UG GE/Bakuriani WikiCamp (March, 2019)

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Wikimedia User Group Georgia

Bakuriani WikiCamp 2019 — from March 8 to 12, Wikimedia Community User Group Georgia conducts a spring camp for young people aged 14 to 25 years, to acquire skills in Wikipedia and Wikimedia projects. During the camp, young people will study the wiki-technology (1-2 days), and then under the supervision of experienced wikipedians (members of the user group) will independently create and translate articles in Georgian Wikipedia and Georgian Wikiquote. The main goal of the camp, to attract more young people to work in Georgian Wikipedia, Georgian Wikiquote and other projects of Wikimedia. After the camp, experienced Wikipedians will actively collaborate with young Wikipedians to work with Wikipedia and Wikiquote, as well as various activities to maintain interest in the wikimedia projects.

Idea[edit]

The idea of holding a camp for young people to acquire skills in working with Wikimedia projects has existed for a long time among members of the user group. After our neighbors in the region conducted several successful WikiCamps, members of our user group at an informal meeting decided to hold a similar camp in Georgia.

Goal[edit]

The main goal of the camp, to attract more young people to work in Georgian Wikipedia, Georgian Wikiquote and other projects of Wikimedia. With such projects, UG Georgia promotes the popularization of wikimedia projects among young people of Georgia. During the camp, articles in the Georgian Wikipedia and the Georgian Wikiquote will be created and improved, and also photos from the Wikimedia Commons will be added to the articles. Images, that were taken during WLE 2018 will be added to the corresponding articles in Georgian and other language Wikipedia.

During the camp:

  • 20 young people and 5 members of the UG Georgia will participate.
  • 100 articles will be created or improved in the Georgian Wikipedia and Georgian Wikiquote.
  • Popularization among young people of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).
  • There will be different activities to improve the skills of working with Wikimedia projects.
  • A plan will be developed for further development of cooperation.

Schedule[edit]

Friday 08 March 2019[edit]

Time Leader Topic
13:00 Lunch (60 min)
13:25
13:45
14:00
14:10 UG-GE Team Welcome to WikiCamp: what is this camp for and what are our goals — Presentation of the camp program.
14:50 Break (10 min)
15:00 UG-GE Team & Participants Who is who?: Acquaintance of participants in WikiCamp with each other and with UG-GE Team
15:55 Break (10 min)
16:05 Mehman Ibragimov Presentation about the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) and its activities
16:45 Mikheil Chabukashvili
David Asriashvili
Presentation about the Wikimedia Community User Group Georgia (UG-GE) and its activities
17:25 Jaba Labadze School Wiki-Clubs as a tool for the development of Georgian Wikipedia.
Wikipedia in Education.
18:00 Dinner (60 min)
18:25
18:45
19:00 The end of the working day: Free time

Saturday 09 March 2019[edit]

Time Leader Topic
09:00 Breakfast (60 min)
09:25
09:45
10:00
10:10 Jaba Labadze First steps in Wikipedia: start work in Wikipedia (first half)
11:30 Break (10 min)
11:40 Jaba Labadze First steps in Wikipedia: start work in Wikipedia (second half)
12:40 UG-GE Team & Participants What we learned?
13:00 Lunch (60 min)
13:25
13:45
14:00
14:10 Mehman Ibragimov Introducing Wikidata: the principle of the project and start work
15:00 Break (10 min)
15:10 Mikheil Chabukashvili Creating new wikipedia articles: creating new articles together (first half)
16:00 Break (10 min)
16:10 Mikheil Chabukashvili Creating new wikipedia articles: creating new articles together (second half)
17:00 David Asriashvili Wikipedia templates: why they are needed and the principle of operation
18:00 Dinner (60 min)
18:25
18:45
19:00 The end of the working day: Free time

Sunday 10 March 2019[edit]

