Local Wikipedia chapter is African first

first_imgStudents translate Wikipedia content on Software Freedom Day, held in Pretoria in September 2010. The local Wikimedia chapter will look to develop all of South Africa’s indigenous languages on Wikipedia. The South African Wikimedia chapter logo as proposed by Wikipedian Bence Damokos. (Images: Wikimedia SA) MEDIA CONTACTS • Kerryn McKayDirector, the African Commons Project+27 11 486 0211 RELATED ARTICLES • New website for rural community • Internet revolution for Africa • Google Earth zooms in on SA • Open access to SA journals • Ubuntu software for schoolsShamin ChibbaNext time you search for South Africa in Wikipedia, you may do so in any of the country’s 11 official languages. That’s because South Africa is getting its own Wikipedia chapter, the first of its kind on the continent.A group of local Wikipedians, as they are known, have made it their mission to make Wikipedia more accessible and relevant for South Africans.Kerryn McKay, director of the non-profit African Commons Project, said the chapter is a bringing together a number of Wikipedians to represent the goals of the Wikimedia Foundation, which runs the massive online encyclopaedia.“We decided there needs to be an organisation to help formalise the process locally. These chapters are very independent and can do their own thing. But they have to further the goals of Wikipedia.”One of those goals is for each country to establish its own chapter and increase representation of all the world’s languages. South Africa, with its wealth of indigenous languages, is perfectly placed to lead the African continent in reaching this goal.Geared towards empowering people The mission of the Wikimedia Foundation, according to its website, is to “empower and engage people around the world to collect and develop educational content under a free license or in the public domain and to disseminate it effectively and globally”.McKay said one of the benefits of having a local chapter is that it can help community projects by providing resources or even funds.“Other chapters get funding locally that they then distribute to community projects in their area,” she said.The South African chapter will also look to develop the local languages on Wikipedia and subsequently translate content, promote awareness of projects and their proper academic use, support the creation of local free knowledge and media, and offer scholarships for promising local students.A long processThe South African chapter itself is still in the early stages of development. The group have decided upon the legal structure and are currently developing a constitution and appointing five directors, who will take the process further.“It’s been a very long process. It started with a kick-off workshop last September that pulled together Wikipedians from around the country. We are now finalising the by-laws and are awaiting approval from the Wikimedia Foundation,” said McKay.Other procedures still awaiting finalisation are the registration of the chapter locally; approval from the Wikimedia Foundation for the constitution; and development of a Wiki presence – all of which could take a further two months.The group have agreed upon establishing the chapter as a non-profit organisation and are set to begin operating by the second quarter of 2011.No longer a dubious sourceWikipedia, which prides itself on being a free but comprehensive encyclopaedia, has always allowed users to add their own content. This garnered the website a poor reputation amongst scholars, who felt the information could be inaccurate if it was not developed by qualified individuals.The foundation is now working towards earning a name for itself as a more credible source for the academic world.“We have a few academics in the group who are looking for ways to make the website work in an academic environment,” said Mckay.She added that references play a large role in determining the accuracy and legitimacy of a post. “There are lots of watchdogs on Wikipedia. It is difficult to write rubbish on topics as it needs citations. There is a strong discipline of monitoring on the site,” said McKay.DirectorThe African Commons Projectlast_img read more

