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2023:Program/ESEAP Region/HRHGFV-The Challenges of Developing Knowledge and Local Groups in French Oversea Territories in the Pacific

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Title: The Challenges of Developing Knowledge and Local Groups in French Oversea Territories in the Pacific


J. N. Squire

I’m an active contributor on the Wikipedia in French since 2009, and later on Commons and Wikidata. I’m also a member of the Wikimedians for Sustainable Developement User Group. I also translate a lot from English to French. I’m involved in technical and community discussions for preventing issues coming from bad accessibility, such as the huge redesign of the Main page on the Wikipedia in French (2017) or the transformation from Pages for Deletion procedure to Notability Debates (Débats d’admissibilité, 2021-2022) on the same wiki. I also bring some accessibility input to the team developing the Vector 2022 redesign. I also try to promote Wikimedia projects through workshops to people involved with local and reliable knowledge, such as libraries and associations.

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Room: Room 325

Start time: Sat, 19 Aug 2023 15:30:00 +0800

End time: Sat, 19 Aug 2023 15:50:00 +0800

Type: Lecture

Track: ESEAP (East, South East Asia, and the Pacific) Region

Submission state: confirmed

Duration: 20 minutes

Do not record: false

Presentation language: en

Abstract & description[edit source]

Abstract[edit source]

France has oversea territories in the Pacific territories that have less coverage on Wikimedia projects than on European mainland. How to fix it?

Description[edit source]

France has four oversea territories (ex-colonies) in the Pacific: New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna, Polynesia, and Clipperton. Although they are culture-rich and got some autonomy, it’s not the case of the content dedicated to them on projects, such as Wikipedia, which is underdeveloped in about every topic. Worse, their semi-autonomous status excludes them from the reliable website references usually used to write on regular French departements! And most of the project users don’t inhabit these territories either.

In this conference, we’ll see how colonization impacted the production and accessibility for knowledge. We’ll also analyse if previous initiatives by the Wikimedia France in French oversea territories could be reproduced there to fix this knowledge inequity and develop local communities with some autonomy from the metropolitan territory.

Further details[edit source]

Qn. How does your session relate to the event themes: Diversity, Collaboration Future?

France is present in the Pacific with oversea territories that are very cutlture-rich an diverse compared to the European territory. Collaboration with local people and organisations and their empowerment to create local groups. We need to avoid sending a lot of editors from the European territory France, to cut costs and greenhouse gases emissions. We need to display the diversity of cultures from the French Republic, including ones that might disappear (or taht already did) due to colonization consequences, despite natives being full citizens since the end of Wolrd War 2.

Qn. What is the experience level needed for the audience for your session?

Everyone can participate in this session

Qn. What is the most appropriate format for this session?

  • Empty Onsite in Singapore
  • Empty Remote online participation, livestreamed
  • Empty Remote from a satellite event
  • Tick Hybrid with some participants in Singapore and others dialing in remotely
  • Empty Pre-recorded and available on demand