Wikimedia Community User Group Georgia/Reports/2018

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2018
Report


Report of activities: 2018[edit]

GAHE & UG-GE Colaboration[edit]

Colaboration with Georgian Association of History Educators
Check out the article Colaboration with Georgian Association of History Educators.

On January 20, the editor of the Georgian Wikipedia and UG-GE Member of Board in collaboration with the Association of Georgian History Teachers conducted a joint edit-a-thon, during which 136 articles on the cultural heritage of Abkhazia were created in the Georgian Wikipedia.

GAHE & UG-GE Colaboration: second round[edit]

Check out the article Colaboration with Georgian Association of History Educators.

On February 17, the editor of the Georgian Wikipedia and UG-GE Member of Board in collaboration with the Association of Georgian History Teachers conducted a joint edit-a-thon, during which 152 articles on the cultural heritage of Java Municipality were created in the Georgian Wikipedia.

The Women You Have Never Met 2018 in Georgia[edit]

The winner of the competition in the second category.

WMUG Georgia held this contest for the first time, which helps to increase the number of articles about women and feminist organizations in Georgian Wikipedia. We with the help of this competition want to contribute to the increase in the total number of articles, the increase in the number of articles about women and attract new volunteers to Wikipedia. At the beginning of March, WMUG Georgia and the UN women's room (Georgia), with the support of the Swedish Wikimedia and the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, held a joint action, which is connected with the International Women's Day. We will held a training course with the participants of the action and learn how to work with them. On this and other platforms (including online), we will helped new participants to work in Wikipedia. During the competition in the Georgian Wikipedia, about women were created with over 86 new articles.

WikiMeeting[edit]

On March 4, 2018, the first meeting of members of the UG-GE for this year was held in Tbilisi, which was organized to discuss the existing problems and future plans of Wikipedia and UG-GE. The meeting was attended by eight editors of Wikipedia and UG-GE member. We discussed the planned and future projects, where we planned that until the end of this year, we will extend a large project to encourage Wikipedia.

GAHE & UG-GE Colaboration: third round[edit]

On March 17, the editor of the Georgian Wikipedia and UG-GE Member of Board in collaboration with the Association of Georgian History Educators conducted a joint edit-a-thon, during which 334 new articles on the cultural heritage of Akhalgori Municipality were created in the Georgian Wikipedia.

Photowalk[edit]

On March 18, 2018, the members of the Wikimedia Community User Group Georgia, with their efforts organized a small photowalk in Tbilisi. In the course of the walk, new places of the city were photographed, photos of which before that did not exist under a free license or at all did not exist. During the walk, used a new camera of the user group.

Wikimedia CEE Spring 2018[edit]

From March 21, 2018 to May 31, Wikimedia Community User Group Georgia has conducted an international competition Wikimedia CEE Spring 2018. During the competition, 60 new articles were created in the Georgian Wikipedia.

From Independence To Freedom: 100 Years Georgia's First Democratic Republic[edit]

Wikipedia logo in colors of the flag of the Georgian Democratic Republic. Official logo of the competition.

May 2018 was especially significant for Georgia and its statehood, since exactly 100 years ago, on May 26, 1918, the first Democratic Republic in Caucasus — Georgian Democratic Republic – was established. This is the most significant date for the whole country, as well as for the Georgian Wikipedia, which in online and written form promotes the value of the state — preservation of the Georgian language. In connection with this, Wikimedia Community User Group Georgia holds a competition in Georgian Wikipedia to create new articles and also to improve already existing articles that are related to the Georgian Democratic Republic (1918-1921). The articles will be evaluated by the jury.

Statistics

As of May 24, 2018, 60 new articles and 8 improved articles have been created in the Georgian Wikipedia (see all articles).

Prizes

As prizes in the contest we have vouchers for the purchase of books, where the authors of the three best articles (according to the jury's estimates) receive vouchers in the amount of 250, 150 and 100 Lari (GEL). Also, all participants of the competition will receive certificates from UG Georgia.

Wiki Loves Earth 2018 in Georgia[edit]

The winner of the second place.
The winner of the first place.

