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«International Numismatics Club Museum Collection Coins» article contest results[править]

«International Numismatics Club Museum Collection Coins» article contest results were announced on November 30. 43 participants have created a total of 168 new articles.

An important result of the contest was uploading to Wikimedia Commons obverse (head side) and reverse (tail side) images of 352 coins from International Numismatics Club Museum Collection - this is currently the largest corporate upload of currency notes to Wikimedia Commons in history of Russia Wikipedia. Read more... (Russian)

Russia's first paper encyclopedia under free licence[править]

Russia's first paper encyclopedia under free licence Russia now has first paper encyclopedia which is distributed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International free lincense. This is «ALL OF RUSSIA. Cities and settlements» encyclopedia, first published by the Institute of Industrial Economics & Management back in 2001.

Wikipedia used to be considered an antagonist to classical printed encyclopedias. To stress the main point (without going into detailed differences between online & paper encyclopedias) — Wikipedia is a free encyclopedia, whilst paper encyclopedias, unfortunately, are not. This means that anyone can use all Wikipedia's materials without any limitations and special permissions from the rights owner, as long as a link to respective article is included. Text and illustrations from paper encyclopedias can't be used so freely, as this will qualify as copyright violation.

Encyclopedia «ALL OF RUSSIA. Cities and settlements»is one of the first respectable scientific encyclopedic publications containing detailed information about all cities of our country, as well as a large number of its non-town settlements, which are still of socio-cultural and economic significance. The encyclopedia was being prepared for publication in 1998—2000 and was printed in 2001. The work contains a large volume of information about history of Russia's cities, as well as their economic, socio-demographic & cultural development. One can find information about executive and legislative authorities, their names and principles of formation. Current legislation about municipal authorities was not yet development, so readers will discover a great diversity of state and municipal management structures Russia's cities and regions had at the verge the 20th and 21st centuries. The encyclopedia also reflects information about the economy of respective cities, main enterprises and organizations that existed at that moment in time.

Read more... (Russian)

WikiGap 2018 Russia[править]

«Wikimedia RU» and Embassy of Sweden in the Russian Federation announce the start of the Russia segment of WikiGap 2018 International Contest.

On 7th of March 2018 at 13:00 Embassy of Sweden invites all interested to come and take part in seminar on creation of articles for Russian-language Wikipedia under the guidance of Wikipedia administrator Ms.Sofya Bagdasarova.

From 8th of March through 8th of April all interested are invited to take part in WikiGap 2018 Russia contest on writing articles about women in the Russian-language Wikipedia.

It's well known that 90 % of Wikipedia editors are men. On top of that, Wikipedia articles about men are four times more numerous than those about women. We want to change that.

WikiGap is a global initiative. People all over the world will come together to add more information into Wikipedia about women who made significant contribution into various areas. Wikimedia movement activists and Embassies of Sweden will simultaneously hold 8th of March dedicated joint events in more than 40 countries, from Sweden to Tanzania, Egypt and Columbia.

WikiGap 2018 is a project co-organized by Swedish Wikimedia chapter (Wikimedia Sverige) and the Foreign Ministry of Sweden.

Two Wikimedia RU projects presented at Russian Civic Chamber[править]

On 20th and 21st of February 2018 two encyclopedic projects of Wikimedia RU were presented at the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation.

On February 20th Wikipedia article contest « Discover Russia and Germany: learn about the regions » was presented to one of the working groups of «Russian-German regional & municipal partnership: prospects for growth» forum. Civic Chamber member Leonid Shafirov explained to his Russian colleagues and guests from Germany about the contest to take place from 20th of May through October 2018.

Participants of the Russian & German-language Wikipedias will be invited to write about historic and cultural sights of small and medium-sized territories of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Russian Federation respectively. For the purposes of the contest, medium-sized territory is defined as a settlement with less than 100 000 residents. At the end of the presentation WMRU members Dmintry Jukoff and Dmitry Rozhkov exchanged with forum participants about the prospects of the contest — the latter welcomed the initiative and stated their interest to support it at all the stages.

On the 21st of February «Discover Russia. Graduates and professors» multilingual contest was presented via videoconference to Russia's Regional Civic Chambers.

«Open Library» contest[править]

«Wikimedia RU» Non-Profit Partnership launched «Open Library» contest.

The contest takes place in the framework of «Open Library» Resource Center Project, directed at helping libraries to provide open access to Public Domain works. Participation is open to any Russian Federation library willing and able the following resources from their stock available for open access:

  • Public Domain works (Art. 1282 of the Russian Federation Civil Code),
  • Works not considered Objects of Copyright (Art. 1259 of the Russian Federation Civil Code, p.6) or
  • Works distributed under free license (Art. 1286.1 of the Russian Federation Civil Code).

