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Czech Republic report: Annual wikiconference, GLAM projects and Wikidata workshop[edit]

By Aktron
  • 9th annual Wikiconference took place in Prague. The conference, hosted in the French Institute in Prague had as its major topic the birth of new Wikipedians. The speakers discussed mostly the issues related to how new Wikipedians are coming to life and how they do not. Aside of this, we have also concluded results of a research made by Wikimedia Foundation in both the Czech Republic and South Korea – related to this very issue. Wikimedia Czech Republic has a very strong Education program that helps to bring non-organic growth to the number of new Wikipedians.
  • Editathon in Slaný focused mostly on regional topic. Thanks to the local library, lots of new articles related to the second largest town in Kladno District were written in Czech Wikipedia. The projects was mutually appreciated by WMCZ and the library, and a second run of the editathon is expected in February 2018. This collaboration can become one of the success GLAM stories for Wikimedia Czech Republic.
  • Czech Science Photo Competition took place in November 2017. The results were announced during the 9th annual Wikiconference in early December. Thanks to the contest Wikimedia Commons got 113 unique photographs ranging from the microscopical world of seeds and eggs to light refraction and crystal growth.
  • Wikidata workshop took place on 1st December 2017. As of now, Wikidata is being filled with data related to streets from the national geographic database RÚIAN. We also successfully added coordinates to all 40 000 Czech monuments. A small but active Czech Wikidata community uses various tools in order to populate Wikidata with even more information that can be later used in various WMF projects.