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By Resident Mario

Wikimedia in Tunisia

Tunisia is nestled between Algeria and Libya on the southern Mediterranean
The Wikimedia Foundation recently visited Tunisia as part of its Arabic Catalyst initiative, expanding on an Arabic Wikipedia convention and GLAM fellow Liam Wyatt's visit to Doha last November (Signpost coverage). The city is the first stop on a regional tour focused on "kicking off the start of Wikipedia awareness activities in universities and other independent spaces ... and helping connect current editors with new enthusiasts."

During the visit, two Wikipedians (Ciphers and OsamaK) and Moushira Elamrawy, a chapters relations manager on the Global Development team, took part in a lecture at the National School of Engineering on open licenses, free knowledge, and Wikipedia in education. According to Elamrawy, "It was a good chance to answer questions and misconceptions related to the use of Wikipedia in education [and] to meet with students of open source clubs who will form a starting point of Wikipedia clubs in their schools."

They also met with the managers of the National Library of Tunisia, convincing them to start work uploading their digital archive to Wikisource and Commons, and to adopt a computer system using Wikipedia as the default search option. Elsewhere, a meeting was organized with a presidential consultant, who seemed enthusiastic about potentially releasing the presidential photographic collection under a Creative Commons license, pending their digitization. The visit was documented by Radio Maliss, which interviewed the Foundation staff. According to Elamrawy, "it was a good start with lots of promising steps that need our follow up"; Jordan is the next stop on the tour, followed by Algeria.

Where the money comes from

More than a month after the conclusion of this year's record-breaking donation campaign, the Wikimedia Foundation has posted its analysis of the donator population, based on data gathered in last April's Editor Survey 2011. The data is constructed on five broad points:

Further information and discussions on donations, fundraising, and where the money will go have been collected at Meta.

What prompted you to donate money to Wikipedia?
Why have you chosen to not donate to the Wikimedia Foundation? Please choose all that apply.

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"Awareness was lowest in Russia (64 percent), Brazil (56 percent) and the United States (56 percent), and highest in India (61 percent) and Egypt (70 percent)". Err, what? NW (Talk) 00:40, 8 February 2012 (UTC)[reply]

Yeah I probably should have clarified that. ResMar 02:36, 8 February 2012 (UTC)[reply]
I agree; they have a seriously deep reserve of cash right now, wouldn't hurt to use it. ResMar 02:38, 8 February 2012 (UTC)[reply]
Actually, we are developing the tool; Blade, I sent you an email weeks ago explaining what was going on. I should have the engagement strategy and survey out by the end of this coming week :). In future, if people have questions about how development is going, it might be an idea to ask ;). I'm happy to talk to anyone and answer any questions if you just let me know you have them. In relation to "Inactive since September"; We ran the survey in October/November (and I know you're aware of that, because you replied to it) and have been holding interviews with patrollers in December and January. I appreciate this may seem slow; it took 3 weeks for legal to approve our permissions forms, because they kept getting distracted by other stuff. Nevertheless, we have started development. Okeyes (WMF) (talk) 03:14, 8 February 2012 (UTC)[reply]


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