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Sadik Shahadu

What I Learned from WikidataCon 2019 in Berlin, Germany

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For the first time, I received a full scholarship to attend WikidataCon in Berlin from 24th October to 28th October 2019. It was my first time in Berlin and I had just returned from CivilServant Wikipedia research summit in Stockholm. 

 

Prior to attending WikidataCon 19, I introduced Students of the University of Cape Coast to Wikidata (most of them were totally new to it). 17 out of 25 attendees managed to create their accounts and made their first edits on Wikidata. All 25 attendees were later added on to our community whatsApp group after the session. A platform we use to discuss topics around Wikidata and other Wikimedia projects. 

 

Upon  Arrival For WikidataCon 19 at Ander Urania

 

I arrived at the hotel with a fellow WikidataCon scholar, Mohammed Sadat abdulai on the 23rd October 2019 at 10am. It was an exciting moment for me because I was going to meet many Wikidata enthusiasts from around the world. I then moved to ander urnia where we had our briefing ahead of the official event day as volunteers.

 

Scholars Get Together At WMDE

 

Being a recipient of WikidataCon 2019 Scolarship, I joined other scholars at the WMDE Berlin office to enjoy a “ welcome party”. I had the opportunity to meet many contributors from different countries. The food, the drinks and the fruits, everything was just awesome. 

 

Serendipity! I served as a volunteer for Babysitting and live streaming. It was my first and it is definitely not going to be  the last time to stand behind the camera and control the live streaming. 

 

WikidataCon Day One

 

After an incredible opening keynote delivery by Léa Lacroix, I then moved to the ‘Glimpse over Wikidata session’.

At midday, I joined another keynote session by Benjamin Yang. It was great to learn Why collecting lexical data is one of the best ways we can help support underserved and endangered languages.  After that, I then moved to volunteer for Babysittinng and returned later for practical hands-on workshop on ‘Structured Data on Wikimedia Commons’. I discovered how organising Structured Data on Commons can be fun.

 

One of the reasons why I attended  WikidataCon 19 was to learn how to reuse Wikidata for other languages. I must say I did meet my expectations.

 

WikidataCon Day Two

 

Moving on to day 2 was more than I anticipated. I needed to learn more about infoboxes, Wikicite, Wikidata query services and SPARQL. It was truly fulfilling and fun. I had the opportunity to learn how to query data from Wikidata using SPARQL and a lot more on infoboxes. The day ended so well with yet another volunteer role (Live streaming volunteer). I stood behind the camera to livestream a session. An exciting moment it was playing with the camera for the first time in that capacity. Right after the session I asked myself: how did I do that?.

The entire day was stressful yet intriguing because I tried to catch up with a lot of sessions. Wait, how can I forget the meditation session? It was my first time practicing it and I totally loved it. I felt so relaxed and relieved after the session. 


Wikibase and iNaturalist Adventure

 

The first time I heard about Wikibase was early last year. Honestly, I had no idea what it is and what is does. As curious as I was, I decided to join the Wikbase workshop on Sunday at the office of the WMDE office. It was exciting to explore something I was totally new to. 


Takeaways:

 

  • Learned new things on Wikidata integrator

  • Played with open refine wikibase on github

  • Explored Cocoda Mapping Concordance Tool

  • Experimented with wikibase command line

  • Thanks to WMDE, I can now docker-compose a wikibase instance. 

 

Finally, I managed to installed wikibase on my linux operating system after a long struggle. Wikibase docker was the new ‘ishh’ for me and I absolutely enjoyed the workshop. At least I managed to installed Wikibase on my computer all by myself. So cool!

One of the key things I also learned from the Wikibase workshop was changing a logo on media wiki.

 

At 3pm, I joined the iNaturalist workshop participants for a forest adventure in Berlin where we took photos of plants and uploaded to the iNaturalist app. 

 

What Next After WikidaCon

 

On the 2nd of November, I gave a talk on Wikidata at the Ghana tech lab monthly community meetup in Accra where I shared my WikidataCon experience with the participants.

I also gave an introduction to Wikidata presentation at 2 of our bi weekly virtual community meetup. 

Our pending grant will also host a series of Wikidata contests in Ghana (Grant application is long overdue).

I am also involved in the planning of 2020 the Wikidata birthday celebration in Ghana. 




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should also be available in formats that are accessible to people with disability and people who do not have access to the internet. That is why we're working to assemble and freely distribute devices that allow students in to access resources like @Wikipedia offline.

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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.




