18 November 2020: Using Wikimedia Projects within Institutions of Higher Learning

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Descriptions: As the largest Open Educational Resource in the world, the various projects  associated with the Wikimedia Foundation, provides an interesting opportunity for institutions of higher learning in terms of learning, teaching and research support. This paper explores areas for integration and use of certain Wikimedia projects, such as Wikipedia and Wikidata, based on activities at universities that have successfully implemented Wikimedia projects. In addition, this presentation proposes that, through the use of Wikimedia projects, Universities should contribute to the Africanisation of content available in the world. 

During this 1 hour session, specific focus will be given to Wikimedia projects and the optimization of the availability of this global information structure towards increasingly making known and accessible content emanating from Africa about African environments, and in indigenous African languages.


Presenter: Wynand van der Walt is currently Head Librarian: Technical Services at Rhodes University Library, South Africa. He holds a Masters in IT from the University of Pretoria. His areas of interest are: leadership for innovation; digitisation and digital curation, Open Educational Resources, and the semantic web and how it affects library-related technologies. Wynand also serves on the Wikimedia South Africa Board and the Library and Information Association of South Africa Executive Committee.

This event has ended – Please refer to the e/merge Africa YouTube channel for an upcoming recording

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