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ELiSo representatives during Wikimedia Conference 2014 in Berlin

Esperanto kaj Libera Scio (ELiSo, 'Esperanto and Free Knowledge' in English) is a group of Wikimedians who speak Esperanto. The group was recognized as a Wikimedia User Group by the Wikimedia Foundation's Affiliations Committee on 4 April 2013. The group's focus is to unite Esperanto-speaking people who edit Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects, or want to support free knowledge in other ways.


Esperanta Vikimanio, conference and seminar in 2011 in Svitavy (Czech Republic)

Esperanto-speaking Wikimedians are active all over the world, in Wikimedia projects such as Wikipedia and in the chapters (e.g. NL, SK, CZ, AR, BR). Sometimes it makes sense to organize a meeting of our own, or coordinate the work better, to create and distribute outreach and teaching aids, or to have someone who can represent the Esperanto-speaking Wikimedians as a group – towards the other Wikimedia organizations, or towards the Esperanto organizations. Esperanto conventions are a great opportunity to talk about Wikipedia and free knowledge, for other activities a special convention for Esperanto-speaking Wikimedians makes more sense.


Therefore, ELiSo warmly welcomes Asaf Bartov's (head of WMF Grants) May 2014 decision not to oppose funding Esperanto Wikimedia activities on principle.


Leaflet in Esperanto, in cooperation with UEA and EEU and with consent of the WMF, 2008

To distinguish itself from a mere online WikiProject, the group performs projects that include offline work, such as: organization of events, public presentations, partnerships with institutions, field work, mail contact. Some of these activities are a follow up of earlier (pre-user group) activities developed either by individuals or within the informal Wikipedia workgroup of the Esperanto-based NGO Education@Internet.

Examples of the group's prospective activities include:

  • International outreach: publicity, lectures and training about Wikipedia, other Wikimedia projects and the free knowledge movement, organized during Esperanto conventions (KAEST, UK, IJK, SES) all over the world, and in cooperation with Esperanto clubs and possibly also the respective national Wikimedia chapter – such activities provide the possibility of using Esperanto and the existing structures within the 127-year-old Esperanto movement to reach a very multinational and multilingual educated public, including countries and languages still minor or inexistent in the Wikimedia world
  • Community support: monitoring of current activities and the development status of the Esperanto Wikimedia projects (Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikibooks, Wikinews, Wikiquote, Wikisource, Wikivoyage) and aid with reporting to Wikimedia Foundation and the public; active support to those projects with very little editor engagement
  • Quality article support: recruitment of volunteers from the World Esperanto Association (national organizations in 70 countries, individual members in 121 countries) and use of the translation interface developed by E@I with the goal of raising the "Esperanto" article in as many Wikipedia language versions as possible to Featured article status, through a coordinated effort at translation and localization of a model article already in place and featured in Czech and Slovak Wikipedia – this approach, described in a talk at Wikimania 2013, could result in a new model of a coordinated multilingual cooperation that could be generalized in the future to cover more topics and be used also by other Wikimedia communities
Wikipedia session at the World Esperanto Congress in Rotterdam, 2008
  • Institutional cooperation: organization of Wikimedia workshops within GLAM-like institutions of the Esperanto movement all over the world (such as Department of Planned Languages and Esperanto Museum in Vienna, Esperanto Museum of Svitavy or Intercultural Centre of the Esperanto city of Herzberg) that would involve group members and local volunteers in acquiring digital copies of free-license material (literature, photos, posters, postcards, historical documents etc.) from institutional collections and its publishing on Wikimedia Commons and/or Wikisource
  • Multilingual outreach: aid to the afore-mentioned GLAM institutions by recruiting and coordinating multilingual volunteers within the group and the Esperanto community with the goal of translating Wikipedia articles about topics related to the institution into as many languages as possible, and equipping the institution with QR codes linking to them
Vikipedio por vi, a promotional and instructive guide for new Wikipedians, in Esperanto
  • Free knowledge advocacy in a like-minded society: active and targeted promotion of free licenses – overview of Esperanto-related material available in the public domain and particularly material that has been released under a free license by the copyright holder; publicity and infrastructure for free licenses (lectures, articles, aid to OTRS staff with submissions written in Esperanto, creation of license release forms and assistance with their use); coordinated campaign seeking the release of works under a free license by engaging group members and other volunteers in coming in contact with copyright holders (Esperanto authors are often keen but elderly people, so that regular mail and/or personal visits might be necessary) and requesting them to release their works under a free license (as an added value for other communities, this might include also works written by the individual but with no relation to Esperanto)
  • Language technology: cooperation between the developer of the WikiTrans machine translation engine and the Esperanto Wikipedia community with the aim of providing a Wikipedia gadget which might simplify the creation of new articles in Esperanto based on machine translations of articles in the English Wikipedia (with human proof-reading) – this might later be generalized and seek for attention of the whole Wikimedia community, as GramTrans is introducing support for extra languages (such as Danish)
  • Worldwide documentation: coordination of an international campaign (with close cooperation with the dedicated person in the World Esperanto Association) and possibly coverage of costs for volunteers travelling to take photographs of Zamenhof-Esperanto objects (monuments related to Esperanto and/or its creator by their purpose or name) – because of their scarcity and spread across the globe, any reimbursements would probably need to be conditioned by the photographer's simultaneous contribution to another existing project of similar kind running in the particularly country (such as photography of nearby cultural monuments, villages, protected trees etc.)

