Wikimedia CEE Hub/Catch up

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CEE Catch Up is a series of bi-monthly meetings about the projects, activities and communities of the CEE region. The initiative is curated by the Wikimedia CEE Hub and Wikimedia Foundation’s Movement Communications regional specialist.

We plan to organize bi-monthly meetings, in which relevant CEE related topics will be presented and discussed, along with WMF initiatives and projects, which can be helpful for the CEE communities.


CEE Catch up initiative is a series of online gatherings taking place once in two months starting from 21st of March, 2023, focusing on communication in the CEE Region, and between the Region and WMF about major events, meetings, initiatives, or other things, that are happening or will be happening in the region and/or in the Wikimedia movement.

How to participate?[edit]

Events are open to everyone who's interested in learning about new initiatives across the region and in the Wikimedia movement.

List of events[edit]

All times for every event are in CEST (UTC+2)

Second Catch Up[edit]

Second Catch Up was held on 16th of May 2023, 18:00-19:00 CEST, which was second meeting of this initiative.

Archived agenda and participants on the second CEE Catch Up

Archived agenda and participants on the second CEE Catch Up

18:00 - 18:02 - Welcome by the organisers
18:02 - 18:10 - Introduction
18:10 - 18:50 - Main session, where sharers will present their work
18:50 - 19:00 - Updates
  1. Barbara Klen
  2. Natalia Szafran-Kozakovska
  3. Toni Ristovski
  4. Klára Joklová
  5. Jan Myšák
  6. Anton Obozhyn
  7. Hanne İsna Sevinç
  8. Yılmaz Caner Özyayıkçı
  9. Vjollca Merdani
  10. Valter
  11. Ilira Pali
  12. Meliza Bodurri
  13. Danjela Hasa
  14. Fatjon Rragami
  15. Mariam Amilakhvari
  16. Klara Sielicka-Baryłka
  17. Jan Beránek
  18. Tadeas Bednarz
  19. Maciej
  20. Patrik L.
  21. Zafir Jovanov
  22. Lucie Schubert
Report from the second Catch Up meeting on 16th of May, 2023

The meeting started on time (18:00 CEST) with over 20 participants from the whole CEE Region.

You can find a recording of this meeting below.


At the beginning of the meeting, organisers of this initiative CEE Hub staff (Barbara Klen and Toni Ristovski) and Wikimedia Foundation’s Movement Communications regional specialist (Natalia Szafran-Kozakovska) shortly introduced themselves. Additionally, Natalia shared the safe space policy with all of the participants. Afterwards, the purpose of the session was explained, which was to get to know new young people of the CEE Region and to hear what they do in their countries. The mid/long term goal of this initiative and meeting is to create a cooperation of enthusiastic young Wikipedians and Wikimedias, who want to do something together.


All participants were divided into breakout room, where each group could interact and make a short introduction round. After five minutes, everyone returned to the main room and each person was supposed to briefly present one new person they met.

Main session

Main session was organised with a short introduction of the sharers, which were:

  1. Mari Avetisyan from Armenia
  2. Kacper Szymański from Poland
  3. Denis Smajlović from Denmark
  4. Y. Caner Özyayıkçı from Türkiye

During the session, sharers had a chance to talk about following questions:

  1. Tell us a bit about your Wikimedia journey: how did you first engage in Wikipedia and what do you do? (started editing?)
  2. What was your opinion about Wikipedia before you engaged in the activities with the community in your country? What is your opinion now and what would you like to change (new activities/different support)?
  3. What do you think Wikipedia can give to young people? What did you learn since you are part of the Wikipedia/Wikimedia community?
  4. What about international cooperation - how do you see it and what is your experience with it?
  5. WM and newcomers: Do they think WM should be more present on social media in order to attract younger population (How can we use networks to have a better approach)? If not, what channels would they choose?

Every sharer had a chance to answer every question while Toni and Barbara facilitated the order and length of the session. Due to interesting discussion, this part took longer than expected.


At the end, Barbara invited all participants to sign-up, if they want to become part of the newly formed cooperation, which will be dedicated to WM CEE youth (people up to 26 years).

First Catch Up[edit]

First meeting dedicated to this initiative was held on 21st of March, 2023, which coincided with the first day of the CEE Spring competition 2023.

Archived agenda and participants on the first CEE Catch Up

Archived agenda and participants on the first CEE Catch Up

18:00 - 18:10 - Introduction
18:10 - 18:25 - CEE Spring
18:25 - 18:45 - Wikimania 2024 Kraków update and Q&A
18:45 - 18:50 - CEE Meeting update
18:50 - 19:00 - Wiki Loves Earth
  1. --NSzafran-WMF (talk) 15:36, 14 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  2. --AntonProtsiuk (WMUA) (talk) 15:51, 14 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  3. --K2suvi (talk) 18:55, 14 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  4. --Zblace (talk) 05:41, 15 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  5. --IvanaMadzarevic (talk) 08:34, 15 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  6. --Gorana Gomirac (VMRS) (talk) 09:09, 15 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  7. --Vyolltsa (talk) 11:17, 15 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  8. --TohaomgTohaomg (talk) 12:07, 15 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  9. --Margott (talk) 12:48, 15 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  10. --アンタナナ 18:25, 15 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  11. --– Mehman (WMGE) 00:00, 16 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  12. --OlesiaLukaniuk (WMUA) (talk)
  13. Nadzik (talk) 15:36, 16 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  14. Wojciech Pędzich Talk 16:46, 16 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  15. --reNVoy (user talk) 17:43, 16 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  16. Vovosz
  17. Klara Sielicka-Baryłka (WMPL) (talk) 09:33, 17 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  18. --Jetam2 (talk) 12:36, 17 March 2023 (UTC) (for WMSK)Reply[reply]
  19. --Branimir Pipal (WMF) (talk) 16:11, 17 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  20. --Irdiism (talk) 18:51, 17 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  21. --Ppt91 (talk) 18:58, 17 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  22. --MARKELLOSLeave me a message 11:55, 19 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  23. Klára Joklová (WMCZ) (talk) 10:15, 20 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  24. --KVaidla (WMF) (talk) 16:26, 20 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  25. Jessica Stephenson (WMF), 16:26, 20 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  26. Grzegorz Kopaczewski (WMPL) (talk) 09:59, 21 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  27. --AAkhmedova (WMF) (talk) 11:46, 21 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Report from the first Catch Up meeting on 21st of March, 2023

The meeting started on time (18:00 CET) with over 27 participants from the whole CEE Region.

