WikiAfrica is an initiative that facilitates access to information, while encouraging knowledge sharing and archiving.
WikiAfrica considers Wikipedia and Wikimedia as an extended international forum, capable of enhancing Africa’s voice and visibility. WikiAfrica thus, aims to expand the content available online on the African continent.
WikiAfrica’s principal aim is to give Africa greater visibility on Wikipedia by expanding the range and amount of Africa-relevant information on the site.
Since its launch, it has generated over 40,000 contributions, including texts, quotes and images, as well as audio and video files.
From 2011 to 2013 the focus has been expanded on working with cultural organizations, museums and archives (as well as bloggers and journalists), encouraging them to contribute knowledge and content to Wikipedia. In the process, the project has identified and made accessible a wealth of archival material.
The initiative’s objectives were:
With a view to facilitating and encouraging the uploading of free content onto Wikipedia, we launched Share Your Knowledge program.
Since 2014 WikiAfrica is part of lettera27’s overall strategy: each of our initiatives is looked at as a potential source to add content to the WikiAfrica content pool.
In 2015 during the five days of the Youth Storytelling Workshop at African School of Excellence in Johannesburg, lettera27 held a two-day Wiki Africa workshop in collaboration with Africa Center with the aim of introducing students and teachers to the most widely used online encyclopedia in the world and encouraging students to share stories related to their local communities and cultural heritage. During the workshop the entry on the school’s local community Tsakane was created.
From 2006 WikiAfrica sustains access to knowledge and considers Wikimedia as an international arena to give voice and visibility to Africa and to add more facets to the symbolic imagination of this complex continent. WikiAfrica increases and improves the information on Africa available on-line, with the active participation of organizations and individuals.
Phuthidikabo Museum, Mochudi.
Gambia National Museum, Banjul.
Wikimedia Italia; Afriradio, Verona; Asinitas, Rome; Festival del Cinema Africano, dell’Asia e dell’America Latina, Milan; Fondazione Nigrizia Onlus, Verona; Officina Griot, Rome; COSV, Milan/Rome; Fondazione ISMU, Milan; Festival del Cinema Africano, Verona; Raccolte artistiche del Castello Sforzesco – Raccolte extra-europee, Milan; Fondazione Alessandro Passaré, Milan; Africa e Mediterraneo; Cinema Africa-Africa e diaspore nel cinema; Fondazioni 4 Africa; ACRA – Cooperazione Rurale in Africa e America Latina, Milan; Fondazione Piero e Lucille Corti Onlus, Milan; Good Samaritan, Caronno Varesino; AMREF; COOPI-Cooperazione Internazionale, Milan; Cesvi, Bergamo; CeSPI – Centro Studi di Politica Internazionale, Rome; Stretta di Mano, Curtatone; COSPE – Cooperazione per lo sviluppo dei paesi emergenti; A-POIS – Art Projects to Overcome Impossible Sites, Lavagna; Medici con l’Africa CUAMM; l’ultima frontier@ – africa e innovazione; Fratelli dell’uomo, Padova.
Postal Museum, Matengatenga.
Chimurenga, Cape Town; The Archival Platform; Bartolomeu Dias Museum, Mossel Bay; Beaufort-West Museum, Cape Karoo; Cango Caves Museum, Oudtshoorn, Eden; Cape Medical Museum, Green Point, Cape Town; CP Nel Museum, Oudtshoorn, Eden; Drostdy Museum, Swellendam, Overberg; Fransie Pienaar Museum, Prince Albert, Central Karoo; Genadendal Mission Museum, Genadendal, Theewaterskloof; George Museum, George, Eden; Groot-Brakrivier Museum, Groot-Brakrivier, Mossel Bay; Hout Bay Museum, Hout Bay, Cape Town; Huguenot Memorial Museum, Franschhoek, Stellenbosch; Jan Dankaert Museum, Porterville, Bergrivier; Koopmans De Wet House Museum, Cape Town; Montagu Museum, Montagu, Breede River Winelands; Old Harbour Museum, Hermanus, Overstrand; Paarl Museum, Paarl, Drakenstein; Robertson Museum, Robertson, Breede River Winelands; SA Fisheries Museum, Cape Town; SA Missionary Meeting House Museum, Cape Town; Shipwreck Museum, Bredasdorp, Cape Agulhas; Simon’s Town Museum, Simon’s Town, Cape Town; Stellenbosch Museum; Transport Riders Museum, Ceres, Witzenberg; Wellington Museum, Wellington, Drakenstein, Moorreesburg, Swartland; Wheat Industry Museum, Moorreesburg, Swartland; Worcester Museum, Worcester, Breede Valley; AfricaFilms.tv; M-Net African Film Library; Out in Africa Film Festival, Cape Town; Encounters Documentary Film Festival, Cape Town and Johannesburg; GALA – Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action; Curate Africa.
Uganda National Museum, Kampala.
The National Archives, London.