2-03 Discover the world. Start with the sister cities — Part 2
On 2 March 2019 Discover the world. Start with the sister cities — Part 2 contest started, organized by Wikimedia RU, Don Wikimedians User Group and the Association of honorary citizens, mentors and gifted youth with support of Leonid Alexandrovich Shafirov, member of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation. Contest participants wrote 2213 articles about attractions of Russian cities and their sister cities, as well as uploaded 27 600 free illustrations of these attractions. In the first nomination, the largest number of articles (148) were dedicated to attractions of sister cities of Rostov oblast, such as Finnish city Kajaani, Scottish Glasgow, German Dortmund, Turkish Istanbul, Bulgarian Pleven and hero city Odessa.
05-04 Don Wikimedians User Group takes part in the Wiki-Spring 2019 international contest
In 2019 Don Wikimedians for a second time participated in the Wiki-Spring 2019 international contest, where wikipedians from Central and Eastern Europe write articles about cultural and historical heritage of each other. In March 2019, a list of 100 articles about the cultural heritage of Don region was significantly reworked and expanded. At the same time, Don wikimedians wrote about 60 articles in Russian language about cultural heritage of other countries participating in the contest. As a result of the contest, more than 150 articles in foreign languages about the Don region were created. Author of the largest number of articles from the Don region got an opportunity to visit CEE Meeting 2019 in Belgrad.
8-04 Lecture in the Don State Public Library
On 8 April 2019 employees of the Don State Public Library were lectured about the Wikimedia projects and importance of their cooperation with education institutions, about free knowledge and their popularization in Russia. Lecture was held by Wikimedia RU director Vladimir Medeiko and Don Wikimedia User Group leader Dmitry Zhukov. The event started with a greeting speech by the library deputy director Anna Vasilyevna Zhelyabovskaya. In the first part of the lecture Vladimir Medeiko told about transition of works into a public domain, in the second part Dmitry Zhukov spoke about libraries granting free access to their digital archives.
8-04 Don wikimedians wiki-trip to the Rostselmash plant
On 8 April 2019 in Rostov-on-Don members of the Don Wikimedians User Group made a wiki-trip to the Rostselmash machine-building plant which is the leading Soviet and Russian producer of agricultural equipment. The trip started at the Rostselmash museum, where examples of the plant's production since the beginning of it's history were exhibited. After the museum, participants of the wiki-trip visited various workshops of the Rostselmash plant, where they made a large number of photos of agricultural equipment to illustrate Wikipedia articles. After the wiki-trip, there was a wiki-meetup where wikipedians decided to make excursions to large manufacturing plants of the Don region a tradition.
1-08 Lecture in the Anapa Central Library
On 1 August 2019 there was a presentation in the Anapa Cental Library which introduced Wikimedia projects to the representatives of librarian community of Anapa city. The lecture was given by the leader of the Don Wikimedians User Group Dmitry Zhukov and Stanislav Alexandrovich Kozlovsky from Wikimedia RU. Attendees of the event were told about the importance of online access for libraries, archives, museums and other cultural institutions. It was noticed that currently Wikimedia projects are the most popular non-commercial internet platform in the world used by 1.6 billion people, and cultural institutions which cooperate with these projects contribute to the development of the humanity as well as obtain a unique opportunity to increase by orders of magnitude number of people who know about them and use them.
2-09 Discover Russia. Start from Don. Attractions, life and work of Chekhov, Sholokhov and others writers
On 2 September 2019, a contest started in Russian Wikipedia and wikipedias in other languages, organized by the Don Wikimedians User Group and entirely dedicated to the literary heritage of the Don region. More than 400 articles about Anton Chekhov, Mikhail Sholokhov, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Anatoly Kalinin, Vitaly Zakrutkin and other writers of the region were created, and more than 1000 free images related to their work were published in Wikipedia. Among others, contestants produced articles about pre-revolutionary Don Cossack writers, about Sholokhov's and Solzhenitsyn's short stories, dramas and stories. International contest drew participants from Armenia, Belarus and Ukraine. More than 200 articles were written in Armenian and Belarusian languages. Most of the images were photos of Chekhov's places of Taganrog.
