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Wikimedia RU Activities Report 2017

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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.

The Wikimedia RU activies may be grouped in the following way:

  • 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 events in order to help people to share their experience, to improve social interactions, and to invite newcomers.’’

Logo Title Start date End date Venue Description
Wiki Meetup in Yekaterinburg 2018-12-20 2018-12-20 Ural Ravioli, Yekaterinburg Meeting with Wikinews editors in Siberia
Wiki Meetup in Petrozavodsk 2018-12-14 2018-12-14 KarNTs and Parizhanka, Petrozavodsk Meeting with Wikimedians from Karelia
Free Knowledge Award 2018 2018-09-23 2018-09-23 Boiling Point, St.Petersburg Largest annual Wikimedia-related international event in Russia
Wiki-Award 2018 2018-09-23 2018-09-23 Boiling Point, St.Petersburg A prize for the Wikimedians made most in the year
Wiki-Conference 2018 2018-09-22 2018-09-23 Boiling Point, St.Petersburg Largest annual Wikimedia-related international event in Russia
Meetup in Kyzyl, Tyva 2018-08-23 2018-08-24 Kyzyl Meeting with Wikimedians from Tyva
Meetups in Yakutsk 2018-06-06 2018-06-07 St. Petersburg Meetups with Yakutia (Sakha) Republic Wikimedians and officials, mostly regards Yakut (Sakha) Wikipeidia and Yakutia (Sakha) Republic information
Wikimedia RU 10 years meetups 2018-05-24 2018-05-25 St. Petersburg Meetups devoted to Wikimedia RU 10-th anniversary, but covered much larger topics
Wiki Meetup in Khabarovsk 2018-04-05 2018-04-05 Khabarovsk Meeting with Wikimedians from Far East, one of the least reachable region
Meeting with Russian Civic Chamber members 2018-01-30 2018-01-30 Russian Civic Chamber, Moscow Meeting between Wikimedians and Civic Chamber members

Also there were organized seminars for librarians and other specialists outside Wikimedia movement, with talks about Wikimedia movement, Wikipedia, free content, free licenses and public domain:

Date Venue
2018-12-19 Tver state universal scientific library after Gorky, Tver
2018-12-12 Central city library, Zheleznovodsk
2018-12-12 Library after Gorky, Pyatigorsk
2018-12-11 Central library system, Essentuki
2018-12-04 Library of KarNTs, Petrozavodsk
2018-11-27 Suzdal
2018-09-24 Erevan, Armenia
2018-08-23 National library after Pushkin, Kyzyl
2018-06-28 Saint Petersburg Politechnical University, St. Petersburg
2018-06-25 Central scientific medic library of Moscow State Medic University, Moscow
2018-06-21 State public scientific and technical library of Russia, Moscow
2018-06-15 Russian State Library for Children, Moscow
2018-06-14 Astrakhan oblast scientific library after Krupskaya, Astrakhan
2018-06-07 Sakha Republic state library, Yakutsk
2018-06-06 Youth library, Yakutsk
2018-06-06 Russia, My History Historical Park, Yakutsk
2018-05-21 Stavropol krai library after Lermontov, Stavropol
2018-05-08 Murmansk state oblast universal scientific library, Murmansk
2018-04-24 Russian state library, Moscow
2018-04-17 Kostroma oblast scientific universal library, Kostroma
2018-04-06 Kaliningrad oblast scientific library after Gorky, Kaliningrad
2018-03-29 Primorskiy krai public library after Gorky, Vladivostok
2018-03-13 Samara oblast universal scientific library, Samara
2018-02-28 Volgograd oblast library after Gorky, Volgograd
2018-02-16 Novgorod oblast universal scientific library, Great Novgorod
2018-01-16 Russian State Library for Children, Moscow

‘’Wikimedia RU also organized Webinars about Wikipedia and free content:’’

Date Venue
2018-12-21 State library of Yugra, Khanty-Mansiysk
2018-01-17 Russian state library for children, Moscow



‘’Wikimedia RU organized a lot of contests in order to invite new authors and to motivate established ones to participate more actively.’’

Logo Title Start date End date Participants count Articles created Files uploaded
Know world. Start with sister cities 2018-11-01 2019-03-01 73 2 464 52 749
Wiki Loves Monuments 2018 2018-09-01 2018-09-30 905 32 598
Scientific photos competition 2019 2018-07-15 2018-10-02 195 1172
History of Russian Enterpreneurship 2018 2018-07-15 2018-08-15 14 245

Know Russia. Graduates and mentors: Siberian and Ural federal districts 2018-07-12 2018-09-20 12 281
Soccer marathon 2018 2018-06-14 2018-07-15 9 409
Numismatics and bonistics article of the year — 2018 2018-05-23 2019-02-15 344 Wikipedia articles,
6 Wikinews articles
Wiki Loves Eartcg 2018 2018-05-15 2018-06-15 351 6863
Coins of International Numismatic Club museum collection 2018-04-01 2018-10-31 43 168 352
Wiki Spring 2018 2018-03-21 2018-05-31 17 (in Russian) 234 (in Russian)
Города и регионы Know Russian. Cities and regions of Soccer World Championship 2018 2018-03-14 2018-07-15 64 2216 14800
WikiGap 2018 2018-03-08 2018-04-08 30 548
Winter Olympic Marathon of Good Will 2018-02-09 2018-03-18 18 567
Know Russia. Graduates and Mentors 2018-01-26 2018-05-26 42 1775
Public Domain 2018 2017-12-25 2018-06-30 37 442 Wikipedia articles,
2381 Wikisource works
20 312
Open Library contest for libraries 2017-10-25 2018-06-30 22 libraries 1854

Wikimedia RU members also participated events organized by other Wikimedia movement entities, and helped other Wikimedians to participate them:

Logo Title Start date End date Participants count Articles created Files uploaded
Wikimedia CEE Meeting 2018 2018-10-13 2018-10-15 Lviv, Ukraine
Wikimania 2018 2018-07-18 2018-07-22 Cape Town, South Africa
Wikimedia Conference 2018 2018-07-18 2018-07-22 Cape Town, South Africa



Wikimedia RU organized several expeditions and excursions to help volunteers to get knowledge and put it into Wikimedia projects.

Picture Date Subject Photos, etc.
2018-04-19 Archangelskoye Estate Museum, Archangelskoye Estate, Russia Photo, Report
2018-03-20 Vadim Zadorozhny technical museum, Arkhangelskoe Photos, Report



Wikimedia RU continues efforts to encourage studets to participate Wikimedia projects.

Venue Description
Faculty of Psychology, Moscow State University Students were educated to write articles in Wikipedia and then asked to write high-quality articles on psychlogy
Petrozavodsk State University Students were educated to work in Wikimedia projects, were asked to make edits in Wikimedia projects



Wikimedia RU organized or supported projects helping people to contribute Wikimedia projects.

  • Open Library Resource Center
  • Open Heritage Resource Center

In course of these projects there were created some materials:

Cover and link Description
Open Library. Recommendations for libraries on use of open licenses and open access publications
Access to culture and culture of access
link Copyright and public domain in Russia
link Wikipedia. What's inside and how it works



Wikimedia RU continues expert work on legislation.

  • Orphan works