The research project Mobile Access to Knowledge: Culture and Safety in Africa. Documenting and assessing the impact of cultural events and public art on urban safety contributes to the Wikimedia projects with its background documentation.
The Wikimedia partnership
- All the project documentation is by default under the Creative Commons attribution share-alike license.
- Contacts with GLAMs and people to have access to their documentation on Douala, Johannesburg and Luanda, to ask them to release it with the license Creative Commons attribution share-alike and to receive and share the necessary authorizations.
- Uploads of images (photos and maps) on Wikimedia Commons. This task is specifically needed because it is not necessarily possible from anywhere (i.e. in Douala is very difficult to make bunch uploads of large files due to the instability of the Internet connection).
- Contribution to add categories and templates.
- Contribution to improve existing Wikipedia articles and to create new articles related to Douala, Johannesburg and Luanda, their cultural events, public art, artists, art critics and institutions.
- Testing a methodology which relies on Wikimedia projects to share background documentation related to scientific research and to make it widely available with open licenses.This methodology is presented in the project Methodology Guide.
The reasons why the research Culture and Safety in Africa contributes to the Wikimedia projects are:
- Sharing the project background documentation and make it widely available worldwide.
- Involving people and institutions in bringing together heterogeneous documentation on a specific topic, to archive it online (on Wikimedia Commons), to make it available for further research and different uses and to contribute to reuse it and improve it.
- Increasing the quality and quantity of African content on Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects. It is relevant to mention that images in specific fields related to Africa do also represent an important first source; they document the existence and notability of events, artworks, institutions and landmarks.
A project coordinated by the Laboratory of Visual Culture at SUPSI University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland.
Research team: Emanuela Fanny Bonini Lessing, Serena Cangiano, Marilyn Douala Bell, Ntone Edjabe, Ismail Farouk, Davide Fornari, Aude Guyot, Luca Morici, Iolanda Pensa, Marta Pucciarelli, Didier Schaub, Fabio Vanin.
Associated members: Fernando Alvim, Roberto Casati, Lorenzo Cantoni, Simon Njami, Edgar Pieterse, Isabella Rega,
External evaluators and contributors: Alfred Anangwe, Sylvie Kandé, Federica Martini, Inge M. Ruigrok. They are contributing with their documentation also ArtBakery, Lard Buurman, Cercle Kapsiki, Ginette Daleu, Sandrine Dole, Lucas Grandin, Christian Hanussek, Goddy Leye, Roberto Paci Dalò, Chiara Somajni, Paulin Tchuenbou, Kamiel Verschuren and all the artists involved by doual'art, and the projects WikiAfrica Cameroon, WikiAfrica, Share Your Knowledge and Mobile A2K.
Coordinator: Davide Fornari
Curator: Iolanda Pensa (curator also of the project Mobile A2K in collaboration with Roberto Casati)