CEE/Newsletter/July 2019/Contents/Russia report

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Russian Northwestern wiki-historians travelled to Kingisepp town as their Wikimedia user-group registration proceeds[edit]

Based on the Russian Wikinews article Петербургские вики-краеведы на пути к статусу Wikimedia посетили Кингисепп
Members of expedition are watching the former public baths building

On Sunday, July 28, a group of Russian wiki-historians based in Saint Petersburg had accomplished their next "wiki-ramble" dedicated to collecting material for Wikimedia projects. As was reported before, these events are held regularly.

The new excursion headed to the ancient town of Kingisepp (formerly Yamburg) 138 kilometers (86 mi) southwest of Saint Petersburg. Crew members consider that objects at the area are poorly represented in Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons. Traditionally, the path for the excursion was constructed using the List of Cultural Heritage objects at Russian Wikivoyage, but the extensions to the path was also made thanks to local resident Sergey who helped greatly. All of the remarkable points at the path were photographed and wiki-catalogued. The Wikimedia Commons category could be find now at c:Category:Wikimeetup in Kingisepp 2019-07-28. More over, one of the "ramblers" discovered recently that in 1993 Kingisepp became a node of the first-ever Russian underwater fiber-optic digital cable line — from Russia to Denmark, making then-newborn Russian Federation a part of global Internet backbone.

Previous "rambles" and reports about them include: Priozersk, Kolpino (first-ever Russian wiki-bicycle expedition), Sestroretsk and Kronstadt. These reports (usually in 2 languages) may be helpful in registering the Wikimedia user group called North-West Russia Wiki-Historians User Group (UG-NWR). Preparations for it are in progress, and the confirmation letter from Wikimedia Foundation was received in the course of the excursion. Group members are now planning an "edit-a-thon" dedicated to Kingisepp.

Making photos and writing articles are not the only goals of such happenings. Non-wikipedians often join organizers in these "rambles" and receive information on how to edit Wikipedia and become Wikipedians. For example on Sunday, July 28, Wikipedian beginner Victoria from St. Petersburg could not make her way to the excursion by the appointed time, but Kingisepp native Sergey (mentioned above) met her two days later and made the 2nd excursion for her.

Some of the Wiki users based in St. Petersburg also wanted to go, but turned to be busy at other Wiki initiatives. Some were establishing the Wikimedians of Saint Petersburg User Group (UG-SPB) "parallel" but not "contrary" to UG-NWR. Some at the time were visiting the neighboring country of Estonia at the wiki-event called "Summer Days of Estonian Wikipedia 2019".

The stops on the path

Russia's First Inter-Regional Youth Wiki-Program[edit]

Based on the Russian Wikinews article Впервые в России прошла межрегиональная молодёжная вики-программа

Over 800 teenagers from dozens of Russia's regions learned about Wikimedia projects thanks to country's first Youth Wiki-Outreach Event held in the Republic of Tatarstan.

2018 Wikimedian of the Year Farhad Fatkullin speaking to Forum participants, 18th of July 2019

July 17-20 Program was organized by Selet WikiSchool team as a component of an IT-specific session of the 8th Selet International Youth Education Forum. Principal partners in making this happen were Selet Foundation, Republic of Tatarstan Ministry for Youth Affairs, Wikimedians of Tatar Language User Group, Wikimedia Russia and Wikimedia Foundation, with support of Tatarstan's Deputy Prime-Minister Roman Shaykhutdinov & his team at Tatarstan ICT-ministry throughout the spring.[1] Theme of each day guided selection of speakers and topics presented. Two one-hour long master-classes with a half an hour break were conducted every day, featuring mentors below:

Wiki-program speakers and organizers group on the 18th of July 2019

On July 18 there was an additional afternoon workshop, during which participants were greeted and addressed over video-conference connection by Nichole Saad of Wikimedia Foundation Education team, explored Wikipedia and were introduced to Wikipedia article contests. In the process Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov dropped in during his visit to the forum grounds.

Hands-on part consisted of:

  • finding and correcting typos or grammar errors in Russian Wikipedia,
  • editing Tatar Wikipedia articles,
  • playing WikiLinks (competing in faster hyperlink navigation to a specific article)
  • using ContentTranslation functionality to create 42 new articles in Tatar.
Wiki-session visit by Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov (center) with Wikimedia Russia director Vladimir Medeyko and ED Stanislav Kozlovsky, and Reda Kerbouche of Wikimedia Tamazight to the left. July 18, 2019

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  1. Roman Shaykhutdinov was named to spearhead another priority project in early June, now promoting development of Innopolis, as a Special Economic Zone, as a city & its University.