Time Leader Topic
09:00 Breakfast (60 min)
09:25
09:45
10:00
10:10 Jaba Labadze & UG-GE Team Creation of new articles in the Georgian Wikipedia (first half)
11:30 Break (10 min)
11:40 Jaba Labadze & UG-GE Team Creation of new articles in the Georgian Wikipedia (second half)
12:40 UG-GE Team & Participants What we learned?: yesterday and today
13:00 Lunch (60 min)
13:25
13:45
14:00
14:10 Mikheil Chkhikvadze & UG-GE Team Creation of new articles in the Georgian Wikipedia (third half)
15:00 Break (10 min)
15:10 David Asriashvili Introducing Commons: the principle of the project and start work
16:00 Break (10 min)
16:10 Mehman Ibragimov Introducing Meta-Wiki: the principle of the project and start work
17:00 Together Bakuriani city tour
18:00 Dinner (60 min)
18:25
18:45
19:00 The end of the working day: Free time

Monday 11 March 2019[edit]

Time Leader Topic
09:00 Breakfast (60 min)
09:25
09:45
10:00
10:10 Jaba Labadze & UG-GE Team Creation and editing of new/old articles in the Georgian Wikipedia (first half)
11:30 Break (10 min)
11:40 Jaba Labadze & UG-GE Team Creation and editing of new/old articles in the Georgian Wikipedia (second half)
12:40 UG-GE Team & Participants What barriers remained in the work with Wikipedia?
13:00 Lunch (60 min)
13:25
13:45
14:00
14:10 Jaba Labadze STEM in education
15:00 Break (10 min)
15:10 David Asriashvili Creation of new articles in the Georgian Wikipedia
16:00 Break (10 min)
16:10 Mehman Ibragimov Creation of new articles in the Georgian Wikipedia
17:00 Mikheil Chkhikvadze Improving the quality of articles
18:00 Dinner (60 min)
18:25
18:45
19:00 The end of the working day: Free time

Tuesday 12 March 2019[edit]

Time Leader Topic
09:00 Breakfast (60 min)
09:25
09:45
10:00
10:10 David Asriashvili & UG-GE Team Creation and editing of new/old articles in the Georgian Wikipedia (first half)
11:30 Break (10 min)
11:40 Jaba Labadze & UG-GE Team Creation and editing of new/old articles in the Georgian Wikipedia (second half)
12:40 UG-GE Team & Participants What barriers remained in the work with Wikipedia?
13:00 Lunch (60 min)
13:25
13:45
14:00
14:10 Mehman Ibragimov Introducing in other Wikimedia projects on Georgian language
15:00 Break (10 min)
15:10 Mehman Ibragimov Wikimedia 2030
16:00 Break (10 min)
16:10 UG-GE & Participants What we learned in the camp?
17:00 UG-GE & Participants Discussion
18:00 Dinner (60 min)
18:25
18:45
19:00 The end of the working day: Free time

Who can participate[edit]

All participants, who will take part in the WikiCamp organized by Wikimedia UG Georgia, must meet the below listed criteria.

  1. All participants must be of the following age category: Minimum — 14 years; Maximum — 25 years.
  2. All participants in the WikiCamp will be individuals, who have minimal wiki-technology knowledge or don't have any knowledge of working in Wikimedia projects.
  3. Wikimedia UG Georgia protects gender balance, so 50% of WikiCamp participants will be males (10 participant) and 50% females (10 participant).

In addition:

  • All participants in the WikiCamp must adhere to Friendly space policies.
  • The decision on the selection of participants in the WikiCamp is taken by the organizing committee of the project, by a majority vote.
  • The organizing committee reserves the right to limit access to participation in the camp of specific individuals, in the name of the safety and security of the project.
  • To participate in the camp, interested persons must complete the registration form, where they must provide personal information to Wikimedia UG Georgia.
  • WikiCamp participants should have their own computers, as the Wikimedia UG Georgia isn't technically sufficient.

Participants[edit]

This list is for informational purposes only and shall only be edited by the UG-GE event team.

