|When and Where|
|Time||1:00pm to 4:00pm|
|Address||745 Commonwealth Avenue, School of Theology, Room B24 (Oxnam Room), Boston University|
|City, State||Boston, Massachusetts|
|Date||November 13, 2018|
- 1 Makwande! Increasing Africa’s Presence on Wikipedia
- 2 Event Information
- 2.1 Schedule
- 2.2 Track your participation
- 2.3 Participant list/registration
- 2.4 Possible Topics for Editing
- 2.5 Training to Edit Wikipedia
- 2.6 Training to Translate Wikipedia
- 2.7 Resources for Research
Makwande! Increasing Africa’s Presence on Wikipedia
Join Boston University Libraries on Tuesday, November 13, from 1:00pm-4:00pm at 745 Commonwealth Avenue, School of Theology, Room B24 (Oxnam Room) for a Wikipedia Meetup. As part of International Week Education Week, we will be translating content into African languages and adding content related to Africa.
UPDATE Thank you to all who joined our Editathon. We were able to add content in Amharic, English, Igbo, KiSwahili (wikidata), isiXhosa, and isiZulu. There’s so much more we can accomplish. If you weren't able to attend in person, you can still participate. For the rest of the week, let’s add content about Africa in any language and let’s contribute to African language Wikipedias.
To join in, just make an edit to Wikipedia, and when you write your edit summary (the little box that pops up after you choose ‘publish’) include our hashtag #makwande. Check out our hashtag here to see what we've accomplished so far: #makwande
- Date: November 13, 2018
- Time: 1-4:00 pm
- Location: 745 Commonwealth Avenue, School of Theology, Room B24 (Oxnam Room), Boston University, Boston, MA, 02215
- Host: Boston University Libraries
- Please bring: A laptop and a Wikipedia account. Don't have a laptop? Let us know when you register. Don't have a Wikipedia account? That's ok. You can try to create one in advance. Wikipedians will be on hand to assist those who need help setting up an account.
- RSVP: Our space is limited. Please register here.
- 1:00-1:30 -- Welcome, create Wikipedia accounts
- 1:30-2:00 -- Presentation from Daniel Bogre Udell, Wikitongues
- 2:00-2:15 -- Introduction to translating Wikipedia
- 2:15-4:00 -- Editing
Track your participation
We will be using a Wikipedia Dashboard to easily track the edits made during this Edit-a-thon. By logging into the dashboard before you start editing, your edits will be automatically tracked, and we'll be able to collect statistics on the work we've done during this editing event.
- Go to the Makwanda Edit-a-thon page.
- Under Actions, click Join Program.
- Enter the passcode we will provide you with.
We'd also like to continue our momentum after this event. For all of International Education Week (November 12-18) we're asking everyone making an improvement to coverage of Africa to use the hashtag #makwande in their edit summaries. Makwande means "Let it be increased" or "Let there be growth" and has association with thanksgiving in isiZulu and other Nguni languages.
Please add your Wikipedia username below (signatures are created by saving four tildes [~] in a row). If you haven't edited Wikipedia before, we will help you register for a new Wikipedia editing account on the day-of.
Confirmed Wikipedians attending:
add your name here
Possible Topics for Editing
Dead External Links
This is a good project for beginning editors.
Dead external linkson Cleanup listing for WikiProject Libraries There are many topics related to libraries outside of the United States and Europe. Below are a few examples:
This is a good project for beginning editors.
Wikipedia's Citation Hunt tool randomly generates Wikipedia snippets that need reliable citations.
- Citation hunter search for Wikiproject Africa articles. This should bring up a random “citation needed”, but limited to articles that have been identified as “about Africa." If you get an error message, go to the Citation Hunt and type "Wikiproject Africa" into the search box. Also try Wikiproject Nigeria Wikiproject Algeria. There are many wikiprojects devoted to specific countries.
Add Citations: African cinema
Heer are a few suggestion to search in the citation hunter. If these links aen't working for you, go to the citation hunter and type these terms into the search box.
|Nigerian film directors||Nigerian filmmakers||Nigerian film actresses||Moroccan film directors||South African films||Egyptian films|
|Egyptian film directors||Egyptian film actresses||South African film directors||South Africa films||Cinema of Nigeria|
Translate Single Words
This is a good project for beginning editors with language skills.
- Wikipedia:WikiProject Wiki Loves Women/Occupations Wiki Loves Women, in collaboration with the AfroCine Project, requests translations of filmmaking occupations into the following languages: French, Hausa, Swahili, Igbo, Yoruba, Arabic, Lingala, Shona, Amharic and Portuguese.
(To edit in Wikidata: go to Wikipedia:WikiProject Wiki Loves Women/Occupations. In the list of occupations, choose one by clicking on the number beginning with Q. Now, you see the page for that profession. On the upper right, change your language to the language you would like to input. Now edit the first section, adding your language.)
This is a good project for more experienced editors.
- Participate in the Months of African CinemaContest by creating articles.
- Wiki Love Women- Suggested Articles Less than 1% of Wikipedia articles are about African women. Wiki Loves Women aims to change that. These are suggested articles that do not exist in English Wikipedia, but you aren't limited to English Wikipedia. Create a biography in any language!
An additional list of African women can be found on their Working Page
- Women in Red- Missing articles- Africa Similarly, Women in Red identifies women without biographies in Wikipedia (red links) and aims to turn them to blue links by creating articles.
- After logging in on the Dashboard, look for the "Find Articles" link. This allows you to do keyword search for articles and then sort them by article class. (S is stub class.)
- List of national and state libraries - Add content to African national and state library articles.
- | African film director stubs- Add content on African directors.
Task for English speakers on the SiSwati Wikipedia
Training to Edit Wikipedia
- Wikipedia:Five pillars
- Steps for Adding Reliable Citations to Wikipedia
- Wiki Education Training Modules First time editors may wish to start with Wikipedia Essentials and Editing Basics
- The Wikipedia Adventure
- Wikipedia:Manual of Style. Wikipedia has a project page for different style manuals. There are ones for different languages, technical topics, and genres.
Training to Translate Wikipedia
- Translating Articles This is a student training module from Wiki Education Training Modules.
- Designing a Translation Assignment This is an instructor training module from Wiki Education Training Modules.
- Wikipedia Translation is a tool in beta. To try this tool go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:ContentTranslation. Then replace the en in the web address with the two letter code for your language. For example, the Hausa Content Translation is found here: https://ha.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:ContentTranslation
- If you translate an article 'word for word' from English Wikipedia, include this message in your edit summary:
Content in this edit is translated from the existing English Wikipedia article at en:Exact name of Englisharticle; see its history for attribution. #makwande
Resources for Research
Websites/ Freely available sources:
- Wikipedia:List of free online resources
- Conference of Directors of National Libraries Address List
- Directory of National Libraries in Africa 2013: A Survey of National Libraries or Equivalent Institutions in African Countries
- Ethnologue:Languages of the World
- Africa South of the Sahara (Stanford University) A collection of online resources sortable by country or topic. includes Newspapers and Libraries & Archives
- UNESCO: General History of Africa This 9 volume set is now freely available as downloadable pdfs.
- South African History Online
- Access to MidEast and Islamic Resources (AMIR)
- Fordham University Guide to Open Access Resources
- Wikimedia Commons Free Media Resources- Photography
- Wikimedia Commons Free Media Resources
- Creative Commons Search
- Wikipedia guide: Public domain image resources
Resources Available at Boston University (some eresources may require a login)