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Please find the 9th installment of the Wikimedia newsletter 2015.
If you wish to share an event or activity through this newsletter, please feel free to send us a message at Happy reading!


  • Save the date for Wikimedia CH's General Assembly taken place on Saturday April, 2nd 2016. For your information, this year it will take place in Romandie.
  • The association's strategic plan for 2016 has been officially handed in to the "Funds Dissemination Committee" of the Wikimedia Foundation, you may view the application through this link


  • Edit-a-thon Art & Feminism Save the Date: March 5!
The date for the next global edit-a-thon "Art and Feminism" has been officially released, it will take place March, 5th 2016. Wikimedia CH will be organizing simultaneous events in all of Switzerland. If you wish to get implicated, send us an e-mail via
  • Wikipedia conference: Who speaks about what?
The University of Geneva hosted the Wikipedia conference "Who speaks about what?" that took place on September 28th. If you wish to check it out in full, you may access the video of the event through this link.
The fist meet up for the workshop "Let's fill the gender gap" took place on October 6th at the University of Geneva and got 25 active new contributors together to get started on writing articles on Wikipedia about Swiss women. We would like to thank the users Nattes à Chat and LaMèreVeille for carrying out the initiative as well as the official partners the Emilie Gourd Foundation and the Office for Equality of the University of Geneva for this wonderful collaboration. If you wish to follow the group's progress, check out the Wikipedia project page here.

Wikimania Esino Lario[edit]

On September 27th and 28th the team organizing next year's Wikimania met in Esino Lario to work on the open points of discussion left on the agenda and to evaluate the program. During the event the participants were hosted in the local accommodation and tested the menu proposed for the 2016 event. There were some conferences and excursions to experience the collateral programs and the venue. You may read about it all here.

Wikipedia Offline[edit]


World map of Gerhard Mercator, 1569
  • Wikipedian in Residence at the University Library of Basel
The University Library of Basel has, in collaboration with the Wikipedian in Residence, Micha Rieser, completed the upload of a total of 557 digitized maps, ranging from the 16th until the end of the 18th century. The data is accessible in high resolution files on Commons in the category "UB Basel Maps". Most of the uploaded maps are still uncategorized, if there are any volunteers motivated. Among these maps, there are some curiosities, such as the splendid specimen of the  oldest available city-map of Paris. This map was created by Olivier Truschet and Germain Hoyau around the year 1550. You may also come across a completely preserved exemplary of the world-map of 1569 from Gerhard Mercator. Furthermore we stumble across the oldest canton-map from the Valais (1545) from Sebastian Münster, the Swiss Map (1560) of Aegidius Tschudi and the oldest area-map of Jos Murer, dated 1568.
The upload of these old and rare maps is one among several projects which the University Library of Basel is implementing in collaboration with Wikimedia CH. Furthermore the University Library of Basel also plans to write biographies about the printers of Basel. The complete list of projects is curated on the following project-page in Wikipedia.
Wikipedia "Biographies" Edit-a-thon. CC-BY-SA 4.0 Muriel Staub (WMCH)
  • Edit-a-thon "Writing Biographies" at the Swiss Federal Archives
The Wikipedia Edit-a-thon "Writing Biographies“ took place on September 5 and was attended by 40 people. Furthermore a follow up Wikipedia-Atelier took place on September 10. In case you missed these amazing events, you can still take part by writing a biography and join the closing-event on November 12 in Bern. You will find all the necessary information on the project page.
Last but not least we would like to thank the Swiss Federal Archives and all the volunteers that were involved in the organization and realization of this event.
CC-BY-Sa 2.0 Steve Coast
  • Mapping party in Open Street Map
Within the GLAM project of "Paesaggio alpino in Wikipedia" (Alpine landscape on Wikipedia) the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Italian Switzerland (SUPSI) in collaboration with Wikimedia CH organized a mapping party for the students of the Earth Science project to map Lugano in Open Street Map. The event had 40 participants.


Date Event Location
14.10.2015 Reunion of the alemannic Wikipedians Einsiedeln
27.10.2015 Wikipedia Workshop "Let's fill the gender gap" University of Geneva
31.10.2015 Wikipedia Atelier for Women, in collaboration with the Archive for Women-, Gender- and Social History in Eastern Switzerland St.Gallen
07.11.2015 Wikipedia Atelier for Women, in collaboration with the association Women in Nidwalden and Engelberg: History and Stories Nidwalden
20/22.11.2015 Wikisource conference Vienna, Austria

Open Data[edit]

  • Open Data in Science, Swiss National Science Foundation
Workshop Open Data in Sience, CC-BY-Sa 4.0 Micha Rieser
The Swiss National Science Foundation hosted a workshop about "Open Data in Science". It was arranged in order to gather inputs from various stakeholders before finalizing the "Open Data in Science" Policy. WMCH's board member Micha Rieser participated to the process and brought in the Wikipedian perpective. He raised awareness for the Creative Commons licences which are used in the Wikimedia movement and also presented the advanced Open Access Policies of the Wikimedia Foundation.