Some things we’re working on now…

#VisibleWikiWomen – new global challenge for March 2018!

Knowledge mapping and Wikipedia pilots – supporting Dalit History Month, queer feminist knowledge production from Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kumeyaay indigenous knowledge production.

Community archives and oral history – exploring with Kvir Arhiv and others approaches to sharing oral and visual knowledge.

 

Dalit History Month Wikipedia edit-a-thon, image by Zhengan, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons
Members of Okvir, One World Plaform, and Whose Knowledge with a rainbow flag
Partnering on queer and feminist knowledge production in Bosnia and Herzegovina, image by Dondolids CC-BY SA 4.0 from Wikimedia Commons
Kumeyaay participants at a Wikipedia workshop
Workshopping Wikipedia with Kumeyaay organizers, image by Stan CC-BY SA 4.0 from Wikimedia Commons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Methods

Whose Knowledge? collaborates with marginalized community organizers, artists, activists, academics, researchers, technologists, libraries, archives, museums, and others around the world to:

    • recognise the importance of centering marginalised communities’ knowledge on the internet
    • build, support and represent more of this knowledge online
    • commit to sharing knowledge under freely accessible licenses or public domain where possible.

 
We raise awareness and build allies.

Mapping existing resources, knowledge gaps and opportunities around internet design, architecture, governance, knowledge productions and dissemination, and bringing together folks from different communities with complimentary experiences and skills….

It all begins by sharing information about whose knowledge is missing, how that impacts the broader internet, and how we can be allies to change that together.
 
We support adoption and adaption.
Creating and testing toolkits and practices, compiling better practices from partners, experimenting with how to adapt for different needs and contexts….

With global South and gender as some of our primary lenses, we test ideas out with pilot actions and micro campaigns.
 
We encourage action.
Organizing global campaigns, offering key organizing principles, toolkits and other resources to marginalized communities to build and represent their own knowledge online…

We’ll grow by sharing what works well to be remixed for different contexts, and partnering with media organisations and platforms to amplify and highlight campaigns.

 

Organizing Principles

    • A multi-year and multi-language global campaign that meets people where they’re at. We’re not building a traditional organization, but instead seek to connect, amplify, and facilitate many other groups doing this work. We also seek to advocate for the urgency and necessity of adopting this work to other groups who should be using this lens, but don’t do so yet.
    • With a feminist anti-colonial framework  that localises and contextualises the work. We work in full partnership with communities, organizations and networks whose knowledge has been marginalized on the internet, and respect each partner’s right to adapt materials to their own contexts. We affirm the diversity, plurality, fluidity, and intersectionality of issue, identity, and approach. How we do this work is as important as what we do.
    • Using open source and open culture principles. Whenever possible, we seek free and open solutions and advocate for open repositories. We commit to working collaboratively and as transparently as we can.
    • With a commitment to safety and security. Openness must be balanced with  safety and security for participants. Many of the open online spaces we work in cannot be fully secured, but we put the safety of marginalized communities first, and as requested, will protect identities and other personal or confidential information. We commit to incubating work in safe spaces when needed.

Practices

Open Licenses

We balance openness of design and data with the dignity and security of marginalised communities.

We are committed to licensing the content on this site with the open license: CC BY-SA 4.0. This means that unless otherwise specified, information and content on this site can be freely shared, changed or reused. You must acknowledge Whose Knowledge? and the other creators of this content as you do so, whether communities, organisations, or people. You also must distribute your new work with the same license.

However, because we work with marginalised communities who have historically seen their knowledge exploited by others, we are respectful of all that they generously share with us and the world. Communities may, at any time, request that some portion of the knowledge they share with us be licensed with restrictions other than CC BY-SA 4.0. In those specific instances, we will mark what they share with a license that reflects their wishes (for example: CC BY-NC 4.0, which does not allow for commercial use, i.e. for profit).

What success looks like

We experiment to see what works. Some ways that we think about success include:

  • Is more and better quality content about underrepresented communities and issues freely available and accessible online?
  • Is there more agency and participation from traditionally marginalised individuals, groups and communities in creating, improving and disseminating knowledge online?
  • Are more individuals and institutions aware of the ways in which the internet can deepen existing social inequalities, even as it can be a democratic public space?