International Roma Day Edit-a-thon

Flag of the Romani people, PD

From April 7 to April 12, Wikimedia Serbia organized an online global edit-a-thon on the occasion of International Roma Day. The idea was supported by WikiDonne User Group, WikiProject Women in Red, Wikimedia Sverige, Shared Knowledge and Wikimedians of Erzya language User Group. The goal of this event was to fight prejudice and discrimination against Roma people by spreading knowledge about their identity, history and culture on Wikipedia and other Wiki projects. 

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Punjabi Wikisource gifts non-traditional sources to Wikipedia through #1lib1ref

Punjabi Wikisource community after a 1lib1ref event. Photo by Shubham, CC BY-SA 4.0

Have you ever stumbled onto a “Citation needed” tag on Wikipedia? It is one of the most commonly used tags on Wikipedia, highlighting that the tagged content might not be verified. And for communities in the Global South, citation needed statements remind us how important it is to integrate non-digital sources from local cultural heritage and indigenous knowledge systems into Wikipedia.

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Wikiexpedition Lower Silesia illustrates 550 articles

Wikiexpedition Lower Silesia was a four-day wiki-photographer event in Lower Silesia, Poland to illustrate Wikipedia with photographs and advocate it as a good resource of information. Five photographers from the Czech Republic traveled in July 2019 to the site to support the hard work of local Wikimedians. The event was organized thanks to the financial support of Wikimedia Polska.

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Macedonian Wikipedia community commemorates International Women’s Day

On 8 March 2020, the Macedonian Wikipedia community celebrated the International Women’s Day with an editing day on “Macedonian women”. The writing initiative was purposely tailored to match gender and content gaps, and encourage the writing of truly new content with no Wikipedia articles on any other language.

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Human rights celebrated on Macedonian Wikipedia

WikiForHumanRights hashtagged on a purple ribbon (Credit: Kiril Simeonovski, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

The period between 15 November 2019 and 31 January 2020 was assigned to WikiForHumanRights, a global initiative in the Wikimedia movement with the goal of filling content gaps on topics related to human rights. The call to action of the initiative consisted of two parts covering broad thematic areas – the first and core part focussed on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its creation whilst the second part had a special focus on the theme “Youth standing for human rights.” About a dozen of the Wikipedia communities joined the initiative with activities aimed at writing content in their languages and additional efforts were put to enrich Wikidata. There were also two lists of proposed topics as a guidance for participants, where the first covered the thematic area of the core part with topics on declarations, institutions and important historical personalities heralding the future human rights activism, and the second covered topics related to the youth theme.

What did the Macedonian Wikipedia community do?

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Youngest wikimedians ever editing Txikipedia

At the end of 2019 the Basque Wikimedians User Group hosted three sessions with the Sakana Development Agency in Navarr for the development of the Digital Commons in Altsasu, Uharte Arakil and Urdiain. In these last two sessions we had the youngest Wikimedians ever, improving the contents of their village in Txikipedia. Urdiain’s students are the youngest who have ever done a Wikimedia exercise at school – in the whole world.

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Access to Wikipedia restored in Turkey after more than two and a half years

Today, on Wikipedia’s 19th birthday, the Wikimedia Foundation has received reports that access to Wikipedia in Turkey is actively being restored.* This latest development follows a 26 December 2019 ruling by the Constitutional Court of Turkey that the more than two and a half year block imposed by the Turkish government was unconstitutional. Earlier today, the Turkish Constitutional Court made the full text of that ruling available to the public, and shortly after, we received reports that access was restored to Wikipedia.

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German culture brought closer to Macedonian readers

The year of 2019 marks the 270th anniversary of the birth of foremost German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. For that reason, Shared Knowledge collaborated with the Goethe-Institut in Skopje on an initiative to translate content from German Wikipedia with the goal of bringing the German culture closer to the Macedonian readers. The collaboration resulted in activities split into two projects that were carried out in two phases – the first one at the National and University Library in Skopje from March to June under the name WikiLiga, and the second one at the city libraries of Strumica, Bitola, Veles and Kumanovo from September to December under the name WikiStadtklub.

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An interview with Muhammad Ameen Akbar from Urdu Wikipedia

From railroads to religion, Pakistani Wikipedia editor Muhammad Ameen Akbar works tirelessly to expand the capacity and content on Urdu Wikipedia.

Earlier this year Muhammad Ameen Akbar agreed to answer a series of question about his work in the Wikimedia movement. In the interview Muhammad talks about his motivations, accomplishments, and goals as a volunteer contributor.

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“Wikipedia, women, indigenous languages and ancestral knowledge from the global south in the Colombian context” – second project workshop report

ISUR and Wikimedistas de Colombia hosted a workshop on August 24th and 25th in Maicao, Guajira. This workshop takes place within the framework of the project “Wikipedia, women, indigenous languages, ancestral knowledge from the global south“. In this workshop we met Wayuu women leaders along with members of Fundacion Karisma, Wikimedia Colombia and ISUR.

We have several activities, one entitled “Weaving the network”, in which we talk about roles and objectives individually but also in groups and from communities and organizations. We also had a collective discussion regarding the policies and pillars of contribution to Wikiakuaipa (Wikipedia in Wayuunaiki) among which we found: to have reliable sources as referents; to respect the perception of all the people who participate; verification of the information; nobody is the owner of the truth; and we were wrong but we tried.

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