Research Invitation - Bilingual English/isiXhosa Speakers
UCT invites all bilingual English/isiXhosa speakers to participate in a competitive online game to translate South African Wikipedia articles from English into isiXhosa. Participation is entirely voluntary and all identifying information will be kept confidential. There is no financial remuneration for participating.
To register for the game please click here to complete the registration form. After registering you can begin translating content and ranking other user translations immediately.
You will compete with other participants on translation score and can view your ranking on the leaderboard. Translate and rank more to beat the other participants to the top. The game is not limited to UCT students. Anyone with conversational language skills in both English and isiXhosa may participate.
If you have any questions or concerns about this study, please feel free to contact Sean Packham at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am UCT MSc student in the Department of Computer Science being supervised by Prof. Hussein Suleman. This study has been approved by the Faculty of Science Ethics Committee at The University of Cape Town (ref no: FSREC 055–2014).
Audit Report 2014
The audited financial statements of Wikimedia ZA NPC for the 2014 financial year have been released, and can be viewed on Google Drive
Wiki Loves Monuments 2014 - International Competition
This year, the Wiki Loves Monuments competition received a total of 242,344 submissions internationally. 7,498 participants from all over the world took part in the competition and contributed a total of 1,287.9 gigabytes!
The winners of the international competition have been announced and the first prize has been awarded to Konstantin Brizhnichenko for a photograph of the Holy Mountains Monastery, Sviatohirsk, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine.
To view all the overall winning photographs, and the top 10 entries from each country, please visit the Wiki Loves Monuments Page on Commons.
Wikimedia Foundation Annual Report 2013/2014
"We believe that knowledge is a foundation. It is a foundation for human potential, a foundation for freedom, a foundation for opportunity".
"Knowledge is powerful. A country or community that has better access to knowledge is more likely to be healthy, more likely to be free, more likely to be happy.Unfortunately, access to knowledge is not equal. In some places, people cannot afford to access it, in others, it is censored or constrained."
The Annual Report for the Wikimedia Foundation has been released. Read some of the interesting Wikipedia statistics over the 2013/2014 period.
Afrikaans Wikipedia - Interview on RSG
Did you know that the Afrikaans Wikipedia is 13 years old and holds in excess of 34 000 articles!
Learn more about this Wiki in an interview with one of the contributors in Afrikaans on RSG.
Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of Wikimedia ZA took place on Saturday, 1 November 2014 and we would like to thank all the members who attended.
A copy of the minutes can be viewed online. Please do visit this page to view our achievements, projects and strategy formulations.
A few highlights :
For the first time WMZA has appointed a member of the Afrikaans speaking community to represent the language. As a Chapter, our aim is to represent all the languages in South Africa, and Afrikaans is a significant part of the editing community. This appointment is the first step to expanding the Afrikaans Wikipedia, and giving the editors / contributors a voice.
We would like to welcome Deon Steyn and Pria Chetty as newly appointed members of the Board of Trustees. The board for 2014 / 2015 is as follows :
- President - Douglas Scott
- Bobby Shabangu
- Dumisani Ndubane
- Pria Chetty
- Deon Steyn
Congratulations to Douglas on his appointment as President!
Membership fees have been established at R 30.00 per annum.
Members who wish to pay a lifetime membership fee can do so at a cost of R 300.00. Once we receive your membership fee, you will be allocated a membership number.
If you wish to become a member of the Chapter, please e-mail The Administrator for further information.
Joburgpedia is a success story that showcases Wikimedia South Africa's efforts to work together with local organisations and government. With the support the City of Johannesburg, the Joburgpedia project was designed to increase exposure of iconic historical sites in the city.
Joburgpedia was initially launched as a pilot project, covering twelve strategic sites, with plans to expand next year. Coverage of these sites has seen an increase on Wikipedia articles edited in indigenous languages, particularly in the case of the Gandhi House in Orchards, showing the immense potential this kind of project can have, both in terms of increase coverage of our heritage, but also in providing content in African languages.
Modelled on MonmouthpediA the project installed, high quality, durable Quick Response code (QR) tiles next to the blue historical plaques installed by the City of Johannesburg. When a user scans the code with a smartphone, the Wikipedia article related to the heritage site is displayed in the language the phone is set to.
Please visit Joburgpedia for more information on the project.