Wikimedia CH/Newsletter/06/2018

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Please find Wikimedia CH's newsletter for the month of June.
If you wish to share an event or activity through this newsletter, please feel free to send us a message at Have a nice reading!


New board members[edit]

The annual General Assembley has elected two new board members. An overview of the board is published here.


Rama has been a contributor for 15 years, notably interested in GLAM, Wikidata, photography and 19th-century naval History. In his role of a WMCH board member, his aim is to help strengthening the Wikimedian Community in Romandie and to support the outreach work in the international NGOs of Geneva.


Matthias has been an active contributor to the German Wikipedia since 2014. He is leading the core team for this year’s WikiCon in St. Gallen. With his professional background in the trust and financial sector (accountability/controlling) as his implication in the WikiCon he seeks to support the Board and Community of WMCH at his best.

What happened last month?[edit]

Datathon Zurich (16th June)[edit]

Opening and closing session of the Datathon Zurich

The 16th June the first Datathon has been held in Switzerland with the partnership of the University of Zurich, the Stadt of Zurich and the Kanton of Zurich. The name is a composition of "data" and "marathon" and the goal is to work on data uploading and data quality.

Differently from the usual wikidata workshops, it has been explained how to model data, how to inject data, how to prepare data to inject, how to verify the quality of data (i.e. duplicates).

Around 15 participants worked around their own data supported by a group of mentors, and among all the Statistical Office of the Town and the Canton of Zurich (Open Data ZH and OGD Kanton ZH), Open Data Thurgau, SBB Historic and PLAZI.

GLAM-on-tour at MAMCO (22d-24th June)[edit]

Participants and staff at MAMCO at the Rasheed Araeen show, picture by 1rhb

The first ever GLAM-on-tour in Romandie took place at MAMCO. A member of the MAMCO team was available at all times to answer to questions. The museum prepared a very complete program, with presentations and an exhibition visit, for the 13 participants (and a half, since one of them was quite pregnant!) who attended. We got a chance to learn more about the building, which was previously owned by a high tech company from centuries past (in Frensh), and about the creation of the museum, which took 20 years in the making. The private library of the museum was made available to participants, with a selected bibliography, and archives from the museum.

Contributors edited Wikipedia in French, Italian, and German. Topics concerning women artists gained more presence on all of the Wikipedias and on Wikidata.

Wikipedia Writers’ Workshop at the Iron Library, June 23rd 2018[edit]

As part of the jubilee "100 Years of GF in Monastery Grange Paradies", the Iron Library and the Georg Fischer AG Corporate Archive invited all interested authors to an open Wikipedia workshop. Although, as expected, the number of participants was lower than last year, when the writing workshop was under the auspices of the archive day, but also this time found new authors to Wikipedia. In a short lecture, we explained how the online encyclopedia works and started boldly with new articles. Individual results were already admired at the end of the day, but a larger number of articles are still being worked on.


Upcoming call for participation in Working Groups[edit]

The call for projects for 2019 is now open! If you have a Wikipedia or a Wikimedia project that you would like to receive support with, WMCH is all ears. If you started a project in 2018 and would like it to continue on 2019, it is also the moment to share it with us. You can check the terms and conditions on the following page. Please note that the deadline is September 1st. We are excited to receive your project propositions!

Swiss presentations at Wikimania 2018[edit]

Kiwix will be very present at this year's Wikimania. GastelEtzwane will participate in a pannel concerning Wikimedia and Education on Wednesday, July 18th. On Friday 20th, he will be available to answer questions about his work in Senegalese schools at the Poster reception. On Sunday 22d afternoon, Popo_le_chien will discuss how to facilitate offline accessibility to Wikimedia projects. GastelEtzwane will follow up with a workshop to teach how to make a Kiwix server.

WikiCon St. Gallen and WikiConvention francophone in Grenoble, October 5th-7th[edit]

Registration will start during this month. Call for papers (in German) is already open. WikiCon is organized with help of our Swiss volunteers and logistical help of WMDE. Join the exchange of ideas and inspirations all around Wikimedia projects for German speaking people. St. Gallen welcomes you.

The same weekend, WMFR organizes the WikiConvention francophone 2018 at the Museum of Grenoble,a historical museum near the city center, which will start having a wifi access for this occasion. Preparations are ongoing. The call to contributions is already open and can be found here. Wikimedia contributors based in Switzerland can already get in touch with Flor to ask for grants, covering travel and inscription fees.

List of Coming Events[edit]

This table contains the upcoming events until the delivery of our next newsletter and some important events later on. Some more events you will find in the WMCH calendar.

Date Events Location Note
28th - 30th July 2018 State of the Map. Open Street Map Global Conference. Politecnico di Milano, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, Milano Community ticket € 120.00
25th August 2018 WP-Atelier 10.00 AM - 4.00 PM Bern, Sägestrasse 77, PPT-Archiv open workshop for new editors and answering-seeking people
Deadline: 1st September 2018 Call for Papers online Share your plans with us to bring our community and our projects forward
8th September 2018 WP-Atelier Brugg/ Windisch, Lagerstrasse, Sbb-Historic open workshop refering to "Landesstreik" and "Grippewelle"
29th September 2018 ZH Stammtisch (in German) Huusmaa, Zürich, Badenerstrasse 138, ZH
5th - 7th October 2018 WikiCon; German-speaking Wiki-Convention WikiCon 2018 in St. Gallen