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Sadik Shahadu is an open advocate and a professional project manager with over 4 years of experience in managing community projects.
He is a certified professional at NTEN and currently volunteer in coordinating Wikipedia related projects in Ghana.
He is the co-founder and Director of Communication and partnerships for GOI Foundation.

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Sadik Shahadu

Team #Ghana off to #Stockholm, for #Wikimania 2019. See you soon guys. #Wikipedia

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Wednesday, June 26 2019

The Global Open Initiative Foundation hosted its monthly homebrew website meeting to discuss how they can extend their network to more students in Ghana. The Known OER network is an initiative of the Foundation with seed funding from the Southern Connecticut state university. The project helps the Accra indieweb homebrew website club to build free websites for university students.

These websites allow students to own customized websites on the goifnetwork.org. The purpose of this initiative is to help students to create their own OER by publishing their own learning materials.

Out of 15 university students, 5 students have already received their own websites!

Visit: GOIF network or Our meta page to learn more.

Hosting an indieweb Africa summit in Ghana

The team also invited Greg Mcveery, a mentor and a member of the advisory board for Global Open Initiative Foundation to discuss the possibility of organising an indieweb Africa summit in Ghana.

 

Sadik Shahadu

Looks like is presenting more Scholars to this year than any other country from . A total of 8 scholars. 3 out of 8 are coming from my org. Wait.. I'll also be there for a day so 4 in all.

Sadik Shahadu

Accra indieweb homebrew website club meeting by Global Open Initiative Foundation (Wednesday, June 26 2019)

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Wednesday, June 26 2019

The Global Open Initiative Foundation hosted its monthly homebrew website meeting to discuss how they can extend their network to more students in Ghana. The Known OER network is an initiative of the Foundation with seed funding from the Southern Connecticut state university. The project helps the Accra indieweb homebrew website club to build free websites for university students.

These websites allow students to own customized websites on the goifnetwork.org. The purpose of this initiative is to help students to create their own OER by publishing their own learning materials.

Out of 15 university students, 5 students have already received their own websites!

Visit: GOIF network or Our meta page to learn more.

Hosting an indieweb Africa summit in Ghana

The team also invited Greg Mcveery, a mentor and a member of the advisory board for Global Open Initiative Foundation to discuss the possibility of organising an indieweb Africa summit in Ghana.

 

Sadik Shahadu

An interview with a participant of the final English-Twi Wikipedia translation workshop organised by Global Open Initiative Foundation.

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On the 1st of June 2019, The Global Open Initiative team hosted the final English-Twi Wikipedia translation workshop after a successful two events within the last 3 months. The previous epic events were incredible and featured on a number of several Ghanaian local news websites such as Africa feeds, Ghana Web, My News Gh, Daily Mail Gh, My News Online and the likes. The second event also attracted DW News Africa team who were present to cover the event. Watch an interview between DW news Africa and the GOI Foundation team.

As usual, participants were excited about contributing to Wikipedia in their own mother tongue. Below is an interview with one of the participants:

Sadik: Please tell us your name and what you do?

Eunice: My name is Eunice Mensah, I am a student journalist at the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ).

Sadik: Great. Tell me about your experience with this event so far?

Eunice: It's amazing to be part of this event. This is actually my first time editing Wikipedia and I am really excited about that.

Sadik: Tell me, When you first heard about how you could translate English Wikipedia to a language you barely read or write, what was the first thing that came to your mind?
Eunice: For me, the first thing that came to my mind was how much of the language I can speak and to even think of writing or translating it. It looked like an impossible task but all the same, I decided to give it a try after a little encouragement from you. I did not attend alone, I came along with two of my little nieces; Christabel, age 11, and Peggy, age 6.

I was told this particular event was the third English-Twi translation event organized by the group but this was our first event ( myself and the kids). It is a great experience. I got to understand Wikipedia a lot more: the "dos", the "donts" and the perks from Ursula (The facilitator for the event). Harriet took me through my Wikipedia account creation.
Translating English into Twi wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be and the kids even told me it wasn’t so difficult because there was a translator who helped me in using the content translator to translate from English to Twi. She also helped me with some spellings of certain key Twi words.

