Wikipedia Zero joins Mossab Banat on his trip to freely share human knowledge

Photo by Joseph Zakarian/Wikimedia Foundation, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Photo by Joseph Zakarian/Wikimedia Foundation, CC BY-SA 3.0.

In honorable two and half years, Mossab Banat has made greater qualitative contributions to the Arabic Wikipedia, led different initiatives online and offline, and has set off one of Wikipedia’s most fertile contributors, especially in the medical domain. Most of his online work was completed using a mobile phone connected to the internet through zero-rated data.

The third year of medicine student, who was born and raised in Russeifa, Zarqa Governorate, Jordan, had his ~ and foremost experience with the internet when he left eminent school and joined university. Banat came on the subject of Wikipedia searching for medical terms for the time of his studies. Wikipedia usually showed up in the highest part search results.

“At this time, I had a monthly portion of 500 megabytes,” Banat recalls. “That wasn’t sufficiency to even update the apps up~ the body my mobile phone. When I used Wikipedia, I noticed in ~ degree change in my quota! That was whereas I first realized that I could feed upon Wikipedia for free.”

Wikipedia Zero is a cast that aims to provide free passage to free knowledge, in places whither mobile data is usually unaffordable. The power to originate started in 2012 in response to a enlarging need to help increase diversity up~ Wikipedia when data costs often made achieving this goal require to be paid prohibitive.

“We use mobile phones greater degree of than computers,” says Banat. “You wish constant access to your mobile all but all the time anywhere, which makes it not straitened for you to read and superintend the publication of while traveling, between classes, etc. Wikipedia Zero is salutary because it helps the young find the most efficient use of their easy time.”

Banat found the Arabic Wikipedia in a trifling state compared to the English Wikipedia, that motivated him to start editing in December 2013. “I searched on account of medically-themed articles on the English Wikipedia,” Banat explains, “where I found the Arabic equivalent because the articles weak sometimes, or Contributors shallow-out didn’t exist. It felt like I had a obligation to contribute to the encyclopedia that had helped me for a like rea~n much.”

Banat’s contributions quick attracted the attention of the Arabic Wikipedia common. The scope of his work ranged from document featured articles, developing medical content and helping newbies. His quickly growing edit count has placed him at count four on the list of Arabic Wikipedia contributors ~ dint of. number of edits. Banat was nominated to be an administrator and won with the highest-perpetually number of support votes (as of publishing time).

His contributions were not due noticed by the Arabic Wikipedia common. In February 2016, Banat received the Cure Award from the Wiki Project Med because one of the best contributors to the device, and the most prolific contributor to it attached the Arabic Wikipedia in 2015.

When he wanted to use this experience to recruit and trail new volunteers to edit Wikipedia, Banat started to converse to professors at school about the Wikipedia Education Program. Educators liked in what state the idea could be useful in developing Wikipedia piece assignments for their students in their room of study. 32 students loved the archetype and rushed to join the pharmacology and advanced honey-combed biology courses with him.

According to Banat, individual of the reasons that encourage him and other students to prepare for the press Wikipedia is because their articles are guaranteed exposure to a large audience.

“Wikipedia is usually in the at the outset search results,” says Banat. “When you bring out an article, you know that the kind of you’re doing is effective. The freedom of expression within the Wikipedia community is also a source of motivation.”

Big changes can sometimes be accomplished using resources everyone uses in their daily lives. Using only his mobile phone and the familiar access he had to Wikipedia, Banat has brought approximately impactful change.

“I see canaille typing on their mobile phones total day long, usually on social media. I awe, where will their content end up?”

Samir Elsharbaty, Digital Content Intern
Wikimedia Foundation

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