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Broaden Your Capacity! Wikimedia CEE Meeting[edit]

Translated from the Russian Wikinews article n:ru:CEE 2019: Расширьте свои возможности!; also see Erzya version

Broaden Your Capacity! — this is a slogan of the eighth annual Wikimedia CEE Meeting, that was held in Belgrade (Serbia) on October 11-13, dedicated to Wikimedia projects (Wikipedia and similar projects) in the countries and communities of Central and Eastern Europe.

The previous meetings: 2012 - Belgrade, Serbia; 2013- Modra, Slovakia; 2014- Kiev, Ukraine; 2015- Voore, Estonia; 2016-Dilijan, Armenia; 2017- Warsaw, Poland; 2018- Lviv, Ukraine.

CEEM team and Wikimedia Foundation had been held one-day educational program before Conference has started. Participants got information how to start and work in Wikipedia, what kind of projects were existing.

It should be mentioned, that this idea was announced in Haifa, Israel, 2011 at Wikimania meeting (Wikipedia Foundation international annual conference). The participants wanted to share their experience with more people. Central and Eastern Europe are connected not only geographically but also with common history and traditions.

Erzya people - Peterov Andrey and Mokshanova Tanja – visited Belgrade meeting. After coming back they informed other UG EZY members about Wikimania news.

Peterov Andrey, head of UG EZY:


"I participated in the CEE Meeting at first time, everything was new for me. Personally, I was interested in sections related to educational projects: I am preparing Wiki educational program for pupils right now. It was very nice to get acquainted with an experience of user groups’, chapters’ representatives or individual Wikipedians. “One can fight single-handed” option is confirmed once more: a volunteer can lead a separate project for years, gathering a team of like-minded people step by step. This is the way our Erzya community has gone, we become more and more from day to day".