Wikimedia promotion in Lead City University: Creating awareness of Wikimedia Foundation initiatives within the university.

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Wikimedia promotion in Lead City University was a project supported by the Wikimedia Foundation, The main goal of the project is to initiate the first Wikimedia promotion campaign and training at Lead City University. This effort aims to nurture new editors, cultivate dedicated champions for Wikipedia projects, and ultimately raise awareness of Wikipedia and related initiatives within the university. The overarching objective is to establish a strong foundation for the widespread adoption and use of Wikimedia products among the student community.

The project held between 25th of November to 25th of December was led by Abdullahalaba and it kicked start with a physical training on 25th of November, 2023 at a hall in the university with 55 participants in attendance. at the training, participants who were majorly new editors were introduced to creating Wikipedia articles, creating wikidata items and uploading notable places in Lead city university and other places in Ibadan on Wikimedia commons

The inaugural online training, held on December 16, 2023, was organised for participants who couldn’t attend the program launch, offering them the opportunity to engage in live editing. Abdullahalaba, the project lead, introduced the online encyclopedia to the participants. Ibja055 facilitated a session on Wikipedia article creation, Taoheedah trained the participants how to translate to Yoruba Wikipedia, while Tesleemah guided participants in creating Wikidata items. Additionally, Taofeeq Abdulkareem conducted extensive training on uploading images to Wikimedia Commons.

Conducted on December 9, 2023, the second physical training served as a review and follow-up session. Facilitators addressed participants’ inquiries and concerns related to Wikimedia and its affiliated projects.

Concluding the project, a concluding virtual training took place, during which participating individuals expressed their satisfaction and delight in contributing to the documentation of Lead City University and noteworthy individuals and locations on Wikimedia.

Upon project completion, statistics and outreach dashboard data revealed that more than 1000 Wikipedia articles were edited, over 500 images were uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, and 800 Wikidata items were generated. The project not only enriched participants’ digital literacy but also significantly increased the global visibility and accessibility of Lead City University, bridging information gaps on Wikipedia.

You can read more about the project on Meta-wiki.

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