we heart wikipedia.

16 Nov

It’s time for Wikipedia’s yearly fundraiser again. Last year I donated some money, I think I might again this year. If it’s between spending $5 on coffee or giving it to Wiki, I’d rather do the latter.

I also like reading all the stories that people send in about how Wikipedia has touched their lives. I just read this one and I thought you might enjoy reading it too.

“I’m from Agnam-Goly, a Sahelian village in north-eastern Senegal with a population of 3,143 inhabitants. (…) I used Wikipedia the first time in 2007 for educational purposes while I was studying in Cheikh Anta DIOP university of Dakar. At the beginning, I thought like many other students in Dakar that the Wikipedia articles are all completed work to which I can’t add anything- I mean a closed system. (…) But by curiosity, I entered the name of my village (Agnam-Goly) within the Wikipedia search tool, and I noticed that the article entitled “Agnam-Goly” does not exist but I can create it. And I said to myself “wow, how come?!”. I was so happy to know that I can be part of the system, I mean becoming an active Wikipedia user and contributor.
(…)
Well, I started elaborating on the article about Agnam-Goly (…) Then I shared worldwide lots of information about my village: its history, tradition, geography, economic, social organization, myths, beliefs, people, architecture, and culture. As I didn’t have a digital camera for my first Wikipedia writings, I said to myself that I can use a drawing which I can scan and share. The first image I used for my village was a diagram of its infrastructures: its school, health clinic, borehole and wells, the central market, the soccer field and the mosques. And that idea works quite good as I do not have a digital camera. But it can be hard to convey every reality of my village through drawing and it is time consuming. So I started saving some money in order to buy a digitalcamera, which took me four months. I bought a digital camera and took more than one thousand pictures related to my village so that I can share them through Wikimedia commons and use some of them to elaborate on the article about my village.
(…)
But what I learnt most from all of that is the fact that the best of the communities is the community of knowledge and sharing and that’s what WIKIPEDIA means to me.
(…)
PS: I wish I had money to donate to Wikipedia. I hope to do so one day, after all, I made the digital camera possible!”
You can find the article that Adama started in the French Wikipedia: Agnam-Goly.

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One Response to “we heart wikipedia.”

  1. Sam November 17, 2010 at 10:37 am #

    I love this! And I donated this year, too 🙂

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