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Working with American University of Armenia (AUA)[edit]

Wikimedia Armenia constantly meets with university lecturers and presents the idea of using Wikimedia in education. One of those attempts was with the AUA Armenian language professor Anahit Hovhannisyan from the American University of Armenia who assigned students to translate one of the listed 10,000 vital articles from English into Armenian. Those translated articles are: Matsuo Bashō, Ray Bradbury, Maya Angelou, Ernest Hemingway, Isaac Asimov. Students learnt editing online and also visited Wikimedia Armenia office while having questions or needing assistance.

I create a medical article[edit]

Quality content development is a priority direction for Wikimedia Armenia. Highlighting the role of Wikipedia articles related to medicine and supporting the improvement of these articles, we, in cooperation with Yerevan State Medical University, launched an initiative to make 1000 important medical articles available also for the Armenian community.

For this purpose “I create a vital medical article” event was organized on May 31-June 3, 2018 in Tsaghkadzor involving different doctors and medical students. Participants learnt how to edit Wikipedia and improve different medical articles.

The articles were mostly translated from the corresponding English versions which were chosen from the quality articles of the English Wikipedia.

57 applications were received from which 37 participants were selected. During the event 25 articles were created and 8 improved (841 edits, 1579883 bytes) related to different medical topics.

According to agreement with the University, WMAM will continue cooperation aimed at enlargement of medical content in Armenian Wikipedia and university lecturers will assign the students to create articles on various topics related to medicine.

Meeting of new WikiClubs coordinators[edit]

In the scope of the grant received from AGBU “Bridge for CSOs” program, Wikimedia Armenia established five new WikiClubs in Alaverdi, Goris, Koghb, Spitak and Vardenik in June, 2018. The new WikiClubs will further assist our mission to support the creation of open knowledge and education in the regions of Armenia.

On June 15-16, 2018 Wikimedia Armenia organized a training-meeting for the coordinators of newly opened WikiClubs. At the meeting several points, methods and organizational aspects of WikiClubs work were discussed with the coordinators. The staff members of WMAM shared the main approaches of running education programs in the Wikimedia projects. This training session was built on the approaches tested and lessons learnt from our operating Wikiclubs, which, hopefully, would enable us to avoid the difficulties we had before.

The coordinators introduced their visions of WikiClubs and plans on the activity level. They had a discussion on the local and general challenges they may face when running a WikiClub in their communities.

Edit-a-thon in the frameworks of “Wiki Loves Yerevan” project[edit]

On June 16, Wikimedia Armenia organized an edit-a-thon - another event in the framework of “Wiki Loves Yerevan” project. The one day edit-a-thon was organized to create and improve articles on Yerevan.

During the edit-a-thon, skillful editors from Yerevan and also WMAM WikiClubs edited and translated articles about history of Yerevan, streets, architecture, museums, as well as renowned citizens of Yerevan.

Within “Wiki Loves Yerevan” GLAM project Wikimedia Armenia received several printed materials which were digitized and used for creating new content in the Armenian Wikimedia projects.


(June 15)

Number of participants Wikipedia
participants 15


edits 16

Meeting of EDs in Vienna[edit]

Executive Director of Wikimedia Armenia Gayane Vardanyan participated in Executive Directors' meeting in Vienna on June 28-29. The agenda of the meeting was divided into two parts. On the 1st day the participants talked about governance, management related issues, presented some tools they use in their organizations, shared experience of working with their communities. On the 2nd day discussions were devoted to Wikimedia Movement Strategy, where EDs shared their thoughts on certain topics.

Meeting with the Mekhitharist Congregation in Vienna[edit]

After the EDs meeting in Vienna, WMAM Executive Director used the opportunity of being in Vienna, visited the Mekhitharist Congregation and had a meeting with P.Mag. Vahan Hovagimian. As the Congregation has a rich library both in Armenian and foreign languages, museum with various artifacts representing Armenian culture and folk life, WMAM ED discussed with P. Vahan the possibilty of cooperation between the Wikimedia Armenia, Wikimedia Austria and Congregation, thus also continuing the conversation started in early June, 2018 by the Armenian Wikipedia Editor Gardmanahay. P. Vahan was very enthusiastic about this possibility and would provide all the necessary resources to make this three party cooperation work. In the end of July representatives of Wikimedia Austria will visit the Congregation, to see the Library and the Museum, after which we will start planning the cooperation.

