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Sadik Shahadu

Meet Farida Bedwei: The Ghanaian Female Tech Genius With Cerebral Palsy condition

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Farida Nana Efua Bedwei born (April 6, 1979) is a Ghanaian software engineer and an author. She is the co-founder of a fin-tech company in Ghana called Logiciel Ltd. Farida Bedwei has built mobile and enterprise applications and is also known for her knowledge of software architecture and deploying mobile services, particularly for banking applications. 


Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Farida has lived in many countries growing up including Dominica, Grenada and the UK before moving to Ghana at age 9. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and was home-schooled until she turned 12. Her parents discovered her passion for technology at the age of 15. She was immediately enrolled in a one-year computer course at the St. Michael information technology center, making her one of the youngest in her class.

Farida Bedwei began her career as a software developer at Softtribe. She later moved to Rancard Solutions Ltd where she progressed from the position of solutions analyst to Senior Software Architect from 2001 to 2010. She has also worked with several tech companies such as G-Life Microfinance and KPMG Accra before moving on to establish her own companyLogiciel Ltd. Her first book, a mini-autobiography titled ''Definition of a miracle'' has since won her several awards such as

''Special Award'' by President Abdel Fattah El SISIspecial award by President John MahamaLegacy and Legacy Ideas Award, Government Award Financial Sector and was the winner of ''Most Influential Women in Business''.


Farida also created a cerebral palsy superhero. Her comic character called‘Karmzah’ gets her power from her crutches that she has to use for her cerebral palsy.

Farida is a tech genius!







Sadik Shahadu

Public Domain Day 2020 Celebration in Accra Ghana organized by Global Open Initiative

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Public Domain Day also known as PD Day is the observance of when copyrights of works expire and are now available in the public domain.This legal transition of copyright works into the public domain usually happens every year on 1 January based on the individual copyright laws of each country.

This year, we organized a photo walk and a Wikidata workshop to mark the celebration of the 2020 edition of Public Domain Day in Ghana  with support from Marijke EvertsAdina Ciocoiu and Sebastiaan ter Burg

on January 11 2020, several open advocates joined us to embark on an epic photo walk to capture images of some Ghanaian monuments and heritage sites. The idea of the photo walk was to add photos of public domain items onto Wikidata. During the photp walk, we visited places such Usher fort, Holy Trinity Church at Accra high street, Light House at James town and the Christiansborg Castle at Osu. 

Wikidata workshop

After several walk, the team converged at AITI-KACE to attend a Wikidata workshop organized by Sadik Shahadu, Co-founder of Global Open Initiative Foundation, A young nonprofit organization dully registered in Ghana but working with international organizations such Wikimedia foundation and Mozilla foundation. Participants of the workshop were introduced to Public Domain Day, Creative Commons licences and Wikidata.

During the Wikidata session, participants were also guided on how to upload photos to Wikimedia commons, link photos to Wikidata as well as contributing to missing items Wikidata. Several photos were added to some selected public domain items on Wikidata. 

Here is what some of the participants are saying about their experiences:

Moving from one national monument to another and taking pictures of structures of historical significance in the heart of the capital was one heart soothing experience.

Learning the stories behind their existence and what they mean to us as a people was fun. I also learnt about the importance of copyright and the significance of public domain day. All in all, a great experience.

 

Name: Emmanuel Yeboah

Occupation: Student

 I learnt how ignorance n illiteracy made our ancestors sold us out to our colonial Masters. Also, I learned about how our brave leaders stood against all odds to fight for our freedom. Blacks were treated as animals in our own land n our rich resources taken away from us too.

It's was a bad experience walking through the tunnel they were kept n knowing how they were treated.

Name: Jacinta 

Occupation: Stenographer secretary

 

Want to know more? 

Please find all the photos from the event.

Sadik Shahadu

Open Data Day 2020 Celebration In Ghana

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Overview

 By Shahadusadik - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

Open Data Day is the annual event where we gather to reach out to new people and build new solutions to issues in our communities using open data. The tenth Open Data Day will take place on Saturday 7th March 2020. The following Organizations will co-organize this year's event:

I Watch Africa

Theme: Using satellite and drone imagery to track deforestation and water pollution in West Africa

Why are drones and satellite imagery (data) important in dealing with climate change?Negative effects of climate change on West Africa.

