Wikipedia 17 meetup
On 15th of January, the world celebrates the day of Wikipedia, on the date it was first put into use on the Internet - January 15, 2001. The wiki community in Macedonia marked the day "Wikipedia 17" with Wiki meet up in Piazza Liberta cafe where several topics and ongoing projects on Wikipedia and Wikimedia in Macedonia were discussed, and the handball match Macedonia:Montenegro was watched along with the Wikipedia birthday cake.
On the weekend of 13-14 January, we conducted the first editing weekend in 2018 on topic „Croatia“. Seven users participating created a total of 29 new articles and 4 improvеd. The topic of the editing weekend was chosen to be Croatia, to comply with the actuality of the European Handball Championship held in Croatia and is followed with great attention by the Macedonian public.
In January 2018, we continued with the editorial days, as a kind of successfull project, and we organized two editorial days on the topic „Coins“ and „Archaeological sites in Sveti Nikole region“. On this two editing days we had 10 participants in total out of which 7 distinctive users who created 88 new articles. Organization of different editing events will continue at an increased pace in order to reach the goal of 100,000 articles on Macedonian Wikipedia.
On 18th of January we had the first edit-a-thon in this year. This edit-a-thon was organized jointly with the cyclists-members of the Critical Mass / NaTo4ak initiative on the topic: "Velograd" (meaning: velo-city) with the main aim to improved and broaden the content of information about cycling infrastructure and issues on the articles on Wikipedia on Macedonian language. The event took place at the self-sustainable social center "Dunja" in Skopje where over 20 people first had a lecture on Wikipedia and then 11 participants created 11 new articles.
Winter Geoexpedition on Šar Mountain
On 28th of January, we used the beautiful sunny and clear weather to visit the highest peaks of Šar Mountain. Well equipped with winter mountaineering equipment the group of 5 experienced hikers - members of mountaineering club "Transverzalec" climbed Sin Vrv, Bakardan and the highest Titov Vrv peak in 4 hours and 45 minutes. Exceptionally beautiful, sunny and clear weather provided sights on the entire Šar Mountain massif, as well as most highest mountain massifs in all of Macedonia and this southern part of the Balkans, thus we had a chance to make high-quality images that will be used for creating and improving articles on Macedonian Wikipedia in the forthcoming period. On the way back, returning from this successful venture and day, suddenly passed away our oldest and most experienced member of the expedition - Pero Atanasov, in whose honor and loving memory will be uploaded all of the images and all articles edited will be promoted in the Macedonian public and mountaneering community.