Sadik: Awesome! So what will you say to people out there who don't know much about Wikipedia translation like you before you joined?

Eunice: I encourage everyone especially students to be part of this exciting project. So if you are interested in contributing to Wikipedia and getting more local content on Wikipedia then join us at our next meeting.

Sadik: Thank you for your time.

Eunice: It's my pleasure.

Watch a video interview with some of the participants.

Sadik Shahadu

Global Open Initiative Is Presenting 4 Scholars To Attend Wikimania 2019 In Stockholm, Sweden

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It’s the time of the year when advocates of free knowledge across the globe are gearing up to attend Wikimania; the annual conference of the Wikimedia Foundation where volunteers of Wikipedia and other sister projects gather to brainstorm ideas around the future of free knowledge. This years’ Wikimania is scheduled from August 14 - 19 at Stockholm University, and would feature “ seasoned volunteer editors, researchers and data scientists, members from the medical community, librarians and other free knowledge leaders&rdquo. Drawing from a pool of thousands of applications, Wikimedia Foundation and affiliates tend to sponsor outstanding members of the Wikimedia community to attend Wikimania on full or partial scholarships.

This year, four (4) members of the Global Open Initiative Foundation passed the rigorous selection process to receive full scholarships to attend the conference:

Mohammed Sadat Abdulai (User:Masssly)

A recipient of Wikimedia Deutschland scholarship, Mohammed is a co-founder and director of Global Open Initiative. He has been a power user of Wikimedia projects for more than 8 years, with interests in supporting small language wikis and their communities. He plans to get actively involved in the Wikimania 2019 Hackathon projects on developing bots, tools and gadgets to address local use cases for small language wikis or project communities. Mohammed will also be co-presenting "State of Wikimedia Research 2018-2019" with collaborators from the monthly Wikimedia Research Newsletter.    

Zita Ursula Zage (User:Celestinesucess)

Another recipient of Wikimedia Deutschland scholarship, Zita is a co-founder and projects coordinator of Global Open Initiative. Zita has been actively involved with the Wikimedia Community for 4 years now with interest in bridging the digital gender gap and supporting small language wikis and their communities. With this conference, she plans to share and learn from others on how to grow local language wikis. She will also be co-presenting “ The difficulties of Wikipedias in languages that are not taught in school" with Gereon Khalkul.    

Harriet Henry Bayel (User:Mwintirew)

The Events Manager for the Global Open Initiative also received a full scholarship for Wikimania 2019. She is a long time Wikipedian who has contributed and facilitated successful projects for the Wikimedia Foundation. She is an open advocate who is very passionate about volunteerism and bridging the digital gender gap. Open Knowledge, women and youth empowerment are matters of great concern to Harriet. With this conference, she plans on learning to establish partnership and ensure active engagement of Ghanaians, especially the youth in the Wikipedia movement.    

Gereon Kalkuhl (User:Gereon K.)

A member of the advisory board for the Global Open Initiative Foundation also received a full scholarship f from Wikimedia Deutschland. Gereon is a translator and an interpreter from Ennepetal, Germany. He is also a Wikipedian since 2006, has written more than 1600 Wikipedia articles and has more than 135,000 edits on Wikimedia projects. In the Wikipedia and Wikimedia movement, he is administrator, press contact and juror and was also a Community Strategy Coordinator for the Wikimedia Foundation. He has been schooling new Wikipedia users in Germany, South Africa and Rwanda – in libraries, on conferences, workshops and writing events. Gereon submitted two presentations for Wikimania 2019. He hopes to present "TraingsKit" with Christine Domgörgen and "The difficulties of Wikipedias in languages that are not taught in school" with Ursula zage. Global Open Initiative Foundation is a donor-funded not-for-profit established in Ghana but working globally to enhance the visibility of vital data and open access material that strengthens the basis for tackling social problems that confront marginalised communities; such as challenges in public service delivery, transparency and democratic control, and availability of educational resources. Find out more about us here.

