2023:Program/Equity and Community Health/B7NPQW-Wikimedians of the Caribbean (Wiki Cari) Present : a Proposal for the Wiki Organizational Alliance for Small Island States (WikiOASIS)

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Title: Wikimedians of the Caribbean (Wiki Cari) Present : a Proposal for the Wiki Organizational Alliance for Small Island States (WikiOASIS)


Ian Ramjohn

Sherry Antoine

Sherry is representing AfroCROWD as its Executive Director and Wiki Caribbean as its Lead Organizer AfroCROWD.org: Sherry Antoine is an outreach strategist and speaker committed to addressing gender and diversity gaps. She is the executive director of AfroCROWD, an outreach initiative and Wikimedia user group seeking to champion the African Diaspora on Wikimedia projects and increase awareness of Wikimedia and the free knowledge, culture and software movements among people of African descent. She is the lead organizer of the Wikimedians of the Caribbean Wikimedia user group, dedicated to the Caribbean and its Diaspora. Sherry holds a master’s degree in public administration from the American University School of Public Affairs in international management and has researched and written on digital trends in emerging nations. Wikimedians of the Caribbean (aka Wiki Caribbean or Wiki Cari): Is a Wikimedia User Group formed in October 2018 and formalized in April 2019 holding events every year since. Our leadership team comprises highly-involved Wikipedians who have led workshops and trainings, participated on panels and delivered sessions. Our lead organizer directs another user group, AfroCROWD, was the founding New York City co-chair of the Diaspora Women’s Network, and is a public speaker who has spoken at the United Nations as has our communications lead and our lead wiki advisor. Our membership lead develops training workshops for Wiki Education and each has presented at prior conferences in the Wikimedia Movement. Pic: Jordan McRae, CC BY-SA 4.0

Brandon Sullivan

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Room: Room 309

Start time: Fri, 18 Aug 2023 11:15:00 +0800

End time: Fri, 18 Aug 2023 11:45:00 +0800

Type: No (pretalx) session type id specified

Track: Equity, Inclusion, and Community Health

Submission state: confirmed

Duration: 30 minutes

Do not record: true

Presentation language: en

Abstract & description[edit source]

Abstract[edit source]

The WikiOASIS Session is a panel lead workshop proposed to address common issues faced by Wikimedians in small island developing nations. The group will look into items like knowledge equity and explore common ground issues like climate change and other subjects disproportionately affecting island nations. The session will also afford the platform for lateral collaboration between small islands not typically considered as developing states as well.

Description[edit source]

Tracks under which this proposal fits: -[Primary] Equity, Inclusion, and Community Health
-[Secondary] GLAM, Heritage, and Culture

Brandon Sullivan; Sullivanbusiness@outlook.com | Richard Knipel; pharosofalexandria@gmail.com |Ian Ramjohn; ian@wikiedu.org

The purpose of the group is to tackle issues of underreporting and lack of coverage of small island nations on Wiki projects. There are some subjects that overlap regardless of region and other areas that are shared among this grouping. Many small islands can be overlooked on wiki projects. Other issues like proximity to larger countries can leave local media for example overlooked as well local events, even national events, under reported, thus affecting coverage on Wiki. Sometimes these nations can even disappear on the “map” of conversation related to items important to their regions and beyond.

The panel and workshop will last for 90 minutes and will be attended by both diasporans and current dwellers of the prospective nations.

The main objective of the group will be to work together to find innovative solutions to common challenges and learn from and support each other.

The program will start with a short presentation by WikiCaribbean and panel guests. The session will focus on creating a long-term alliance for collaboration. The group will aim to come up with ideas on how to address overlapping subjects regarding small island nations, knowledge equity and other issues common among us regardless of location on the globe. For example climate change, and other topics. This group will look at ways to tackle these issues, and build alliances aimed at developing partnerships succeeding Wikimania. The hope is to have participants leave with a platform for collaboration; helping drive innovations in issues related to Small Island Devloping States (SIDS) succeeding in the Wikimedia Movement.

Following this session, WikiCaribbean and other host members will hold a West Indies Meets East Indies mixer during Wikimania social activities for those interested in helping build outside coalitions amenable to this effort and beyond!

Further details[edit source]

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

Overall, the workshop aligns with the event themes of diversity, collaboration, and future by promoting inclusivity, knowledge sharing, and long-term impact.

By bringing together the diasporans and current dwellers of the small island nations, the workshop helps promote diversity by giving voice to underrepresented communities and involving them in Wiki projects. The collaborative nature of the workshop, where participants work together to come up with solutions to common issues, promotes collaboration and knowledge sharing. The workshop also focuses on the future by addressing issues such as climate change and knowledge equity, which have long-term implications for small island nations and the world at large. By creating an alliance, the aim is to work beyond the immediate scope of the conference and have a lasting impact within the Wiki community – promoting better engagement, understanding, and inclusion of small island nations within the Wiki projects and the movement.

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