Name User name Region
1 Luka Barbaqadze Lukabarbakadze Shida Kartli
2 Mariam Ninidze Mariamninidze Guria
3 Tatia Svimonishvili Tatia Svimonishvili Kakheti
4 Zurab Baujadze Bauzhadze Adjara
5 Dea Gogiberidze Deagogiberidze Guria
6 Nino Shubitidze ninoshubitidze Shida Kartli
7 Irakli Arabidze Irakliarabidze2004 Shida Kartli
8 Luka Gogoladze Gogoladze15 Shida Kartli
9 Nikoloz Barbakadze NikaBarbakadze Shida Kartli
10 Giga Doguzovi Giga Doguzovi Tbilisi
11 Vano Todadze Vanotodadze Imereti
12 Ana Japaridze Anjapharidze Tbilisi
13 Giorgi Malania MalaniaG Samegrelo
14 Mariami Xuchua Mariam Xuchua Tbilisi
15 Anano Ziraqadze Anoziraqadze Imereti
16 Grigol Miqadze Grigol139 Tbilisi
17 Giorgi Dzindzibadze giodzindzibadze Tbilisi
18 Lizi Sidamonidze Lizi sidamonidze Shida Kartli
19 Nanuka Labadze ნანუკა2005 Shida Kartli
20 Mariami Saltkhutsishvili mariam mariami Kakheti

Resources[edit]

The camp will be held in Bakuriani. UG Georgia with the funding of the Wikimedia Foundation, fully pay for the accommodation of camp participants, also gets all the necessary things. The budget of the camp will not exceed 2 000 US Dollars.

Venue[edit]

The camp will be held in the TskraTsakaro Hotel in Bakuriani.

Address

Borjomi str. №5, Bakuriani, Borjomi Municipality, Georgia.

Geo coordinates: Coordinates: 41.693310°, 44.797975°

TskraTsakaro Hotel

Organising Committee (Team) & Staff[edit]

Permanent[edit]

Photo Name Role Year in Wikimedia projects Experiences in organizing of events Will attend
Mehman97 in TSU (Cropped).jpg Mehman Ibragimov Wikimedia UG Georgia Board Member, responsible for event logistics (venue, hotel, meals, registration, transportation etc), Grant proposal. WMF liaison 3 year "Wiki Loves Monuments" 2017-2018 and "Wiki Loves Earth" 2018 in Georgia, The Women You Have Never Met 2018 in Georgia, From Independence To Freedom, Wikipedia Asian Month 2018 and Georgian WikiConference 2018. 08, 09, 10, 11, 12 March
Jaba1977 at Georgian WikiConference 2018 (10).jpg Jaba Labadze Wikimedia UG Georgia Board Member, responsible for coordination and programming event ~11 year participant of many camps, where he conducted trainings for young people in the work with Wikipedia, Georgian WikiConference 2018. 08, 09, 10, 11, 12 March
David1010 at Georgian WikiConference 2018 (6).jpg David Asriashvili Wikimedia UG Georgia Board Member, responsible for coordination and programming event ~14 organizer of "CEE Spring" 2015-2018 and "Wikimedia Asian Month" 2016-2018 in Georgia, Georgian WikiConference 2018. 08, 09, 10, 11, 12 March
Mikheil at Georgian WikiConference 2018 (1).jpg Mikheil Chkhikvadze Wikimedia UG Georgia Board Member, responsible for coordination and programming event ~10 Georgian WikiConference 2018. 08, 09, 10, 11, 12 March

Non Permanent[edit]

Photo Name Role Year in Wikimedia projects Experiences in organizing of events Will attend
Wiki-training in Akhalsopeli, Kvareli (6).jpg Mikheil Chabukashvili Wikimedia UG Georgia Board Chair, responsible for coordination and programming event 8 year organizer WIKIGAP 2018 in Tbilisi, conducted many trainings about Wikipedia and Wikimedia projects, Georgian WikiConference 2018. 08, 09, 10 March

Budget[edit]