«Wikimedia RU» Non-Profit Partnership Executive Director Stanislav Kozlovsky stated that significant number of scientific and artistic works are still unavailable on the Internet, being accessible only on paper - in books, magazines and newspapers stored in libraries.

«Paper publications are not usually digitized due to copyright-related restrictions and thus end up being inaccessible. There are, however, some publications that can be legally digitized as their Copyright protection period is over and they are now in the Public Domain. The contest is to serve as an impetus to motivate libraries towards large-scale digitization of such publications. Knowledge should be serving people, not staying in storage as dead weight».

Contest is organized in three nominations:

  • «Wikimedia Commons» - PD works being uploaded into the eponymous website;
  • «Federal Reserve System of Knowledge Banks» - the winner defined by the number of openly published works that library registers with FRS;
  • «Library's own electronic resources» - best E-library through the prism of, among others, such criteria as accessibility of works, search convenience and digital file quality.

Libraries are free to participate in any number of nominations. The contest runs through 30 June 2018. Works, uploaded by the libraries, will be registered and stored in Federal Reserve System of Knowledge Banks, established by the Internet-Publishers Association (Ассоциация интернет-издателей) together with other civil society organizations and Internet projects. Internet users will get access to all materials provided by participating libraries.

The prize fund of «Open Library» contest is 300 000 rubles. The project is created by Wikimedia RU Non-Profit Partnership funded through Russian Federation Presidential Grant for Development of Civil Society provided by the Presidential Grants Foundation.

Participation-related letters can be sent to lib@wikimedia.ru. For more details look here.

Wiki Loves Monuments 2017[править]

Contest prizes: 10 three-day Moscow CityPass Travel Card passes
Contest prizes: 8 three-day St. Petersburg CityPass Travel Card passes

Wiki Loves Monuments 2017 started on the World Day of Peace & Knowledge Day at the backbone of Wikimedia Commons global media repository. Being world's largest photography contest, the project is inscribed into Guinness World Records for collecting over 1.4 million monument images within 8 years to benefit Wikipedia readers!

Large number of prizes, interesting Special Nominations (such as one from Wikivoyage global travel-guide), and hard work of organizers & participants fills this annual event with great excitement. This year Russia CityPass offers Moscow & St.Petersburg Travel Cards, Yandex Publishers is a partner supporting educational projects in the digital environment.

«Yandex Publishers», a partner of Wiki Loves Monuments 2017 in Russia

Second round of Wiki-Urals contest over[править]

Usolye, Usolsky District, Perm Krai. Author – Alx0yago. First Round Winner in "«Wiki Loves Monuments» participants about Urals" nomination

Second round of Wiki-Urals multilingual writing contest dedicated to Urals region concluded on 1st July 2017. The contest was supported by Sverdlovsk Regional Tourism Development Center. Organizers: Wikimedia Russia, Moiseikin Jewellers and UMMC holding. This is the first experience of inter-linguistic collaboration that is now successfully used in other Wikimedia Russia organized contests. See Discover Russia. Start from Don. We are looking forward to organize Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs supported competition between Russian and Thai Wikipedias on the occasion of 120th anniversary of diplomatic relationships between Russia and Thailand.

"Ural Federal District week" Regional Edit-a-thon was organized in the Russian Wikipedia from June 19 through July 7. 16 active participants, 516 new articles & 111 new images are a new record of the 7th year of Eastern Studies week contest: articles about settlements of Sverdlovsk & Kurgan Oblast, pictures of Salekhard, Yekaterinburg and the region. Russian Wikipedia article about Kamensk-Uralsky's historic Kamensky Zavod factory was actively worked on and received a good article status.

Wiki-Urals results to be announced will include Ural Federal District week, as well as Wiki Loves Earth 2017 Photo Contest results, the long-list of which include wonderful photoes of Urals (ex. №№ 5, 17, 45, 68, 75, 89, 108, 126, 129, 136, 142, 143, 146, 149, 152, 153, 160, 165, 168, 190, 197, 199, 201 and 206).

18 participants of the Russian Wikipedia section of the competition generated 1109 new articles. The first prize winner Andreykor (468 points for 362 new articles) will be travelling to Poland for CEE Meeting 2017 (22—25 SEPT 2017), as well as receiving encyclopedic literature set together with other awardees.

Discover Russia. Start with Don (Round 1)[править]

«Discover Russia. Start with Don»

First Round of "Discover Russia. Start with Don" Writing contest closed on 21 APR. Jury is now actively @ work.

The contest was dedicated to Rostov Oblast - one of the largest and most densely populated regions of the Southern Russia, celebrating in 2017 its 80th anniversery.

The contest turned international with 3202 new articles created in 10 languages, generated 2150 photoes being uploaded, some 600 articles enlarged.

Wiki-Award 2017[править]

Wiki-Award 2017 took place in Yandex's Moscow conference center on 23 APR 2017.

