We reinforce our open knowledge advocacy through partnerships with organisations like the Wikimedia Foundation and Creative Commons, and local cultural institutions (also called GLAMs - Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums). In collaboration with our partners we organise edit-a-thons to improve on a specific topic and workshops to introduce skills in editing on open knowledge platforms.
Our recent activities include:
Reducing the gender knowledge gap
Since 2018, and on an annual basis, JOSA along with a myriad of entities takes part in the organisation of WikiGap. WikiGap is an edit-a-thon whereby the goal is to close the gender gap on Wikipedia, particularly through contributing content pertaining to Arabic women of prominence.
Expanding the online visibility of Jordanian heritage
Through our Open Jordanian Heritage initiative in partnership with the American Centre of Oriental Research (ACOR), we have organised a series of edit-a-thons to increase content about Jordan’s heritage on open source projects such as Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons, and Wikidata. Thus far, our volunteers have contributed ~40k words to Wikipedia on various topics related to Jordanian heritage. Prominent Jordanian photographer Bashar Tabbah also donated 250+ high quality images of Jordan’s archeological landscapes under CC-BY-SA license.
Stronger community for Arabic open knowledge
In 2018 we hosted Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director, Katherine Maher, in a meetup for open knowledge advocates and became the first organisation to join the Creative Commons Global Network. In 2019, we also hosted the first “Introduction to Wikidata” workshop.