  Session on real-time use of open source satellite imagery to highlight deforestation and water pollution in West Africa

Open Forum:

 What are some of the innovative methods of using open data to fight climate change?

  iWatch Africa officially unveils its Climate Change Initiative.

Tree planting exercise as part of the WEF 1billion tree initiative 

Global Open Initiative 

Theme: Art and Feminism 2020: Ghanaian women in sports

As part of the Open Data Day 2020 and Art + Feminism campaign, we will organize a Wikidata edit-a-thon to create and improve biographies of Ghanaian women in sports. 

The program will host a 15 minute presentation and a 2 hour practical hands-on workshop. 

 

OpenStreetMap Ghana

Theme: Building capacity in Open Source mapping.

OSM Ghana will organize a mapathon to introduce new people to OSM and increase the skill set of existing members. There will be a 10 minute presentation about OSM and an hour hands on session to map areas known to participants.

Another hour will be used to take a 30 minutes walk around  the neighborhood to map points of interest.  

 Register to attend: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd088eM4F_PRrcFRjS1692v00kvC_BRoiZ9d7kn7PLjB7XXSg/viewform

 

Sadik Shahadu

Open Data Day 2020 Celebration In Ghana

Open Data Day 2020 Celebration in Ghana organized by Global Open Open Initiative, i watch Africa, Linux Accra users group and Open Street Map Accra.

Location: AITI-Kace, Accra

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Time Zone: Africa/Accra

Program Outline for Open Data Day Celebration in Ghana

 Register to attend: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd088eM4F_PRrcFRjS1692v00kvC_BRoiZ9d7kn7PLjB7XXSg/viewform

I Watch Africa

 

Theme: Using public domain satellite and drone imagery to track deforestation and water pollution in West Africa

·         Why are drones and satellite imagery (data) important in dealing with climate change?

·         Negative effects of climate change on West Africa.

·         Session on real-time use of open source satellite imagery to highlight deforestation and water pollution in West Africa

Open Forum:

·         What are some of the innovative methods of using open data to fight climate change?

·         iWatch Africa officially unveils its Climate Change Initiative.

Tree planting exercise as part of the WEF 1billion tree initiative 

 

Global Open Initiative 

Theme: Art and Feminism 2020: Ghanaian women in sports

As part of the Open Data Day 2020 and Art + Feminism campaign, we will organize a Wikidata edit-a-thon to create and improve biographies of Ghanaian women in sports. 

The program will host a 15 minute presentation and a 2 hour practical hands-on workshop. 

 

OpenStreetMap Ghana

Theme: Building capacity in Open Source mapping.

OSM Ghana will organize a mapathon to introduce new people to OSM and increase the skill set of existing members. There will be a 10 minute presentation about OSM and an hour hands on session to map areas known to participants. Another hour will be used to take a 30 minutes walk around  the neighbourhood to map points of interest.  

 

 

 

Sadik Shahadu

Meet Sadat and Sadik, 2019 WikidataCon scholars from Ghana

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Sadat and Sadik at Civil Servant research summit in Sweden

The Wikimedia Deutschland has invited 2 Wikdata volunteers from Ghana to attend the 2nd edition of the Wikidata conference. The conference, popularly known as WikidataCon, is a biannual conference around Wikidata and Wikibase that brings together a diverse community of  Wikimedia volunteers, current re-users of open data and software, as well as interested potential stakeholders to build a networking and learning space for the Wikidata community. 

Wikidata is a collaboratively edited open knowledge base that acts as central storage for the structured data of Wikipedia and its sister projects.

Two co-founders of Global Open Initiative (GOI Foundation), Mohammed Sadat Abdulai (Director) and Sadik Shahadu (Director, Communications ) were awarded full scholarships by the Wikimedia Deutschland to attend the conference in Berlin, Germany, from October 24 to 28.

