Wikipedians of North Caucasus User Group
Wikipedians of North Caucasus User Group (Russian Группа участников-википедистов Северного Кавказа, Chechen Къилбаседа Кавказан Википеди декъашхойн тоба, Ossetian Цӕгат Кавказы Википеди архайджыты къорд, Lezgi Кеферпатан Къавкъаздин Википедиядин уртахрин группа) 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 wikimeetups, 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.
- 7 October – 7 November 2019 - Participation in the Wiki Loves Caucasus 2019 international contest (online).
- Russia (North Caucasus) ranked second in terms of the number of articles created about this country (after Azerbaijan).
- Participants from the Ossetian Wikipedia wrote 13 articles, participants from the Chechen and Lezgi Wikipedia created 30 articles each. This was the first international article contest for them.
- 10 October - 4,000 articles were created in the Lezgi Wikipedia (during the WLC contest).
- 11-13 October 2019 - Participation in the Wikimedia CEE Meeting 2019 (Belgrade, Serbia). On 12 October, Soul Train (as an additional participant from Wikimedia RU) made a report on the organization of the Wiki Loves Caucasus 2019 article contest.
- 23 October 2019 - Wikipedians of North Caucasus User Group officially recognized by the Affiliations Committee (Resolution)
- 27 October 2019 - Viatcheslav Ivanov made a report on the creation of the Wikipedians of North Caucasus User Group at the 13th Language Festival in St. Petersburg (Section "Wikiprojects as an important tool for preserving the languages of the peoples of Russia")
- 8-10 November 2019 - Organization and conduct of the first Wiki-meetup in Chechen Republic (National Library of the Chechen Republic, Grozny, Chechnya). Report for students and teachers of the Chechen State University on the upcoming competition for writing articles about outstanding alumni and mentors. Press release about the events that took place in Grozny on 8-10 November 2019 at WMRU site (in Russian).
- First issue of the Booklet of Wikipedians of North Caucasus User Group has been prepared (in Russian).
- 26 November 2019 - A workshop “Ossetian language and the Internet: problems and development tools” was held in Vladikavkaz, North Ossetia–Alania. Among the topics: social network VK, MediaWiki content management system interface, content of the Ossetian Wikipedia, other wiki-projects such as Wikinews etc. Amikeco was one of the organizers. Here is the report and interview with Viatcheslav Ivanov on the "Iryston TV" channel (11:26 - 26:01). Another article at Kavkaz.Realii. Another article at Osnova news site. Meeting report.
- 1 December 2019 - Soul Train made a presentation “Wiki projects as a tool for preserving the languages of the peoples of Russia” at the 14th Moscow International Festival of Languages. Photo.
- 1-31 December 2019 - Wikipedians of North Caucasus UG became a co-organizer of the Russian part of the 3rd edition of Bridges across Cultures international contest (together with Wikimedia Russia and Wikimedians of Bashkortostan UG). Authors from the Lezgi and Chechen Wikipedia (as well as Russian and Bashkir) took part in the contest.
- 27 January 2020 - The first part of the interview about the results of 2019 in the Russian, North Caucasian, and Lezgian Wiki Movement has been published at FLNKA site.
- In Spring 2019 Dmitry Zhukov from the Don Wikimedians UG in collaboration with Reda Kerbouche from Wikimedia Algeria UG started working on the first Russian-language textbook Wikipedia. Introductory course on Wikipedia editing. Later, other members of Wikimedia RU joined the project. One of the authors of the book became Oleg Abarnikov, one of the founding members of the Wikipedians of North Caucasus UG. The book tells about the basic rules that must be considered before creating an article, as well as practical examples, showing all stages of articles’ creating. By the autumn, the book was written. On 16 February, a new book was presented at the 2020 Vsenauka Forum in Moscow.
- 26 February 2020 - The second part of the interview about the results of 2019 at FLNKA site.
