Opening knowledge and sharing information are among the principles of the Wikimedia projects. Wikipedia’s spirit is that if you open knowledge, you can build a better encyclopedia and help more people in the world.
For many years, we didn’t see Wikipedia especially as a way of development, but people outside the Wikimedia movement see our experience and work more and more as such a model.
The Wikimedia Foundation and some Wikimedia chapters are involved in projects to use Wikipedia as a way to help development and education, by sharing Wikipedia content, supporting communities of wikimedians, and building educational resources.
The World Bank opened its data and resources and released them under a free license some months ago. The goal is to allow reuse and work with this open content.
During Wikimania 2012, the World Bank and Wikimédia France have organized an event to hear from organizations that are creating online and offline open source solutions to close this digital divide.
Participants at the event include:
- Cyril Muller and Michael Trucano from the World Bank, which is involved in a policy to be more transparent and give access to its data to improve research and control.
- Asaf Bartov, Head of Global South Relationships, Wikimedia Foundation, to speak about the Wikimedia Foundation’s projects in the Global South.
- James BonTempo, Thought Leader, ICT4D, Jhpiego, about development projects in impoverished countries
- Adrienne Alix, Director of Programs, Wikimedia France, about Afripedia, the initiative by Wikimedia France to make Wikipedia content in French more widely available offline.
Follow this link for more information about the event, taking place Wednesday morning, and to participate online.
Adrienne Alix, Director of Programs, Wikimédia France