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African Citizen History #79

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Nefert opened this issue Sep 10, 2018 · 10 comments

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commented Sep 10, 2018

Project Lead: Nefert
I opened a repo for the project here.

Mentor: Abigail Cabunoc Mayes

Welcome to OL6, Cohort C! This issue will be used to track your project and progress during the program. Please use this checklist over the next few weeks as you start Open Leadership Training 🎉.


Before Week 1 (Sept 12): Your first mentorship call

  • Complete the OLF self-assessment (online, printable). If you're a group, each teammate should complete this assessment individually. This is here to help you set your own personal goals during the program. No need to share your results, but be ready to share your thoughts with your mentor.
  • Make sure you know when and how you'll be meeting with your mentor.

Before Week 2 (Sept 19): First Cohort Call (Open by Design)

Before Week 3 (Sept 26): Mentorship call

  • Look up two other projects and comment on their issues with feedback on their vision statement.
  • Complete your Open Canvas (instructions, canvas). Comment on this issue with a link to your canvas.
  • Start your Roadmap. Comment on this issue with your draft Roadmap.

Before Week 4 (Oct 3): Cohort Call (Build for Understanding)

  • Look up two other projects and comment on their issues with feedback on their open canvas.
  • Pick an open license for the work you're doing during the program.
  • Use your canvas to start writing a README, or landing page, for your project. Link to your README in a comment on this issue.

This issue is here to help you keep track of work during the first month of the program. Please refer to the OL6 Syllabus for more detailed weekly notes and assignments past week 4.

@acabunoc acabunoc added this to the Cohort C milestone Sep 13, 2018
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commented Sep 25, 2018

Vision Statement Draft

Working to surface and share as much information about Africa as possible. We hope to build a one stop destination for accurate and objective information on the continent and its cultures that go as far back as possible.

Draft 2: Working with Afrophiles to unearth and document most of precolonial African experiences, and re-imagine colonial and post-colonial African history through African lens. We hope to build a destination for alternative narratives about the continent and its cultures that Afrophiles and others can use to re-shape their perceptions of themselves and of the continent.

We are working open because 1)we believe this is a public resource,2) we believe the sheer scale of the project can only be achieved through collective intelligence, and 3)because we wish to develop a version that is not motivated by interests that gain financially and politically by shaping the narrative a certain way.

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commented Sep 26, 2018

This sounds like a really interesting project! I'd be curious to learn more about how it differs from existing tools, like Wikipedia or traditional journalism/academic historical work, to gather and share information about specific topics.

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commented Sep 26, 2018

This projects sounds very, very interesting and I get a good idea of it by reading the statement! It's very ambitious, which is great! Because of this, it could be improved a little, in my opinion, by adding who this is aimed at as a contributor group. Who do you want to work with to make this happen?

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commented Sep 29, 2018

@skade I totally agree with you... the "who" is missing for me. I love this project! Citizen history like citizen science, right? Maybe looking at some of those projects might inspire some of the ways you approach your vision.

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commented Oct 1, 2018

@annekainicUSDS Thank you! Technically, it doesn't differ much from Wikipedia. It's basically an encyclopedia. Beyond that, there are two things that make it slightly different; a) It will solely focus on Africa. As you might be aware, contributors from Africa to Wikipedia are very few. This will be a way of rallying others to contribute to a shared knowledge resource by giving them something they can can strongly identify with. 2) Everything will be viewed from the "African perspective". For instance, Johann Ludwig Krapf would the first European to see Mt. Kenya, not the first man.
It will rely heavily on traditional journalism/academic historical research of course, but with a slight twist to re-evaluate the perspective. I guess the biggest question we are aiming at answering here is " who is the storyteller?"

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commented Oct 1, 2018

Thanks @skade & @alzellner! Yes, pretty much like citizen history. I will share an updated vision statement that will include the "who's".

@Nefert Nefert changed the title Crowdsourced African History African Citizen History Oct 1, 2018
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commented Oct 1, 2018

@alzellner I just borrowed your words for the title. Thank you 😊!!

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commented Oct 6, 2018

@Nefert It sounds like an interesting project. But I could not access to your canvas. Can you grant access? Thanks a lot

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