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About WikiFundiEdit

WikiFundi in briefEdit

The WikiFundi is a software that provides off-line editing environment that mimics the Wikipedia environment. WikiFundi allows for training and contribution when technology, access and electricity outages fail or are not available at all. It enables individuals, groups and communities to learn how to edit Wikipedia, and to work on articles collaboratively. It requires a local server (such as a raspberry PI) which will provide a local network to which editors may contact.
Once completed and connected to the internet, the articles produced can be uploaded to Wikipedia.

Further context

Leaflet presenting WikiFundi V2

Choice of Software nameEdit

Wiki - self explanatory...

Fundi (/ˌfʊndɪ/, not /ˌfʌndɪ/)[1] - in Bantu languages from South Africa to Tanzania (Swahili) and Congo (Lingala) fundi means a learned person. Depending on environment this could be a teacher, an expert in general, a skilled artisan or master craftsperson, an expert in a particular area. The term has crossed over also into other languages like Zimbabwean and South African English.

Motivation for WikiFundi as the project name:
School children in southern Africa refer to each other as being a “fundi” - as in “can you help me with my homework, you’re such a maths fundi”. Wikipedia is associated with being clever, it imparts knowledge. The use of the term Fundi is a play on words - Wiki Fundi teaches you a skill, and it also gives you access to knowledge. It is a clever programme that teaches you how to teach others by writing articles about things that you are passionate about.
The software will be called WikiFundi - as it makes those who engage with the software into experts at editing Wikipedia, and ultimately experts in their subject by contributing to Wikipedia.

First release (2017)Edit

WikiFundi poster released during Wikimania 2018 for the launch of V2
WikiFundi was the focus of a lightning talk. Here, Georges, Nfana and Florence posing with the posters at the French convention 2018)
Florence and Katherine Mayer (director of Wikimedia Foundation) at Wikimania Cap Town 2018 during the poster session
At the Wikimania Stockholm 2019
UserGuide V2 - October 2018
Leaflet presenting WikiFundi at release. WikiFundi was first released early 2017

The first release of the software took place in January 2017. The WikiFundi software is intended to support the WikiAfrica movement and Wikimedia volunteers across Africa thanks to Florence Devouard (Anthere) and Isla Haddow-Flood, from Wiki in Africa association. It has been realized in collaboration with Wikimedia CH and Kiwix. It is set up by Anthere, Emmanuel Engelhard (Kelson), Florent Kaisser, Renaud Gaudin and other members of the community. The development of this software is made possible thanks to the Wikimedia Foundation and the Orange Foundation. The WikiFundi software and its documentation are licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0.

Second release (2018)Edit

A second release occured in Fall 2018. It features bugs fixing, improvement of user experience, and better software-size optimisation. This second version is financially supported by a grant from the Wikimedia Foundation and is hosted by Wiki In Africa Association.

Third release (2021)Edit

A third release should occur in 2021. Initial versions were only accessible in French and English. 2021 release will expand to Spanish. See WikiFundi/2021

Links to download the softwareEdit

You have two options.

Option 1
You want the WikiFundi software alone with no additional content. Just the software.
If so

Option 2
You want both languages (English and French) together and/or you want some of the free content proposed by Kiwix at the same time for a fuller experience.
Such additional content can be Wikipedia offline in English, Vikidia offline in French, Wiktionary in Arabic, WikiMed, the WikiMooc proposed by Wikimedia France etc.)... if this is the case, please contact Florence for a specific package. You can find all available packages in all languages on the Kiwix Wiki, as well as a sortable Google sheet here. We can pretty easily prepare a specific package for you using, so feel free to ask and we will hel (in most cases, the size of the content will be the limit).

Tech ReadMe and bug report

UserGuide and supportEdit


UserGuides V2 (2018)

UserGuides V1 (2017)

Other contents



Tech road mapEdit

Links for the 2021 version

Github for the 2018 version :

  • Nov 2018: release of V2
  • 14 mai 2018 : First fonctionnal Docker Image to install and configure MediaFundi with an unique container
  • 21 mai : Script using Pywikibot to synchronize articles and templates (without medias) from a config file (for FR/EN)
  • 28 mai : Script using Pywikibot to synchronize medias related to synchronized articles. Check if all data appears in the synchronized articles.
  • 4 juin : Publication of the Docker image on Docker hub. Using a continuous integration solution
  • 11 juin : Fixe display issues for main browsers on multiple OS : Ubuntu, MacOS, Windows 7+, Android.
  • 18 juin : Publication of a online version. Script to export MediaFundi as a tarball.
  • 25 juin : Kiwix integration.
  • 1 juillet 2018 : Collects of issues after online publication


See alsoEdit

About first release

People working on async issues

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Thank you Ingo for the clarification