Asaf Bartov

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Asaf Bartov
Head of Global South Relationships, Wikimedia Foundation
A great many people think they are thinking when they are really rearranging their prejudices. - William James
Asaf Bartov

About me

I have been a practicing (volunteer) Wikipedian for many years; my home wiki is the Hebrew Wikipedia, but I make occasional contributions on the English Wikipedia as well. I have a strong background in software engineering, and an abiding interest in literature, education, open access, linked data, and library science.

As an unpaid volunteer, I am a founding editor of Project Ben-Yehuda and a teacher of classical Greek and Latin. I used to serve on the board of Wikimedia Israel.

My work

I am working on increasing reach (readers) and participation (editors) in the developing world (excluding India, Brazil, and the Arabic-speaking middle east, to which other staff are dedicated), through community support as well as partnerships with other NGOs and governments.

I am also in charge of the Wikimedia Grants program, and am the WMF representative in the Wikimedia Participation Grants program committee.

I'm a good first contact at the WMF if you're looking to start a Wikimedia group somewhere, or if you might need funding for your activity.
Disclaimer: I work for the Wikimedia Foundation, and this is the account I intend to use for edits or statements I make in that role. However, the Foundation does not vet all my activity, so edits, statements, or other contributions made by this account may not reflect the views of the Foundation.

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