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February 2016

Community Support




The WikiDienstag (“WikiTuesday“) is a weekly meet-up in the WMAT office. Volunteers share their knowledge and work together on improving the content of Wikimedia projects.

Topics in February 2016:
  • February 3rd: Writing session with guides of Tyrolean churches
  • February 9th: To-dos for Wikipedia newbies
  • February 17th: Evaluation of university projects
  • February 24th: Workshop for Wikipedia templates

Individuals involved: 31 (active editors: 30, WMAT staff: 1). - WMAT support: infrastructure, co-organisation, promotion.

WikiDienstag in the German-language Wikipedia

Free Content


Wartungsbausteinwettbewerb Winter 2016


The "Wartungsbausteinwettbewerb" is a contest for removing cleanup templates in the German-language Wikipedia. It is held four times a year. WMAT supports the contest by donating prizes, e. g. "Wartungsbausteinwettbewerb" shirts designed especially for the competition. The Winter 2016 edition had 45 participants who edited in teams or by themselves. The competition resulted in 1413 improved Wikipedia articles.

Individuals involved: 46 (active editors: 45, WMAT staff: 1). – WMAT support: prizes.

Wartungsbausteinwettbewerb Winter 2016 in the German-language Wikipedia

Gallery: Equipment/accreditation support


We support Wikimedia Commons photographers with equipment from our tech pool and with accreditions for events. This gallery highlights some of the activities in February 2016.

Individuals involved: 18 (active editors: 16, WMAT staff: 2). - WMAT support: equipment and/or accreditation.

Reach / Free Knowledge Awareness


Wikiversity: War and Propaganda until WWI

Project presentation by Klaus Lojka (Study Programme Director of the Department of Communication, University of Vienna)

As last year, Wikimedia was again part of a University of Vienna course by Prof. Friedrich Schipper on war and propaganda until the World War I. The course lasted from October 2015 to February 2016. 19 (68 %) of the 28 students were female and 9 (32 %) male. Their term papers were Wikipedia-style articles on Wikiversity. Their works were supervised by 17 experienced Wikipedians as online tutors who also helped with transferring the best articles (or parts of it) to the German-language Wikipedia, e.g. Der Kaiser bei unseren türkischen Verbündeten about a German propaganda film from 1917 and Die Muskete about national stereotypes in an Austrian weekly journal during World War I.

Bytes and edits of 28 students
Metric start date Metric end date Metric namespaces Bytes absolute sum Bytes positive only sum Bytes negative only sum Bytes net sum Edits
2015-10-01 2016-02-29 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10,
11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 106, 107
654991 586415 -68576 517839 3496

Individuals involved: 45 (new editors: 28 (27 that edit a Wikimedia project after four weeks after their registration), active editors: 16, WMAT staff: 1). - WMAT support: co-organization, lectures, information material.

Wikiversity course (in German)

Open GLAM workshop (Vernetzte Welten Conference)

OpenGLAM workshop Graz 2016 in the context of the "Vernetzte Welten" Conference

Together with Beat Estermann and Sylvia Petrovic-Majer from the international OpenGLAM working group (openglam.org) of the Open Knowledge Foundation, Wikimedia Österreich's Executive Director Claudia Garád hosted a GLAM workshop in the context of this year's "Vernetzte Welten" conference on digital libraries in Graz, Austria. The event is an annual gathering of digitalization experts from the DACH region (Germany, Austria, and Switzerland) and organized as a cooperation between the University of Graz and Europeana Local Österreich. The workshop comprised two parts: Firstly, lightning talks about GLAM activities in Europe in general, and concrete projects and activities in Switzerland and Austria in particular - from mass uploads, over Wikipedians in Residence, to Hackathons, and Edit-a-thons. Secondly, an interactive session designed to foster exchange between the approximately 20 participants on the chances and challenges of Open GLAM activities in their institutions.

The workshop was not only a great networking opportunity but also provided fresh impetus for GLAM activities in Austria and the DACH region. For the next edition of the conference in 2017 we plan a combination with a meeting of the international OpenGLAM working group in Graz.

Individuals involved: 23 (WMAT staff: 1). - WMAT support: staff time for workshop preparation.

Report in the GLAM newsletter

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