I usually use the Kenyan Constitution (Article 35 in the Bill of Rights) to 
argue my standpoint:
"...every citizen has the right to access to information held by the state or 
any information that is held by another person and that is required for the 
exercise or protection of any right or fundamental freedom." 

From: stevewan...@wikimedia.or.ke
Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2012 09:46:49 +0300
To: wikimediake@lists.wikimedia.org
Subject: Re: [Wikimedia Kenya] Kenya National Archives and other GLAM   projects

Hello Wikimedians!

As the talks and discussions for partnerships fair on, we also need to be 
preparing in the background some tools that will be handy during the 
collaborations with the institutions in question.

Such tools include but not limited to; Wikimedia commons KE licence templates, 
Customized barnster awards for members who contribute to WP:KENYA etc. 

>From my English understanding of the Kenya copyrights act , (since I ain't no 
>lawyer: ) I understand that the copyright act of Kenya has some special 
>provisions for local works of art and photography. You can get a copy of the 
>copyright act at [1]. 

Please Note: Am not a lawyer and I have no legal background locally and 
internationally and thereforeany advise that I give should not be taken as any 
form of legal advise.

Have a good day.


1. http://www.copyright.go.ke/rough/copyright_act.pdf

On Mon, Jun 18, 2012 at 3:03 PM, Iolanda Pensa <iola...@pensa.it> wrote:

dear allto involve institutions I think a good strategy is - as Stephen 
suggests - to start. Below some hints related to my experience with GLAMs 
within Share Your Knowledge and WikiAfrica projects.

all the bestiolanda
1. if it can be useful we just made two short videos about GLAMs, Creative 
Commons and Wikipedia (in English, the voice was recorded in south africa by 
the Africa Centre and one of them is the voice of Francis Awinda - wikipedian 
in residence at the Africa Centre from Kenya).

* Share Your Knowledge WHY - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPWc18LswRM
* Share Your Knowledge HOW - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpYmtRmPdUc

you find the videos also on Wikimedia Commons [1]
2. it can be productive to focus on specific contents. for example you can ask 
a publisher to release with the open license cc by-sa only the biography of 
their authors and their book description; for an archive the story of the 
institutions (often already on their website); for an NGOs some of their 
promotional publications. those are contents institutions wish to share and 
they have less troubles in sharing. once they get started is easier to get more 
because they see how their contents are used.

3. Public archives and museums are often the most difficult institutions to 
involve in contributing to Wikipedia because - also if they understand - they 
do not know who can take the decision. Often they also require a formal 
agreement (which makes the collaboration even longer). it can be useful to 
target also NGOs, foundations and other private institutions, to get started 
and to be able to then tell the public sector "hey, THEY are already doing it".

[1] On Wikimedia Commons - Share Your Knowledge video 1 WHY (with final link to 

On Wikimedia Commons - Share Your Knowledge video 2 HOW (with final link to 

Il giorno 18/giu/2012, alle ore 06:20, Stephen Wanjau ha scritto:
Hello Folks!

I have been physically following up on the subject of this email (together with 
Abbas and Alex) for sometime now and it seems the logistics and the speed with 
which these institutions are planning this are so slow that I feel I cant wait 
any longer. Those of you who have worked in the Kenyan government or for the 
Kenyan government definitely understand my concerns regarding the periods that 
they would take to decide on such a simple thing on what to do - probably call 
an AGM of the stakeholders. 

In most of the cases, these guys do not understand the online stuff or even how 
the internet works let alone Wikipedia (which is our work anyway). At the end 
they will come to appreciate that it is a good thing - which it is always 
is.There was a time when we visited the Kenya Railways museum and the curator 
there was always confusing their institutional website with Wikipedia. He 
thought Wikipedians job is to improve organizational websites! we clarified and 
made it clear about this and on the next meeting he was at it again!

On our meeting with another directorate of the National Museums of Kenya, he 
asked whether he could find Wikipedia on Google search. the exact conversation 
was as below.

Alex: Hello, My name is Alex and am here with my colleague Steve and we work at 
Wikipedia. Wikipedia is ...blah blah blah....

Museum directorate: Do you mean if I search Wikipedia  on Google I will find 
it? (Was just hilarious:)

Personally, I have not spoken to Kenya Archives about GLAM (though Abbas did). 
But I think we should just go ahead and organize editathons at this premises 
and this is why. 

On Sunday 17th 2012 I was to meet with a friend in town who was running late 
and so I decided to part with 50 Kenyan shillings ($0.5) and enter the premise 
(Kenya National Archives) just to see what it holds. Plus I did not want to 
stand along the streets or sit on the benches due to the frequent IED attacks 
in Nairobi. It is rich in artifacts and even books about history of Kenya, 
royal visits to Kenya, Kenyatta's famous chair and to crown it all they have a 
library with articles about all these treasures. The receptionist in fact 
encouraged me to take photos with a camera even before I asked for permission. 
She even encouraged me to become a member of their library and I only needed to 
part with 200 KES for a year as subscription to access the material plus the 
artifacts of course.

My question is, can't we pay for this subscription and start using the library 
to write articles about Kenya now that they have offline references there? 
Probably on Weekends or even weekdays depending on the time one is free. I 
think the chapter can cushion the subscriptions if that would hinder any 
Wikipedian from accessing the facility. The internet shall definitely be 

Kenya is still dark and still in the dark continent. Can't we illuminate it 
with some light......?

My thoughts.

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