As a User Group, GLAM Macedonia signed agreement with The State Archives of the Republic of Macedonia (DARM) to continue with a good collaboration in 2017. The very first project we started to work together with the DARM employees is the project about Macedonian voivode and revolutionaries. The aim of the project is to check data in articles on mk.wiki about Macedonian voivode and to create a new articles for persons from the Macedonian history which do not exist on mk.wiki. The project starts on 20 January 2017, after signing agreement for collaboration between the Archives and GLAM Macedonia.
The idea of this activity comes after the historians, employees at the State Archives of the Republic of Macedonia, noticed that many existing articles on mk.wiki about Macedonian voivode have a wrong data or have no references. The Board members of GLAM Macedonia decided that we are going to fulfill this task.
The team who work on this project consists of several DARM employees and several Wikipedians:
Also, the Board decided to send Violetova as a contact with DARM employees, who provide Wikipedians with books and materials about Macedonian voivode and revolutionaries. MB and Rašo mk are providing a big help with checking existing articles, adding references, and creating new articles about the theme of this project. At the half way till the end of this project, we already checked over 150 existing articles, edited them with more info, added references, and we created 38 new articles.
We expect to finish this project at the end of June 2017. We need a period of six months, because Wikipedians who participate on this project are volunteers, using their free time to finish this task.
The tenure of our long-time contributor Mario Šarevski as a Wikipedian in residence at the Library of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences of Arts resulted in the liberation, digitisation and upload of important books as reference works, including a recent work titled The rivers in Macedonia (Macedonian: Реките во Македонија) which presents a compilation of information about the rivers in Macedonia sorted in alphabetical order.
For that purpose, the members of Shared Knowledge decided to determine an editing day with the goal of engaging the Macedonian Wikipedia community in using this valuable work to create local content on the Macedonian Wikipedia and have therefore set up 26 March as an editing day on the topic "Rivers in Macedonia". The outcome of the day was decently high with participation of seven editors who have created a total of 68 articles, making it the most successful editing day so far both in terms of participation and article creation.
Following the success of this editing challenge, our organisation will consider similar activities in the future aimed at making use of the liberated and digitised collection of works in generating content on the Wikimedia projects.