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Bisharat.net <firstname.lastname@example.org> Thanks to John Thornton and Richard Bradshaw for bringing up the subject of Wikipedia and articulating the reasons why African studies should treat it as a serious resource. I would add three quick thoughts: 1) Adding and improving content relating to Africa on the Wikipedia might be framed in terms of outreach. 2) It might be possible to work with students in the context of courses on Africa to add to the Wikipedia. For instance an assignment to critique and if necessary update/correct/complete Wikipedia entries. One imagines this could have some interesting spinoff effects, such as motivation (not just writing an assignment for a grade, but disseminating something for others to use), and initiation into a kind of scholarly publication (I know that sounds stretched, but for undergrads and beginning grad students it would likely be the first time they "publish" anything serious on the web or anywhere else). Sure there's a risk of introducing less than ideal material into the system, but in theory at least, if enough people are doing this, poor quality content will be improved - and the quantity of information available on Africa will also increase. 3) Although the vast majority of Wikipedia's content is in English, it is expressedly a multilingual resource with currently a small amount of content in some African languages. So another area for contribution might be entries in these and other still-unrepresented languages of the continent. In addition to contributions by African and Africanist scholars, advanced students of African languages might also be a source of additional content (under guidance of their instructors, and perhaps as part of what they are graded on in their language courses).