Submissions in Newsletters[edit]

This month Wikimedia Armenia had several submissions to the CEE Newsletter and the WMF GLAM Newsletter. The CEE Newsletter articles tell about "I create a medical article" initiative, the meeting of new WikiClubs coordinators and the edit-a-thon organized at WMAM office in the frameworks of “Wiki Loves Yerevan” project. The GLAM Newsletter tells about GLAM forum in Yerevan, Armenian opera and ballet posters and the Wikidata properties created after the Yerevan forum.

WikiClubs statistics[edit]

Community population (1) Active users (2) Active users index (3) New users New users index (4) Female/male ratio Bytes NET sum (5) Bytes index (6)
Alaverdi WikiClub* 13100 10 0.076% 17 0.130% 13/6 91117 9111.7
Arevatsag WikiClub 821 20 2.436% 0 0.000% 56/47 440441 22022.1
Gyumri WikiClub* (Khrimyan) 121976 6 0.005% 4 0.003% 17/16 81104 13517.3
Gyumri WikiClub* (KASA) 121976 1 0.001% 0 0.000% 12111 12111.0
Goris WikiClub* 20300 11 0.054% 15 0.074% 12/3 167059 15187.2
Ddmashen WikiClub 2806 25 0.891% 4 0.143% 34/25 878760 35150.4
Yeghvard WikiGroup 11900 4 0.034% 0 0.000% 18/3 237698 59424.5
Lernapat WikiClub 1661 31 1.866% 0 0.000% 118/114 3232810 104284.2
Koghb WikiClub 4530 10 0.221% 14 0.309% 13/3 33510 3351.0
Mrgavan WikiClub 1606 6 0.374% 0 0.000% 30/23 77309 12884.8
Spitak WikiClub* 13100 13 0.099% 15 0.115% 6/9 250639 19279.9
Stepanakert WikiClub* 55309 27 0.049% 11 0.020% 131/49 344138 12745.9
Vanashen WikiClub 2364 12 0.508% 0 0.000% 151/55 514582 42881.8
Vardenik WikiClub 9880 34 0.344% 35 0.354% 23/16 517103 15208.9
Togh WikiClub 700 10 1.429% 0 0.000% 42/27 107259 10725.9
Karvachar WikiClub 500 29 5.800% 2 0.400% 42/29 678296 23389.5
NET sum 369429 239 0.065% 100 0.027% 7572819 31685.4
General statistics of the Education program (7) 267 9031647
How many % of the Education program participants are comprised from Wikiclubbers 89.51% 83.85%

1 - Permanent population according to the population census (RA - 2011, NKR -2015)։
2 - Users who has done 1 edit during the month.
3 - Active users/population ratio expressed in %.
4 - New users/population ratio expressed in %.
5 - NET sum bytes added in Wikipedia, Wiktionary and Wikisource.
6 - NET sum bytes/active users ratio.
7 - Includes also Education program other users.
* - WikiClub established in a city.

Saturday workshops[edit]

Every Saturday Wikimedia Armenia organizes open workshops-edit-a-thons at the WMAM office where new editors are taught how to edit different wiki projects and the experienced editors participate in edit-a-thons dedicated to Yerevan. 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-edit-a-thons.

One of the Saturday workshops was dedicated to "Wiki Loves Yerevan" where wikieditors wrote articles about Yerevan. For more details see "Edit-a-thon in the frameworks of “Wiki Loves Yerevan” project" section.

Saturday workshops
June 2 June 9 June 23 June 30
participants 6 6 15 8
created articles 2 0 9 0
edits 3 4 43 8
bytes (net sum) 25621 0 127318 18870

This month in numbers[edit]

0 7200 1054 131 143

articles recorded for
the Spoken Wikipedia

pages digitized for the Digitization

words pronounced for
the Wiktionary

vital articles improved for
the I create a vital article

new editors involved
in all projects