Wikimedia CH/Newsletter/072016

From Meta, a Wikimedia project coordination wiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search
English Deutsch Français Italiano

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


Please note that WMCH will not be sending a newsletter for the month of August. For your information, we are currently revising our communication processes and we will be implementing a new format for our communication from September onwards.


Creative workshop: July 9th
On Saturday July 9, an open idea creation workshop was hosted in Olten to which 14 community members (German, French and Italian Speaking Switzerland), 2 Staff members and 1 Board Member attended.
The objective of this workshop was to consult the Wikimedia community about ideas, programmes/projects that could be taken forward by WMCH and thus inserted into its strategic plan for 2017. It was the first time such a workshop was conducted for the whole of Switzerland involving all major communities. The attendees welcomed the possibility to reach out to participants from other parts of the country and were astonished about the richness of ideas and projects conducted and put in place. The workshop was organized following an “Open Space Technology” format so that all issues/ideas could be addressed and tabled. A summary of the various discussions can be found here.

Progress report 2016
The WMCH team has completed the mid year report for the Wikimedia Foundation, it contains stories and metrics about the various projects & initiatives of the Wikimedia community in Switzerland during the first six months of the year 2016. You may consult it through this link.

Call for project 2017
If you wish to carry a project in 2017 with Wikimedia CH? You may consult the criterias and submit a project proposal via the following link. The deadline is set on the the 22nd August.


French speaking WikiConvention 19-21st August in Paris
The program for the first french speaking Wikiconvention is available here, if you wish to register for the conference, you may still join the initiative until August 1st, follow this link to subscribe.

Save the date for the Strauhof Museum's edit-a-thon in Zurich
On August 27th, the Strauhof Museum in Zurich, Wikimedia CH and a group of artist are hosting an edit-a-thon on the topic "Anarchy: facts & fiction". More information can be found here.

German speaking WikiConvention 16-18th September in Stuttgart

WikiCon RegionStuttgart 2016, CC-BY-SA 3.0 Imalipusram

Register now for WikiCon 2016 Region Stuttgart. In case this is of your interest: Wikimedia CH is offering scholarships for which you are asked to apply until the 31st of August via You'll find more information about WikiCon 2016 in Stuttgart on and if you have any questions we are glad if you get in touch with us via

Let's fill the gender gap project

Photo de groupe 2 "Let's Fill the Gender Gap" session 3, Gabrielle Marie WMCH, CC-BY-SA 4.0

The initiative was a great success and produced over 89 new articles in the french speaking wikipedia about women's biographies who all share a connection to Switzerland. We would like to thank the Users Nattes à chat, LaMèreVeille for their dedication to the project as well as the partners on the project the Bureau de l'égalité of the University of Geneva as well as the Emilie Gourd Foundation. Please check the project page for more information. Furthermore, following the completion of the project, they will be presenting gender gap related sessions at the french speaking Wikiconvention that will be taking place on the 19th-21st August that you may consult here and here.

Wikimania Esino Lario[edit]

CC-BY-SA 4.0 Niccolò Caranti

Wikimania in Esino Lario was a great success! We would like to thank the team of volunteers who have invested so much effort in organizing this global gathering for the Wikimedia movement. Wikimedia CH was delighted to provide scholarships to 16 people from our community. The chapter's local communication actions allowed the event to receive an excellent media coverage that helped to spread awareness about the Wikimedia projects. For your information, you can consult a detailed analysis via this document. In case you weren't there, (or just want to relive it) here is a short video of the sights and sounds of Wikimania 2016 in Esino Lario in Italy and an article to read on the Wikimedia blog through this link.


GLAM on Tour in Davos at the Kirchner Museum

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner Davos im Sommer (Public Domain)

Wikipedia User:Lantus is organizing the GLAM on Tour event in Davos from the September 30th to October 3d 2016. The 3 day event is composed of several on site visits including the Kirchner Museum's exhibition "Alles Kirchner! Das Museum als Wunderkammer" as well as an edit-a-thon on Wikipedia. The event is limited to 20 people due to space restrictions. You can get more information regarding the event and subscription process in the german-speaking Wikipedia through this link.

Wiki on Rails event series

20141120 gotthard-basistunnel04-wiki CC-BY-SA 3.0 Hannes Ortlieb

On June 1st, the longest railway tunnel in the world opened in Switzerland. This Gotthard Tunnel completes the billions worth AlpTransit, also known as New Railway Link through the Alps. This is the reason why many Swiss heritage institutions, we refer to as GLAMs (an acronym for Galleries, Libraries, Archives & Museums), in collaboration with the Wikimedian community have organized events on the theme of rail transport. The project "Wiki on Rails 2016" came to life thanks to the assessment that there are many railfans in the Wikimedia community. Ten well-known Swiss institutions are participating to the initiative: the Alfred Escher Foundation, the Diplomatic Documents of Switzerland (DDS), the Historical Museum Basel, the Swiss Railway Heritage Foundation (SBB Historic), the Swiss Federal Archives, the Swiss National Library, the Social Archives Zurich, the Swiss economic Archives (SWA), the Museum of transport Switzerland and the Central library Solothurn. Many events are scheduled, you may find the complete list on this page. Save the dates!


Wikivoyage KIWIX App, CC-BY-SA 3.0 AleXXw

With Summer vacations in full swing, we’ve just released an offline version of WikiVoyage specifically dedicated to Europe! The app runs on Android and can be found at the Google Store. Other regions will follow, this is a first shot at getting something rather lightweight and region-specific. Feel free to download and rate it here.


Date Events Location
13.08.2016 Wikipedia Atelier Swiss National Library Bern
25 & 27.08.2016 Edit-a-thon "Anarchy. Facts & Fiction" Zurich
01.09.2016 Wiki on Rails Central Library of Solothurn
03.09.2016 Wiki on Rails Central Library of Solothurn
08.09.2016 Wiki on Rails Central Library of Solothurn
30.09 - 03.10 2016 GLAM on tour Davos