Fall WikiCamp 2017
Wikimedia Armenia has organized its first 2017 Fall WikiCamp which started on the 28th of October and ran through 5 November. A total of 147 participants were registered to attend the Wikicamp camp free of charge and only 61 were chosen to participate (based on their active participation in Wikimedia projects and their editing in Wikipedia).
5 non-experienced participants paid to attend the Wikicamp and were given an amazing opportunity to learn to edit in Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects. We had participants both from Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh).
During the camp kids learned to edit and contributed to Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikisource and Wikikids.
Wikikids is an Armenian encyclopedia which is written for children aged 8-13 who are searching for information suitable for their age. We had 8 children who created 389 articles within 8 days which is very impressive! They have edited a book in the Wikisource titled "Armenia Encyclopedia" which has a free license. They have also edited Armenian neologisms and foreign words in the Wiktionary. It is important to note that we introduced a "translation hour" during which children could address their questions to Russian and English language specialists.
- Wikicamp Activities
Campers were actively engaged in sports games including Fort Wiki, Sportlandia, table tennis, tug of war, basketball, volleyball, football and chess. Apart from this they participated in intellectual games like brain ring, various puzzles, time management games and more.
As a change we have decided to allocate more time for cultural activities in order to boost cultural development. During these 8 days campers learned Armenian national song and dance, staged musicals based on H. Tumanyan's fairytales and have performed ethnic dances from around the world on the last day of the camp. Children had to contribute to the creation of costumes and stage props which they had fun making and painting!
We also organized fun games during which kids were divided into two groups and were competing against each other.
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Workshop at Armavir Development Center
Armavir Development Center հas hosted Dato Abuladze and Mher Bekaryan, Wikimedia representatives on the 17th of October. They presented Wikimedia Armenia’s mission and its programs that are aimed at developing Wiki Projects and expanding them further. The participants learned about the methods and steps of article creation, its rules and requirements.
Wikimedia team also taught the group how to work with the sources and how reliable is the information that is published in Wikipedia. Wikimedia Armenia is planning to open a club in Armavir in conjunction with the Development Center.
WikidataCon Berlin 2017
Wikidata Con is a conference dedicated to the Wikidata community, organized for and with the help of the community. The first WikidataCon took place on October 28th-29th, in Tagesspiegel, in Berlin. 200 people from all around the globe have attended this conference to celebrate Wikidata’s 5th birthday and to share their knowledge and experience with the like minded community. Attendees learned about new wikidata tools. After the conference, Karen Hakobyan and Armine Aghayan have shared their experience and invaluable knowledge with the rest of the Armenian community at Wikimedia Armenia office during our Saturday workshop on the 11th of November.
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Wiki Loves Monuments (WLМ)
This year it is the third time that Wikimedia Armenia is joining the Wiki Loves Monuments, an International Photo Competition. Armenia has participated in this initiative in 2013 and 2015.
Wikimedia Armenia has suggested a list of registered monuments in Armenia and Artsakh (more than 25,000 monuments in Armenia and more than 5,000 monuments from Artsakh). Invitation to participate in Wiki Loves Monuments competition has been announced on Wikipedia and Wikicommons, Twitter and Facebook. We have also announced this using other social media channels in order to attract larger and non-wiki audience.
Prior to this we have organized Wiki Loves Monuments photo expeditions and have teamed up with Wiki Clubs to organize the same in their respective towns and surrounding areas. We have organized these expeditions in Gyumri, Ddmashen, Vanashen, Mrgavan and Lernapat.
Wikimedia Armenia has organized a separate Wiki Expedition during which ten participants have attended and took photos of various monuments located in Kotayk and Gegharkunik provinces (seven neighboring communities). One more expedition was organized to visit Tsakhkadzor and Hayravank at the end of September 2017. As a follow up a series of workshops have taken place during which photographers were taught how to edit and upload photos in Wikimedia Commons.
As a result of this initiative Armenia had 151 participants from different parts of the country who have uploaded 34,848 photos totalling 243,554 MBytes. 28 photographers have uploaded more than 100 and 4 participants more than a 1000 photos.
The authors of the 10 best photos of the WLM 2017 Armenia and Artsakh photo contest have received gifts and certificates.
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.