Wikimedians of the Levant/Reports/2015/2016 Report
Activities of Wikimedians of the Levant User Group between 5/20/2015 and 5/19/2016
The highlight of the year was that WM-LEV organized the second annual WikiArabia Conference in Amman, Jordan between March 24 and 26, 2016. (event page) (grant report). The conference was attended by around 70 Wikimedians or enthusiasts in various capacities, about 30 of which were from Jordan, including students at local universities, and the rest from around the Arab World and beyond, in addition to WMF staff. The conference covered various topics, from the technical, such as the bot workshop, to the operational, such as grant requests, as well as showcasing stories of different initiatives.
WikiArabia 2016 Tech Workshop
As a followup to the conference, a 4 hour technical workshop was held in Ramallah on March 30, 2016. This workshop was attended by about 30 Palestinian tech enthusiasts, where they got a chance to learn about Wikimedia tech, and interact with the people behind it. Eight WMF staff/contributors were there to present their work and answer questions.
Education Program in Palestine
Cell Biology class at Birzeit University (course page):
- 1 section / 1 professor
- 19 students
- 11 articles (6 Arabic, 5 English) created or expanded
- over 190k bytes added
- Microbiology class at Birzeit University (course page):
- 4 sections / 2 professors
- 70 students
- 13 articles (10 Arabic, 3 English)
- over 322k bytes added
Education Program in Jordan
led by Mossab Banat (Wikipedia education program team leader at the hashemite university):
- Advanced Cell Biology (course page) and Pharmacology (course page) at Hashemite University
- 2 professors
- 31 students
- 21 articles
- over 69k bytes added
Wikipedia Editing Workshops and Presentations
On October 3, 2015, a one day Wikipedia editing workshop was held at Birzeit University, in cooperation with 7amleh. 30-40 participated.
On February 16, 2016, a two-hour event was held at An Najah University to introduce Wikiepdia to the students. On May 12, 2016, a two-hour event was held at Kadoorie institute to introduce Wikiepdia to the students.