Early this year in February, the GOI Foundation started the Parliament of Ghana Editathon campaign to improve available political data of Ghanaian parliamentarians by updating Wikidata entries about Ghanaian legislators, beginning with members of the Seventh Parliament of the Fourth Republic of Ghana. After engaging 98 participants (including 29 new editors) in three editathon sessions, 323000 words about the MP’s education, occupation, date of birth, gender, etc. were added to more than 1000 Wikidata items and Wikipedia pages. As a result of organizing this structured data, lateral queries of knowledge properties about Ghanaian MPs can now be made and reused by everyone.

Mohammed and Sadik will join over 250 participants to brainstorm ideas and learn new skills around Wikidata tools to further develop new projects and help their communities to thrive.

More About the scholars

Mohammed Sadat Abdulai

Mohammed is a co-founder and director of Global Open Initiative. He has contributed to Wikimedia projects as User:Masssly for the past 8 years, and is involved in various structure groups of the Wikimedia Foundation, including the Wikimedia Foundation Board Election Committee, WikidataCon 2017 Program committee, coeditor of the Wikimedia Research Newsletter and member of the Wikimedia Volunteer Response Team.

Sadik Shahadu

Sadik (User:Shahadusadik) is an inspiring energetic open leader who works to build open educational practices (OER) in Ghana. He is a co-founder and Director of Communication/Partnerships for Global Open Initiative, a young non-profit organization working internationally to promote data access and open educational resources. He is a Mozilla Open Leaders X (OLˣ) organiser working with Greg Mcverry, an associate professor from Southern Connecticut State University.  He is currently receiving movement-building training and will be working closely with Mozilla staff and fellows to design new open leadership programs in Ghana. 

Sadik has been involved in several projects to support education in Ghana, including:

  • A project to build and distribute “Internet-in-a-box” devices that enable people in Ghana to use rich online resources like Wikipedia even when their access to the Internet and electricity is missing or limited.

  • An OER Network to provide no-cost websites for teachers in Ghana to create and share open educational resources designed specifically for local teaching and learning needs. 

  • He volunteers in facilitating/coordinating Wikimedia projects such as Wikipedia, Wikidata and Wikimedia commons in Ghana.

 

Click here to learn more about the conference.




Sadik Shahadu

2019 Parliament of Ghana Wikipedia and Wikidata edit-a-thons

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Every 4 years, the electoral commission of Ghana organizes both presidential and parliamentary elections to allow electorates to decide whether to keep or change parliamentarians and the sitting government of the Republic of Ghana. This means every 4 years, there is the need to update their Wikipedia profiles and create profiles for the newly elected ones.

 

Now the question is.. Who updates or creates new profiles for the parliamentarians on Wikipedia and Wikidata? The simple answer is you and me. Why? Because we know these people and we have all the answers so we can't expect anyone from anywhere to be responsible for that.

As part of our mission to tackle these challenges, the Global Open Initiative Foundation was awarded a grant by the Wikimedia Foundation to organize a series of Wikipedia and Wikidata edit-a-thons to create and improve biographies of Ghanaian parliamentarians. This was yet another exciting project following the successful completion of English-Twi Wikipedia translate-a-thon.

So far we have successfully organized and executed:

  • Organized 3 Parliament of Ghana edit-a-thons
  • Engaged 98 participants
  • Added 323K words to Wikipedia and Wikidata
  • Received 226K Article Views
  • Created 384 new pages (Wikidata + Wikipedia)
  • Edited 1.09k pages (Wikidata + Wikipedia + Wikimedia Commons)
  • Uploaded 313 files on Wikimedia Commons of which 20 are used in Articles and 28 are used across languages

 

The 2019 Parliament of Ghana edit-a-thon was one of the successful events organized and supervised by the Global Open Initiative Foundation.

For more information about our edit-a-thon events visit our website www.goifoundation.org or the report page for more information.

 

By: Nana Yaa and Sadik

Sadik Shahadu

A meeting with Adina in Accra Ghana

A meeting with Adina in Accra Ghana

Adina is a Creative Commons certified librarian from Glendale community college USA. She is currently on an exchange program in Ghana. She is a librarian and an open education advocate.

