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This month has been very intense because of the accumulation of events regarding the organization of the 10th anniversary celebrations and usual activities. The impact in the Catalan media has been extraordinary. It may have contributed to the increase in pages read on the Catalan Wikipedia by 70% over the same month last year. Many activities have been aimed at increasing the number of editors on Wikipedia. In this respect many results have been achieved but under the objectives we had set. At present the number of active editors of Wikipedia in Catalan is 10% larger than last year at this time.

Courses and conferences[edit]

  • Viquifabricació. On March 2 and 10 courses were made editing on Wikipedia at the University Jaume I of Castellon. Gomà & Pacopac. As a result, 104 students have enrolled, 10 in Catalan and 94 in Spanish.
  • Viquibalear. This year’s edition has come to an end. Almost 136 articles have been moved to Wikipedia. The awards ceremony took place on March 29 at the Ramon Llull Institute of Palma. In the subsequent meeting with the General Direction of Educational Innovation, they said that they are very satisfied with the experience and they will schedule the next edition. Paucabot, User:Antoni Salvà, Barcelona, Tomeu87.
  • March 5. Workshop editing Wikipedia (aimed at teachers) at the Citilab of Cornellà de Llobregat. Barcelona.
  • March 17. Talk-debate: 10 years of Wikipedia. Aula Magna of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Girona. Arnaugir & Castor
  • March 17. Workshop editing on Wikipedia. Vilanova I la Geltrú. Pallarès and Kippelboy.
  • March 18. Workshop editing on Wikipedia at the University of Andorra. Góngora.
  • March 18. Workshop editing on Wikipedia at Berga’s Telecenter. Toniher.
  • March 19. An introduction to Wikipedia and guided editing session. Citilab of Cornellà de Llobregat. CECBLL Esther & SMP.
  • March 19. Guided editing session on Wikipedia. Mata de Jonc School of Palma. Paucabot.
  • March 19. Guided editing session on Wikipedia. Salesians de Ciutadella. Ciutadella de Menorca. Agdo.
  • March 21. Presentation on Wikipedia and a course on how to edit it. IES Betxí. Coet.
  • March 27. Workshop editing Wikipedia. Micalet Choral Society. Valencia. Gomà.

Thematic conferences[edit]

This month, coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the Catalan Wikipedia, we organized six thematic sessions.


On March 15 the Open University of Catalonia was the Roundtable on Research and Wikipedia. The results of several research projects about Wikipedia were presented. We also explained the role of the WMF Research Committee and proposed an online collaboration between the University, Wikipedia, and Amical in order to carry out the strategic plan. Lilaroja, Dvdgmz, Eaibar & Gomà. On March 21 it was the Wikipedia Research presentation at the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Lilaroja. We really expect that our proposed alliances will bear any fruit.


On Friday the 18th at Golferichs house, Barcelona was the working day "Viquipèdia and Education". In the morning it was dealt with elementary school and high school. Several experiences where presented: Viquibalear, Viquiescoles, Experimenta_wiki, EduWiki, Viquiprojectes Olympic Games (2008) and Astronomy (2009) and Viquilletra. At the afternoon the subject of the Viquipèdia at University was treated: Viquifabricació UPC, Wiki Realidad Virtual - GMM UOC, GRF wiki UOC, and Viquiprojectes (ILV and Tipografia) - GMM UOC, audiovisual Viquiprojecte:Telecomunicacions EUETIT and ETSETB- UPC

Minority languages.

On Saturday 19th we made the working day in Perpignan on minority languages and Wikipedia. This is a futher step to launch a working group to help each other. Attended Wikipedians in Occitan, Aragonese, Esperanto, Hebrew, Amerindian languages, Catalan, Portuguese, roman and eusquera as well as people from apertium and mozilla projects. Were raised several lines of collaboration and exchanged experiences and ideas. Among them extend and integrate amical-bot with apertium to make it accessible to these languages and retrofeed apertium with revised texts to improve the sytem continuously. The bot to create articles from statistical data has been redesigned to fit these languages. Eusquera tests have already been made and the results are pretty good. We also proposed to continue the work at Wikimania 2011 and do part of the session in Esperanto (with a previous online course for all attendees). It can be a very enriching experience. Capsot

Photography Contest in Alghero.

The contest has been finished and the competition awards delivered. 21 contestants participated and submitted 200 pictures. Gusdan

Museums. Glamwiki Barcelona.

On March 21 was the GlamWiki day 2011 at the Picasso Museum in Barcelona. Kippleboy. We have to thank Liam Wyatt's presence. The conference was a success. Both participation, more than 150 people as the results. At the moment there are already underway:

  • Picasso Museum project collaboration in the medium term (they have passed a set of ideas)
  • Maritime Museum: a courtesy visit one (they are thinking about a backstage pass or some kind of award or similar)
  • Railway Museum of Vilanova: Starting to manage a project (this will be in summer)about the world of rail
  • Museum of Lleida: We will do a Miniglamwiki for Museum of Lleida
  • MACBA: A Shorter -term project collaborative development of a particular article.
Feast of Wikipedia public outreach.

On March 19 at the premises os Barcelona castellers we celebrated the great feast of Wikipedia public outreach. We mounted an exhibition with 10 posters on wikipedia and attended the public offering to collaborate in writing, there was cake and fun activities, very crowded, hight echoed in the media. Toniher, Lluis_tgn, KRLS, Mezod, Davidpar, Kippelboy, Baggio, Eilas beginning.


We have sent press releases announcing the 10th anniversary of the Catalan Wikipedia and the various acts that have been developed. We also anounced the awards ceremony and presentation of book Wikipedia in Palma. This has generated a great impact in the media. A brief summary:

Relation with entities.[edit]

  • Departament of Linguistic Policy in Catalonia.
  • Departament of Linguistic Policy of the Balearic Islands.
  • President of Aran Valley Council
  • Deputy Mayor of Perpignan
  • Authorities Municipality of Alghero.
  • Publishing Department of the Polithechnic University of Catalonia.


  • Presentation of the book "Wikipedia". Together with the delivery of the prize Wikibalear there was the act of public presentation of this book in Mallorca. The department of linguistic policy of the Balearic Government announced the distribution of 150 copies between schools on the islands. Paucabot and Gomà
  • In order to use them in acts of the 10th anniversary we have developed 10 posters explaining various aspects of Wikipedia they set up an exhibition that may be used in different formats and frames. We also have two roll-ups usefull to frame any iind of events arround Wikipedia ans sister projects. If someone needs them feel free to ask. They are available to everyone no mater if you are members of the association or not. Mafoso, Barcelona. To request the panels if you want to use them, please contact Amical-gestio1.
  • Wikilovesmonumens. An enthusiastic team has been working hard on this initiative. Untill now they have fetch lists of monuments from the authorities of different countries and are completing the lists of monuments in Wikipedia. The Association has purchased the domain wikilovesmonuments.cat to integrate it with the network of wikilovesmonuments sites in Europe. We have started contacts to get sponsors for prizes and to involve several organizations in the project. We will continue to reporting. Vriullop. You can find the list of participants here: Participants.
  • Special thanks to Millars from WMES and to Cultural Action of the Valencian Country because on the 10th and 15th March they did in Casals Jaume I in Vilareal an Castellò respectively a presentation of Wikipedia and sister projects. The association Amical Wikipedia sent them material consisting mainliy in leaflets of "Welcome to Wikipedia", Cultural Action of the Valencian Country facilitated their premises and Millars did the presentations. Hopefully it is a good example of collaboration for the future.