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Call for Volunteer Wikipedians!
The Africa Centre (www.africacentre.net) is a Pan-African cultural and arts social innovator that is based in Cape Town. One of its projects, Wiki Africa is seeking volunteers to assist with vital aspects of the project.
The aim of WikiAfrica is to redress the critical imbalance of factual information about historic and contemporary Africa on the Internet’s most utilised information resource, Wikipedia. Its goal is to add African content to Wikipedia by generating and expanding 30,000 articles by the end of 2012.
As an organisation, Africa Centre is passionate about knowledge creation, transparency, participation, collaboration, and open access to information. We value and seek to encourage the contribution of citizen archivists, citizen historians, and citizen journalists across Africa. This ground-breaking project benefits from partnerships with core cultural and artistic repositories/ archives, and individuals from across Africa.
We are inviting applications from students and academics interested in contributing their time and passion to the project.
The ideal candidate should possess the following qualities:
• Have good writing skills in English,
• Have an eye for detail,
• Be passionate about the web and internet technologies,
• Have experience in uploading articles on Wikipedia,
• Be familiar with Wikipedia and how it works, and
• Be passionate about Africa’s voice in the world.
The volunteer will participate in activities that involve:
• Adding content to the Wikimedia Commons and Wikisource sites from digital archives at the Africa Centre and those of content partner organisations,
• Guiding and training new Wikipedians through the project,
• Training content partners in Wikipedia and the WikiAfrica project,
• Liaising with stakeholders to promote Wikipedia and Wiki Africa at their university or college, and
• Being part of workshops and giving input to various projects that are part of WikiAfrica.
ABOUT THE POSITION:
• Transport allowance;
• Work Schedule: 2.5 days a week (20 hours per week);
• Duration: flexible (between 3 months – 6 months);
• Location: Cape Town, South Africa;
• This position is ideally suited for a university masters or doctoral student.
If you are interested, please apply on or before 24th June 2012. Include in your application:
1. A cover letter;
[Note: Include why you would like to volunteer for WikiAfrica; your Wikipedia username; and an overview of your Wikipedia experience.]
2. Your CV (2 pages max.);
3. Your availability; and
4. An example of an article that you have researched and written.
Submit your application to:
Isla Haddow-Flood,<br. Project Manager WikiAfrica, Africa Centre
Francis at +21 422 0468 (email@example.com)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiAfrica • www.africacentre.net/wikiafrica --Awinda 10:06, 12 June 2012 (UTC)
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