Open Book Festival - South African Authors on Wikipedia
There has been a great push in recent years to encourage Africans to tell their own stories in the best way they know how. The result has been a burst of creative and wonderful expression. Wikipedia is undoubtedly one of the world’s most credible sources of information, but the sad fact is that most of the content on Wikipedia pertaining to South Africa, and the continent in general, is curated by people from outside the continent.
This year’s Open Book Festival seeks to change this. We are organising a Wikipedia Edit–a Thon focused on South African Literature.
The sole aim of this series of events will be to provide Wikipedia pages for as many South African authors as possible. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to be a part of creating knowledge and crafting history.
We are looking for contributors to take part in this exciting project by volunteering to research, compile and upload content onto Wikipedia. This will happen at various stages/events.
25 July - WikiHow Workshop
- Contributors will be invited to take part in a short edit-a-thon workshop, where they will be provided with all the skills and information they need to create, edit, and upload a Wikipedia entry. After this they will be assigned writers to work on (up to 5 per participant) and sent off to work on the content.
Build up events - 29 August and 5 September
- These events will be aimed at beefing up entries for authors already on Wikipedia, and creating a buzz around the main event.
Edit-a-thon – 21 September
- This event will take place during the festival. Contributors will upload their pre-approved content and people from countries around the world will also be encouraged to upload content at the same time. At the same time, there will be a live discussion about the content.
For more information, please contact Douglas Scott or Theresa Hume.
Wiki Loves Monuments 2014
1 September 2014 sees the kick off of Wiki Loves Monuments 2014, the biggest photo competition in the world!
This initiative, designed to increase the content of historical heritage sites in South Africa onto Wikipedia, is open to anyone who enjoys photography.
1st Prize : Vouchers from ORMS to the value of R 10 000.00
2nd Prize : Vouchers from ORMS to the value of R 6 500.00
3rd Prize : Vouchers from ORMS to the value of R 4 000.00
Other Categories :
Best Proposed Monument : Vouchers from ORMS to the value of R 3 000.00
2nd Best Proposed Monument : Vouchers from ORMS to the value of R 1 500.00
Best Submission - Western Cape : Vouchers from ORMS to the value of R 2 500.00
Appointment to FDC
Dumisani, the Chapter's President, has been appointed as a member of the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) for a term beginning on 11 July 2014 and continuing for two years.
The goal of the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) is to help make decisions about how to effectively allocate movement funds to achieve Wikimedia’s mission, vision, and strategy. During the Wikimedia Conference 2012 in Berlin, the Board of Trustees resolved to create the FDC as a body that would advise the Board on how to divide and disseminate movement funds between the different movement groups, including the Foundation itself, on a no entitlement basis.
We wish Dumi every success with his appointment.
Western Cape GLAM
The Western Cape Libraries edit-a-thon is a GLAM edit-a-thon hosted by Wikimedia ZA in partnership with LIASA (Library and Information Association of SA) to improve the content, quality and number of artifices on libraries in the Western Cape province of South Africa. Whilst also encouraging librarians in the province to contribute and edit Wikipedia.
The edit-a-thon invites librarians to write articles on Wikipedia about their respective libraries or libraries or other literary related organisations that they are involved in.
On Saturday, 12 July 2014, WMZA hosted the first of three edit-a-thons.
Further edit-a-thons will also be held on 19 and 26 July.
For more information on the first edit-a-thon, please visit Western Cape Libraries Edit-a-Thon
See also WikiIndaba 2014
Wiki Indaba was a 3 day gathering of African Wikimedians and other open knowledge volunteers in Johannesburg, South Africa from 20 - 22 June 2014.
To view some of the topics discussed, please visit the Wiki Indaba page on Meta
To watch some of our video uploads, please visit our YouTube Channel
A special thanks to all participants from across Africa who have attended the event. Also a big thank you to the Wikimedia Foundation and the UK Chapter for their support.