Wiki Loves Earth (Geo: ვიკის უყვარს დედამიწა) is an annual international photographic competition held during the months of May or June, organised worldwide by the Wikipedia community members with the help of local Wikimedia affiliates across the globe. Participants take pictures of local natural heritage sites in their region and upload them to Wikimedia Commons. This year, by organisation of Wikimedia Community User Group Georgia's members, Georgia is participating in the competition for the second time. During the contest more than 900 photos were uploaded, which is 100 more than last year. 35 participants took part in the competition, from where 25 (71%) were registered after the start of the competition.

WikiCamp[edit]

Check out the article WikiCamp

July 1st to 5th was organised WikiCamp by Wikimedia Community User Group Georgia and Georgian Association of History Educators in Tskneti, Tbilisi. Wikipedia editing lessons and Edit-a-thon for 27 secondary school students from around Georgia. 214 new articles about History of Tbilisi was created by students in Georgian Wikipedia.

Wiki Loves Monuments 2018 in Georgia[edit]

Photo winner of the competition. The Keselo Fortress, is a small medieval fortress just above the village of Omalo in Tusheti, Georgia.

After two successful competitions WLM (2016, 2017), UG Georgia decided to hold a contest again, which helped us to increase the amount of freely-licensed material related to Georgian monuments in Wikimedia Commons, and improve the quality and quantity of Wikipedia articles about them, including illustrating the articles with the uploaded pictures. Wikimedia Community User Group Georgia this year, for the third time in a row, held an international contest "Wiki Loves Monuments". During the contest 42 participants 2 862 photos uploaded. Out of 42 two participants 19 (45%) participants were new. We were completely able to reach our goal.

Wikipedia Asian Month 2018[edit]

Official logo of competition

Wikipedia Asian Month is an annual online event that aims to promote Asian content in Wikipedia. Since 2015, each participating community runs a local online Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on their own language Wikipedia every November, which promotes the creation or improvement of the Wikipedia content about Asia except their own country.

This year, the Wikimedia UG Georgia and the Georgian Wikipedia participated in the contest for the third time. 12 editors of the Georgian Wikipedia participated in the competition, from where 4 participants were new. 12 participants in total created 148 new articles in the Georgian Wikipedia.

Wikimedia UG Georgia for the winners of the first, second and third place appointed prizes in the form of vouchers for the purchase of books.

Gallery[edit]

Georgian WikiConference 2018 in Tbilisi[edit]

Georgian WikiConference 2018 in Tbilisi
Opening of the conference by Mehman Ibragimov

December 22, 2018, Wikimedia Community User Group Georgia for the first time in the history of the organization, which was officially recognized as the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) in February 2015, and also in the entire history of the Georgian Wikipedia, held a conference. The conference was devoted to the popularization of Wikimedia projects and to the development of the Wikimedia movement in Georgia. The conference was very important for us, since this is the first large-scale event in Georgia, which we hold and serves to popularize Wikimedia projects. The conference was attended by both experienced Wikipedians and new Wikipedians, as well as Wikimedians. The conference was attended by representatives of various non-governmental organizations and celebrities.

The conference on Saturday, December 22, in the hotel of the Gallery Palace Tbilisi with a small lunch began. After lunch, the participants and guests of the conference moved to the conference hall. The conference began with a greeting from the guests, which was carried out by a Member of the Board of the Wikimedia UG Georgia and one of the organizers of the conference, Mehman Ibragimov. He also presented a report on the activities of the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) and also provided the audience information about Wikimedia Foundation, in which the structure and operation of the WMF was provided. Stakeholders asked questions about the WMF, to which specific answers were submitted.

After the report on the work of the Wikimedia Foundation, Mehman Ibragimov, together with another Board Member of the Wikimedia UG Georgia, with David Asriashvili, presented a report on the activities of the Wikimedia UG Georgia, as well as the work of the organization for three years. Representatives of the Wikimedia UG Georgia presented in detail the guests at the conference about all the Wikimedia projects that exist in the Georgian language, as well as about all the projects that Wikimedia UG Georgia conducts in Georgia. All the contests presented by Wikimedia UG Georgia in the Georgian Wikipedia and in other projects of the WMF were presented. Projects that conducted by the UG Georgia, aroused great interest among people attending the conference, stakeholders have asked questions and the representatives of the UG Georgia responded in detail to them.