- 28 April 2020 - A number of Wikipedians took part in a seminar "Why should we write Wikipedias in the languages of Russia?" of the "Country of Languages" (Strana yazykov) Online School (text report and two parts of the video). Amire80 aka Amir E. Aharoni spoke about the Content Translation tool, which is actively used in the Russian regional Wikipedia editions. He was assisted by users from the Tatar Wikipedia (Timerkhan) and Tuvan Wikipedia (Karak-Kyzyl). In the second part, Soul Train and Amikeco spoke about the role of the regional Wikipedia editions in preserving the languages of Russia (primarily, taking into account the experience of the North Caucasus editions).
- 15 May 2020, 19:00 MSK (UTC+3) - Online Edit-a-thon in the Ossetian Wikipedia (via Zoom). Organizers - Amikeco and Soul Train. Video on YouTube.
- 30 May 2020 - Soul Train made an online presentation “Wiki projects and preserving the languages of the peoples of Russia” at the 8th Perm Festival of Languages. (video with automatic subtitles)
- 30 May 2020 - The Chastny Korrespondent online newspaper published an interview with Oleg Abarnikov about the Lezgi Wikipedia.
- 12 June - 12 July - Wikipedians of North Caucasus UG became co-organizers of the Wiki Loves Football All-Russian article competition related to the UEFA European Championship and CONMEBOL Copa América, which were originally supposed to be held in 2020 but due to the COVID-19 pandemic rescheduled to 2021. Oleg Abarnikov was one of the global organisers. The main goals of this competition are to express our solidarity with the football community, as well as to fill in the gaps related to football topics — this is especially true for regional Wikipedia editions in the languages of the peoples of Russia. Different Russian Wikipedia editions were divided into four groups that fought for virtual medals in two thematic nominations. Wikipedias in the languages of the North Caucasus, together with editions in the Finno-Ugric languages (all of them were represented by the Erzya Wikipedia), formed a group No. 4, which won a silver medal in the "America" nomination. The prize-winning trio of the 4th group (Said Misarbiev from the Chechen Wikipedia, Mugerganets from the Lezgi Wikipedia, Amikeco from the Ossetian Wikipedia) received their prizes: T-shirts of the national teams that were champions of Europe or South America, as well as a souvenir mug with a football design.
- 9-10 July — Oleg Abarnikov, together with Farhad Fatkullin (WMRU, Wikimedia Community of Tatar language UG) and З. ӘЙЛЕ (Wikimedians of Bashkortostan UG, Wikimedians of Turkic Languages UG), took part in the Celtic Knot Conference 2020 with the presentation Wikipedias in the languages of Russia: Challenges and solutions. Video on YouTube (in English).
- 26 September 2020 — Oleg Abarnikov made a report “Wikipedians of North Caucasus User Group. Annual report 2020” at the 14th Russian WikiConference in St. Petersburg. (video on YouTube — from 58:49)
- 27 September 2020 — Oleg Abarnikov made a short report on Russian regional language editions of Wikipedia. Viatcheslav Ivanov also took part in the WikiConference. (video on YouTube — from 4:21:43) (in Russian).
- 30 September — Wiki-seminar and workshop for students and teachers of the Grozny Oil Research Institute on the “Alumni and Mentors of Russia-2020” competition for writing articles about outstanding alumni and mentors was held in Grozny, Chechen Republic. Press release about the event at WMRU site (in Russian). Report about the event on Instagram of the Institute of Applied Information Technologies of the Grozny Oil Research Institute.
- 8 October 2020 — 300,000 articles were created in the Chechen Wikipedia.
- 20 August — 10 October — Participation in the “Graduates and Mentors of Russia-2020” competition.
- October 2020 — Participation in the Wiki Loves Caucasus 2020 competition.
Plan of events
- 7 November 2020 — North Caucasian Wiki-meetup in the National Library of the Chechen Republic (Grozny).
- December 2020 — Participation in the Bridges across Cultures 2020 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)
- Amikeco Russian, Esperanto, Ossetic, English (sysop in Ossetian WP)
- Takhirgeran Umar Chechen, Russian, English (sysop in Chechen WP)
- User from Dag Lezghian, Russian, German, English (sysop in Lezgi 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)