Items per capita Quantity Amount (In Georgian Lari) Amount (In US dollars) Total
Accommodation (For 5 days) 150 ₾ 25 3 750 ₾ 1 424 $ 1 424 $
Pens (Branding) 2 ₾ 50 100 ₾ 38 $ 38 $
T-Shirts (Branding; for participants) 25 ₾ 20 500 ₾ 190 $ 190 $
Stationery items (Badges, rope for badge, A4 paper) 26 ₾ 10 $ 10 $
Certificates 2 ₾ 20 40 ₾ 16 $ 16 $
Notebooks (Branding) 5 ₾ 50 250 ₾ 95 $ 95 $
Transport (from Tbilisi to Bakuriani) ~526 ₾ 200 $ 200 $
Unforeseen expenses 27 $
Grand total 2 000 $

Total requested: 2 000 $ (USD) (9 February 2019, oanda.com)

Result[edit]

Participant selection process[edit]

A team of project organizers worked on the selection process for camp participants. During the selection of participants, such details as the age of the candidate, motivation (which the candidate presented as a text), gender (for the gender balance of camp participants), and whether she/he had previously worked in Wikimedia projects were taken into account.

The selection process began with the registration, where in the first stage potential participants were selected, and with the registration closed, the camp participants were selected from among potential candidates. The whole process took about two weeks.

Introduction[edit]

Bakuriani WikiCamp started on friday, at one o'clock. Before this, Wikimedia UG Georgia transported all participants from the capital of Georgia, Tbilisi to the point, where the camp was held. The camp opened with greetings from all camp participants, after which lunch began, and after lunch we switched to the main program of the camp.

Report by day[edit]

Friday

The official program of the day began after lunch, at 15:00.

The Bakuriani WikiCamp began with a greeting from the participants, which was carried out by a Member of the Board of the Wikimedia UG Georgia and one of the organizers of the WikiCamp , Mehman Ibragimov. He also presented a report on the activities of the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) and also provided the audience information about WMF, in which the structure and operation of the WMF was provided. Stakeholders asked questions about the WMF, to which specific answers were submitted.

After the report, Wikimedia UG Georgia Chair of Board Mikheil Chabukashvili, together with another Board Member of the Wikimedia UG Georgia, with David Asriashvili, presented a report on the activities of the Wikimedia UG Georgia, as well as the work of the organization for three years. Representatives of the Wikimedia UG Georgia presented in detail the guests at the conference about all the Wikimedia projects that exist in the Georgian language, as well as about all the projects that Wikimedia UG Georgia conducts in Georgia. All the contests presented by Wikimedia UG Georgia in the Georgian Wikipedia and in other projects of the WMF were presented. Projects that conducted by the UG Georgia, aroused great interest among people attending the conference, stakeholders have asked questions and the representatives of the UG Georgia responded in detail to them.

After the report of Board Members of Wikimedia UG Georgia, a Member of the Board of Wikimedia UG Georgia and one of the very first Georgia's Wikipedians, who has been involved in the Wiki-movement for more than 10 years, appeared his report to the guests. This is Jaba Labadze. The main topic of Jaba Labadze's report was "Wikipedia in Education", he spoke about the importance of informal education and educational projects implemented in this regard. Namely how to set up a WikiClub in their own school and also in two library of its municipality. Also highlighted how the students learned history using Wikipedia. She talked about the success of her schoolchildren in international and local competitions. Finally, he noted that his success of the "Teacher's National Award" was largely based on the use of WikiTechnology in school. Following this success, he is conducting WikiLessons in various schools of Georgia and teaches students to Wikipedia.

At the end of the program day, we had a discussion, where we asked the camp participants, why they chose our camp and what they know about the Wikimedia projects, and what they expect from this camp. During the discussion, representatives of Wikimedia UG Georgia told about their experience in working on Wikimedia projects.

Saturday

The program day began at 10 o'clock. Jaba Labadze, an experienced editor of the Georgian Wikipedia, began explaining the basics of working for new users on Wikipedia. At first, new users listened attentively Jaba, who explained in detail all the principles of Wikipedia and began to explain how to work in Wikipedia. All the technical details of Wikipedia and their use in the work were presented. During the presentation, new participants actively recorded all the necessary details.

After a one-hour intensive study course on Wikipedia, new users took the first step into Wikipedia and started creating new articles. In the process of creating articles, the participants of the WikiCamp were assisted by representatives of the Wikimedia UG Georgia, who are also editors of Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects.

