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CEE Newsletter Serbia - May 2023


Edu Wiki conference 2023


The Edu Wiki Conference 2023 took place in Belgrade, Serbia, May 26-28, 2023. The conference was a platform for shared experiences from working in the Education space of Wikimedia and it gathered education leaders in Wikimedia and mission-aligned organizations. The event was organized in by Wikimedia Serbia and Wikipedia and Education user group.

Education Program

  • Four workshops were held as a continuation of the collaboration project with Elementary School "Jovan Sterija Popović" from Belgrade. During the workshops, participants contributed to Wikibooks. This is just one of the models that strives to involve more Wikimedia projects in education.
  • Wikimedia Serbia opened a call for Edu Wiki camp, which will take place in July (24-27) in Sremski Karlovci. WMRS’ events are open to all volunteers, but since the camp is dedicated to participants who intend to join the Education Program team, senior high school students and students will have priority.
  • Education Program Manager of Wikimedia Serbia participated in creating the podcast in collaboration with the Institute for Modern Education and EDU Television. During the podcast, the main topic was an accredited seminar for teachers.
  • The internship program organized with the Career Development Center of the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade has ended. The internship lasted 6 weeks and during that time the students had the opportunity to attend workshops on editing Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata. Selected students volunteered at the Edu Wiki conference as well.
  • Education Program Manager of Wikimedia Serbia participated in the Edu Wiki seminar for teachers organized by Wikimedians of Republic of Srpska. The seminar was held at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of East Sarajevo.

GLAM Program

  • During May, Wikimedia Serbia prepared Wikipedian in residence project with the Association for Culture, Art and International Cooperation Adligat. This is a long term collaboration and one of the most valuable partners of WMRS.
  • An edit-a-thon was held on the occasion of the World Day of Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. Three participants wrote 17 articles.
  • Wiki librarians presented their work at the conference Library and Identity. Oja Krinulović and Mile Stijepović, presented the topic of Combination of Knowledge and Information - Libraries and Wikipedia - The Wiki Librarian Project.
  • As part of the Cultural Heritage of Serbia project, 438 files were uploaded to the Wikimedia Commons before the beginning of June.

Diversity Program

  • Research project Integration of New Editors into the Serbian Wikipedia Community was approved by Wikimedia Research Fund. The research will be focused on editors’ motivation on Serbian Wikipedia, as well as the process of integration of new editors into the community.
  • For the fourth time, Wikimedia Serbia joined the global campaign #WikiForHumanRights in collaboration with the Initiative for Social and Economic Rights A11, EcoHub and the National Environmental Association. The campaign aimed to ensure that everyone can have access to objective, verifiable and up-to-date information about human rights, especially the right to a healthy environment. As part of the campaign on Serbian Wikipedia, an edit-a-thon was organized and 5 editors wrote 31 articles.

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