The Africa Centre (www.africacentre.net) is a Pan-African cultural and arts social innovator based on the 5th floor of the 28th St Georges Mall in Cape Town .One of its projects, Wiki Africa run in collaboration with lettera27 (www.lettera27.org) is seeking a volunteer to assist in uploading and writing articles.
The aim of WikiAfrica is to redress the critical imbalance of factual information about historic and contemporary Africa on the Internet’s most utilized information resource, Wikipedia. Its goal is to Africanise Wikipedia by generating and expanding 30,000 articles by the end of 2012.
As an organization, we are passionate about transparency, participation, collaboration, and open access to information. We value and seek to encourage the contribution of citizen archivists, citizen historians, and citizen journalists across Africa. The project will benefit from partnerships with core cultural and artistic repositories/archives, and individuals from across Africa.
We are inviting applications from students and academics interested in contributing their time and passion to the project.
The ideal candidate should posses the following qualities:
-Good writing skills in English
-An eye for details
-Passion for the web and internet technologies
-Experience in uploading articles on Wikipedia.
-Familiarity with Wikipedia and how it works.
-Passionate about Africa’s voice in the world.
The volunteer will participate in activities that involve:
•Adding content to Wikimedia commons and Wikisource sites from digital archives at the Africa Centre and those of content partner organisations,
• Guiding and training new Wikipedians through the project,
• Training content partners in Wikipedia and the WikiAfrica project,
• Liaising with stakeholders to promote Wikipedia and Wiki Africa at their university or college, and
• Being part of workshops and giving input to various projects that are part of WikiAfrica.
ABOUT THE POSITION:
-Work Schedule: 2.5 days a week (20 hours per week);
-Location: Cape Town, South Africa
-This position is ideally suited for a university Masters or Doctoral student.
If you are interested, please apply on or before 15th August 2012. Include in your application:
1.A Cover letter [Note: Include why you would like to volunteer for WikiAfrica;
your Wikipedia username; and an overview of your Wikipedia experience.]
2. Your CV (2 pages max.);
3. Your availability; and
4.An example of an article that you have researched and written
Submit your application to:
Project Manager WikiAfrica, Africa Centre
Francis at +21 422 0468 (firstname.lastname@example.org)