Edit-a-thon at Biblioteca Nacional; Wiki Loves Monuments
Edit-a-thon at Biblioteca Nacional
Photo at the main entrance of National Library
Felipe Ortega, Wikimedia Spain member and organizator of the event, interviewed by RTVE
On September 27, an edit-a-thon was organized at the Spanish National Library building by Biblioteca Nacional, Real Academia Española, Instituto Cervantes and Wikimedia España. These three institutions are three of the most important ones for the Spanish language in the world. This was the first edit-a-thon ever held in Madrid and the first one about Spanish language and literature in the world.
The edit-a-thon took place in the Patronato Room; an important room that is open only for special events. The eight-hour edit-a-thon started with an introduction to Wikipedia by Felipe Ortega. Thereafter, Ana Santos Aramburo, director of the National Library, José Manuel Blecua Perdices, director of RAE, and Víctor García de la Concha, director of Instituto Cervantes gave a presentation of the event and highlighted the relevance and importance of Wikipedia.
Participants edited mainly about Spanish language writers and the Spanish language itself. More than 50 articles were improved or created by editors, most of them newbies, with the support of more than ten volunteers from Wikimedia España. There were more than one hundred people enrolled and some more edited on-line. The institutions provided bibliography to use as references, as well as drinks and meals for all participants. The Biblioteca Nacional uploaded to Wikimedia Commons more than 20 images of title pages of books from its collection. Also many medias wrote about this event and it appeared on national TV news on Saturday night.
Fourth edition of Wiki Loves Monuments Spain
This September Wikimedia Spain organized the 4th edition of Wiki Loves Monuments in Spain. This year there were two different partners, Paradores, who was the main partner, and the Asociación de Amigos del Camino de Santiago de Jaca. In addition to the first places prizes, there are three special ones: for the participant with pictures from more different monuments, the best photo of a Parador, and the best photo of St. James's Way in Aragon.
More than 13000 photos were uploaded to Wikimedia Commons in September by almost 500 participants. But people were able to participate uploading photos to Flickr using free licenses. The Flickr group for Wiki Loves Monuments Spain 2014 had more than 10000 images, and more than 100 members. That provided more than 23000 photos for this contest in Spain.
In order to improve not only Wikimedia Commons, but also Wikipedia, Wikimedia Spain organizes a writing contest, the Monuments of Spain Challenge. In this challenge people can improve or create articles about Spanish monuments, in every language.
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