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Wikimedia RU Activities Report 2019

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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
Meetup in Kazan 2019-12-26 2019-12-26 Chak-chak, Kazan Meetup with Tatarstan wikimedians
Meetup in Yakutsk 2019-11-29 2019-11-29 Rublevka, Yakutsk Meetup with Sakha wikimedians
Wiki-Tolmach editathon 2019-11-03 2019-11-03 Ohta-8 library, St. Petersburg Seminar and editathon within Wiki-Tolmach project, then meetup
North-Caucasian Wiki-Seminar 2019-11-10 2019-11-10 Chechen national library, Grozny, Chechen Republic Regional Wikimedia conference
Wiki-Conference 2019 2019-09-28 2019-09-29 Nekrasov library, Moscow Largest annual Wikimedia-related international event in Russia
Meetup in St. Petersburg 2019-08-26 2019-08-26 Schelkunchik, St. Petersburg Meetup with wikimedians of St. Petersburg
Meetup in St. Petersburg 2019-08-22 2019-08-22 Schelkunchik, St. Petersburg Meetup with wikimedians of St. Petersburg, report on Wikimania
Meeting in Museum of Victory 2019-08-03 2019-08-03 Museum of Victory, Moscow Wiki-expedition to Museum of Victory, wiki-talk to the museum employees, meetup
Free Knowledge Award 2019 2019-05-26 2019-05-26 Extropolis, Moscow A prize for support of free knowledge to persons and entities outside the Wikimedia projects communitiy
Wiki-Award 2019 2019-05-26 2019-05-26 Extropolis, Moscow A prize for the Wikimedians made most in the year
Хакатон Hacknowledge 2019 2019-05-25 2019-05-26 Blagosphera and Extropolis, Moscow A free knowledge projects hackathon
Meeting in Rostselmash 2019-04-08 2019-04-08 Rostselmash, Rostov-on-Don Wiki-expedition to Rostselmash, then wiki-meetup
Meeting in Museum of finances 2019-03-14 2019-03-14 Museum of Finances, Moscow Meeting and rewarding for the Numismatic and bonistic article of the year contest
Wiki Meetup in St. Petersburg 2019-02-15 2019-02-15 Schelkunchik, St. Petersburg Meeting with Wikimedians from St. Petersburg
Wiki Meetup in Petrozavodsk 2019-02-10 2019-02-10 Parizhanka, Petrozavodsk Meeting with Wikimedians from Karelia

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

Date Venue
2019-12-18 Tyva state university, Kyzyl, Tyva
2019-12-13 Samara national research university after Korolev, Samara
2019-11-22 North-West institute of management RANHiGS, St. Petersburg
2019-11-08 Chechen state university, Grozny, Chechen Republic
2019-08-28 Central city library of Derbent city, Derbent
2019-08-01 Central library of Anapa city, Anapa
2019-08-01 Central city library after Semevski, Great Luki
2019-07-12 Ore-Petrographic museum, Moscow
2019-06-29 Museum of machinery, Tula
2019-06-28 Russian museum, St. Petersburg
2019-06-13 National library of Republic of Buryatia, Ulan-Ude, Republic of Buryatia
2019-06-11 National library of Republic of Buryatia, Ulan-Ude, Republic of Buryatia
2019-06-11 Central city library after Potanina, Irkutsk
2019-04-13 Samara literature-memorial museum after Gorki, Samara
2019-04-11 Penza library for children and youth, Penza
2019-04-10 National library of Republic of Mordovia after Pushkin, Saransk, Republic of Mordovia
2019-04-08 Don state public library, Rostov-on-Don
2019-03-14 Library after Mayakovski, St. Petersburg
2019-02-28 Nenets central library after Pichkov, Naryan-Mar, Nenets Autonomous Region
2019-02-01 All-Russian patents and technic FIPS library, 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
Alumni and Mentors 2019 2019-11-06 2019-12-15 48 1203
Wiki Loves Caucasus 2019-10-07 2019-11-07 13 217 (144+30+13+30)
Writing about Moscow 2019-09-16 2019-11-19 14 174
Don literature heritage 2019-09-02 2019-09-30 16 417 1084
Wiki-Tolmach 2019 2019-09-01 2019-11-03 47 71 35
Know modern art 2019-08-01 2019-09-30 31 903
History of Russian enterpreneurship 2019 2019-06-20 2019-07-20 11 177
Public domain — 2019 — 2 2019-06-01 2019-07-14 28 190 in Wikipedia + 1430 texts in Wiki-source 2763
Wiki Loves Earth 2019 2019-05-15 2019-06-15 910 8697
Scientific photos competition 2019 2019-04-02 2019-05-31 415 2182
CEE Spring 2019 2019-03-21 2019-05-31 19 226
WikiGap 2019 2019-03-08 2019-04-08 31 718
Know world. Start with twin cities - 2 2019-03-02 2019-05-31 40 2213 27605
Wikifuture 2019-02-21 2019-05-20 284
Uralic language contest 2019 2019-02-01 2019-02-28
Public domain — 2019 2019-01-01 2019-03-31 21 196 in Wikipedia + 3773 texts in Wikisource 3296

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 Venue
Wikimedia CEE Meeting 2019 2019-10-11 2019-10-19 Belgrade, Serbia
Wikimania 2019 2019-08-14 2018-08-18 Stockholm, Sweden
Estonian Wikipedia Summer Days Strategy Meeting 2019-07-26 2019-07-28 Narva & , Sweden
Wikimedia Conference 2019 2019-03-29 2019-03-31 Berlin, Germany


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

Picture Date Subject Photos, etc.
2019-12-19 RAS geology institute wiki-trip,
235 photos,
2019-11-17 Zhostovo Photos
2019-08-03 Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War
Wiki-trip to Museum of Victory, Moscow
Photos, Post-release
2019-06-29 Wiki-trip to Octava, Tula Photos, Report
2019-04-08 Wiki-trip to Rostselmash, Rostov-on-Don 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 Wikidata.


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

  • Open Heritage Resource Center
  • Alumni and mentors project

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
Link Recommendations for reorganization of work of libraries and museums
Link Cultural heritage and public domain

Also there was a book published in the scope of Wikifuture contest:

Cover and link Description
Wikifuture book


Wikimedia RU continues expert work on legislation.

  • Orphan works