For all the day of intensive work, new users created dozens of articles in the Georgian Wikipedia, mostly about the Democratic Republic of Georgia (1918-1921).

Mehman Ibragimov presented a report on how to work Wikidata and what it represents for Wikimedia projects. Wikidata is a collaboratively edited knowledge base hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation. It is a common source of open data that Wikimedia projects such as Wikipedia can use, and anyone else, under a public domain license. This is similar to the way Wikimedia Commons provides storage for media files and access to those files for all Wikimedia projects, and which are also freely available for reuse.

At the end of the program day, the bureaucrat and administrator of the Georgian Wikipedia, David Asriashvili, explained in detail why templates and Infobox are needed in the Wikipedia and how they work.

The program day ended with a dinner together.

Sunday

The third program day began with a discussion of the mistakes made during the creation of new articles the day before. After examining all the mistakes made and discussing them, the camp participants, under the guidance of the representatives of Wikimedia UG Georgia, began to create new articles in the Georgian Wikipedia.

After a short break, the program day continued with the familiarization of other Wikimedia projects for the camp participants, specifically the administrator of Georgian Wikipedia David Asriashvili introduced Wikimedia Commons to the participants. Wikimedia Commons (or simply Commons) is an online repository of free-use images, sounds, and other media files. It is a project of the Wikimedia Foundation. Files from Wikimedia Commons can be used across all Wikimedia projects in all languages.

David showed by example how freely licensing photos can be uploaded to a Commons and then used in Wikimedia projects.

After that, Mehman Ibragimov made a presentation about the coordination page of the Wikimedia projects — Meta-Wiki, which is global community site for the Wikimedia Foundation's projects and related projects, from coordination and documentation to planning and analysis.

After a three-day intensive course, at the end of the third day, representatives of the Wikimedia UG Georgia organized a small excursion for the camp participants to the ski resort. Camp participants visited the local ski resort center — Didveli.

The program day ended with a dinner together.

Monday

The fourth program day began with a review of the mistakes made, as well as a discussion of the obstacles faced by the camp participants while working on Wikipedia. All problems were discussed and resolved. After that, the camp participants, led by representatives of the Wikimedia UG Georgia, continued to create new articles in the Georgian Wikipedia, and some participants who were able to develop higher skills began to create new templates.

After the break, the editor of the Georgian Wikipedia, as well as the history teacher at the Surami Secondary School Jaba Labadze, who was in the top-5 Georgian teachers for 2018, presented in the form of a presentation a report on how important the STEM in education. WikiCamp participants were informed in detail about the importance of STEM.

The program day continued with the work in Wikimedia projects, mainly in the Georgian Wikipedia.

The program day ended with a dinner together.

Tuesday

The fifth program day, March 12 for the whole of Georgia, was a memorable day. Exactly 100 years ago, on March 12, 1919, the first meeting of the Constituent Assembly of the Democratic Republic of Georgia was held, which was a national legislature of the Democratic Republic of Georgia, elected in February 1919 to ratify the Act of Independence of Georgia and enact the Constitution of 1921. The assembly remained active until the Soviet Russian military intervention brought Georgia’s three-year independence to an end in March 1921.

On this day, the WikiCamp participants, under the supervision of representatives of the Wikimedia UG Georgia, created over 40 articles about the Democratic Republic of Georgia.

In the second half of the program day, we summed up the results of the entire WikiCamp, discussed our further steps and all the results of the project. After that, WikiCamp participants were handed over certificates of participation in the WikiCamp and memorable pictures were taken.

After that, participants were given free time and all together they organized a tour of the city.

The program day and WikiCamp ended with a dinner together.

Conclusion

The project was intense and productive, as well as one of the most successful in the history of Wikimedia UG Georgia. This kind of WikiCamp will be held in the future.

During the five days of the WikiCamp, by 20 participants of the camp created 154 new articles in the Georgian Wikipedia, as well as several templates.

The whole process of the project was completed without any serious incidents.

Gallery[edit]