01-10 International congress of volunteers of culture and media
On 1-4 October 2019 Rostov-on-Don hosted the International congress of volunteers of culture and media. The main theme of the event was cultural, and especially literary heritage of the Don region. The opening ceremony was held in the Rostov State Musical Theatre. Main part of the ceremony was awarding certificates to volunteers who won various competitions. Among those who received awards there was Yelena Davydova, one of the most active members of the Don Wikimedians User Group, who edits Wikipedia as БИБЛИОТЕКАРЬ. She won the aforementioned "Discover Russia. Start from Don. Attractions, life and work of Chekhov, Sholokhov and others writers" contest. Wikimedians had their own section on this congress in the Don State Public Library: "Creating the encyclopedia together: millions will read". Dmitry Zhukov moderated the section and told about Wikipedia, Alina Vozna about Wikicommons, Dmitry Rozhkov about Wikivoyage, Aleksandr Krasotkin about Wikinews. The most significant result of the congress was that wikimedians had an opportunity to tell about four different Wikimedia projects.
7-10 Start of the "Wiki loves Caucasus" international contest
In March 2019, in Berlin, during the Wikimedia Summit, Don wikipedian Dmitry Zhukov and a member of the Georgian User Group Mekhman Ibragimov decided to organize an international contest "Wiki loves Caucasus" in Autumn 2019. Later, on Wikimania 2019 in Stockholm, representatives of Armenian and Azerbaijani Wikipedias and Wikipedians of North Caucasus User Group joined the dialogue. The contest started on 7 October 2019; it's participants created 1016 articles in 10 languages of the world. In it planned to make the contest annual.
11-10 CEE Meeting 2019
Three members of the usergroup (JukoFF, GennadyL and Visem) took part in CEEM-2019.
Wikimedians visited local monuments and churches, such as the Church of St. Sava, as well as buildings affected by the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia. After returning home, GennadyL created several articles about Serbia and uploaded photos from Belgrade to the Wikicommons.
22-10 First textbook on Wikipedia editing in Russian language
In Spring 2019 Dmitry Zhukov from the Don Wikimedians User Groups in collaboration with Reda Kerbouche from Wikimedia Algeria started working on the first Russian-language textbook on Wikipedia editing. This work, as well as search for funding, took half a year. Later the project was joined by Wikimedia RU members, and in Autumn 2019 the book named "Wikipedia. Course for beginners" (Википедия. Вводный курс) was published as both printed book and e-book under the CC-BY SA 3.0. license. It is available on Wikimedia RU official site in PDF format. The book targets students of higher education institutions of Russia and provides the basic information needed for editing Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects. Authors of the textbook are experienced Russian wikipedians: Wikimedia RU members, adiminstrators of Russian and other Wikipedias, international Wikimedia movement activists. "Wikipedia. Course for beginners" was created as a part of the "Graduates and mentors of Russian universities" project. It was presented on 16 February 2020 on the All Scientific Forum 2020 in Moscow.
5-12 First massive open online course "Text creation in Wikipedia" in Russian language
In December 2019 as a part of the "Know Russia: school of information volunteers in the cultural sphere" Don Wikimedians User group developed and organized online course "Text creation in Wikipedia". This course became the first massive open online course on Wikimedia projects editing in Russian. As a part of this course on the online training platform there were created educations videos, prepared a complex of materials for self-education and held practical online courses about article creation in Wikipedia. More than 300 Russian-speaking users from Russia and other countries of the world passes this course. Their final task was creation of a Wikipedia article in Russian language about one of the natural or cultural monuments of Rostov oblast. Each one of them chose a theme for their future article from lists of monuments of the Rostov oblast on Wikivoyage and then gradually created the article during the course. Overall, more than 50 articles about monuments of Rostov oblast were created thanks to the online course.