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Wikimedia RU Activities Report 2015

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Non-Commercial Partnership of promotion of distribution of encyclopedic knowledge Wikimedia RU is a legally independent Russian Non-Governmental organization. Wikimedia RU is the part of the international Wikimedia Movement, all the participant of which share mission of collection, creation, management and dissemination of freely-accessible knowledge. Therefore, most activities of Wikimedia RU are related to the Wikipedia Internet Encyclopedia, the Wikipedia Movement's most important achievement up to date.

So, the Wikimedia RU activies may be divided in five parts:

  • Internal Events and contests in order to help the volunteers and to motivate them.
  • External activities including outreach and contacts with officials and right holders in order to changes Russian legislation and regulations, to pesuade the right holders to agree the changes and release their works under free license.
  • Exchange of experience and best practices with other parts of the Wikimedia Movement.
  • Fundraising and sposorship seeking.


Wikimedia RU organized several contests with prizes in cooperation with other organizations, to motivate the authors.

Conferences, Parties, Ceremonies[edit]

Wikimedia RU organized several events in order to motivate the authors and to popularize Wikipedia and the free content in general.

  • 2015-01-16 The Gallery of Glory awarding ceremony, Rostov-on-don.
  • 2015-04-04 Wiki-Prize 2015 ceremony, Moscow.
  • 2015-04-24 .. 26 Wiki-Sabantuy conference (Scientific-practical conference "Wikipedia and information society"), Ufa.
  • 2015-10-03 .. 04 Wiki-Conference 2015 conference, Kostroma.
  • 2015-10-08 Know Moscow with Wikipedia awarding ceremony, Moscow.

Projects, Cooperation, GLAM[edit]

This year Wikimedia RU started Wiki-Excursions/Wiki-Museums branch.

  • 2015-10-01 .. 11-01 Russian part of the international Wiki Loves Monuments contest.
  • 2015-04-07 Agreement on cooperation with A. Merkurov regards legacy of Merkuros sculptor.
  • 2015-08-08 Wiki-excursion to Moscow Metro Museum and to Sokolniki line of Moscow Metro.
  • 2015-08-08 Wiki-excursion to Luzhniki stadium (open day).
  • 2015-09-01 Agreement on cooperation with Association of scholars of economic history.

Legal issues, Laws, Regulations, Litigations, GR[edit]

This year Wikipedia was blocked in Russia for several hours.

  • 2015-08-24-25 Charas-relates Wikipedia blocking events.

Education, Talks at external Conferences, Seminars, Round Tables[edit]

Wikimedia RU participated a lot of events in order to promote Wikimedia Movement values and to ecourage others to participate Wikimedia projects.

  • 2015-03-17 Talks at iCommerce 2015 conference, Moscow.
  • 2015-03-28 .. 29 Wikipedia Master-class for school students, Monchegorsk.
  • 2015-04-01 Wikipedia Talk for MSU students, Moscow.
  • 2015-04-04 .. 05 Wikipedia Master-class for school students, Norilsk.
  • 2015-04-07 Wikipedia seminar for students and teachers, Ufa.
  • 2015-04-07 Wikipedia talk for Journalists Faculty students, Ufa.
  • 2015-04-08 Wikipedia talk and master class, Moscow.
  • 2015-04-21 Wikipedia and Wikipedia Users talk, Moscow.
  • 2015-04-22 Public domain and copyright talk, Moscow.
  • 2015-04-22 OSM in Wikipedia talk, Moscow.
  • 2015-04-28 Wikipedia Workshop, Moscow.
  • 2015-05-06 Wikipedia Master-class for students, Moscow.
  • 2015-05-29 .. 06.01 MSU students write articles for Wikipedia, Moscow.
  • 2015-06-18 Self-organization of communities of free content, St. Petersburg.
  • 2015-09-24 Copyright in Internet Seminar, Moscow.
  • 2015-11-10 Small talk on importance of common editing of Wikipedia when receiving RuNet Price at the RuNet Prize awarding ceremony, Moscow.
  • 2015-11-11 Wikipedia Talk for students, Baku, Azerbajan.
  • 2015-11-14 Wikipedia editing master-class for students, Baku, Azerbajan.
  • 2015-11-19 Talk about Oral History project, Moscow.
  • 2015-11-23 Talk about Wikipedia in reginal history studies, Moscow.
  • 2015-12-16 Talk about free content and state regulation, St. Petersburg.

Participation in Wikimedia Movement events[edit]

Wikimedia RU excahnge experience with other Wikimedia Movements entities and provides travel grants to the community members.

  • 2015-01-15 .. 18 Meetings with Azerabajan Usergroup, Baku, Azerbajan.
  • 2015-01-25 .. 28 Meetings with WMF staff, San Francisco, US.
  • 2015-01-25 MediaWiki Developes Summit, San Francisco, US.
  • 2015-01-28 Meeting with Electronic Frontier Foundation, San Francisco, US.
  • 2015-05-13 .. 17 Wikimedia Conference, Berlin, Germany.
  • 2015-05-22 .. 25 Wikimedia Hackaton, Lyon, France.
  • 2015-07-15 .. 19 Wikimania 2015, Mexico city, Mexico.
  • 2015-09-10 .. 13 Wikimedia CEE Meeting, Voore, Estonia.
  • 2015-11-21 Meeting with Azerbajani wikimedians, Baku, Azerbajan.