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Wikipedia Primary School: Providing on Wikipedia the information necessary to complete the cycle of primary education in the languages used by the different education systems.

English title Wikipedia Primary School: Providing on Wikipedia the information necessary to complete the cycle of primary education in the languages used by the different education systems.
Applicant Pensa Iolanda
Number 148975
Funding scheme Bilateral programmes
Research institution Laboratorio Cultura Visiva (LCV) Dipartimento Ambiente Construzioni e Design SUPSI
Institution of higher education University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland - SUPSI
Main discipline Educational science and Pedagogy
Start/End 01.02.2014 - 30.06.2017
Approved amount 219'055.00
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All Disciplines (2)

Discipline
Educational science and Pedagogy
Arts

Keywords (5)

OER Open Educational Resources; Intellectual propriety; Open content; Education; Wikipedia

Lay Summary (Italian)

Lead
Con oltre 400 milioni di lettori, 280 versioni linguistiche e 30 milioni di articoli, Wikipedia è la più nota e consultata enciclopedia online, e il più potente strumento educativo disponibile su Internet, telefonia mobile e offline. Nonostante la sua centralità, Wikipedia non offre al momento una documentazione bilanciata da un punto di vista geografico, né le informazioni necessarie al completamento del ciclo di studi della scuola primaria nelle lingue usate dai diversi sistemi educativi. 
Lay summary

L'obiettivo del progetto di ricerca applicata Wikipedia Primary School - sviluppato all'interno di una collaborazione Svizzera-Sudafrica - è quello di contribuire alla qualità di Wikipedia e potenziare la sua capacità di essere uno strumento educativo. In modo più specifico, il progetto sperimenta una nuova metodologia che sostiene il lavoro dei volontari di Wikipedia con il coinvolgimento di riviste scientifiche, organizzazioni ed esperti. In collaborazione con persone e istituzioni il progetto crea e valuta un "Wikipedia Scientific Journal", un sistema per commissionare, vagliare e diffondere con licenza libera 100 articoli di Wikipedia rilevanti per il ciclo di studi della scuola primaria. 

Garantire l'educazione primaria universale è un obiettivo del Millennio ed è al centro dell'attenzione di numerose ricerche, iniziative e organizzazioni; molti studi negli ultimi decenni hanno analizzato il funzionamento di Wikipedia e il contributo delle comunità online al sapere. Il nostro lavoro vuole creare un ponte tra educazione primaria, sapere collaborativo e review scientifica, sperimentando e valutando il contributo che questa sinergia può produrre.

Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 05.03.2015

Responsible applicant and co-applicants

Employees

Project partner



Corporate bodies

Name Address
Africa Centre Africa Centre 28 St George's Mall ZA-Cape Town
Wikimedia Switzerland Wikimedia Switzerland Escaliers du Marché 2 1003 CH-Lausanne

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
Wikimedia South Africa South Africa (Africa)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Wiki Indaba 2014 South Africa (Africa)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
University of Cape Town - UCT South Africa (Africa)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
Wikimedia Switzerland Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
Africa Centre South Africa (Africa)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
Strategic Narratives of Technology and Africa Talk given at a conference The need to contribute to Wikipedia. The improbability of an African Wikipedian 30.06.2017 Madeira, Portugal Pensa Iolanda;
ECAS European Conference on African Studies Basel Talk given at a conference Workshop Wikipedia ECAS Basel 2017 - Literature and sources about African cities and open access 28.06.2017 Basel, Switzerland Pensa Iolanda; Pucciarelli Marta;
Università di Bergamo Talk given at a conference Il sapere Open Access: riflessioni. Prospettive di collaborazione fra Wikimedia Italia e l’Università di Bergamo 27.02.2017 Bergamo, Italy Pensa Iolanda;
ECAS European Conference on African Studies Paris Talk given at a conference The role of scholars in contributing to Wikipedia 08.07.2015 Paris, France Pensa Iolanda;
Swiss Researching Africa Days Talk given at a conference Wikipedia as a new cultural battlefield 17.10.2014 Bern, Switzerland Pensa Iolanda;
Incontro Cooperazione e Sviluppo USI - SUPSI Poster Wikipedia Primary School 15.04.2014 Lugano, Switzerland Pucciarelli Marta; Pensa Iolanda;
ACASA Arts Council of the African Studies Association - Triennial Symposium on African Art Talk given at a conference Presentation about "Douala: The Social, Political, and Artistic Value of Public Art" with reference to the content produced within the research for Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons, and the role of scholars in contributing to Wikipedia 21.03.2014 Brooklyn Museum, New York City, United States of America Pensa Iolanda;
Research projects - Presentation at SUPSI - Department of Teaching and Learning Poster Wikipedia Primary School 01.02.2014 Locarno, Switzerland Botturi Luca;


