Russia report: Chapter anniversary, School Olympiad on Wikipedia, and a lot of competitions
It was a surprise for us, but Wikimedia Russia has been running for already 10 years, if we consider as a start the approval as a chapter. The next time we'll celebrate our birthday in November; 21 November being the date of registration as a legal entity.
In May we started the following contests:
- Discover Russia and Germany: meet the province (en) (20.05—20.10). It is dedicated to sights of small and medium-sized territories of the Russian Federation and the Federal Republic of Germany. Small and medium-sized territories, according to the terms of this competition, are settlements with a population not exceeding 100,000 people. The competition is timed to coincide with the Russian-German year of the regional-municipal partnership, held from July 2017 to July 2018.
- Photo contest Wiki Loves Earth 2018 (ru) (1-31.05/15.05-15.06)
- Erzya Wikipedia's 10th Anniversary Celebration Edit-a-thon (en) (26.05-26.06.2018)
Ongoing events that have started earlier are:
- Contest for wikinumismatists Coins from the collection of the Museum of the International Numismatic Club (ru) (01.04—30.09). The contest is supported by regular webinars (ru) about Wikipedia editing, two of which were held in May.
- Multiplatform contest Public Domain — 2018 (ru) (25.12.2017-30.06.2018)
- Open Library (ru) competition for libraries (25.10.2017-30.06.2018)
- Also in May, in the framework of the Open Library project, were held seminars in Murmansk (ru) and Stavropol (ru), where Recommendations for libraries on the use of open licenses and publication of works in the open access mode was introduced to the local librarians community. All events of Open library are made with the use of the grant of the President of the Russian Federation for the development of civil society provided by the Foundation for Presidential Grants.
- Wikimarathon Discover Russia. Cities and regions of the World Cup 2018 (en) (14.03-15.07)
Events that completed in May:
- On May 20, the Junior marathon (tt) ("The best article" competition) for participants of the Tatar Wikipedia finished. The competition was preceded by especially organized masterclasses (en).
- On May 26, the contest Discover Russia. Alumni and Professors (en) (26.01-26.05) was over. It was dedicated to mentors and graduates of Soviet and Russian educational institutions.
- On May 31 finished the contest Wikimedia CEE Spring 2018 (ru) (21.03-31.05) and 4th stage of a marathon Bashkortostan 100 (en) (21.02-31.05).
For the first time in Russia, 14 students received diplomas signed by the state university and NCP Wikimedia RU. The certificates confirm that the students of Petrozavodsk State University are specialists in the wiki-projects of the Wikimedia Foundation. read more (en)...
- Bauman Moscow State Technical University's students (Engineering Business and Management faculty, speciality Business Informatics, subject Enterprise IT infrastructure) in the frames of a training in the subject, worked on Wikipedia articles; after some independent work in the project they received the seminar about rules and editing on May 31.
- On May 30, a training of potential wikipedians (ru) took place in Khanty-Mansiysk. Of course, we had a contest for them; the purpose was to identify the most active and productive participants of the training, which was related to the Discover Russia. Alumni and Professors initiative.
- On May 19, in Rostov-on-Don schoolchildren competed (ru) in writing Wikipedia articles about Rostov region; they worked with English and German Wikipedias, and it was the first Russian school olympiad fully dedicated to Wikipedia.
Wikimedians have been developing a Wikiquote in the Yakut language (Sakha) for the fifth month already. Recall that Russian-language Wikipedia is the largest project in Russia, but the development of small languages is important part of our discussions; this project now is a local success story. Wikiquote is softer towards its authors than Wikisource (the idea of the project is clear, the requirements for the texts are relatively simple, the copyright laws tolerate quotes), and this reduces the entry barrier for representatives of small languages.