Wikimedia Armenia/Reports/2018-07

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Teachers’ Wikiseminar in Tsakhkadzor[edit]

On June 25-30, 2018, Wikimedia Armenia organized the seventh Wikiseminar for teachers from different regions of Armenia within the frames of the Wikipedia Education program. Unlike the previous seminars, the teachers from Yerevan were also able to participate in the training. This change was made based on Wikimedia Armenia’s annual plan with the aim to expand the Education program in more Yerevan schools. WMAM received 120 applications out of which 43 participants were selected to attend the training. Similar to the previous training, the active editor-teachers expressed willingness to assist and mentor the newbies in making their first steps on Wikipedia. To make the learning easier and more comprehensive the participants were divided into seven groups. Each group had its experienced mentor who assisted the teachers throughout the editing process. As a result, the participants created 203 articles.

At the seminar the participants also participated in different discussions on how to use Wikipedia in the school curriculum, the ways of involving their students in the Wikipedia Education program. A list of tactics was composed based on the discussions which would be sent to teachers as a reminder of the discussions and encouragement to come of with wiki initiatives in their schools. The experienced wiki teachers hold a small presentation about their WikiClubs which they are running in their schools. Besides wiki related activities, the teachers had an opportunity to visit Orbeli brothers museum in Tsaghkadzor where they learned about Orbeli brothers life and activities.

Teachers' Wikiseminar

(June 25-30)

Number of participants Wikipedia
participants 43


edits 1847
bytes 1811961

Western Armenian training WikiWeek in Armenia[edit]

The third WikiWeek was held from 25th till 30th of June, in Tsaghkadzor, Armenia. Training was organized for 18 participants from different countries and professional backgrounds including teachers, journalists, school principals and others interested in the field of Wikipedia. A useful meeting was with academician, pedagogue and writer Hakob Cholakyan who introduced them the methods of teaching students to differentiate the encyclopedic style from non-encyclopedic, how to choose reliable sources, etc.

During the 5 days the participants were introduced all wikiediting tools and learned to create their own articles in Western Armenian. During 5 days they created 67 articles.

This was the first time that Western Armenians WikiWeek took place in the same place and time with Teachers' Wikiseminar, which enabled both sides to learn a lot from each other and create ties. Western Armenians also participated in discussions on how to use Wikimedia projects in education and gave lots of interesting ideas.

In the end of the training the editors stated that Wikipedia is the best way of preserving Western Armenian, they told that when they return to their countries they will collaborate with us.

Meeting at World Vision[edit]

Wikimedia Armenia aims at activation of cooperation with various civil society organizations in Armenia to present the idea about the free knowledge, to engage more editors and diversify the quality content. The first attempt in this direction was the meeting on July 3, 2018 with World Vision Armenia Youth program coordinators who work with young people in 6 regions of Armenia through IMPACT and SKYE clubs. This clubs are meant to improve personal, leadership skills of youth, empower them to do volunteerism and find their path in life. After the presentation of Wikimedia movement and Wikimedia projects, we kicked off a discussion on possible cooperation and synergies between two organizations. We have initial plans to include wikimedia classes into IMPACT and SKYE clubs’ classes. We have discussed the possibility of incorating wiki editing in their upcoming camp in August.

WikiCamp for secondary school students[edit]

On July 4-13, 2018, Wikimedia Armenia organized the first WikiCamp for 9-14 years old kids in Tzaghkadzor, Armenia. 62 editors applied to participate in the summer WikiCamp. Taking into account applicants’ activity and quality of edits on Wikimedia projects the selection committee granted 44 editors with scholarships. Participants’ geography included Yerevan and other regions of Armenia and Artsakh. This WikiCamp had also paid participants who did not edit any of Wikimedia projects before but paid to participate and learn to edit.

Editing process involved 4 online platforms: Armenian Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikisource and Vikidia. On Wikisource editors worked and proofread the “Encyclopedia of Armenian Nature”, whereas on Wiktionary edits on linguistic terms were made.

Summer WikiCamp (July 4-13)
Number of participants Wiktionary Wikipedia Wikisource
participants 62


7199 175 587
edits 9508 433 782
bytes (net sum) 4118633 1368519 4236767

Youth WikiCamp[edit]

From July 20-27, 2018 students and young specialists from different universities and organizations of Armenia gathered together in Aghveran to enrich Armenian Wikipedia with quality content. The participants of the Youth WikiCamp were working on 1000 or 10000 vital articles that each Wikipedia should have. To master their editing and media literacy skills Wikimedia Armenia team has prepared wikigames on article structure, encyclopedic style, notability, free and non-free media files, reliable sources. The games helped the participants to deepen their knowledge in wiki literacy through active and engaging way.

