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Title of the submission

Coping mechanisms for COVID-19 crisis - WMRS example

Type of submission (lightning talk, discussion, panel, workshop)
  • Lightning talk
Author(s) of the submission

Ivana Madžarević




Wikimedia Serbia

Track (COVID-19, Basic capacity development, Advanced capacity development)
  • COVID-19
Abstract (up to 100 words)

In this lightning talk, we'll provide an example of how Wikimedia Serbia responded to the COVID-19 crisis. Although it was unpredictable, the pandemic is something that awaits us in the future and something we must be prepared for. Favorable circumstances for Wikimedia projects are the focus on online work, but what makes a community are meet-ups, teamwork, socializing and interaction. In terms of content, we can respond well to the crisis, but the problem is to maintain the spirit of the community and show the volunteers that they are not alone and that we as an organization can help them. Wikimedia Serbia has done this in various ways - starting with measures of precautions taken, understanding the decrease of metrics and activities, reminding community members to ask for needed help, redirecting funds, and mostly through cooperation with the community and organizing numerous online events, recording workshops and various activities.

How will this session be beneficial for the communities in the region of Central and Eastern Europe?

Communities will learn from our example about crisis management and how to handle difficult situations such as pandemic.

Do you plan to pre-record a video with a presentation?


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Slides or further information

Slides are available here: Coping mechanisms for COVID-19 crisis - WMRS examples.pdf.

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