Wikimedia Armenia/Reports/2013-11

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WLM Armenia Award ceremony[edit]

WLMA 2013 participants

After the selection of best 10 photos was done WMAM started to prepare for WLM 2013 Armenia awards[1]. In the first 2 weeks of November WMAM bought prizes and souvenirs for the winners of the contest with the fund of WMF. 20 photographs for the exhibition were also printed, as well as certificates, plastic bags, cups with logo of the contest, stickers and badges. The Award Ceremony and Photo exhibition were organized in the National Library of Armenia on 23 November. The authors of the best 11 got prizes. There were also prizes for those who uploaded most photos, 3 were awarded too. There was approximately 50 attendants. The calendar of WLM calendar was prepared by Mher Bekaryan.

The winner of WLM Armenia 2013, Ayda Aydinyan

The results, impacts and grant report was summarized. The contest helped to encourage more people to contribute in Wikimedia Projects. It helped to promote the idea of free collaborative knowledge. 80% of the 176 people who participated to the contest had never earlier contributed to any Wikimedia Project. 20 of them (14% of the participants of the contest) continued to contribute to at least one Wikimedia Project after they joined the contest. This is a significant growth for the Armenian wiki-community if one considers that the number of active editors (5+ edits a month) of Armenian Wikimedia was around 70 in early September[2]. The number of active editors reached 120 in December 2013 which is apparently thanks to the (media) attention that WLM and WikiConference in Yerevan had in the months September-November.

Finally, the contest also helped to increase content of Wikimedia Commons and Armenian Wikipedia. Moreover, some participants of the contest started to create articles in Armenian Wikipedia about the monuments they have photographs (approximately 100 new articles have been created so far, most of them are in this category tree).

Additional pictures of the Award Ceremony in Commons
WLM Armenia 2013 calendar (click to see all)

Opening of WMAM office[edit]

Wikimedia Armenia office location.

Since the Wikimedia Armenia establishment, it had lack of space for organizing workshop. The WMAM office would also be a space for the meetings of board members and other wikipedians. The WMAM office were officially opened on 15th November by WMAM president Susanna Mkrtchyan.

Open workshops were launched[edit]

Every Saturday Wikimedia Armenia organizes open workshops

Every Saturday Wikimedia Armenia organizes open workshops in its new office. Anyone interested in wiki projects, Wikipedia, wiki editing and need assistance as well as wiki editors who wanted to edit in pleasant atmosphere can participate in these workshops. The first open workshop was organised on 30th November at 13:00-19:00[3]. In the first workshop participated about 10 peoples. Among them were also active wiki editors of hywiki.

Workshop with young journalists[edit]

On October 24th Wikimedia Armenia team had a meeting with the journalists of "Nor mitk" (New idea) youth portal. Two WMAM volunteers and active wiki editors were present Dato Abuladze (GeoO) and Susanna Mkrtchyan (SusikMkr). The volunteers presented Wikimedia Armenia, its projects, introduced Wikipedia, wiki culture and taught simple rules of wiki editing.

There were 23 young journalists. WMAM representatives and "Nor mitk" portal members discussed further collaboration possibilities.

Workshop in 198 school[edit]

Education program launched in October was in progress, a new school was included. The school N198 is one of the high schools of Yerevan and situated in Nor Nork district. WMAM volunteers Lilit Tarkhanyan and Susanna Mkrtchyan organized a workshop there.

Digitization of SAE[edit]

Digitization of SAE launched in July went on. Through the efforts of WMAM volunteers volume 7 was also was digitized and put on Commons.