During the camp the participants were not only editing on Wikipedia but also participated in a brainstorming session on how to involve new editors and volunteers in the movement. Different intellectual and sport games were also included in the schedule of the camp to make the daily activities of the campers diverse and dynamic.  

During the WikiCamp the 32 participants improved or created 30 articles on Armenian Wikipedia.

Youth WikiCamp

(July 20-27)

Number of participants Wikipedia
participants 32


edits 1223
bytes 2635844

"Wiki Loves Yerevan" International Edit-a-thon[edit]

This year Yerevan is celebrating its 2800th anniversary. In the frames of the wide range of events dedicated to Yerevan 2800, Wikimedia Armenia organized a one month international edit-a-thon contest in different language Wikipedias in collaboration with Yerevan Foundation. The aim of the contest was to increase the number of Yerevan-related content in the Internet in different languages. The edit-a-thon took place on June 15 - July 15. Editors from 45 Wikipedias were engaged in enriching Yerevan-related content and translating articles. Overall, 1165 articles were translated into 45 languages during Wiki Loves Yerevan International edit-a-thon only. The winners of the first 18 Wikipedias with the most earned points will visit Armenia in September and participate in Yerevan 2800th anniversary celebrations. The first 3 Wikipedias with the most earned points are Hebrew, Arabic and Serbian Wikipedias with 1268.5, 1031,5 and 936.0 points respectively. For more details see Meta. The topics covered during international edit-a-thon included Yerevan history, architecture and architects, streets, Yerevan districts, notable people, writers, sportsmen born in Yerevan, as well as Yerevan landmarks.

Submissions in Newsletters[edit]

This month Wikimedia Armenia had a submission in Wikimedia Foundation Education Newsletter and GLAM Newsletter. The blogpost in the Education newsletter told about one of the editors of Karvachar WikiClub. In the GLAM Newsletter we have represented the international edit-a-thon organized in the frames of "Wiki Loves Yerevan" project and the collaborations with GLAM institutions.

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 34 0.260% 17 0.130% 28/11 358892 10555.6
Arevatsag WikiClub 821 10 1.218% 0 0.000% 56/47 768278 76827.8
Gyumri WikiClub* (Khrimyan) 121976 5 0.004% 5 0.004% 17/16 144418 28883.6
Gyumri WikiClub* (KASA) 121976 2 0.002% 0 0.000% 5/7 141530 70765.0
Goris WikiClub* 20300 18 0.089% 12 0.059% 23/4 338466 18803.7
Ddmashen WikiClub 2806 20 0.713% 0 0.000% 34/25 1531728 76586.4
Yeghvard WikiGroup 11900 3 0.025% 0 0.000% 18/3 37602 12534.0
Lernapat WikiClub 1661 25 1.505% 1 0.060% 119/114 4050991 162039.6
Koghb WikiClub 4530 28 0.618% 21 0.464% 32/12 413642 14772.9
Hatsik WikiClub 1044 8 0.766% 10 0.958% 12/4 218818 27352.3
Mrgavan WikiClub 1606 5 0.311% 0 0.000% 30/23 357856 71571.2
Spitak WikiClub* 13100 13 0.099% 4 0.031% 12/12 145053 11157.9
Stepanakert WikiClub* 55309 7 0.013% 0 0.000% 151/55 421010 60144.3
Vanashen WikiClub 2364 26 0.296% 7 0.296% 36/7 1953116 279016.6
Vardenik WikiClub 9880 34 0.344% 13 0.132% 33/17 1108905 32614.9
Togh WikiClub 700 11 1.571% 1 0.143% 43/25 484871 44079.2
Karvachar WikiClub 500 20 4.000% 1 0.200% 43/29 1068811 53440.6
NET sum 370473 269 11.834% 92 2.476% 13543987 1051145.5
General statistics of the Education program (7) 316 9031647
How many % of the Education program participants are comprised from Wikiclubbers 85.13% 149.96%

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.

Saturday workshops
July 7 July 14 July 21 July 28
participants 5 16 10 16
created/improved articles 1/2 1/7 6 0
edits 15 16 57 20
bytes (net sum) 15813 20568 73240 41462

This month in numbers[edit]

7 7670 1381 131 172

articles recorded for
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pages digitized for the Digitization

words pronounced for
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vital articles improved for
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new editors involved
in all projects