Creative Common (CC) license has a host of the several public copyright license that enables the free distribution of an otherwise copyrighted work. A CC license is used when an author wants to give people the right to share, use, and build upon a work that they have created. CC provides an author flexibility (for example, they might choose to allow only non-commercial uses of their own work) and protects the people who use or redistribute an author's work from concerns of copyright infringement as long as they abide by the conditions that are specified in the license by which the author distributes the work. Creative Commons licenses do not replace copyright, but are based upon it and provides some rights reserved as opposed to Copyright all rights reserved.
Open Foundation West Africa, educates Ghanaians on the use of Creative Commons licenses through a series of CC Salons. This is an opportunity for many Ghanaians to get educated, network, share ideas and get enlightened about this important and useful way of licensing their work. Watch our events and training page for information about the next event.
Our OpenCon Satellite Event(s) iis an extension of the annual OpenCon Conference, which has the sole purpose of promoting and starting discussions around Open Access. We have since 2 years organised satellite events in at least 2 regions in Ghana (Ashanti and Greater Accra) and looking forward to many more across the country.
Open Access is the future, especially for a country like Ghana where income distributions are uneven and internet is not quite affordable. Visit our events and training page for upcoming satellite events.
Wiki Needs Girls
OFWA is particularly keen about bridging the gender gap in the Open Movement, we have worked towards this goal through campaigns such as Wiki Needs Girls, Wiki Loves Women and Arts and Feminism Campaigns. All focused on providing content about women related and recruiting more women into the movement.
The Wiki Needs Girls Campaign goes a step further by acquaint young women with skill sets in ICT and encouraging their contribution in the open space. This program solves the number one problem, ability to use the technology and then additional layers of training are added to equip the young women on ways to contribute to the Open Movement. Find out about our next event here.
OFWA is currently exploring ways to provide free open textbooks for students from the Junior and Senior High School level in Ghana. This will be the first of its kind in Ghana and will ease up the financial burden of students who cannot afford such resources. Watch our blog space for updates on this project.
Wikipedia For Schools
The Wikipedia for schools program is an opportunity to ensure access to Wikipedia and its sister projects. It tries to bridge the accessibility gap through the provision of offline reading and contributing resources. Kiwix is an offline solution that allows you to access educational content like Wikipedia and its sister projects. Open Foundation West Africa, instituted Wikipedia for schools with the installation of the Kiwix platform onto computer labs in schools where students could not access the internet. This project started with 800 students from Wa Senior High Technical School, in Northern Ghana. Through this campaign we have developed other education models that can help a school (senior or junior high school) in your community.
Get in touch if you are interested in starting a Wikipedia for schools program or have some ideas to make this program better. For more information on activities related to this project, keep an eye on our events and training page.
Ashesi Wiki Club
Wiki Club Ashesi started as one of the first of its kind to promote Wikipedia Education programs in Universities, We are proud to have partnered with Ashesi University. During the club sessions, students edit and publish articles on Wikipedia. They also translate already published articles into native languages and lead open activities on campus.
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Africa Wikimedia Developers
AWMD is a project which seeks to start a developer community on the African continent and to encourage more developers to volunteer for the Wikimedia Foundation. Our goal is to create an enabling ecosystem for developers who are willing to learn and build new skills in the open space through volunteering as developers for the Wikimedia Foundation.
Read more about the project here.
The idea of this project was first borne out of a publication by the archival institution calling for help to save the further deterioration of their holdings. On April 11th 2017 Ghana launched its first ever Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAM) project. The project which was dubbed GLAM Ghana, its focus is to digitize the holdings of the Public Records and Archives Administration department (PRAAD) and to release these content with open licenses to allow use on Wikipedia and other sister projects. Find out more about the activities for this project here.
Wiki Loves Monuments
Wiki Loves Monument is an international photo contest that affords participating countries an opportunity to document historical or monumental structures. This allows to preserve culture, history and the heritage of the country for the unborn generation.
Follow this link to learn more.