The purpose of our meeting:

She wanted to learn more about our projects and freedom of panorama in Ghana.

My meeting with her was personal and unofficial. We had a conversation on issues like freedom of panorama, the Ghanaian educational system, public universities versus private universities and the general cost of university-level education in Ghana. 

Also, she shared some wonderful experiences on their visit to Cape Coast and Kumasi

Apart from that, she was more interested in learning how we intend to pilot our IIAB project and the  websites we are currently creating for tertiary students. 

Again, she commended the Ghanaian community for organising satellite events to promote Wikipedia and the sharing of free knowledge. 

Some of the questions she asked were:

1. The challenges we face as a community 

2.  Our motivation as volunteers for in Ghana

3. How popular is Creative Commons or open license in Ghana

4. Which sector/industry uses Creative Commons licenses most in Ghana

 

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An interview with a participant of the final English-Twi Wikipedia translation workshop organised by Global Open Initiative Foundation.

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On the 1st of June 2019, The Global Open Initiative team hosted the final English-Twi Wikipedia translation workshop after a successful two events within the last 3 months. The previous epic events were incredible and featured on a number of several Ghanaian local news websites such as Africa feeds, Ghana Web, My News Gh, Daily Mail Gh, My News Online and the likes. The second event also attracted DW News Africa team who were present to cover the event. Watch an interview between DW news Africa and the GOI Foundation team.

As usual, participants were excited about contributing to Wikipedia in their own mother tongue. Below is an interview with one of the participants:

Sadik: Please tell us your name and what you do?

Eunice: My name is Eunice Mensah, I am a student journalist at the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ).

Sadik: Great. Tell me about your experience with this event so far?

Eunice: It's amazing to be part of this event. This is actually my first time editing Wikipedia and I am really excited about that.

Sadik: Tell me, When you first heard about how you could translate English Wikipedia to a language you barely read or write, what was the first thing that came to your mind?
Eunice: For me, the first thing that came to my mind was how much of the language I can speak and to even think of writing or translating it. It looked like an impossible task but all the same, I decided to give it a try after a little encouragement from you. I did not attend alone, I came along with two of my little nieces; Christabel, age 11, and Peggy, age 6.

I was told this particular event was the third English-Twi translation event organized by the group but this was our first event ( myself and the kids). It is a great experience. I got to understand Wikipedia a lot more: the "dos", the "donts" and the perks from Ursula (The facilitator for the event). Harriet took me through my Wikipedia account creation.
Translating English into Twi wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be and the kids even told me it wasn’t so difficult because there was a translator who helped me in using the content translator to translate from English to Twi. She also helped me with some spellings of certain key Twi words.

Sadik: Awesome! So what will you say to people out there who don't know much about Wikipedia translation like you before you joined?

Eunice: I encourage everyone especially students to be part of this exciting project. So if you are interested in contributing to Wikipedia and getting more local content on Wikipedia then join us at our next meeting.

Sadik: Thank you for your time.

Eunice: It's my pleasure.

Watch a video interview with some of the participants.

Sadik Shahadu

Global Open Initiative Foundation shortlisted for final stage of the maiden edition of Wikimedia education gre

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Great news: Global Open Initiative Foundation has been shortlisted for the final selection stage of the Wikimedia education greenhouse project. We are among the 4 teams to be selected out of 15 team applications.

Congratulations to us for this great achievement. We hope to finally win the ultimate prize. Read more about the project here: https://outreach.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/Education/Greenhouse/teamsubmissions/GOIFON

Going forward, we will like to intoroduce Wikipedia in the Ghanaian education curriculum. 

Stay tuned for more updates.

Sadik Shahadu

Replied to a post on bit.ly :

Yes: The return of Parliament of Ghana Wikipedia/Wikidata edit-a-thon is here! Join us this Saturday 27th April (tomorrow) let's create and update and entries of Ghanaian parliamentarians. Admission is free + Breakfast and lunch. Venue Madina institute of technology. Time: 9am-3pm GMT. Dont be left out!

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