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Published on January 14, 2008

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WikipediA: Empowering individuals and communities:  WikipediA: Empowering individuals and communities Digital World Africa 2006 Conference ICTs for Education and Development 12 - 13 september 2006 Florence Nibart Devouard anthere@wikimedia.org Empowerment:  Empowerment Collaboration, sharing, mutuality Strengthening the power of others rather than decreasing it Being able to act on issues we define as important Wikipedia’s radical idea:  Wikipedia’s radical idea Imagine a world in which every single person is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. www.wikipedia.org Imagine a bookshelf…:  Imagine a bookshelf… Wikipedia, The encyclopedia 1st lever: learning from others:  1st lever: learning from others + Free as in free beer (“gratis”) - Requires internet access Few hits from Africa, Eastern Europe…:  Few hits from Africa, Eastern Europe… From Wikimedia projects access hits stats (summer 2005) 2nd lever: nurturing a critical mind:  2nd lever: nurturing a critical mind Neutrality of Point of View Readers are from diverse political, religious, cultural backgrounds Content represent all significant views fairly and without bias. 3rd lever: reduce, re-use and recycle:  3rd lever: reduce, re-use and recycle Rights Use the information without limitation Distribute it in as many copies as desired Modify it, reduce or add to it Duties All derivative work is to be kept free The source must be mentionned 4th lever: teaching others:  4th lever: teaching others MediaWiki: a plateform for collaborative editing Requires a computer and an internet connection Allows users to add or edit content Scalable and multilingual Mediawiki logo Countries editing the english Wikipedia:  Countries editing the english Wikipedia From Wikimedia projects access hits stats (summer 2006) 5th lever: preserving linguistic diversity:  5th lever: preserving linguistic diversity Some Nigeria languages Wikipedias:  English: 1 400 000 articles (http://en.wikipedia.org) Some Nigeria languages Wikipedias Yoruba: 55 articles (http://yo.wikipedia.org) Hausa: 14 articles (http://ha.wikipedia.org) Igbo: 11 articles (http://ig.wikipedia.org) Slide13:  “Everyone loses if one language is lost because then a nation and culture lose their memory, and so does the complex tapestry from which the world is woven and which makes the world an exciting place.” Vigdis Finnbogadottir UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Languages

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