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This is a drafting place for my Lightning Talk presentation to be delivered during Learning Days @ Wikimania 2017.
Small Wikipedia Community Development: Lessons from Russia
Who are you?
- Wikipedias in the languages of Russia - Russian Federation regional & indigenous wiki communities' informal Chapters Council. Some in our Facebook group invite us to think wider & rename ourselves as Wimedia North Eurasian languages, but we don't seem to be there yet: still lots to be done at home with current & Wikimedia Incubator wikis. But we are ready to share what we learn & want to see Wikimedia Indigenous Languages become active!
- screenshot of the multilingual bar
- language codes: ru/ +26 /+4 (az/fi/kk/uk) / upcoming / pnt
- select statistics graphs (languages, users, pages based on Wikipedias in the languages of Russia/Tables, make in Excel & upload pictures)
Why did this happen?
- All necessary background & context to expect my home wiki to be a role model for small wikis in Russia & CIS.
- 6-7 million speakers of Tatar worldwide
- Even some higher education programs partly available in the language
- History of cultural innovation
- Tatarstan region is in Top-5 economically & technologically developped Russian regions.
- But no one to engage with constructively
- aboriginal small language communities in countries with very strong national identity are often lost about their language & culture future, sometimes stuck in the past - often no discussion, no interest to come for a meeting
- such communities often try to isolate their culture, close themselves out from encroaching globalisation that threatens them
- trying to do it alone, no cooperation with those in the same boat
- Whilst most other small wikis in my region have even lower participation
What do we know today?
- 2016 Finno-Ugric Seminar Poster presentation @ Petrozavodsk (in Russian for now) - Make sure those who came once come again & stay longer
- make your MainPage fun & dynamic
- balance in past-present-future, article topics, etc.
- make navigation & finding new articles easy (Categorization, Intrawiki links, Templates)
- Make sure you properly wikify your wikis' most popular pages from yesterday
- Way forward - Wikimedia Russia 2016: Small wikis are important part of the global community (in Russian for now)
- Competitions schedule, GLAM & more and more education projects (8-year-olds creating articles certainly made us all! You & your mentor are great!), etc.
- The more of multilingualism the better - disentangle nation, country, ethnic language & culture bundle
- Promote new User-groups & thematic organization, Inter wiki-organizational cooperation
- June 2017 similarweb.com Traffic Sources analysis results for small wikis (finish compiling for all 3X & put them on .../Trends)
- Other wikipedias:70-100% (Interwiki)
- Search engines:<30% (Categorization, intrawiki, Templates)
- Direct: <10%
- Social networks:<3%
What can you learn from us?
- Dominant inter-ethnic communication language (Russian) Wikipedia project page as a start.
- Interwiki Newsletter & a Russia's Regional & Indigenous Wikis' Facebook group - most useful ideas from all over the world
- Turn Russian Wikimedia Regional Chapter wiki into our multilingual wiki-embassy (need screenshot) & help get Russian Wikinews' indigenous multilingual articles project to take off!
- Calendar on the MainPage - show your existing content on the Front Page (some 15 of our local small wikis have it now)
- "Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Day" on the MainPage - make your Front Page exciting & dynamic (some 20 of our local small wikis have it now)
- Draw attention to backstage tasks
- Importance of Offline