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[[File:LocationAfrica.png|thumb|250px|PLACEHOLDER FOR Proposed logo of Wiki Indaba 2013 ]]
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[[File:WikiIndabaLogo-BaobabMagnifying.svg|thumb|250px|PLACEHOLDER FOR Proposed logo of Wiki Indaba 2013 ]]
  
 
; Official project name:  
 
; Official project name:  
: JoburgpediA
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: Wiki Indaba 2013
;Project start date (include month, day, and year):
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; Project start date (include month, day, and year):
: 01 Feb 2013
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: 28 Nov 2013
 
; Project completion date (include month, day, and year):  
 
; Project completion date (include month, day, and year):  
: 01 Jul 2015
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: 01 Dec 2013
 
; Please describe this project in 1 - 2 sentences:
 
; Please describe this project in 1 - 2 sentences:
Over the course of 3 years, we will conduct a series of QR coding projects and outreach workshops in and around Johannesburg to encourage heritage institutions (government and private sectors) to contribute high-quality content to English and local small languages Wikipedias in the bid to build the first MetropediA in Africa.
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This is a gathering of African Wikimedia Chapters and Open Learning Thematic Groups based in Africa.
 
; Project Leads:
 
; Project Leads:
 
: [[User:Thuvack|Dumisani Ndubane]]
 
: [[User:Thuvack|Dumisani Ndubane]]
: [[User:Slashme|David Richfield]]
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: [[User:Discott|Douglas Scott]]
  
 
=== PROJECT BACKGROUND ===
 
=== PROJECT BACKGROUND ===
Monmouthpedia is the first Wikipedia project to embrace a whole town, specifically the Welsh town of Monmouth. This was done through installing Cream plaques containing QRCodes next to buildings and other objects and linking these to Wikipedia articles. A QR Code (it stands for "Quick Response") is a cell phone readable bar code that can store website URL's, when scanned by a smart phone, it will direct the browser of the smart phone to the url.
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Access to mobile devices is on the increase in Africa and is expected to intensify in the next few years, dramatically increasing Africa's online presence. In order to take advantage of this projected growth, it is therefore pertinent that Wikipedia and Wikimedia structures must be established and strengthened in Africa.
  
This project brings together the success of cream plaques with the intrinsic Histical value of Blue plaques. Blue plaques are used to commemorate significant sites (sites can be significant to a community for a whole host of reasons). It is an invitation to people to discover more about a site and its history. The iconic look is the circular shape with white writing on a blue background. It is currently estimated that there are about 150 to 200 blue plaques in and around Johannesburg.
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The establishment of Wikimedia regional co-operations in regions such as South America and Asia has assisted in the progressive and systematic growth of awareness and coverage of Wikipedia in these regions. This conference is the first step towards the establishment of African co-operation structure/organ made up of Wikimedia Chapters, Wikimedians and mission aligned Thematic Organizations.
  
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Wikimedia South Africa will host this first and historic conference.
  
 
=== Aim ===
 
=== Aim ===
The aim of this project is to increase Wikipedia coverage of iconic buildings around Johanesburg with historic and heritage importance. QR codes will be installed next to blue plaques in Johannesburg city in a bid to create the first MetropediA in Africa between the years 2013 through to 2015.
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The aim of this project is to facilitate links between African Wikimedia Chapters and Thematic groups through dialogue. This we hope will also assist in increasing Wikipedia coverage and footprint in Africa. This is the first regional conference to be held in Africa and for African Chapters,  the least Wikipedia covered region of the world.
  
 
=== Impact and Monitoring ===
 
=== Impact and Monitoring ===
This project is expected to feed off to other heritage Wiki projects, especially the Wiki Loves Monuments photo competition around monuments within and around the Johannesburg area. The impact this project could have on local small wikis is not easy to quantify currently, except to say that it will provide local wikimedians working in small language projects, an ever fresh spring of information and material to write about.
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This project is expected to assist African Wikimedia chapters to build local capacity and to improve regional co-operation.
  
 
=== Fit to strategy ===
 
=== Fit to strategy ===
;How will this project will support the following key organizational objectives of,
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This Conference will support the following key organizational objectives of Wikimedia:
;*increasing reach of Wikipedia especially the local small language Wikipedias,  
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;*participation of heritage institutions (governmental and private) in Johannesburg,  
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;*Increasing reach of Wikimedia in Africa by promoting formation of Wikimedia Chapters,
;*quality of articles about Johannesburg heritage sites will be enhanced by donation of useful metadata and historical images of the sites concerned,
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;*Increasing participation and co-operation of African chapters,  
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;*Increase quality of administration and transparency in governance for existing chapters,
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;*Afford new and forming chapters to engage each other and the Foundation on challenges of professionalisation,
  
 
=== Benefits ===
 
=== Benefits ===
;This project will benefit local small languages Wikipedia communitites, by providing quality materials and sources. The following language Wikipedias would benefit.
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This project will benefit local small African chapters.
: isiZulu; Xistonga; Sesotho and isiXhosa, English and Afrikaans.
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=== External Portal and discussions ===
 
=== External Portal and discussions ===
 
Discussions on this project can also be found here:
 
Discussions on this project can also be found here:
* [http://heritageportal.co.za/forum/joburgpedia-qrcodes-and-heritage-sites heritage portal discussion]
 
  
== SUPPORTERS ==
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; [http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants_talk:WM_ZA/Wiki-Indaba-2013 Project review and discussion on Meta]
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Latest revision as of 13:21, 21 December 2013

PLACEHOLDER FOR Proposed logo of Wiki Indaba 2013
Official project name
Wiki Indaba 2013
Project start date (include month, day, and year)
28 Nov 2013
Project completion date (include month, day, and year)
01 Dec 2013
Please describe this project in 1 - 2 sentences
This is a gathering of African Wikimedia Chapters and Open Learning Thematic Groups based in Africa.
Project Leads
Dumisani Ndubane
Douglas Scott

[edit] PROJECT BACKGROUND

Access to mobile devices is on the increase in Africa and is expected to intensify in the next few years, dramatically increasing Africa's online presence. In order to take advantage of this projected growth, it is therefore pertinent that Wikipedia and Wikimedia structures must be established and strengthened in Africa.

The establishment of Wikimedia regional co-operations in regions such as South America and Asia has assisted in the progressive and systematic growth of awareness and coverage of Wikipedia in these regions. This conference is the first step towards the establishment of African co-operation structure/organ made up of Wikimedia Chapters, Wikimedians and mission aligned Thematic Organizations.

Wikimedia South Africa will host this first and historic conference.

[edit] Aim

The aim of this project is to facilitate links between African Wikimedia Chapters and Thematic groups through dialogue. This we hope will also assist in increasing Wikipedia coverage and footprint in Africa. This is the first regional conference to be held in Africa and for African Chapters, the least Wikipedia covered region of the world.

[edit] Impact and Monitoring

This project is expected to assist African Wikimedia chapters to build local capacity and to improve regional co-operation.

[edit] Fit to strategy

This Conference will support the following key organizational objectives of Wikimedia:

  • Increasing reach of Wikimedia in Africa by promoting formation of Wikimedia Chapters,
  • Increasing participation and co-operation of African chapters,
  • Increase quality of administration and transparency in governance for existing chapters,
  • Afford new and forming chapters to engage each other and the Foundation on challenges of professionalisation,

[edit] Benefits

This project will benefit local small African chapters.

[edit] External Portal and discussions

Discussions on this project can also be found here:

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