Wikimedia Research in Africa

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Wikimedia Research in Africa

abdelwaheb turki
Dear Friends,

I saw yesterday the research output of African institutions about Wikipedia and other WIkimedia projects in Web of Science Core Collection. The query was:

TOPIC:(Wikipedia OR Wikipédia) OR TOPIC:(Wiktionary OR Wiktionnaire) ORTOPIC: (Wikisource) OR TOPIC:(Wikinews) OR TOPIC: (Wikiversity OR Wikiversité) OR TOPIC:(Wikimedia Labs) OR TOPIC:(Wikimedia) OR TOPIC: (Wikimedia Commons) OR TOPIC: (Wikispecies) OR TOPIC: (Wiki Loves) OR TOPIC:(Wikidata) OR TOPIC: (Wikimedia Incubator) OR TOPIC: (Mediawiki) ORTOPIC: (Meta-wiki) OR TOPIC:(Wikiquote) OR TOPIC: (Wikivoyage OR Wikitravel) OR TOPIC: (Wikibooks OR Wikilivres)

Timespan: All years. Indexes: SCI-EXPANDED, SSCI, A&HCI, CPCI-S, CPCI-SSH, ESCI.
I found that only 53 of the 3832 researches  dealt with Wikimedia projects were from African countries (1,3%) and that only 12 African countries do Wikimedia research. This situation should be ameliorated by trying to do collaborations with African scientists, countries and institutions that do Wikimedia Research. Here is their lists:

Countries: Tunisia (14), South Africa (10), Egypt (10), Algeria (8), Nigeria (6)

Institutions: Université de Sfax, Tunisia (9), Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki, Nigeria (5), Université de Tunis El Manar, Tunisia (3), Université de Sousse, Tunisia (3), Université de M'hamed Bougara Boumerdès, Algeria (3), University of Science and Technology Houari Boumédiene, Algeria (2), University of South Africa, South Africa (2), Université de Carthage, Tunisia (2), Nile University, Egypt (2), Cairo University, Egypt (2), Benha University, Egypt (2)

Authors: Mohamed Ali Hadj Taieb, Faculty of Sciences of Sfax, University of Sfax, Tunisia (5), Stanley C. Igwe, Department of Neuro-psychiatry, Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki, Nigeria (5), Mohamed Ben Aouicha, Faculty of Sciences of Sfax, University of Sfax, Tunisia (5), Mhamed Mataoui, École Militaire Polytechnique, Algeria (3), Abdelmajid Ben Hamadou, ISIMS, University of Sfax, Tunisia (3), Meriem Amina Zingla, Faculty of Sciences of Tunis, University of Tunis El Manar, Tunisia (2), Yahya Slimani, Faculty of Sciences of Tunis, University of Tunis El Manar, Tunisia (2), Hoda M O Mokhtar, Faculty of Computers and Information, Cairo University, Egypt (2), Mohamed Mezghiche, Université de M'hamed Bougara Boumerdès, Algeria (2), Ghada Feki, ENIS, University of Sfax, Sfax, Tunisia (2), Rim Fakhfakh, ENIS, University of Sfax, Sfax, Tunisia (2), Anis Ben Ammar, ENIS, University of Sfax, Sfax, Tunisia (2), Chokri Ben Amar, ENIS, University of Sfax, Sfax, Tunisia (2), Samhaa R. El-Beltagy, Center of Informatics Science, Nile University, Egypt (2), Chiraz Latiri, Faculty of Sciences of Tunis, University of Tunis El Manar, Tunisia (2), Eslam Amer, Faculty of Computer Science and Information, Benha University, Egypt (2).

I ask about how Wikimedia Research team can collaborate with these performant Wikimedia researchers from Africa to increase African Wikimedia research output productivity and if it will be excellent to invite them to WikiIndaba 2018.

Yours Sincerely,

Houcemeddine Turki
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