Wikimedia Community User Group Georgia/Reports/2015
Report of activities: 2015
Wikimedia CEE Spring 2015
WMCEE Spring is a public article competition organised by Wikimedians in the region of Central and Eastern Europe. The idea of the project is to replicate the success stories of Wikipedia collaboration months carried out in the region on a bigger and more comprehensive scale. This means that during a 3 month period (i.e. Spring; 21st of March to the 31st of May) article competition will be organised in all relevant Wikipedias and articles will be written about diverse countries and cultures in the region. Such an event does not only increase the actual contentual output of an article competition, but adds to the development the regional wiki-integrity as well. Georgian Wikipedia first this year took part in such a large-scale international competition. In the first competition, the Georgian Wikipedia ranked first in terms of new articles; during the competition, 562 new articles were created.
Donation for active volunteer
In August 2015, with the help of public assistance, Georgian Wikimedians bought a personal computer to one of the active volunteer of the Georgian Wikipedia, who had previously worked with a mobile phone from a big problem. The computer was solemnly handed over to a volunteer of the Georgian Wikipedia. Georgian Wikimedians work for the benefit of all volunteers and continue this activity in the future.
Joint project with Wikimedia Armenia
Georgian-Armenian joint project was held on 1-31 October, 2015. The aim of the project is to create and improve articles on Armenian topics in Georgian Wikipedia, while Armenian Wikipedians will perform similar work in Armenian WikiPedia on Georgian topics. During the competition, more than 500 new articles were created in the Georgian Wikipedia. Prizes were handed over to the winners by Wikimedia Armenia.
Training new volunteers
- Project leader Jaba1977
School project called "Me and Wikipedia" managed by one of our member, was held in Surami 2nd public school. From october 2015 until begining of Januari 2016, 15 pupils was trained once an week. During the project, they earned wikipedia editing skills and at the same time, have created new articles.
Georgian Educational Technology Conference
Georgian Educational Technology Conference aims to bring technology to the modern trends, educational sector and due to the integration of interested parties about the changes, technologies in the educational process in the use of best practices and experience and sharing of knowledge of school teachers NGOs, experts, representatives of the university and educational technology in the field of organizations.
From November 20 to November 22, 2015, representatives of Georgian Wikipedia and UG-GE participated in the conference and spoke. The main goals of our representatives were: presentation of the problem of Georgian Wikipedia, role of teachers and pupils to improve teaching learning to educate community in different things in Georgia. Statement was recognised as prominent on conference and special prizes was awarded.
Participation in regional and global Wikimedia events
Wiki Loves Science
Wiki Loves Science took place in Aghveran, Armenia, from January 30 to February 1, 2015. The event served to popularize Wikipedia and other WMF projects. The event was organized by Wikimedia Armenia. From Wikimedia Community User Group Georgia the event was attended by two representatives Mikheil Chabukashvili and Jaba Labadze.
Wikimedia CEE Meeting 2015
Wikimedia CEE Meeting 2015 (#WMCEE) was the fourth annual meeting of Wikimedians from Central and Eastern Europe. It took place in Estonia. The meeting took place from the 10th of September to the 13th of September 2015 in the form of a retreat in Estonian countryside and was organized by Wikimedia Estonia with help of several individuals from other communities. The chosen form of the retreat was chosen to help participants to concentrate on the topics and goal of the meeting and hopefully increase the effectiveness of the event.
- For more Wikimania 2015
Wikimania 2015 was the 11th Wikimania conference, an annual event for the international Wikimedia community, and was held in Mexico City, July 15–19, 2015.
Wikimania 2015 is the annual conference celebrating Wikipedia and its sister free knowledge projects with conferences, featured talks, meetups and a hackathon with attendees of 40 countries. Digital rights leaders and hundreds of volunteers editors will come together to learn about new projects and approaches and discuss issues. Other themes to be addressed at Wikimania 2015 include the state of free knowledge, the role of Wikipedia in education, privacy and digital rights, using technology to grow participation, and more.
From Wikimedia Community User Group Georgia to the event was attended by Mikheil Chabukashvili.
WikiCamp in Armenia
WikiCamp took place in Aghveran, Armenia, from August 16 to August 29, 2015. WikiCamps are scientific-educational camps, whose main goal is the education of participants through Wikipedia, Wiktionary and other Wikimedia Projects. During Wikicamps participants contribute and enrich one or more of Wikimedia Projects with the help of more experienced Wikipedians, improve their editing, writing, speaking, translation, communication, cultural, computer skills. Along with editing, campers also visit cultural heritage sights, make expeditions, play intellectual and sport games, sing, dance etc. Wikicamps balance between contribution, education and fun.