Julia, librarian and coordinator of wikimeetup in Dnipro Library with the newcomer
Ukrainian Wikipedia turned 14 on January 30. Wikimedia Ukraine has organised Wikimarathon to celebrate the date. The main idea is to invite people to create at least one article to thank Wikipedia for knowledge it provides. This year Wikimarathon's edition lasted for four days: January 27-30
To make it easier for all interested and existing editors to take part in the motion and collaborate face to face, Wikimedia Ukraine inspirited and supported meetups for these days. More than 40 settlements were on the Wikimarathon`s meetups map and nearly 30 of them were hosted by public or university libraries. Volunteers have collaborated with the libraries to host wikimeetups, where everyone could come and take part in Wikimarathon and check books for information. The events brought together a diverse group of Wikipedians, students, schoolchildren, libraries patrons, and librarians to add and improve Wikipedia content. Moreover, in some locations librarians were not just guests, participants or hosters but also volunteered to coordinate meetup and introduce participants to Wikipedia rules.
Wikimarathon resulted in 2500 articles (750 were created by bots). So the average daily number was 3 times bigger than the average number of articles created in Ukrainian Wikipedia along the year. 600 users reacted to Wikimedia Ukraine`s appeal by contributing a new article, among them 171 registered during Wikimarathon days.
2509 new articles have been created during the 4 days of Wikimarathon (link)
750 articles created by bots
600 editors created at least one article
171 newly registered editors
The offline events happened in 42 populated places