Joburgpedia Writing Contest
Want to become part of a project that aims to increase Wikipedia coverage of iconic buildings around Johannesburg with historic and heritage importance?
Then enter our Joburgpedia Writing Contest and you / your school can win a cash prize of R 5 000.00
This competition runs for a period of 2 months from June to July 2014, and is open to residents of Gauteng, as well as schools who wish to participate as a team.
Articles, judged on quality and completeness, should focus on a Johannesburg Heritage Site of choice and can be submitted in English or a local language of choice.
Articles must be submitted online via Wikipedia. Participants are required to open an account (create a username, which is free of charge) and write their articles online. To submit an entry, simply send your username to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can access your article.
Guidelines on writing your article can be found at Article Assessment
The quality of the article must conform to Class B and above with the following minimum requirements:
- - The article must be suitable referenced with inline citations where necessary
- - The article reasonably covers the topic and does not contain omissions or inaccuracies
- - The article has a defined structure
- - The article is reasonably well-written.
- - The article contains supporting materials where appropriate.
- - The article presents its content in an appropriately understandable way.
For more information, please contact:
- Theresa Hume
Or visit Joburgpedia
Our Wikipedian in Residence
Our first Wikipedian in Residence
Wikimedia ZA is pleased to announce the appointment of Bobby Shabangu as our first Wikipedian in Residence.
Bobby will be hosted by the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation and will commence with activities on 2 June 2014.
For more information on this Institution, please visit Johannesburg Heritage Foundation
We are very excited about this initiative and look forward to seeing the digitised archives on Wikipedia!
The South African chapter has a few exiting projects planned for the year ahead!
Wiki Loves Monuments 2014
See also Wiki Loves Monuments ZA webpage
For the 2014 Wiki Loves Monuments we plan to focus less on the quantity of images submitted, and more on increasing the number participants and quality of submitted photographs. We will still encourage people to submit any and all photographs they might wish to submit of monuments (both registered and proposed), but we will also seek to better inform people outside of the Wiki-movement about this competition.
New audiences of particular focus to us in 2014 are photographers (both professional and hobbyists) and students (particularly college and university students).
Our newest competition partner, Orms, has very strong links with the photographic community in South Africa, and has agreed to lend their support in helping to publicise this event. So far we have also connected with a few teachers at universities and colleges about building Wiki Loves Monuments into their courses, and informing their students of the event. We also want to connect with photographic societies both at institutions of learning, as well as ones dedicated to hobbyists and professionals.
The Chapter encourages translation and collaboration into the local languages of South Africa. At present, isiXhosa only holds a total of 168 articles on Wikipedia. The aim is to increase this number dramatically by encouraging translation efforts through various Universities and organisations.
GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums)
This initiative aims at assisting cultural institutions to share their resources with the world through collaborative projects with experienced Wikipedia editors. This produces open-access, freely-reusable content to the public. The South African Chapter aims to collaborate with various museums around the country, to facilitate the digital upload of important historical documents for future use by others around the world.
Greek Orthodox Church Plaque
David Webster House Plaque
Friedenskirche Lutheran Church Plaque
Rahima Moosa House Plaque
Orlando East Library Plaque
Meadowland High School Plaque
James Mpanza House Plaque
Joburgpedia is a success story that showcases Wikimedia South Africa's efforts to work together with local organisations and government. With the support the City of Johannesburg, the Joburgpedia project was designed to increase exposure of iconic historical sites in the city.
Joburgpedia was initially launched as a pilot project, covering twelve strategic sites, with plans to expand next year. Coverage of these sites has seen an increase on Wikipedia articles edited in indigenous languages, particularly in the case of the Gandhi House in Orchards, showing the immense potential this kind of project can have, both in terms of increase coverage of our heritage, but also in providing content in African languages.
Modelled on MonmouthpediA the project installed, high quality, durable Quick Response code (QR) tiles next to the blue historical plaques installed by the City of Johannesburg. When a user scans the code with a smartphone, the Wikipedia article related to the heritage site is displayed in the language the phone is set to.