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The State of Open Data in Ghana.

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In 2017, Ghana hosted the 2nd  Africa open data conference that brought together several countries from Africa and beyond. Other representations were from Asia, North, South America and Europe.

Sadik Shahadu at Africa Open Data conference Ghana 2017

In attendance were global organisations like Facebook, the United Nations, world wide web foundation just to mention a few. In fact, it was one of my best and most fulfilling international conferences I ever attended in Ghana. A group photograph of Africa Open Data Conference 2019 participants in Ghana

As a volunteer, a presenter and a participant, I had the opportunity to participate in several unconference sessions that gave me a lot of insights on how the average African perceive open data. One of those encounters was when I interviewed 3 random participants; one from Ghana, another from Algeria and the last person was from Nigeria. Both the Nigerian and the Algerian were well positioned when it comes to open data. Unlike my Ghanaian colleague who had little or no knowledge about open data. According to him, he doesn't see the need for people to open their data for public consumption as compared to public sectors who holds tons of data but doesn't allow public access. The first example he sighted was the Statistical service in Ghana.

Sadik Shahadu at Africa Open Data conference in GhanaParticipants of Africa Open Data conference

The Ghana Open Data Upload Challenge and Hackathon

On the 2nd of April 2019, Mobile Web Ghana with support from the National Information Technology Agency (NITA) and the ministry of Communications organised the first ever open data upload challenge and hackathon in Ghana.

Participants of Ghana open data upload challengeSeveral datasets were collected from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, National Road Safety Commission, The Registrar General´s Department and many other MDAs in Ghana. Over 50 data experts and IT professionals participated in an intensive 4 days data challenge.

The event officially started on the 2nd day of April 219 with an introduction to the Ghana open data portal by Mr Eric Akumia from NITA. In his presentation he said: 

Open data empowers citizens to take action. This enables a vibrant ecosystem.

He further elaborated on how open data will foster consensual building with citizens over the adoption of a national policy in sectors such as education, agriculture and the health sector. Participants were divided into several groups to compete in the upload challenge using Datasets from the participating MDAs.

At the end of the challenge, the energy commission group took home Ghs 2,000 cash prize for emerging winners. the 1st and 2nd runners up also walked away with Ghs 1,500 and a laptop respectively.

 

The data hackathon Challenge

Ghana open data upload challenge 2019The last 2 days were focused on data hackathon where participants were asked to develop applications from the data sets the government agencies uploaded on the portal. Over 17 different groups of developers presented their data ideas to the judges to select winners for the next stage of the project. 

Click here to [Watch the hackathon challenge ]

At the end of the data hackathon challenge, a group called "Waste to Gold" won the ultimate prize with an amount Ghs 15,000. 

Sadik Shahadu at Ghana Open Data upload challenge

 

Open Data: The new ¨Oil¨ in Africa

Open data, as they say, is the new ¨Oil¨ in Africa. We need to find it, we need to extract, refine, distribute and monetize it for sustainable development in Africa.  A search on the Open Governance Partnership portal shows the involvement of Ghana from 2012. The Open Government Partnership brings together government reformers and civil society leaders to create action plans that make governments more inclusive, responsive and accountable. In the spirit of multi-stakeholder collaboration, OGP is overseen by a Steering Committee including representatives of governments and civil society organizations.

Data upload challenge

Our road map

 Ghana joined  the Open governance partnership initiative in 2012 with a 2 action plans and four (4) commitments:

  • Open contracting

  • Revenue management

  • Fiscal transparency

  • Policy portal

 

Our challenges in the open governance partnership initiative

 

  • Challenges in getting data

  • Information not timely

  • Funding

  • Data relevancy

  • Quality of data

  • No open data policy

  • Copyright issues

 

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