Monday, 31 October 2011

Wikipedian in Residence for WikiAfrica

WikiAfrica is looking for a Wikipedian-in-residence hosted at the Africa Center in Cape Town. See the G doc at to apply.

The Africa Centre is a Pan-African cultural and arts social innovator basded in Cape Town, South Africa. One of its projects is WikiAfrica, run in collaboration with lettera27. 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 Africanise Wikipedia by generating and expanding 30,000 articles by the end of 2012. For more information on the project, please visit:

With the growth in reliance on the web generally and the high prominence given to results from Wikipedia, for example in google searches, it is important to reflect on issues about coverage, depth, cultural bias, selectivity, and stereotypes. It is pleasing to see African initiatives to redress the imbalance in coverage, though there is also a continuing need to assess how we in the North do or do not contribute material about Africa, not only on Wikipedia but on the web more generally.

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