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What is Wikipack Africa ?
WikiPack Africa is an action pack containing devices, material and
content to facilitate the outreach work done by local Wikimedia
chapters, local Wikimedia User Groups and isolated individuals in
African countries. The pack allows for ongoing training and contribution
even when technology, access and electricity outages fail or are not
available at all.
It operates thanks to a Raspberry server and an off-line editing
environment that mimics the Wikipedia called WikiFundi. WikiFundi, the
offline editing environment, is to be used in the training of
Wikipedians and the development of articles by groups.
In addition to WikiFundi, the Raspberry PI will also be loaded with
off-line copies of Wikipedia, select WikiBooks, Wiktionary and a
resource pack that will assist with and support contribution to
Wikipedia. Other outreach and reading resources will also be part of the
packs. All digital resources and the application platform are available
under a free licence. When delivered, the Wikipack Africa will also
comprise some offline materials (posters, leaflets, pull-up banner,
The langages implemented are French and English.
More information available at
Documentation on meta is available in both langages
The current call for application is meant to be a pilot for the Wikipack
Africa. We have a limited number of servers available, so please only
make a request if you really intend to use the pack and are confronted
to connectivity issues.
Please note: should your request be granted, there will be an obligation
to provide details of its use, and usefulness as a tool for outreach in
the form of a survey. This could be requested several times up to 12
months after you have received the unit. This is meant to evaluate the
userfulness of the tool as well as identify issues or to help us take
into account improvement requests in a future release.
How to apply
Link : http://tinyurl.com/j78yyk3
Answers may be provided in French or English.
For any further information, please contact Anthere or Isla.
Who did that ?
The project has been conceptualised and conceived by Florence Devouard
and Isla Haddow-Flood.
The project is run in partnership with Wikimedia CH and the Orange
Foundation and is primarily implemented by Florence, Isla, and Emmanuel
Engelhart (the Kiwix master).
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