Wikimedians from Central and Eastern Europe met in Kyiv

Dec 29th, 2014 | By | Category: Belarus, Education, European Union, Events, Georgia, News, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Ukraine, USA

On December 19–21, 2014 in Kyiv Wikimedia Central and Eastern Europe Meeting 2014 was held. It was the third annual conference of activists of Wikimedia movement from Central-Eastern Europe. In this conference 70 wikimedians from regional chapters and Wikimedia communities took part. Those who edit Wikipedia, Wikisources, Wikinews, Wikimedia Commons and other projects of Wikimedia Foundation from more than 20 countries gathered to exchange their experience. Thus this conference appeared to be the biggest compared to the both previous meetings in Serbia (2012) and in Slovakia (2013).

At the conference numerous problems of Wikimedia movement in the countries od the region were discussed, and the experience of carrying out wiki-projects was shared. Also the participants talked about Wikipedia Education Program (editing Wikipedia by students instead of writing their abstracts), GLAM (collaboration with galleries, libraries, archives and museums), article contests and photo contests “Wiki Loves Monuments” and “Wiki Loves Earth”, Wikiexpeditions (expeditions to take photos of towns and villages for Wikimedia Commons and illustrating Wikipedia articles with them), organizing workshops and trainings, cross-border initiatives and some problems of freedom of panorama (in Ukraine now there is no freedom of panorama),  gender imbalance of Wikipedia editors (only 10% of Wikipedia editors are girls and woman).  Wikimedians and wikipedians recruiting and motivating issues were also discussed.

Wikimedia CEE Meeting 2014. Group photo.
Author: DonSimon. License: CC BY-SA 4.0

The wikimedians-participants were broadcasting some interesting details from Wiki-Meeting by twitter:

The conference was organized by “Wikimedia Ukraine” with support of Wikimedia Foundation and “Wikimedia Polska” and in partnership of Kyiv National Linguistic University, “Mystetskyi Arsenal” National Art and Culture Museum Complex, Kyivstar Network Company.

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