May was a special month in the life of Wikimédia Magyarország as both of our first ever QR-projects, one about the fauna, the other about the flora in general had their official "opening ceremony" on 1 & 23 May respectively.
After contacting the local zoo and receiving a positive reply, one of the most active group of editors outside of Budapest, in Miskolc began to organize their first ever QR-project within their own Wikiproject group. They met with the management of Miskolc Zoo in September 2013 and agreed on starting the project, what they divided into two phases; first the preparation and second the completion&maintenance. After receiving the approval from the general manager, the members of Wikiproject Miskolc created a project page on Wikipedia where they collected and coordinated all the efforts plus saved all the milestones they reached on their way. They received the list of species that can be found in the zoo at the end of September. During phase 1, a total of 36 new articles were created and 80 got improved, mostly significantly, while the remaining 16 needed no or minor edits only. This phase ended on 26 December, when all 132 links turned blue and were reviewed by the team.
The opening ceremony on 1 May : left (in yellow) the head of the project, Ágnes Módis (Vadszederke), center Zoltán Krajnyák zoo-pedagogue from Miskolc Zoo, right László Szabó (Szalax), member of Wikiproject Miskolc and the project team
The zoo also joined editing under a single username. In phase two they reviewed all articles cleaning up all the mistakes and/or confusions that might have remained in some of them.
After requesting and receiving a ~330 EUR (100 000 HUF) project grant from Wikimédia Magyarország, they produced all the laminated, weatherproof QR-stickers in March-April and placed them on 19 April. Some giveaway merchandise (mainly T-shirts, also serving as memorabilia) were also produced from the remaining funds for the "opening ceremony" which took place as part of the May Day events in the zoo on 1 May.
However the cooperation has not finished here as both parties are interested in keeping up a long term partnership. Of course the QR-stickers needs to be maintained too and if new species arrive, new ones have to be created but besides these there are already a couple of ideas about other forms of future cooperating possibilities.
One of the placed QR-codes on a Kentucky coffeetree.
Slightly less than a year after the first emails were sent out by one of our members to all of the botanical gardens in Hungary, the members of the WikiProject Plants has "completed" our second QR-project with one of Hungary's largest and most prestigious one, the National Botanical Garden in Vácrátót, about 30 km north of Budapest, the capital.
The members of the Hungarian WikiProject Plants had their first meeting with the management of the botanical garden in August 2013 and agreed on starting "Phase I" after the outdoor works were completed in November. This meant first creating a project page on Hungarian Wikipedia where they would coordinate all future works and then identifying the "QR-compatible" plants at the garden.
The first list was generated in January 2014 and as of June 2014, it contains 93 plants, 72 of them having an article on Hungarian Wikipedia. From that 72, 18 were created between January-May 2014 during this project and about 40-50 were (mostly significantly) updated.
After requesting and receiving a ~330 EUR (100 000 HUF) grant from Wikimédia Magyarország, the first laminated, weather proof QR-codes were printed and placed on 14 May. The "official opening ceremony" was held on 23 May, Saturday during the International Day for Biological Diversity (22 May)-Children's Day (25 May) joint event in the garden which was also the day of the European Parliamentary elections. A small "QR-hunting" game was also created to gain some extra attention on them, which had a total of 30 participants during the day.
However this project is not stopping here either as there are still plenty of articles to be written or to be updated, newer QR-codes to be put out and of course the physical maintenance of the existing stickers is also a job to do. There are talks and ideas as well about other possible forms of future cooperation besides maintaining the current one.