Wikipedians of North Caucasus User Group (Russian Группа участников-википедистов Северного Кавказа, Chechen Къилбаседа Кавказан Википедин декъашхойн тоба, Ossetian Цӕгат Кавказы Википеди архайджыты къорд, Lezgi Кеферпатан Къавкъаздин Википедиядин уртахрин группа, Avar Шималияб Кавказалъул гӀахьалчагӀи-википедиячагӀазул къокъа, Ingush ГӀинбухерча Кавказа Википеден доакъашхой тоаба) is a group of people interested in Wikimedia projects in the languages of the North Caucasus and topics related to the people, culture and community of this region.
There are 10 Wikipedia editions in the languages of the North Caucasus, another 12 projects are developed in the Wikimedia Incubator. The largest edition is the Chechen Wikipedia (more than 220 thousand articles). However, most of the Wikipedia editions in the region have 1-2 thousand articles, as well as a small number of participants. In order to attract new users, develop new Wikipedia editions in the languages of indigenous peoples, and increase the knowledge about the North Caucasus in all languages of the world, we decided to register this group.
Our group is primarily dedicated to supporting and developing indigenous languages in the North Caucasian Federal District of the Russian Federation. We are also open to supporting projects in other geographically, culturally and historically close regions - for example, in Kalmykia and Adygea.
- Promotion of Wikipedia editions in the languages of the North Caucasus;
- Promotion of topics related to the North Caucasian languages, culture, and communities in the wiki projects in different languages;
- Engagement of new people into the Wikimedia movement, especially in the regions of the North Caucasus;
- Cooperating with local authorities, organizations, and individuals to receive grants and other materials to promote free knowledge.
- Organizing wiki meetups, regional seminars, wiki-clubs, etc.;
- Promoting Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects within North Caucasian region;
- Organizing article and photo contests and thematic weeks;
- Joining projects organized and promoted by Wikimedia RU (Wikimedia chapter in Russia) and Wikimedia Foundation.
Read here about our history.
- See Report 2021
- 28 October 2021 — Lak Wikipedia celebrated its 15th anniversary with a complete translation of the most important messages in the Lak language. The group of translators consisted of Artur Magomedov, Akhmed Dzhandarov, Amanda Alilova, Asvat Yangieva, and Abdulla Abdullaev (main translator). These translations were added to the Translatewiki with the help of Natalia Senatorova and Oleg Abarnikov (Soul Train). See Press release at Wikimedia RU site (in Russian).
- 15 September — 30 November 2021 — Participation in the “Alumni and Mentors of Russia-2021” competition.
- October — November 2021 — Participation in the Wiki Loves Caucasus 2021 competition.
- 31 October 2021 — Participation in the Online meeting of the Wikimedia Languages of Russia Community Group.
- 13 December 2021 — Oleg Abarnikov made a report “Wikipedia as a tool for the preservation and development of languages of the peoples of Russia” at the “Direct Academy” webinar. (Video on YouTube)
- 23 December 2021 — The results of the Russian part of the WLM-2021 international photo competition have been summed up. Among the 10 winners, two photos refer to the North Caucasus. Once again, Architectural complex “Dargavs” in North Ossetia is among Top-10. This time it is the photo by Vladimir Pankratov. Another Top-10 photo made Arsen Alaberdov — it shows 10th century Christian Shoana Church in Karachay-Cherkessia.
- 26 December 2021 — Participation in the Online meeting of the Wikimedia Languages of Russia Community Group.
- 29 January 2022 — 15,000 articles were created in the Ossetian Wikipedia.
- 30 March — 2,000 articles were created in the Ingush Wikipedia.
- 16 April — 31 May — Participation in the “Alumni and Mentors of Russia-2022” competition.
- 22–24 April — Oleg Abarnikov took part in the online conference “Spring School on the Preservation, Development and Revival of Languages” (Institute of Linguistics of the Russian Academy of Sciences).