Brand South Africa celebrates International Women’s Day

first_imgJohannesburg, Friday 08 March 2019 – International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. This day was identified for well over a century ago, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland.This year’s campaign theme #BalanceforBetter, is a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world. How will you help make a difference? The United Nations Women is an entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women supports #BalanceforBetter. This is done through putting emphasis on achieving a gender-equal world that requires social innovations to work for both women and men, leaving no one behind. It begins with making sure that women’s and girls’ needs and experiences are integrated at the very inception of technology and innovations.Africa has and continues to make strides in achieving gender-equality, with women like, Aja Fatoumata C.M. Jallow-Tambajang a Gambian politician and activist who served as Vice-President of the Gambia and Minister of Women’s Affairs, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf the Liberian President and the first democratically-elected female President on the African continent. While in South Africa, a country with a widely admired constitution ranks 2nd place out of the G20 members, with at least 42% seats in parliament held by women. Another first for the country is Phetogo Molawa, who became the first woman of colour to take command of the SA Air Force.As the country celebrates International Women’s Day, Brand South would like to remind all South Africans, to play their part towards progressive change, that promotes constitutional awareness of a free and fair society for all. To this end, and in strengthened efforts to elevate women’s voices, the organisation has partnered with W-Suite, a platform for advocacy and action aimed at bringing woman into key leadership and operational roles, particularly in the C-Suite across organisations, markets and governments.Brand South Africa’s Acting Chief Marketing Officer, Ms Sithembile Ntombela said; “it is important that we are very much aware of what the Constitution’s promise to women is and live up to it. The W-Suite is a platform that reminds women to have the power to act, and if we know this reality we become aware and believe that we uplift each other”.The W-Suite media launch will be held on 20th March 2019 at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), Johannesburg, more details to be shared closed to the time.About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to promote pride and patriotism among South Africans, to contribute to nation building and social cohesion.Social Media:Facebook: @OfficialBrandSouthAfricaTwitter: @Brand_SAInstagram: @BrandSouthAfricaAbout W-SuiteW-Suite a platform for advocacy and action towards bringing more women in key leadership and operational roles particularly in the C-Suite across organisations, markets and governments. W-Suite provides a platform whereby all relevant stakeholders can engage on how we can collectively increase women’s influence on the Africa Union’s development programme (NEPAD) and towards the attainment of Agenda 2063, The Africa We Want.Social Media detailsFacebook: W-Suite ZATwitter: @ZaSuiteInstagram: @wsuitezaHashtag: #WSuiteSummit2019last_img read more

Making Sense Of Google’s New Social Stuff: Messaging, Hangouts & Google+

first_imgtaylor hatmaker Google Talk. Talk was Google’s Instant Message client. It’s also called Google Chat or “GChat,” by many people who didn’t even know it was called Talk to begin with.Google+ Hangouts. Hangouts was Google+’s group video chat service, from the social network’s launch back in 2011.Google+ Messenger: A product redundant with Google Talk, Messenger was Google+’s own IM client.Google Voice: Google’s cult-hit digital telephony client, Voice allows users to route all their calls to one phone number. Google Voice works for calls and texting both on desktop and on its much-neglected mobile apps for iOS and Android. Now, Hangouts becomes the messaging mini-umbrella under the social mega-umbrella of Google+. Hangouts, now available across desktop and mobile, will unify Google Talk, Google+ Messenger and the old Hangouts video chat service of yore. According to a statement from Nikhyl Singhal, Google’s head honcho of real-time communications, Google Voice will be folded into Hangouts too (Yay!), though there’s no word on when.Google+ Gets A Lot Of LoveMessaging may have been the messiest area of Google’s social services, but Google+ is the big umbrella that covers them all. Amidst the company’s epic 3-hour-plus Google I/O keynote yesterday, Google+ guru Vic Gundotra announced approximately one million updates to Google+, the social network that the company launched two years ago. Okay, he pegged the number at 41 … but that’s almost a million. For a full breakdown of Google’s social updates, hit the company’s official blog post or just cruise around in Google+ for a while. The social network has been the butt of many a joke over the last few years, and we’re happy to see Google take the time to spruce things up a little.Photos by Nick Statt for ReadWrite.  The updates are extensive. As a regular Google+ user, it’s actually difficult to get a sense for what changed, since the redesign looks and feels right in stride with Google’s recent overall changes in user interfaces that runs from Google+ to Google Glass to Google Now and Android. So here’s a list of some of the most notable of the 41 updates: A multi-column layout. This can be toggled off, if you’re still into the Blogger single-column-era.Photos and videos get even bigger. Google is really into making media massive – and we would be too if the average person knew how to share properly high-res photos.New animations. Things are flipping and sliding all over the place in there.A third dimension. You can scroll up and down through your social stream, but Google wants you to be able to scroll in too. Now you can take a deeper dive on a given Google+ post -or is it a Card? I think we’re suppose to call everything Cards now — via related hashtags, which will lead you to more content of interest. It will also take you further down the Google+ rabbit hole, of course. Lots of treats for photographers. Google+ has a thriving community of awesome photogs, and Google is keen to do right by them. Photos in Google+ now have all sorts of cool bells and whistles. A few I’m particularly stoked about include “auto highlight,” which de-emphasizes duplicate and blurry pics, automatically picking the best shot out of a batch. I’ve yet to test this extensively, but since I have a habit of bracketing (taking multiple shots at different exposures) – even on my phone – choosing the best photo of a set can be a major timesuck. This feature could help there. Another feature, “Auto Awesome,” can stitch together shots in a series to make a playful Photobooth-esque picture or even a Vine-like animated gif. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#Google#Google IO13#io13#social media#social networks Related Posts With a whirlwind of announcements at its Google I/O developers conference this week, Google’s vast suite of social products is finally starting to look like it was created by a single company and not cobbled together via a series of haphazard acquisitions. Here are the highlights of what’s changed:Hangouts: Google Messaging, Unmessy At LastGoogle is finally doing something to prune its thicket of messaging products. Let’s start with a look at the various chat and messaging products that were due for some much-needed spring cleaning: Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

