Wikimedia Armenia/Reports/2016-08

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WM CEE Meeting 2016[edit]

Group photo of the WM CEE Meeting 2016

This year Wikimedia Armenia’s efforts were mainly concentrated on the organizing of the WM CEE Meeting 2017. The original idea of organizing the conference in Armenia was approved at the WM CEE Meeting 2015 in Voore, Estonia. The preparations of the Wikimedia CEE Meeting 2016 began long before the conference. At the end of 2015, at the beginning of 2016 Wikimedia Armenia got an agreement with UWC Dilijan College to host the WM CEE Meeting 2016 there.

The conference hosted 102 participants from Central and Eastern European Wikimedian’s community. Among these participants there were also many local Armenian community members. The conference was the fifth annual meeting of Wikimedians from Central and Eastern Europe centered on the Wikimedia projects (Wikipedia and similar projects) in countries of Central and Eastern Europe. It took place in Dilijan, Armenia between 27-29 August 2016. It was hosted and co-organized by Wikimedia Armenia.

Wikimedia CEE Meeting featured presentations and workshops on Wikimedia projects, GLAM, Wikicamps/Wikiclubs, CEE Spring, Education Extension, best practices for editing workshops and social media/PR/Media, Wikidata, Content Translation, conflict management, communication, surveys WMF grant system and changes, WikiMed and gender gap, free knowledge and free content, and the social and technical aspects which relate to these topics.

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Western Armenian program[edit]

We continue to work on getting a separate ISO code for the Western Armenian language. It is of our high priorities in this project because without having an ISO code for Western we can not request to open a separate Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects. Right now, Western Armenian editors edit on the originally Eastern Armenian Wikipedia which makes many inconveniences for both Western and Eastern editor communities. Wikimedia Armenia in collaboration with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation will probably apply for a new ISO code this month.

WikiCamp in Portugal[edit]

This year Western Armenian team in cooperation with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation organized the second Western Armenian WikiCamp. It took place in Portugal at the Tempo de Aventura youth camp in Cadaval, from the 17th to 26th of August 2016. It had 57 participants, coming from Athens (2), Beirut (8), Istanbul (19), Lyon (4), Marseille (2), Paris (12) and Yerevan (10), including 7 facilitators. Throughout the week, participants wrote and edited articles for Wikipedia, related to a large variety of topics․ The WikiCamp in Portugal was not based on a competitive approach aiming to write as many articles as possible. Rather, it emphasized language acquisition, writing skills development, self-confidence and participative group work.

Saturday Workshops[edit]

Saturday Workshop, August 13, 2016

Every Saturday Wikimedia Armenia organizes open workshops edit-a-thons at the WM AM office where new editors are taught how to edit different wiki projects and the experienced editors participate in edit-a-thons dedicated to different themes. Anyone interested in wiki projects, Wikipedia, wiki editing and needing assistance, as well as wiki editors, who want to edit in pleasant atmosphere participate in these workshops. We have about 15-20 participants in each workshop. Among them there are also active wiki editors of hywiki, hywiktionary, hywikisource, Wikidata who help to conduct the workshops.