2023:Program/Submissions/THE MIX AND MASH OF SUSTAINING A NEW WIKIMEDIA COMMUNITY: PULLING ON COMMUNITY DRIVEN INITIATIVE - LRFRTN
Title: THE MIX AND MASH OF SUSTAINING A NEW WIKIMEDIA COMMUNITY: PULLING ON COMMUNITY DRIVEN INITIATIVE
Ngozi Perpetua Osuchukwu - Ngostary2k
Ngozi Perpetua Osuchukwu is a trained Librarian and Information Scientist. She is a Lecturer, researcher, and Wikimedian. She is also a Certified Wikipedia Trainer: Reading Wikipedia in the Classroom. She belongs to Wikimedia User Group Nigeria, Wikimedia Anambra Network, Ig Wikimedians User Group, GLAM, and Eduwiki. She is the Coordinator of the Wikimedia Anambra Network. She has planned and facilitated many Wikimedia activities. She has skills in information, media, and digital literacy. She has presented and published papers on Wikimedia, locally and internationally. Ngozi has won awards and special recognition for Wikimedia contributions. She is also active on social media platforms. https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?search=Ngozi+Osuchukwu&title=Special:MediaSearch&go=Go&type=image
Track: Community Initiatives
Submission state: submitted
Duration: 30 minutes
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Presentation language: en
Abstract & description[edit source]
This paper harnesses the experiences and real setting of nurturing a new Wikimedia community, showcasing developmental activities through collaborations and wild ideas, the challenges and the need for community-driven initiatives
The heart of every community is the inclusive program that identifies the needs of every member. This involves participation, capacity building, social events, and the widening of horizons. Wikimedia in its wisdom creates spaces to leave no one behind with new ideas and thoughts that blend. Indeed, the saying that the bigger the merrier is well suited to a family of Wikimedia community. Wikimedia Anambra Network started operations in September 2022. It announced its coming by creating awareness, inviting members with the aims of learning together, generating and sharing information. The types of members comprised professors, elites, students and entrepreneur. Thus, it was a clear combination of real community with a target population that requires mixing, mashing and blending of activities to capture and sustain the different types of groups. As the months go by, it became imperative that more activities are needed to sustain the members’ interest, ensure willing and ready contributions on the digital content as well as initiate localized activities. This paper highlighted the mixing and mashing of community-driven initiatives in the local network that inspires the members to keep keeping faith with Wikimedia strategies. It showed the participants’ efforts in sharing knowledge and the challenges of keeping the members together. Hence, from community members learning together to the incorporation of social activities and collaborating with other organizations, sustainability seems to be working. There is a need to share experiences and learn from others on the good practices of keeping the members of the community intact and ready to answer to volunteering Wikimedia activities
Further details[edit source]
Qn. How does your session relate to the event themes: Diversity, Collaboration Future?
It talks about moving into other types of learning and sharing activities that relate to collaboration. It also highlights the sustainability of the Wikimedia community in long term activities
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?