Sesame Street Autism character now at Beaches Resort TCI

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, August 29, 2017 – Providenciales – Children with Autism are being especially considered by Beaches Resort Villages and Spa now with the addition of a new Sesame Street Character.    Julia is a shy and winsome 4-year-old, with striking red hair and green eyes; she likes to paint and pick flowers and when Julia speaks, she often echoes what she’s just heard her friends Abby and Elmo say; Julia has autism.Rosemary Truglio, Senior VP for Curriculum and Content at Sesame Workshop was in the TCI for a special training.“…to make all children feel that they are recognized on Sesame Street.  So by bringing Julia to the Beaches Kids Camp, they too will feel that they are included, that they are special and that they are amazing, and by having this activity, we are now also educating typically developing children and the general population what does it mean to be a child on the Autism spectrum, and I think that’s really important because with knowledge and understanding we have respect.”The new Julia joined Sesame Street initially in books, then this past spring, she debuted in a few TV episodes and now, Julia is here in the Turks and Caicos Islands; Beaches on Friday invited local media to come in for a peak.“Well basically the training that we did prior to this and also this training has changed it a lot, because it helps you to not label them, it helps you to look at them for what they really are and help them to be more comfortable in their environment.”Julia is amazing and is supposed to help other children with autism feel amazing too, the antics of Cookie Monster may be too much for a child on the autism spectrum, but not Julia – her demeanor is already proving, says Beaches, to be just right.“We go to see how he reacted to Julia, and it made him feel more comfortable from when he went to see Cookie Monster who is alway jiving and dancing, and he was a bit scared.  So with Julia being here this will be great for us, we can offer  better Sesame Street programs to kids of every dynamic.”The training took place all last week.#MagneticMediaNews Related Items:last_img read more

ECs bias towards AL exposed BNP

first_imgBNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi. Prothom Alo File PhotoBNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Wednesday alleged that the election commission’s biased role is getting exposed gradually with its activities to ‘ensure the ruling party’s victory’.”The election commission is resorting to various tricks and strategies as it probably wants to ensure the ruling party’s victory, even before the election. They staged a dress rehearsal of it through revoking huge nomination papers during the scrutiny,” he said.Speaking at a press conference at the party’s Naya Paltan central office, the BNP leader also said the EC only scrutinised the nomination papers of the BNP and Awami League’s rebel and independent runners, not the ruling party’s.Rizvi also alleged returning officers declared valid the nomination papers of Awami League candidates as per a list provided by prime minister’s adviser HT Imam without scrutinising those.He alleged that the EC, led by KM Nurul Huda, is working as per the plan of the ruling party to hold a one-sided general election.Rizvi said the EC is going to issue a notice asking the candidates to submit the lists of their polling agents before them. “It’s part of a blueprint so that a new drive can be launched against our activists seeing the lists as we saw such a situation during the city polls.”The BNP leader said the commission is taking all the steps in support of the ruling party while it has no move to ensure a level-playing field.Speaking at the press conference, BNP vice chairman Hafizuddin Ahmed said the country is heading towards a ‘farcical and dangerous’ election under a partisan government and the election commission.He said though the electioneering will start on 10 December, their leaders and activists cannot go to their areas due to arrest and harassment by the law enforcers.The BNP leader said they repeatedly urged the chief election commissioner to create a congenial atmosphere, but he did not take any step in this regard.He said the EC neither transferred the officials of the police and administration nor recovered illegal and legal arms after the announcement of the election schedule as per the tradition.”These arms will be used against the leaders and activists of BNP and other opposition parties. So, time has come to rethink whether we should participate in such an election. We may lose our many activists in the days to come while many others may get maimed,” Hafiz added.last_img read more