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Wikimedia Community User Group Albania organizes Wiki Weekend Tirana 2018

Group photo of the conference participants

Wiki Weekend Tirana is an annual event which aims to be the contact point for old and new Wikimedians from Albania. The event was first organized in 2014 and during the years hundreds of Wikipeda articles have been created, improved and translated in the Albanian language, hundreds of photos have been uploaded in Wikimedia Commons and tens of new contributors have joined the project. Wiki Weekend 2018 took place in the city of Tirana on 8 & 9 December. This was the fifth edition of and it which was more focused in GLAM and Wiki in Education activities, though the event still remained a great opportunity also for people who were new to the Wikimedia project, and wanted to learn how to get involved. Wiki Weekend is organized by Wikimedia Community User Group Albania (WCUGA) in collaboration with other partners and institutions This event featured presentations, meetups, workshops and edit-a-thons in one weekend fully dedicated to the Wikimedia project.

The event started with a welcome note by the organizers to continue afterwards with various presentations and edit-a-thons. Saturday mostly included introductory sessions to the Wikimedia project, so that people who were new editors and wanted to get involved, had the chance to learn how to do so. During the rest of the day was filled with hands-on session with organizers and volunteers leading editing sessions, different teams worked on improving or creating various articles related to GLAM. The list of these articles created mostly by participants of this activity, can be found here: https://sq.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kategoria:Wiki_Weekend_Tirana_2018

We had the pleasure to have the Director of the National Film center at this event with whom the WCUGA have planned further collaborations in the future in order to improve the information in sq Wikipedia regarding the Albanian cinematography and movies produced after the 90s.

The second day of Wiki Weekend Tirana 2018 was dedicated to the WCUGA meetup, where members of the User Group gathered to plan the next activities for year 2019. One of the most important highlights of this meeting is the fact that the UG will continue its collaboration with the National Film center by signing a memorandum of understanding with this institution, aiming to improve the documentation on the movies produced in Albania after the 90s. The discussion and plans made during this meeting can be found here: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Community_User_Group_Albania/December_Meetup_2018.

Here you can check on some moments during the sessions of this event: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Wiki_Weekend_Tirana_2018