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IPC Athletic World Championships
Writing a Paralympic history in Spain
A project started by LauraHale has been started in cooperation with the Comité_Paralímpico_Español (CPE) to write a history of the Paralympic movement in Spain, and to cover current news in the movement. The project is modeled after the Australian GLAM project and builds off the initial success with the IPC Alpine World Championships in February. Efforts are being focused on English, Simple English and Spanish Wikipedia, Commons, and English and Spanish Wikinews.
One of the first major projects was to interview several members of the Spanish Paralympic team competing at the IPC Athletics World Championship held in Lyon, France in July. Four interviews were conducted for English Wikinews, and articles about 15 athletes were improved or created on English and Simple English Wikipedia. The Wikipedia articles serve to provide a research tool in advance of the interviews. Head shots were also taken of some competitors for use on their articles. As the interviewer spoke English and the athletes spoke Spanish, there were some issues with reviewing. Articles published include Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic track and field athlete David Casinos, Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic track and field athlete Elena Congost Mohedano, Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic track and field athlete Alberto Suárez Laso and Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic track and field athlete Gustavo Nieves Campello. To provide guidance for people doing similar interviews in the future, Wikinews contributors created several instructional guides including a one page guide to original sport reporting on English English Wikinews, a one page guide to conducting multilingual interviews, and a guide to getting photo essays published. If you can provide translation and localization assistance, please let English Wikinews or The Wikinewsie Group know.
Outside of the IPC Athletics World Championship, efforts have been made to create articles about every notable Spanish Paralympian. On Simple English Wikipedia, all articles have been created based on the records on the CPE website. As this process has been underway, some issues have been found and reported to the CPE regarding problems with their records. Work is underway to translate some of the Simple English Wikipedia articles to English Wikipedia. Most articles about Spanish Paralympic athletes from Aragon, Catalan, Galacia and Extremadura have been created on local Wikipedia projects about athletes from the relevant region. Plans are underway to hopefully expand these articles and increase the quality of the articles outside Simple English Wikipedia.
By the end of the project, there is a hope that a comprehensive history of the Paralympic movement in Spain will be created in several languages told through Wikipedia articles and Wikinews articles in several languages. This history should also provide a related history of the history of disabilities in Spain.