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Sadik Shahadu To Present At MozFest 2019 In London

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The Mozilla festival 2019, Themed " Healthy AI" will be hosted in London from 22nd October to 27th October 2019. The 2019 edition will mark the 10th anniversary of the program and is expected to host hundreds of educators, activists, technologists, researchers, artists, and young people dedicated to creating a better, healthier internet. With inspiring stories in over 300 interactive sessions, Mozfest is one of the biggest gatherings in the open movement that gives participants the opportunity to build a healthy internet for the next generation.

Sadik Shahadu, an Open Leaders X (OLˣ) trainee will be co-facilitating a session with Greg Mcverry, an associate professor at Southern Connecticut State University and past alumni of the Mozilla fellowship program. Sadik and Greg will co-facilitate a web literacy session themed "Indieweb and Open educational resources (OER)".

 

ABOUT THE FACILITATORS

Sadik 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. 

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.

Greg McVerry is a member of the advisory board for the Global Open Initiative. He is an Associate Professor of Education at Southern Connecticut State University. He is a Neag Fellow serving in the New Literacies Research Lab. Greg teaches and researches at the intersection of literacy and technology. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Literacy Coalition of Greater New Haven. He is a member of the media and digital literacies collaborative of NCTE. He has won several awards.

He is an alumnus of the Mozilla fellowship program and will be working with Sadik to build Open educational resources in Ghana.

Join them at Mozfest in London to discover new wild tech projects, share your brilliant ideas to make the internet healthier and fuel your work with new collaborations and connections ...

Celebrate the tools, art, and community we’ve built together in the past 10 years! 

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Wiki Tour North is finally here! Are you a student of UDS Navorongo campus or Notre Dame senior high school? @Wikipedia is coming to your school. We just can't wait to meet you all. Register here to attend: http://bit.ly/wiki_north

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Global Open Initiative Co-founders, Sadat and Sadik to participate at the 2019 Civil Servant research summit in Stockholm, Sweden

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Co-founders of Global Open Initiative (GOI foundation), Sadik and Sadat have been selected to participate in the 2019 CivilServant research summit on August 19, 2019.

The English-language research summit, which will be held in Stockholm the day after Wikimania, will be an opportunity for them to learn about designing studies to test features and innovations in their Wikipedia projects. It will comprise a day of training and workshops with staff from CivilServant, a project of Global voices, and Wikipedians from over a dozen Wikipedia communities to discuss how Wikipedia can test their ideas tand help their communities thrive.

Global Voices is an international and multilingual community of bloggers, journalists, translators, academics, and human rights activists coming together to leverage the power of the internet to build understanding across borders.

ABOUT THE PARTICIPANTS

 

Sadik is an inspiring, energetic 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 (GOI Foundation), a young non-profit organization working internationally to promote data accessibility and open educational resources. 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.
  • volunteers in facilitating/coordinating Wikimedia projects such as Wikipedia, Wikidata and Wikimedia commons in Ghana.

 

Sadat, a recipient of Wikimedia Deutschland scholarship, Mohammed is a co-founder and director of Global Open Initiative. He has been a power user of Wikimedia projects for more than 8 years, with interests in supporting small language wikis and their communities. He plans to get actively involved in the Wikimania 2019 Hackathon projects on developing bots, tools and gadgets to address local use cases for small language wikis or project communities. Mohammed will also be co-presenting “State of Wikimedia Research 2018-2019” with collaborators from the monthly Wikimedia Research Newsletter.

Global Open Initiative Foundation wishes you guys well. Go make us proud.

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Team #Ghana off to #Stockholm, for #Wikimania 2019. See you soon guys. #Wikipedia

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Wednesday, June 26 2019

The Global Open Initiative Foundation hosted its monthly homebrew website meeting to discuss how they can extend their network to more students in Ghana. The Known OER network is an initiative of the Foundation with seed funding from the Southern Connecticut state university. The project helps the Accra indieweb homebrew website club to build free websites for university students.

These websites allow students to own customized websites on the goifnetwork.org. The purpose of this initiative is to help students to create their own OER by publishing their own learning materials.

Out of 15 university students, 5 students have already received their own websites!

Visit: GOIF network or Our meta page to learn more.

Hosting an indieweb Africa summit in Ghana

The team also invited Greg Mcveery, a mentor and a member of the advisory board for Global Open Initiative Foundation to discuss the possibility of organising an indieweb Africa summit in Ghana.

 

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Looks like is presenting more Scholars to this year than any other country from . A total of 8 scholars. 3 out of 8 are coming from my org. Wait.. I'll also be there for a day so 4 in all.

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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

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