Wikimedia Ukraine’s largest project in the GLAM field right now is the article contest “Local cultural heritage and prominent people”, which encourages librarians to improve coverage of these topics on Ukrainian Wikipedia. This year it lasted whole month from October, 5th to November, 5th.
Wikimedia Ukraine’s largest GLAM project is the article contest for librarians “Local cultural heritage and prominent people”, which encourages librarians from all around Ukraine to share their knowledge on local monuments, historical sights and buildings; scientists, writers, and other prominent people who were born or lived in their region. This contest not only helps to improve Wikipedia content on this topics but also is brining librarians to XXI century and helping them to learn and use digital technology, whose adoption is still lacking in Ukrainian libraries.
Article contest logo refers to one of the unofficial symbols of Ukraine — guelder rose (ukr. chervona kalyna) and shows how every little peace while placed together are making a beautiful and meaningful flower.
While communicating the project with a help of our partners charity fund “Live Library Ukraine” and regional state administrations using television, internet resourses and social media, we were able to reach more than 5 000 librarians. Before the start and during the contest Wikimedia Ukraine orginased and hosted three webinars and provided on-demand support for participants via email; 400 librarians engaged with the project in this way.
By November the 5th, 50 participants from different Ukrainian libraries actively participated in the contest, having created or significantly improved about 800 articles.
As for today, 12 wikipedians, wikimedians and outside on-topic experts are working on evaluating participants' work and presenting the list of the contest winners. We plan to hold an award ceremony in February 2022.
It is the second time Wikimedia Ukraine is organizing the “Local cultural heritage and prominent people” article contest. In 2018, during one week 45 libraries participated and created and improved almost 300 articles. Detailed results of the previous contest edition are available here (in English) and here (in Ukrainian).