GLAM/Newsletter/May 2017/Contents/Macedonia report
From idea to award and ArchiWiki edit-a-thon
ICOM award for Wiki Club
At the international day of the Museums, 18th of May, the first Wiki Club in Macedonia received an award. It is a practice that on this day, once in a year, ICOM awards the best projects which are active in the Museums in Macedonia. This year, the first Wiki Club received this award.
About the Wiki Club
The first Wiki Club in Macedonia was establish in the Museum of Macedonian struggle in Skopje by GLAM Macedonia. First day of Wiki Club was 19th October 2016. We have students coming from at least 5 schools from Skopje, all coming from different part of the city, most of them by bus, using their free time. At the moment, 77 students passed the training on how to edit Wikipedia. The members created more than 183 articles, and improved more than 230 articles. Wiki Club members were part of four edit-a-thons till now.
ArchiWiki (Архивики) was our second edit-a-thon for this year, held in conjunction with the architectural design centre Arhipunkt (Архипункт), and architectural website MARH. This edit-a-thon is held second year in row, after very successful first edition in 2016. The purpose of this undertaking was to enrich the Macedonian Wikipedia with varied content about architecture.
On Tuesday, 23 May 2017, members of Shared Knowledge held a workshop in NewMan's Business Accelerator in Skopje, where Arhipunkt is located. On the first day, participants were introduced to the basics of Wikipedia editing and free licencing. The edit-a-thon itself started on Wednesday, 24 May and lasted for about 8 hours.
Prior to the edit-a-thon, the organisers prepared a list of article topics, covering the following areas:
- Architectural terms;
- Architectural movements and styles;
- Architects of Macedonia and the world;
- Notable buildings in Macedonia;
- Architectural events, awards and institutions.
The participants had been provided with a wealth of literature to use. They also created a draft-article structure for each page, so as to insure the conceptual integrity of their writing.
With this topic and this kind of cooperation we want to increase quality and quantity of Macedonian Wikipedia, because we don`t have a lot of articles about architecture on the Macedonian Wikipedia. With this edit-a-thon we changed that and we hope that these "newcomers" will continue writing to improves article about architecture.
Outcomes and results of the competition
After the all preparations such as providing and distribution of literature, making draft-article structure for each page, teaching of basic editing tools, the beginning of the edit-a-thon was scheduled to start on Wednesday, 24 May 2016, and lasted a full 8 hours. The edit-a-thon had 10 participants (plus additional members of Community like mentors), who created a total of 21 articles. As last year, over two thirds of the participants at the edit-a-thon were female, which was a nice surprise for all of us.
Wow - I am really astonished at the results of our Macedonian friends! I have spent few days in Skopje two years ago (at the Wikicamp) and I was impressed by the activity of the Macedonian wikipedians. Best wishes, --Armin (talk) 11:20, 18 June 2017 (UTC)