Although this session was planned to be recorded due to our misperception about settings of our Google Meet call, we were not able to record the meeting.


Due to the high volume of the participants, only organizers who consisted of two CEE Hub staff (Barbara Klen and Toni Ristovski) and Wikimedia Foundation’s Movement Communications regional specialist (Natalia Szafran-Kozakovska) shortly introduced themselves. Other participants were thereafter invited to present themselves in the chat.

CEE Spring

Short presentation about CEE Spring was given by Toni. Also, some overall statistics about the contest on a global level were discussed, which will be in detail presented in a Diff blog post this week. CEE Spring contest welcomed two new communities (see participants list this year; Aromanian and Western Armenian), therefore others from the CEE Region can write about these small minority communities dispersed throughout the whole CEE Region. Additionally, after many years, we have returnee of Sakha community in the Far East of Russian Federation as a guest community.

Wikimania 2024 Kraków update and Q&A

During the first CEE Catch Up meeting, there was an official announcement that the biggest Wikipedia conference will be held in 2024 in our region, as Krakow submission which was also endorsed by the CEE Hub and many other affiliates from the region, was accepted - next Wikimania 2024 will be held in Krakow, Poland. Maciej Artur Nadzikiewicz as a project leader of the submission for Wikimania 2024 presented all the details known so far, and also presented to the participants all planned next steps during the process of preparation of this conference.

CEE Meeting update

It is planned that the next CEE Meeting will take place in Tbilisi, Georgia in September 2023, therefor on this meeting we had a chance to hear the latest news and updates from the organizer Mehman Ibragimov. In the moment when conference grant proposal will be approved by Wikimedia Foundation (which is expected to happen by April 2023) organizers will open registration forms for eligible participants from all affiliates in the CEE Region, and they will publish open a call for submissions for lectures, presentations or lightning talks for this regional conference which takes place in our region.

Wiki Loves Earth

Barbara informed participants that CEE Hub, along with the working group from Let's Connect team and International Team from Wikimedia Ukraine, is preparing a session dedicated on knowledge exchange between previous and upcoming organizers of the Wiki Loves Earth campaign which will be held on 13th April, 2023. In the upcoming weeks, CEE Hub will work on defining a list of participants and writing guidelines and we plan to send out the registration form for the upcoming event to all potentially interested communities/individuals.


At the end of the meeting, we had some time to discuss other topics. This time was used to discuss more about Let's Connect network and their events and activities.

Sessions documentation[edit]

Meetings will be recorded, so you can find recordings from the meetings here:

  1. due to the technical issues we do not have a recording from the first Catch Up which took place on 21st of March, 2023
  2. Recording from the second Catch Up meeting

Safe space policy for video conferences[edit]

In the collapsed table you can find safe space policy for the these meetings.

Safe space policy for video conferences
Basic rules for all participants
  • Friendliness and mutual respect – contribute to a pleasant atmosphere and a climate of friendliness and fairness. Refrain from statements that are intimidating, degrading, offensive or discriminatory, or that could be understood as such, even if you are talking about non-participants. Threats of violence, incitement to violence and unwanted sexual attention are unacceptable.
  • Openness – Be open for all Wikimedians to participate. Restrictions can be made for organizational or technical reasons. Persons on the Wikimedia Foundation Event Ban list are excluded from participating in the video conference.
  • Identity – Do not attempt to impersonate another person. Do not misrepresent your affiliation with any individual or entity.
  • Privacy – Respect the self chosen degree of anonymity of all participants. Allow participation with audio only (without video). Use the names of the participants, which they themselves indicate in the video conference. If video and/or audio recordings are planned, all participants must be informed of this, including the intended purpose, before the start of the meeting. Still images (screenshots) may only be taken during the video conference with the express consent of all participants concerned.
  • Data protection – Do not collect any personal data of the participants in the context of the video conference. For instance, do not demand that participants send you wikimails or reply to your wikimails. In the case of written notes intended for publication, use quotations that can be individually assigned sparingly and carefully. Never disclose or threaten to disclose private information about a person without explicit consent.
  • Recognizability – The participant in the facilitation role is CEE Hub staff member.
  • Technical role – During the video conference, the facilitator has extended technical rights. This includes the ability to exclude other participants.
  • Social role – The facilitator is expected to support compliance with these rules with his or her extended technical rights and to coordinate additional measures if necessary. The facilitator may take any action to enforce these rules, including excluding participants and terminating the video conference.
  • Personal responsibility – All participants are responsible for compliance with these rules to the best of their ability.
  • Reporting – If you believe that someone else is not following this policy, you have the following options: (1) point out the terms openly, (2) inform only the facilitator (for example, by using the direct chat function) and/or (3) inform the Wikimedia affiliate that offers the respective video conference platform.
  • Consequences – In case of violations, the facilitator can act immediately. The Wikimedia affiliate providing the video conference platform may subsequently exclude participants from funding and a future participation in video conferences as well as, in the case of particularly serious violations, also pass on data to third parties.