Afripedia Project

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Afripedia Project
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A teacher using Kiwix in Koulikoro, Mali
Locations of 13 universities where Kiwix was deployed as part of the Afripedia project
Hardware (a plug computer, yellow, a wireless router, and a USB drive carrying a fresh copy of the French Wikipedia) used in the Afripedia project

The Afripedia Project was launched in mid-June 2012 and is ongoing. It aims to expand offline Wikipedia access in French-speaking Africa, and encourage Africans to contribute to Wikipedia.[1] The project installs local Kiwix-serve wireless and intranet servers and provides training and maintenance support.[2]

The founding partners are Wikimédia France, the Institut Français, and the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie.[3] French is spoken by an estimated 120 million (2010) people in Africa, spread across 24 francophone countries.[4]

Access to Wikipedia from USB keys was not new in Africa, but keys are often very outdated,[1] where Afripedia is regularly updated.[5] Many of the partnering universities have low-bandwidth internet, but a few have no internet access.[2]

The project offers additional content besides Wikipedia, such as Wiktionary.[5] Any content that is first packaged in a ZIM file can be relayed over the Afripedia network;[6] Project Gutenberg and Wikisource, for instance, are available as ZIM files.[7][8]

The project also encourages the formation of Afripedia clubs for local users.[9]

The project has been described as a worthy stopgap measure, until such time as internet access can be developed throughout Africa.[3]

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