the IT Week of Global Reciprocal Colleges (GRC) in Caloocan City, an event organized by Phil-IT Organization. Other speakers from other IT organizations were also present and more than 200 students attended this event.

During the morning session, Bob Reyes talked about the New Web Challenge and the Firefox OS while Jojit Ballesteros gave a talk about Wikipedia and how a newbie can easily edit articles. In the afternoon, Jojit gave a Wikipedia editing workshop to around 56 students. GRC BSIT Program Head Donato C. Manalastas gave WMPH a certificate of appreciation.

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February 15, 2013[edit]

Gabriel Balancio, Lead for SAP Education of Mustard Seed Systems, Inc., an information technology products distributor and reseller, invited Wikimedia Philippines to give a talk at the Computer Expo 2012 in Chiang Kai Shek College, Manila. Jojit Ballesteros gave a talk about Wikipedia editing and uploading pictures to Wikimedia Commons to about 21 students. There wasn't any actual workshop. Mozilla Philippines wasn't able to come to this event.

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Year 2:Reallocation phase[edit]

March 16, 2013[edit]

The Wikimedia Philippines joined the G-FOSS, an event organized by Information Technology Students Association (ITSA) of STI College at Novaliches, Quezon City aimed to promote going Green with Free and Open Source Software. This was held at the amphitheater of the STI Acedemic Center and attended by around 100 students. Aside from WMPH, Drupal, EQELA, and Computer Professionals’ Union (CPU) co-sponsored the event. The program started with a doxology, the Philippine national anthem, and STI hymn. After which, Mr. Alwin Abalajen gave his welcome remarks. Paul de Paula of Drupal gave a talk, followed by Jojit Ballesteros of WMPH who talked about Free Culture and Wikipedia. Francis Malayao of CPU and Markku Kero of EQELA also presented some views about Free and Open Source Software after Jojit’s talk. Ms. Juville Rañises, ITSA Advised, closed the event.

After his presentation, Jojit chose Jay Francis Oboza, a volunteer from the audience to try to register a Wikipedia account and create a user page. He won a Wikipedia shirt for volunteering to create a user account and a user page in Wikipedia.

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July 17, 2013[edit]

The College of Computer Studies – Software Technology Department of the De La Salle University – Manila invited Wikimedia Philippines to be part of their Industry Lecture Series. Jojit Ballesteros presented a lecture entitled “Collaboration on the Free and Open Web Using Wiki Technology” to around 100 students at the Br. Andrew Gonzalez Hall. The lecture is about how the Internet evolved from static pages to interactive pages, which includes the wiki. Wikipedia, which uses wiki technology, made the Internet more collaborative and interactive. This is the second time WMPH visited De La Salle University.

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October 19, 2013[edit]

The very first outreach to the Kampampangan Wikipedia community was held at the Angeles University Foundation (AUF) in Angeles City. This Open Web Day at AUF in partnership with AUF, Creative Commons Philippines, Defenders of Indigenous Languages of the Archipelago, and Kapampangan Wikipedia community, was attended by around 20 participants including members of WMPH, such as jazz guitarist Johnny Alegre and WMPH Vice President John Paul Antes. The event focused on the improvement of the Kapampangan Wikipedia.

The program started with the National Anthem and an invocation. Josie Henson gave her welcome remarks. Jojit Ballesteros presented the first talk about basic Wikipedia editing. It was followed by a lunch that featured delicious Kapampangan cuisine. In the afternoon, the event continued as Atty. Berne Guerrero of Creative Commons Philippines and Edwin Camaya of the Kapampangan Wikipedia community gave their respective lectures. Jojit Ballesteros proceeded with the actual workshop on Wikipedia editing. He also demonstrated the process of uploading pictures to Commons while the participants followed his instructions. The event ended with a raffle and some participants were able to receive a Wikipedia shirt.

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November 23, 2013[edit]

The Open Web Day (including an edit-a-thon) came back to Naga City, this time, to University of Nueva Caceres (UNC) in partnership with UNC, Bicol Region Librarians Council (BRLC) and the Bikol Wikipedia Community. More than 30 participants coming from different parts of the Bicol region attended the event. It aimed to improve articles in Wikipedia especially on its Bikol language version.

After the Philippine National Anthem and invocation, Ms. Maria Lourdes Francisco of BRLC gave the welcome remarks. After which, Jojit Ballesteros gave a talk about basic Wikipedia editing followed by Mr. Ramon Olaño, Jr., who shared his experiences in Wikipedia and introduced the Bikol Wikipedia and its community.

After lunch, Jojit conducted the actual workshop with the help of WMPH volunteers. The workshop became an edit-a-thon with a twist. Participants edited Wikipedia pages and created new articles. The persons who (1) has the most number of edits; (2) best created new articles in terms of sources; and (3) best improved the Wikipedia page of the University of Nueva Caceres, won prizes such as Wikipedia shirts, fans, buttons and stickers.

The Bikol Wikipedia community, including former WMPH Auditor, Mr. Gil Gregorio, served as judges for the competition. Among the five winners, four were students and the other one was a faculty. Before the announcement of winners, a special citation was given to Joel Encinas for being the most active WMPH volunteer for the Open Web Day events.

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Project teams[edit]

Wikimedia Philippines[edit]

The WMPH Open Web Day project team at a planning meeting held last February 4, 2012 in a restaurant at the SM Mall of Asia
Project Lead
Jojit Ballesteros
  • February 4, 2012
  • July 12, 2012

Mozilla Philippines[edit]

Project Lead
Eusebio "Jun" Barrun, Jr.
  • Bob Reyes
  • RenRen Gabas
  • Joel Lapitan
  • Jean Austin Rodriguez
  • Rolly Riego Jr.
  • Kevin John Ventura
  • Kemuel Joseph Domanog
  • Earl Palad
  • Jerico Servo

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