Wikimedia Armenia/Reports/2014-03

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One Armenian, one article[edit]

One Armenian, one article in wiki logo

On March 24, 2014, both Wikimedia Armenia and the Human Factor launched "One Armenian, One Article" («Մեկ հայ՝ մեկ հոդված»), an All-Armenian campaign together on the Armenia TV television channel. This campaign, intended to be active for one year, i.e. up to March 24, 2015, aims to increase the quality and number of Armenian Wikipedia articles. As well as increasing the number and presence of Armenian representatives on Wikipedia, it also aims to increase creation of Armenian-language content consistent with both Armenian heritage and the challenges of the modern world.

The project hopes to organize wiki-meetings of representatives of science, art and other subjects with the aim of familiarizing them with the wiki-culture and helping them in making their own contributions in the development of the Armenian Wikipedia. The campaign will be conducted with different training and incentive programs, as well as joint activities with educational and cultural institutions and organizations.

The "One Armenian, One Article" campaign was shown on the Human Factor TV program, which aired on March 24, 2014 on the Armenia TV television channel. The campaign was subsequently popularised by many other information agencies.[1][2]

There was a news conference on "One Armenian, One Article" All-Armenian project on March 27, 2014.[3]

In July 2014, BBC News reported that as a result of the campaign Armenian Wikipedia appeared to be outstripping its neighbours Georgia and Azerbaijan in numbers of pages: more than 125,000 pages compared to the approximately 102,000 Wikipedia pages on the Azerbaijani Wikipedia and almost 84,000 on the Georgian site. The campaign is supported by the Armenian government; Education Minister Armen Ashotyan has publicly stated that, "One Armenian, one article – I will definitely do that and believe you will too." Defence Minister Seyran Ohanyan has said that he has created a Wikipedia entry on the Armenian army.[4][5]

2 videos were shot for the promotion of the campaign (1st video, 2nd video).

"One armenian, one article" banner

Press conference[edit]

"One Armenian, one article" press conference, March 27, 2014

On March 27, 2014 a press conference was called in Wikimedia Armenia office dedicated to "One Armenian, one article" campaign. The speakers stated the launch of the campaign and told about various events to be organized within the project - meetings and workshops with scientists, writers, artists, actors and other representatives of their field. These meeting will help them to get acquainted with Wiki culture and to have their own contribution in Armenian Wikipedia. To help the new comers in the editing process editing guides and flyers were printed.

Wikimedia Armenia president Susanna Mkrtchyan stated that Wikimedia Armenia expected Armenian ministries join the campaign. [6][7]

Press conference speakers - Susanna Mkrtchyan, Lilit Tarkhanyan, Mher Bekaryan, Arsen Harutyunyan

Armenian artists joined the campaign[edit]

Modern Armenian artists at Wikimedia Armenia office, March, 2014

Modern Armenian artists expressed a wish to join "One Armenian, one article" campaign. On March 31 Wikimedia Armenia hosted a group of artists in WM AM office. During the meeting the further cooperation was discussed. A small workshop was organized, they got acquainted with Wikipedia, how it works, its rules, etc. After the discussion the artists told that they have a better idea for cooperation rather than just writing articles. They offered to paint oil pictures for Wikimedia Armenia to present with them the editors during further events. As we prepared attributes for painting beforehand the artists began painting at the office and soon 4 oil pictures were already ready.

Wikipedia Education Program[edit]

Workshop in Physmath high school[edit]

Wikipedia Education Program in Quantum lyceum, 2014

Another workshop was organized in the school within Wikipedia Education Program which started on 20th December. The active students were awarded with T-shirts and certificates. New participants were to write articles again based on the Armenian Encyclopedia.They divided into teams and joined their friends' groups of the first completition.

Workshop trainers - Susanna Mkrtchyan, Dato Abuladze

Workshop in Quantum lyceum[edit]

Education program launched in October, 2013 was in progress. On March 11 a new school was included. Quantum lyceum is one of the high schools of Yerevan which is situated in Shengavit district. WMAM volunteers Lilit Tarkhanyan and Vachagan Gratian organized a workshop there.

Workshop in YSU[edit]

YSU workshop poster

On march 19 a workshop was organized in Yerevan State University, for the faculties of physics and radio physics. The aim of the workshop was to involve students and professors in Wikiediting process in order they could enrich Armenian Wikipedia with professional articles of their field. During the workshop the editors learned how to edit Wikipedia, its rules, editing tools, etc.

Workshop trainers - Susanna Mkrtchyan, Mher Bekaryan, Vahram Mkhitaryan


Wikieditors in Matenadaran[edit]

A cooperation was established between Wikimedia Armenia and Matenadaran (Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts) which is a repository of ancient manuscripts, research institute and museum. It holds one of the world's richest depositories of medieval manuscripts and books which span a broad range of subjects, including history, philosophy, medicine, literature, art history and cosmography in Armenian and many other languages.

Within this cooperation 2 workshops were organized - first one was on March 5 which had a presentation character. An agreement was made according which Matenadaran would host more wikieditors on March 15 during which they will organize a workshop for Matenadaran employers and the latter would organize an excursion in Ancient Manuscripts Institute for wikieditors.

Wiki clubs[edit]

Gyumri Wiki club[edit]

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Gyumri wikiclub, workshop

Wikimedia Armenia decided to open a Wiki club in Gyumri, in the second largest city of Armenia. 20 candidates were chosen through questionnaire. It was decided to organize 8 workshops during a month. The first workshop was on March 8. During the workshops the editors learned how to edit Wikipedia, its rules, editing tools, etc. During workshops regular photowalkings were also organized during which participants took pictures and uploaded to Wikimedia Commons.

Workshops trainers - Mher Bekaryan, Vachagan Gratian