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March 2015

Community Support[edit]

Community Survey[edit]

From March 20th to March 29th, WMAT conducted an anonymous survey among its community. 42 participants completed the survey. The results allow us to understand the requests and concerns of our community better and to adjust our strategy work, e.g. concerning our mission statement process. In general, the satisfaction with our work is high. We seem to be on the right track in facilitating and communicating with our community.

Individuals involved: 44 (active editors: 42, WMAT staff: 2).

Results in members wiki (in English)

Wiktionary Conference in Vienna[edit]

The community of the German-language Wiktionary is small but stable, cooperative and effective. Last year we met a very active Austrian Wiktionary contributor (he asked for a book grant) and two Austrians participated in last year's 2nd Wiktionary Conference in Berlin. This led to hosting the 3rd conference of the German-language Wiktionary in Austria. The conference premises were at the renowned Museumsquartier where we can use a room for free and at the WMAT office.

Wiktionary Conference at Museumsquartier

Workshops and discussions focussed on:

Survey after the conference

These are the results of an anonymous survey among the participants.

Meeting as a whole
+ + + ~ – –
9 0 0 0 0
+ + + ~ – –
1 6 2 0 0
Workflow – Planning – Organizing
+ + + ~ – –
9 0 0 0 0

Individuals involved: 12 (active editors: 10 (engaging 5 active editors who have formerly not or very rarely been active WMAT volunteers into the planning and/or executing; retaining 1 active editor who became a new active WMAT volunteer in 2014 into the planning and/or executing), WMAT staff: 2) – WMAT support: organization, facilitating, catering, conference materials. – In-kind donations: Room for free at Museumsquartier.

Wiktionary Conference in the German-language Wiktionary (in German)

European GLAMwiki Coordinators Meeting in Paris[edit]

WMAT board member (with Wikipedia cap) among the participants

The aim of this meeting was to support networking among GLAM representatives of the European affiliates in order to foster exchange on good practices, pan-European projects and useful tools for GLAM work. Another goal was to support long-term GLAM strategies and cooperation across countries and organizations. For WMAT board member Beppo Stuhl attended the meeting and shared experiences and learnings from projects in Austria.

Individuals involved: 16 (active editors: 16). – WMAT support: travel costs for one Austrian participant.

2015 European GLAMwiki Coordinators meeting on Meta
Images on Wikimedia Commons

AdminConvention 2015[edit]

The AdminConvention is the yearly meeting of sysops (and other interested Wikipedians) of the German-language Wikipedia. This year it took place in the German city of Oer-Erkenschwick from February 27th to March 1st. The conference focussed on technical problems and regulatory challenges of sysops. Among other results the participants found solutions for the proper use of edit filter tools, for dealing with “news ticker“ articles and for optimal reasons for decisions.

Individuals involved: 40 (active editors: 40). - WMAT support: 2 travel grants for Austrian participants.

Report in members wiki (in German)
AdminConvention 2015 in the German-language Wikipedia
Images on Wikimedia Commons

German WLM Kick-off in Wiesbaden[edit]

Participants discussing

The Wiki Loves Monuments kick-off meeting for Germany took place in Wiesbaden, Hesse from 19th to 21st March. The meeting as a whole was supported by WMDE. WMAT offered a travel grant for an experienced Austrian volunteer who was an expert in the highly developed organization of Wiki Loves Monuments in Austria. The documentation of protected monuments for Wikipedia (in texts and images) is more advanced in Austria than in Germany. This is partly because of different political responsibilties: whereas in Austria the protection of monuments is centralized by the federal government, in Germany the different federal states are responsible. The Austrian volunteer explained to four representatives of the Monuments Office of Hesse, including the acting president, why the excellent cooperation between Wikimedia/Wikipedia and the Austrian Federal Monuments Office could serve as best practice for Hesse. In addition, he was able to share his knowledge about important technical aspects of Wiki Loves Monuments with the Germans.

Individuals involved: 16 (active editors: 10, WMDE staff: 2, Monuments Office of Hesse representatives: 4) – WMAT support: 1 travel grant.

Report in members wiki (in German)
German WLM Kick-off in Wiesbaden in the German-language Wikipedia
Images on Wikimedia Commons


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. A questionnaire among the participants showed that 100% of them agreed that they have gathered and/or shared useful know-how regarding their work on Wikimedia projects by attending the 13 WikiDienstag events of 2015.

Topics in March:
  • March 3rd: Open editing.
  • March 10th: Open editing.
  • March 17th: Open editing.
  • March 24th: Workshop on file transfer from Flickr to Wikimedia Commons.
  • March 31st: Workshop on the usage of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) in Wikipedia and Wiktionary.

Individuals involved: 24 (active editors: 23 (engaging 1 active editor who has formerly not or very rarely been an active WMAT volunteer into the planning and/or executing), WMAT staff: 1). - WMAT support: infrastructure, co-organisation, promotion.

WikiDienstag in the German-language Wikipedia

Free Content Generation[edit]

Wartungsbausteinwettbewerb Winter 2015[edit]


The "Wartungsbausteinwettbewerb" is a regular contest of the German-language Wikipedia community for removing cleanup templates. The winter 2015 edition from February 15th to March 1st led to the improvement of 2828 articles, more than in any of the previous editions. 27 of the 36 participants worked in teams, 8 on their own. WMAT supported the "Wartungsbausteinwettbewerb" by donating the prizes, especially designed shirts.

Individuals involved: 36 (active editors: 35, WMAT staff: 1). – WMAT support: prizes.

Wartungsbausteinwettbewerb Winter 2015 in the German-language Wikipedia

Progress Open Data Portal[edit]

The efforts of the past year pay off: The number of data sets has more than tripled since the beginning of the year. Among the data donors are well known partners such as Greenpeace or the Austrian Federal Economic chamber.

Individuals involved: 8 (active editors: 1, WMAT staff: 1). – WMAT support: administration.

Reach / Free Knowledge Awareness[edit]

School workshops in Ziersdorf[edit]

School in Ziersdorf

An Austrian volunteer conducted Wikipedia school workshops at the Lower Austrian village of Sitzendorf in January and in February. The success of these workshops got around in the district and the Wikimedian was invited to another school in the village of Ziersdorf close to Sitzendorf. He did two 100 minutes workshops for 14 teenagers there. They focussed on media literacy concerning WIkipedia and free knowledge and had a sustainable impact: some of the pupils and their teacher will continue working on the Wikipedia article about the Ziersdorf church (writing and providing pictures) on their own.

Individuals involved: 16 (active editors: 1, 14 pupils including 9 new editors, 1 teacher). – WMAT support: information material, give-aways.

Report in members wiki (in German)

Learning Pattern[edit]