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The first event of WM DE's digital competencies project was well attended

Wikimedia Deutschland: Summary of activities in June 2014

By Christopher Schwarzkopf (Wikimedia Deutschland)

Volunteer Support[edit]

More than 35 Wikipedians participated in the project "Wiki Dialog" (“Wiki Dialogue”) in order to work together on the on the subject of “quality in Wikipedia”. More information can be found on the discussion page of the first Wiki Dialogue (in German only). If you have further questions related to the project please contact Julia Kloppenburg or Dirk Franke.

Institutional partnerships[edit]

In June we had another meetup for the HIVE Berlin Learning Network where three initiatives presented their work: The Geek Girls Carrots Berlin, the School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe and the Science Hack Day. In the discussion that followed the presentations, the participants exchanged their ideas and thoughts about potential target groups, possibilities and expectations. With regard to the inclusion of schools into the learning network, the view of a teacher from Berlin was very helpful for a better understanding of our target group. In addition we had the first project under the umbrella of the HIVE Network: On 21 June the Geek Girls Carrots Berlin organized the workshop “Introduction to Scrum” in the Wikimedia Deutschland office that was well attended by around 19 participants.

On 23 June we officially started our project “Digitale Kompetenzen” (digital competencies) with the first event that focused on the subject of data security awareness. The speakers were Dr. Imke Sommer, data protection commissioner for the federal state of Bremen, Martin Müsgens who works in media education and Prof. Dr. Karsten Weber who teaches technical science at the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus–Senftenberg. Around 50 people, most of them with educational background, attended the event and the feedback was very positive. Videos of the event can be found on Vimeo and Youtube (both in German), photos on Wikimedia Commons. The next event will focus on the term “Digital Natives” and will take place on 1 September.

Legal and social framework[edit]

Our call for participation in the Open Educational Resources Conference 2014 that will take place on 12 and 13 September in Berlin ended on 17 June. We received a total of 49 submissions, which is more or less the same amount as in 2013. Our program team selected a total of 31 submissions. The program can be found here.

On 13 and 14 June, Wikimedia Deutschland, Wissenschaft im Dialog (science in dialogue) and the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society hosted a barcamp on the topic of “society 2.0”. For two days 50 participants discussed different aspects of the digital society. Open knowledge, online-participation and crowdsourcing: what are the current developments that determine our future?