Report of activities[edit]


For more details on this topic, see /Reports/2013.

Esperanto kaj Libera Scio, few days after official recognition as a Wikimedia User Group, attended the Wikimedia Conference 2013 in Milan
  • In July 2013, Blahma and KuboF did Wikipedia training during Somera Esperanto-Studado.
ELiSo's contribution to Wikimania 2013: Reproducing a featured article into other languages by coordinated effort
  • In September 2013, KuboF presented Esperanto kaj Libera Scio during cultural Esperanto meeting Arkones 2013.
  • In December 2013, KuboF presented Esperanto kaj Libera Scio during youth Esperanto meeting Junulara E-Semajno 2013/2014. During this meeting was organized 1 hour Wikipedia training by KuboF.


A little meetup at Wikimania 2014 in London
  • In March 2014, KuboF attended Junulara Esperanto-Renkontiĝo 2014 and performed an unplanned personal training for 2 Wikipedians.
  • In July 2014, Venca24 and KuboF did Wikipedia training during Somera Esperanto-Studado.
  • In August 2014, three members of the group met in London at Wikimania. They discussed future activities such as Wikimedia related events during the upcoming Esperanto World Congress in Lille, 2015.
  • KuboF and Venca24 did Wikipedia training during Esperanto-meeting JES 2014 in Weißwasser, Germany.

People interested[edit]

  1. Arno Lagrange
  2. Biciklanto
  3. Blahma
  4. CasteloBrancomsg
  5. Fajro
  6. Fiskot
  7. Γλαύκος (talk)
  8. KuboF
  9. LaPingvino
  10. Lu Wunsch-Rolshoven
  11. Marcos
  12. Mirmalov
  13. Orange Mike
  14. Pavla Dvořáková
  15. Psychoslave (talk) 11:00, 5 April 2013 (UTC)
  16. Remux
  17. Robert Weemeyer
  18. Sahaquiel9102
  19. Theomanou (talk) 06:52, 15 April 2013 (UTC)
  20. ThomasPusch (talk) 23:05, 17 October 2013 (UTC)
  21. Venca24
  22. Yvesn (talk) 14:47, 18 February 2013 (UTC)
  23. Ziko
  24. gangleri aka לערי ריינהארט (Wikidata talk)
  25. Orange Mike
  26. Chuck SMITH (talk)
  27. trio
  28. Dirk Bindmann (talk) 15:17, 13 May 2014 (UTC)
  29. akfoss; June 2014; Iran
  30. Fitoschido [shouttrack] @ 10 August, 2014; 08:45
  31. --►Cekli829 19:02, 6 October 2014 (UTC)
  32. Ochilov (talk) 17:53, 14 December 2014 (UTC)