Nino Turmanidze & Anastasia Jgharkava during the report

After the report of the Members of Board UG Georgia on the work of the Wikimedia UG Georgia, the new members of the organization, Nino Turmanidze & Anastasia Jgharkava, stood before the public with their report. Anastasia Jgharkava and Nino Turmanidze presented a report on the conference, which was the main topic of the cooperation between Georgian Wikipedia (and UG Georgia) and Georgian Association of History Teachers. They talked about how the 100 students of the Association were involved in Georgian Wiki-movement, how they got interested in the work of Wikipedia and how they wrote hundreds of articles on the cultural heritage of Abkhazia and Samachablo in Georgian Wikipedia, during Tskneti WikiCamps. The second part of their report was devoted to participating in the international camps of Armenia and the participants clearly demonstrated how the development of Georgian Wikipedia with similar projects.

After the report of the new members of Wikimedia UG Georgia, a Member of the Board of Wikimedia UG Georgia and one of the very first Georgia's Wikipedians, who has been involved in the Wiki-movement for more than 10 years, appeared his report to the guests. This is Jaba Labadze. The main topic of Jaba Labadze's report was "Wikipedia in Education", he spoke about the importance of informal education and educational projects implemented in this regard. Namely how to set up a WikiClub in their own school and also in two library of its municipality. Also highlighted how the students learned history using Wikipedia. She talked about the success of her schoolchildren in international and local competitions. Finally, he noted that his success of the "Teacher's National Award" was largely based on the use of WikiTechnology in school. Following this success, he is conducting WikiLessons in various schools of Georgia and teaches students to Wikipedia.

Jaba Labadze during the report

At the end of the conference, Mehman Ibragimov again appeared before the guests, who informed the guests about the existing problem in the Georgian Wiki projects, that is related to human resources. Wikimedia Community User Group Georgia, as part of the Wiki-movement, is very small but also active for its size. Our main problem is that we have a serious shortage of human resources, for this reason we are faced with big problems, such as a lack of people in carrying out large projects. We also have the problem of relations with GOV structures, which unfortunately do not really cooperate with us, but at the same time declare readiness to help, but this does not happen in practice. But despite the difficulties, we have minimal opportunities and a minimum number of interested persons to carry out successful projects and popularize Wikimedia projects in Georgia, since Wikimedia Community User Group Georgia is the only organization that operates on the territory of Georgia on behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF), and this is very important. The above problems for us remain the main challenges for the development of the organization and projects.

At the end of the conference, the President of the Association of Georgian History Teachers spoke and promised us assistance in the development of Wikimedia projects.

Images from the conference[edit]

Participation in regional and global Wikimedia events[edit]

Wikimedia Conference 2018[edit]

Wikimedia Conference

The Wikimedia Conference 2018 took place in Berlin from 20 to 22 April, 2018. It is the annual meeting of all Wikimedia organizations, as well as other committees to discuss the future of the Wikimedia movement in terms of strategy, collaboration, and organizational development. This conference was hosted and organized by Wikimedia Deutschland (WMDE), funded by the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF). This year, UG-GE was represented at the conference by members of the board David Asriashvili and Mehman Ibragimov.

Tsakhkadzor WikiCamp[edit]

From 18 to 27 August 2018, the editors of Georgian Wikipedia, under the leadership of UG-GE representative, took part in a WikiCamp that was organized by Wikimedia Armenia. The WikiCamp was held in the city of Tsakhnadzor. Participants: MIKHEIL (UG-GE), NaswKai, Nina1009, ნიკოლოზ ზივზივაძე, Nika chareqishvili.

Wikimedia CEE Meeting 2018[edit]

Wikimedia CEE Meeting 2018

Wikimedia CEE Meeting 2018 (#WMCEE) was the seventh annual meeting of Wikimedians from Central and Eastern Europe centered on the Wikimedia projects in countries and communities of Central and Eastern Europe. The meeting was held in Lviv, Ukraine on October 13-15, 2018. This year, UG-GE was represented at the conference by members of the board Mikheil Chabukashvili and Jaba Labadze.