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Wikimedia ZA group photograph at Wikimania with Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales and Wikimedia Foundation ED Katherian Maher.

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Wikimania Cape Town 2018
Wikimania 2018 in Cape Town is now over. As host organisation Wikimedia ZA would like to thank everyone who attended and the many people who helped make this year's event such a success. We would like to give a very special thanks to the Wikimedia Foundation for the technical and financial support to make the event a reality as well as all of our event volunteers. We would also like to thank our event sponsors Interactive Africa, WikiHow and Google as well as supporting organisations such as Wesgro, Goethe Institute and the University of Cape Town.

During this year's Wikimania we welcomed around 700 attendees from 60 countries attending almost 80 presentations and an additional two days of pre-conference events and workshops. A total of 170 news stories in the foreign and local press reported on the event thereby greatly increasing awareness of Wikipedia and the Wikimedia community in South Africa. Exact numbers will be released when the Wikimania 2018 report is released.

Wikimedia ZA increased its membership by almost 40 new members. Wikimedia ZA is still an entirely volunteer organisation but after this event the need to further professionalise the chapter has become clearer to support a larger membership base and the many more organisational partnerships we have developed at the conference.

For a brief outline, filmed at Wikimania, on the theme of the 2018 event check out this video made by the Wikimedia Foundation: Wikimedia 2018: How do we bring free knowledge to everyone around the globe?

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Wikimania 2018 in Cape Town
20 July 2018, Wikimania begins in Cape Town.

As the key organising partner for Wikimania 2018 in Cape Town Wikimedia ZA would like to welcome Wikipedians from all over the world, over 80 countries in total, to the mother city. As of writing this news update the preconference (18 & 19 July) is now over and the main conference is about to begin. The main conference will run from the 20th to the 22nd July 2018. Hosting this event has been the main focus of the South African Chapter for the past two years now. Ever since Cape Town was announced as the host city for Wikimenai 2018 at Wikimania 2016 in Esino Lario, Italy. You can read more about Wikimania 2018 at the event website here.

Extended registration for Wikimania 2018

Registration for Wikimania 2018, being held in Cape Town from July 20, has been extended until July 13. We hope to see you there!

Cape Town & Johannesburg Wiki meetups with Asaf

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Wikimedia South Africa will be hosting a meetup in Cape Town and Johannesburg to welcome Asaf Bartov from the Wikimedia Foundation.
Asaf Bartov from the Wikimedia Foundation (the non-for-profit that runs the servers that Wikipedia is on) will be in Johannesburg from the 25th to the 28th May and in Cape Town from the 28th to the 30th May.

Wikimedia ZA will be hosting two community meeting whilst he is in South Africa. The Johannesburg meetup will take place at the Goethe Institut in Johannesburg. Please see mass message from your Wikipedia talk page or our WikimediaZA Facebook page for dates, times and venue or follow this link.

The chapter will also be hosting a meetup on Tuesday the 29th May from 17:30 to welcome him to Cape Town and introduce him to the community in and around Cape Town. Below are the event details:

  • Date & time: 17:30 onwards, Tuesday, 29th May 2018
  • Venue: Code for Africa, 3rd Floor, 84 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town, 8001.

Asaf will be talking about what new tools have been developed to better edit or use Wiki projects such as, or most notably, Wikipedia. Tools such as Wikidata. He will also be on hand to give a broader overview to people on the free knowledge/Wikipedia community globally.
This will also likely be the last meetup we have before Wikimania (18-22 July 2018) happens in Cape Town.
Finger food and drinks will be served.

ReCreate Copyright Workshop

Copyright workshop to discuss how to amend the SA Copyright at to include Freedom of Panorama and Fair Use. Join us and ReCreate (a network of content creators) to discuss issues relating to amending the Copyright Act which is currently being reviewed by Parliament. Wikimedia South Africa supports Freedom of Panorama and Fair Use to be included into the new version of Copyright Act.

Below are the details of the event:

Date: Thursday, 24th May 2018 Time: 17:30 onwards Location: 3rd Floor, Code for Africa office, 84 Shortmarket St, Cape Town

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