Wikimedia CEE Spring 2017 is an annual event organised by Wikimedians and Wikipedians who joined the Central and Eastern Europe collaboration with an aim to support article creation about every country in the region on every Wikipedia.
In contemporary times the CEE region has experienced several unfortunate Springs that have resulted in misunderstandings, conflicts and disappointment (exempli gratia the replacement of Dubček in April of 1969 to reverse the Prague Spring, escalating conflicts in the Nagorno-Karabakh region in the Spring of 1988, intensification of Transnistrian conflict in March of 1992, the beginning of the Siege of Sarajevo in April of 1992 and most recently the Spring of 2014, which marks the beginning of the War in Donbass).
Wikimedia CEE Spring aims at joining local forces of free knowledge to accumulate and distribute information about history, culture, traditions and people in every corner of the region to support mutual acknowledgement and understanding and to increase the quantity and quality of free knowledge available about the CEE region globally.
The event itself takes place traditionally from the 21st of March to the 31st of May. During this time period there will be an individual article competition on hopefully all Wikipedias in the region and many outside of it, concentrating on creating and significantly improving articles in different categories like history, culture and notable people of each and every participating country from the region. For more information about article topics, please consult the pages with the article lists.
Local competitions are organised by local teams and in every community the competition will have a bit different face to take local context into account. Contact data of the local coordinators can be found on the contacts page. In last two editions it was proved that volunteering organisers from the different communities carried on the tasks for the contest until the end. Local teams present lists of articles about their country which they would like to see in every possible language and editors from all other countries create and significantly edit those articles, whereby participants can write about any topic, connected with the other participating countries in the region.
The more participants, the merrier. If there are new countries to join during the spring, local organisers should work on the list of tasks — and have fun!
|Nikola Kalchev||Лорд Бъмбъри||Bulgaria||Wikimedians of Bulgaria User Group|
|Kremena Gyurgancheva||Алиса Селезньова||Bulgaria||Wikimedians of Bulgaria User Group|
|Mārtiņš Bruņenieks||Papuass||Latvia||Wikimedians of Latvia User Group|
|Philip Kopetzky||Philip Kopetzky||Austria||Wikimedia Österreich|
|Natalia Szafran-Kozakowska||Magalia||Poland||Wikimedia Polska|
|Vira Motorko||Ата||Ukraine||Wikimedia Ukraine|
|Bohdan Melnychuk||Base||Ukraine||Wikimedia Ukraine|
|Liam Wyatt||Wittylama||Australia||Europeana Liaison|