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For comfortable living in the knowledge economy era, each resident of the Republic of Tatarstan and the wider Tatar-speaking world should have skills for active and productive participation in the Russian & English Wikipedias - knowing how the community works, how to communicate one's point of view, etc. Starting contributing into Wikimedia projects in languages with fewer editors, such as Tatar Wikipedia or Wikibooks, acquaintance with and learning the ropes in the Wiki-environment is much less painful, simpler and quicker.[1]

— Farkhad Fatkullin

This page is dedicated to "Smart region" project - using Wiki-environment opportunities for the regional development

The project is being developed on the example of Tatar and Russian Wikipedias, as well as the Russian Federation and its Republic of Tatarstan region (with which I am most familiar), whilst keeping in mind all the diversity of Wikimedia projects in the languages of Russia, about which I think as a resident of this country and, since recently, official member of Wikimedia Russia.


To engage currently unused possibilities of:

  • socioeconomic development of the regions
  • developing human potential and personal effectiveness of all citizens
  • increasing population involvement in shaping the future of own region


  1. To acquaint children and youth, adults and, particularly senior citizens with multilingual wiki-environment possibilities
  2. To engage the into participation in global volunteering movement, directed at supporting lifelong continuous self-education and raising the quality of publicly accessible information resources
  3. To invite regional partners for regular expert assessment of basic information in the areas of their specialization, initiating and supporting volunteering projects around developing reference materials collection in the field of their professional competencies and keeping the content up-to-date.


Why Wiki?[edit]

  • Wiki-mechanism allows for online cooperation on some project of a great number of participants (the most well-known example of the kind is Wikipedia, 5th most visited and most influential website of the world as of 2018)
  • Distributed nature of Wiki-projects incentivizes and teaches their participants to be independently choosing most interesting tasks, effectively organize individual and team work on some undertaking (searching and processing related information, supporting one's point of view with reliable sources and looking for consensus solutions regarding wording).
  • Wiki-principles allow participating volunteers to feel ownership of the project, be actively engaged in its future
  • Developing informational environment and keeping it up-to-date is a basic prerequisite for increasing project team effectiveness (and other users)

Why Wikimedia platform?[edit]

Why would this be interesting?[edit]

To new participants[edit]

  • More fun and engaging than
    • doing textbook exercises in one's copybook or write papers
    • memorizing topics and other homework
  • One's contribution is visible from all over the world, it can be traced and included into own CV
  • Accumulating knowledge and skills to deal with applied tasks, supporting one's statements, peacefully resolving different conflicts
  • Gaining experience of interacting with representatives of various cultures, social groups and developing one's international track record
  • Constant need to support own statements with references to reliable sources on the topic teaches strategies of independent work with information (to avoid being a puppet and having information disorders)
  • Onwiki work develops the skill of adapting to new teams, enriching own life by diversity of viewpoints, which is so important for creativity

To partners[edit]

  • Wiki-environment is the most effective way to keep information up-to-date
  • Wikipedia is trusted more than PR-materials on corporate or other non-wiki websites, since it is an Internet-portal with the highest standards in the area of
  • Participants of partner education programs
  • Partner staff and those of their subordinate thematic organizations could be contact persons, supporting effective work of volunteers interested in the field of professional competence of the partner.
  • Engagement of service recipients into developing knowledge describing phenomena they encounter in own daily life, as well as best available practices improves quality of the social environment, satisfaction with and effectiveness of supplier-implemented projects
  • Increasing loyalty of citizens and guests of the republic from among Wikimedians, as through own participation in the project they will feel belonging to and ownership of the described phenomena and processes

Potential regional partners[edit]

  • Regional government
    • Ministry of culture
    • Ministry of education and science
    • Ministry of healthcare
    • Ministry of informatization and communication
    • Ministry of sports
    • Ministry of youth affairs
    • Ministry of labour, employment and social services
    • Investment development agency
    • State committee on tourism
    • Regional press and mass media agency
    • etc.
  • Vocational school and colleges
  • Professional, industrial, scientific and creative unions and associations, etc.
  • Other interested groups, capable and ready to enrich the society with own professional, cultural and other knowledge.

To Wikimedia movements participants in Russia and around the world[edit]

  • Volunteers from Russia
    • will be glad to have official recognition of the value of own contribution into developing informational environment, serving to the benefit of their homeland society
    • will get a tested roadmap of implementing similar projects in their home regions and language versions of respective projects
  • Wikimedia movement at large
    • will be enriched by the experience of systemic work on preserving and developing onwiki presence of linguistic and cultural knowledge, as well as other heritage of the region, and using this as an effective regional development tool

To the Russian Federation[edit]

  • Additional tool of activating country's economy through engaging its citizens and friends into enriching the web with useful information about life therein
  • Automatically functioning system of promoting continuous learning and improving qualifications and effectiveness of its economic agents
  • Positive international PR

Key elements to consider[edit]

  • Training trainers for the trainers
  • Activities for secondary, college and graduate students similar to publications done by scientists in Russian or international peer-reviewed scientific journals
    • Engaging participants from these age-groups into supporting potential adult and senior contributors that have valuable knowledge and practical life experience
  • Organizing work with regional partners on the projects of developing industry-specific and general purpose Wiki-environment supporting socio-economic and other regional development initiatives

See also[edit]