By Pamela Ofori-Boateng
The Africa Wikimedia Developers Project (AWMD) organized its second workshop in Cote d’ivoire last week after the first edition was held in Ghana last year.
The two-day workshop saw participants schooled on how to use phabricator to track bugs (problems on media wiki: the software responsible for all Wikimedia projects.)
Additionally, participants were taken through the various Wikimedia Internal Relay Chat (IRC) channels; how to install and deploy Mediawiki, the software Wikimedia relies on to operate.
The facilitators for the event were Felix Nartey and Samuel Guebo.
Up until recently, there were no developers working on Wikimedia projects from Africa prompting the initiation of AWMD project which seeks to indulge developers from Africa to volunteer for the Wikimedia Foundation.
Ultimately, the project seeks to create an enabling environment for developers to learn and build skills in the Open space by volunteering as developers for the Wikimedia foundation.
On the surface, the initiative has held two workshops but participants have come from 6 different countries: Ghana, Nigeria, Cote D’ivoire, Gambia, Cameroon and Dr Congo.
The next AWMD event is scheduled to take place in Nigeria.