Knowledge transfer events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Date Place Persons involved
Design Festival Bern (about Wikipedia Primary School visual design as a research tool) Talk 05.05.2017 Bern, Switzerland Profeta Giovanni; Pensa Iolanda;
Wikimedia CH general assembly Talk 21.03.2015 Bern, Switzerland Pensa Iolanda;


Self-organised

Title Date Place
Workshop Wikidata SUPSI - Chapter 2 03.04.2017 Lugano, Switzerland
Workshop Wikidata SUPSI 06.02.2017 Lugano, Switzerland
Wikipedia Primary - The Way Forward 09.11.2016 Cape Town, South Africa
Wikipedia Primary School meeting at Wikimania Esino Lario 28.06.2016 Esino Lario, Italy
Presentation of the project and the data visualisation of results at the workshop “Potenziare la visibilità ed efficacia della cooperazione allo sviluppo attraverso licenze libere e Wikipedia” 18.03.2016 Lugano, Switzerland
WikiPrimary meeting in Cape Town with experts in the field of education 19.06.2014 Cape Town, South Africa

Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Community Digest: Using data to visualize Wikipedia knowledge gaps Wikimeida Foundation Blog International 2017
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Articles related to the South African primary school curricula on Wikipedia Wikipedia in English International 2014
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Wikipedia Primary School Information on how to replicate the project on Meta (Wikipedia and Wikimedia project coordination) International 2014
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Wikipedia Primary School - project description SUPSI website Italian-speaking Switzerland 2014
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Wikipedia Primary School and WikiAfrica WikiAfrica website International 2014
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Wikipedia Primary School Project Wikimedia education newsletter International 2014
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Wikipedia Primary School SSAJRP programme Meta (Wikipedia and Wikimedia project coordination) International 2014

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
158539 Culture and Safety in Africa 01.09.2015 Agora

Abstract

"Wikipedia Primary School" is a project which allows students, families and teachers to find on Wikipedia the documentation necessary to obtain the primary school qualification in their country, in their language.Wikipedia is meant to be an educational tool and it is currently available online, via mobile phones and offline. Experiences have showed that, once accessible, Wikipedia does not provide information that responds directly to curriculum-based questions. The project relies on Wikipedia as an existing and growing resource, it solves the need of an encyclopaedia capable of responding to curriculum-based questions and, it fosters Wikipedia content, quality and outreach.Wikipedia Primary School contributes to universal primary education and to the Millennium Development Goals (MDG2: Achieve Universal Primary Education ). Even if it is scalable and international, the project is conceived primarily to address African countries and languages. The joint research project Wikipedia Primary School developed within a Swiss and South African collaboration specifically focuses on the theoretical frame of the project and in developing and evaluating a system to assess Wikipedia articles for primary education and to involve a wide network of scholars and contributors in their production. The project is an applied research involving a team lead by SUPSI University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland and the University of Cape Town, and benefitting from the partnership with Wikimedia Switzerland, and the Africa Centre based in Cape Town.
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