- 9 July — WNC UG member and “Wikimedia Russia” director Vladimir Medeiko published an article “Will Wikipedia Be Banned in Russia?” at Habr.
- 31 July — Participation in the Online meeting of the Wikimedia Languages of Russia Community Group.
- 9–11 September 2022 — Drbug (Vladimir Medeyko) represented WNC User Group in the Wikimedia Summit 2022 in Berlin.
- 24–25 September — Participation in the 16th Russian WikiConference in Saint Petersburg (Soul Train, Said Misarbiev, Drbug). Soul Train will participate in a round table on editions in the regional languages of Russia, and will also make an overview report.
- 24 September — Users from the North Caucasian editions will receive the Wiki Award for developing Wikipedia in their languages in 2021: Takhirgeran Umar (Chechen WP) and Taamu (Ossetian WP). This year, in addition to the Russian Wikipedia, Wiki Award will be awarded to representatives of six Russian Wikipedia editions, and two of them belong to the North Caucasus.
- 30 September — 1 October — Wikipedians of North Caucasus User Group will organize the second Dagestan Wiki-seminar 2022 in Derbent (Dagestan, Russia) in honor of the 10th anniversary of Lezgi Wikipedia. Soul Train and Mugerganets are organizing committee members.
- 6 November 2022 — The Chechen Wikipedia has reached 500,000 articles.
- 2 December 2022 — The Lezgi Wikipedia has reached 10,000 registered users.
Plan of events
- November — Participation in the Wiki Loves Caucasus 2022 competition.
Criteria for joining the group
Any user, regardless of his language, can join the user group if he shares the goals of the Wikimedia Movement (promoting of free knowledge) and has an interest in the North Caucasian-related theme. Please contact our membership team by email or using their talk page of any Wikimedia project in which these users are active.
- Soul Train Russian, English, Spanish, Portuguese (Russian WP — home project, sysop in Lezgi WP and Lak WP)
- Amikeco Russian, Esperanto, Ossetic, English (sysop in Ossetian WP)
- Takhirgeran Umar Chechen, Russian, English (sysop in Chechen WP)
- Mugerganets Lezghian, Russian, Ukrainian, English (sysop in Lezgi WP)
Designated Contacts for Wikimedia Foundation
Interested in participating
- — Soul Train (talk) 00:53, 1 September 2019 (UTC)
- --Takhirgeran Umar (talk) 20:24, 1 September 2019 (UTC)
- — Mugerganets 16:00, 2 September 2019 (UTC)
- — User from Dag (talk) 15:36, 2 September 2019 (UTC)
- — Aslan Xasiyev (talk) 16:58, 2 September 2019 (UTC)
- - Саид Мисарбиев (talk) 17:27, 3 September 2019 (UTC)
- Amikeco (talk) 21:51, 3 September 2019 (UTC)
- Urs syrx bur (talk) 06:48, 5 September 2019 (UTC)
- Mr.Fyrank (talk) 20:31, 20 September 2019 (UTC)
- --Рөстәм Нурыев (talk) 04:21, 21 September 2019 (UTC)
- Maqivi (talk) 19:17, 25 September 2019 (UTC)
- --Erzianj jurnalist (talk) 22:36, 25 October 2019 (UTC)
- Simba16 (talk) 17:05, 8 November 2019 (UTC)
- — Samurskaya 01:20, 09 May 2020 (UTC)
- Omarov M. (talk) 15:04, 9 October 2020 (UTC)
- Уалион (talk) 14:16, 26 November 2020 (UTC)
- --Erokhin (talk) 19:31, 1 December 2020 (UTC)
- — Adam-Yourist (talk) 10:06, 19 January 2021 (UTC)
- Argenberg (talk) 09:45, 29 April 2021 (UTC)
- — Natalia Senatorova (User talk:Natalia Senatorova) 16:53, 25 September 2021 (UTC)
- Dr Bug (Vladimir V. Medeyko) 19:27, 17 April 2022 (UTC)