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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, tee-shirts, etc.).

The langages implemented are French and English.

More information available at

* https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipack_Africa
* https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiFundi
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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