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Welcome back from Wikimania 2016!


Spiritia / Vassia Atanassova

Bulgarian Wikipedia and sister projects, Wikimedians of Bulgaria User Group


Attended sessions[edit]

Pre-conference 22 June 2016

I spent the day in the Collaborative Space for the Learning Day, where I had a conrtibution with two posters and was given the floor during the lightning talks to speak about "Sharing experience: One learning pattern at a time". I was one of the Etherpad note takers that day.

Pre-conference 23 June 2016

Again, a well spent Learning Day. I took part as a speaker in the frames of Amanda Bittaker's session "Creative Program Design", presenting my experience with the creative design of the challenge 100wikidays. In the late afternoon my colleagues from Wikimedians of Bulgaria User Group and me installed our community booth. Again, I was one of the Etherpad note takers during the day.

24 June

I attended the opening... and was prononuced by Jimmy Wales runner-up for this year Wikipedian of the Year.[1] :) Next I attended the following sessions:

  • GLAM and Education discussion
  • Outreach, where I supported my colleague Spasimir, another WMF scholarship recipient in giving the presentation about the Archives Challenge. We had prepared together in advance postcards, featuring photos and collages from the Then and Now gallery. After the end of Spasimir's talk, I had a chat with a representative of the Swiss Foundation Public Domain about the PD archives and collections in Bulgaria.

In the evening there was a Central and Eastern European Meetup, during which we discussed the Wikimedia CEE Spring 2016 and 2017 contest, the forthcoming Wikimedia CEE Meeting in Armenia, Wiki Loves Earth/Monuments 2016, as well as other joint cooperations. I was one of the Etherpad note takers.

After it, there was a specialized 100wikidays meetup, at which we celebrated some of the recent alumni, new "victims" recruited and new projects.

25 June

I attended the following sessions:

  • Designing the future I: A roadmap for Wikidata
  • Wikisource – how can we better support a small Wikimedia project?, where I shortly presented the recent experience from administrating the Bulgarian Wikisource in detecting outdated vandalisms/copyvios/etc, as synthesized in the learning pattern Cleaning the Aegean stables.
  • University education
  • Developing leadership in the Wikimedia movement
  • Consultation together Nikola Kalchev with the Affiliations Committee about the prospects in front of our Wikimedians of Bulgaria User Group to grow into a Wikimedia chapter
  • Wikidojo
26 June
27 June
  • My last day at Wikimania, and my 10th Wikipedian birthday :)


Option 1: Shared Experience: What is one way you shared something from your experience with your community (either locally or globally), after the event?
Add a link here to a blog post or newsletter you wrote about your participation afterwards, or to a meet-up you organized to share your experience with your local community.
Option 2: Learning Pattern: What is one useful learning pattern you can share with the Wikimedia movement?
Add a link to a learning pattern - either a new pattern you created with insights from your participation, or an existing pattern to which you added your endorsement and some significant new "considerations" or “examples” from your experience.
I actually gave a short talk and a poster on how to conceptualize learning patterns per se.
Option 3: New Creation: What was one useful outcome that was created at the event for the Wikimedia movement?
Add a link to something new that was created as a result of your participation in this event (for example, you might link to a new tool that you and your co-participants worked on at the Hackathon, or to pages created in a workshop you participated in).
During the Creative Program Design I was a mentor of one of the tables, and I took part in the development of the IdeaLab page: Digital Literacy the Wiki Way: Libraries amd Wikimedians Working Together.


On 24 June I met Carlos Hernández-Lahoz, Head of Department Laureates and Candidatures of the Fundación Princesa de Asturias, and we discussed the possibility for having the prize-related videos (and other content they produce) licensed under Wikimedia compatible Creative Commons License, in order to have it uploaded to Commons and translated to other languages.


I gave an interview for the Italian newspaper Repubblica, together with several other Wikimedians, that got published in their online edition. Also, we filmed a short video interview for the Foundation.

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