Template:/Going forward in 2014
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Chapter aims to collaborate with various museums around the country, to facilitate the digital upload of important historical documents for future use by others around the world.