re:publica the German conference for the internet society was in Accra, Ghana and Africa for the first time this December 2018.
I had 2 sessions at re:publica 2018
- Open Maps, Open Data: Power of Accessible Geo Data
- Create, Contribute and Edit: Introduction to Wikidata
I spent most my time as a long time member of the Wikimedia Ghana User Group volunteering at our booth engaging and talking to visitors about our movement and what we do. As usual we all know of Wikipedia but not everyone knows they can also contribute to this shared knowledge repository.
My first session was co-led with my colleague SOB Willy-Franck of SOGEFI and OpenStreetMap Africa. We had a diverse audience of participants where we both presented what OpenStreetMap is, how it’s driving growth and development across the Africa continent and the world. We highlighted use cases and projects involving OpenStreetMap and capacity nuilding across the Africa including but not limited to:
- OpenStreetMap and Haiti earthquake, 2010
- Open Cities Africa
- Ramani Huria
- Map Kibera
- Mapping for Ebola
Willy also displayed how SOGEFI uses OSM data and engaging with civil and government institutions in Cameroun. We had an interesting ecounter with the participants answering questions and exchanging contacts.
You’re invited to participate or support State of the Map Africa gathering in Grand-Bassam, Ivory Coast from 22 to 24 November 2019.
I quickly have to run for my next session which was just after Open Data, Open Maps. Want to say kudos to the rpAccra programme team for great coordinantion getting us up and running after our was changed.
Wikidata is the free knowledge base that can be contributed to by anyone. Wikidata is a structured linked database. It’s a Wikimedia Foundation project just like Wikipedia but more than just text and media.
You can find my slides for the Wiki Data session here
re:publica was a great experience. I didn’t miss the social session; pre and during :)