WikiUrals @ "Greater Urals — 2017"[править]

WikiUral Сompetition and events logo
WikiUral Сompetition and events logo
Wiki-Urals Contest Presentation & Awarding Ceremony»

"Wiki-Urals" International Contest Winners Awarding Ceremony was held on April 7 at Yekaterinburg-EXPO Exhibit Center in the framework of 5th International Tourism Forum «Greater Urals — 2017», organized by Sverdlovsk Regional Tourism Development Center. The event was attended by participants from 13 regions of Russia and 11 foreign countries. Award recipients joined Yekaterinburg Wiki-tour held later on the same day.

Urals contest was co-organized by Викимедиа РУ, Moiseikin Jewellers and UMMC holding, first round was sponsored by VEK elevators engineering company. Second round would continue through July 1st, 2017.

Zvenigorod Observatory Wiki-tour[править]

Wiki-tour to «Zvenigorod Observatory» took place on 1st of April, 2017.

Wiki-Conference 2016[править]

2016 Wikimedia Russia conference participants, St.Petersburg, 1 Oct 2016.

Wiki-Conference 2016 — 10th Annual International Forum dedicated to developing Wikimedia projects in the languages of Russia, as well as issues around free knowledge creation and dissemination - has taken place on October 1st & 2nd, year 2016. Serving as a scientific conference and a meeting of the like-minded, the annual Wiki-Conference brings together participants of various Wikimedia projects to deliver reports and make presentations about the ongoing and completed projects, exchange opinions and network. Wiki-Conference participants discuss a diversity of issues ranging from free and opensource software to initiatives of free dissemination of knowledge and Wiki-Projects in the Russian Federation and around the World.

The Conference has taken place at Saint Peterburg's ITMO University buildings on Birzhevaya liniya street. See Conference outcomes and participants' feedback.

Muscovites meeting with Jimmy Wales[править]

Jimmy Wales surrounded by the Wikipedians

On September 14th, 2016 Jimmy (Jimbo) Wales, the founder of Wikipedia and Wikimedia Foundation, met with Muscovites at «Extropolis» conference center and responded their questions.

The event was organized by NP «Wikimedia RU» and «Yandex» company. The meeting was moderated by Russian journalist and public activist Ivan Zasursky. Jimbo was accompanied and supported by NP «Wikimedia RU» directors Vladimir Medeyko and Stanislav Kozlovsky.

The program consisted of three parts — first Jimbo delivered a public lecture, then answered questions, followed by informal interaction, during which all participants had a possibility to ask questions personally and have a photo with Wikimedia Movement legend.

Questions were preliminarily collected at the Russian Wikipedia forum, but could also be asked live from the audience or sent via the Internet.

2015 Science Photo Competition
2015 Science Photo Competition
State Corporation for Space Activities "Roscosmos" — General Partner
State Corporation for Space Activities "Roscosmos" — General Partner

Just speaking about science is not enough, science must be illustrated. This mandates a need for a specialized scientific photography and illustration competition, and the first one will be taking place in November and December 2015 among 39 European countries (active and passive participation). On November 15 the competition was further joined by Nazarbayev University, representing Kazakhstan scientific community.

This competition will be useful for Wikipedia, because Wikipedia is an active environment dedicated to gathering and exchanging educational content free for all. Thus it is a wonderful platform for presenting scientific photos. Open access, interest in such information on the part of the community and users of Wikipedia and overall reliability are among many characteristics of the free encyclopedia that make it an attractive space for the promotion of science in general and scientific photography in particular.

Wikipedia is one of the leading knowledge sharing projects, whilst scientific illustrations are rich in information; thus, such a collaboration is a win-win situation for both the wiki-community and the scientific photographers. Science Photo Competition motivates parties to develop permanent sustainable relations with one another.

European Science Photo Competition consists of two stages: Russian-language part of the competition will be held from November 1st until December 31st of 2015, then local organizers will be sending local winners' photoes into the international finals, end results of which will be drawn by the end of January 2016.

Competition rules:

  • Russian part of the scientific photography and visualization competition takes place in November and December 2015;
  • Only own images (or done with co-authors, which must be indicated) are allowed for uploading. Uploading someone else's work is forbidden!
  • All images must contain good and detailed description in Russian language. This is important, as to the great degree the image becomes scientific thanks to its description!!! (Example) and be appropriate for use in Wikipedia articles;
  • Images must be uploaded under a free CC-BY-SA license;
  • Images are being uploaded in line with one of the following five categories (nominations): People in Science, Microscopy images, Non-photographic media, Image sets and General category.

Russian part of the competition is being supported by well-known popular science publication and portals:

Scientific supervision of the competition:

The competition is joined by «Бесконечная наука» Open Scientific Photography Competition and «Университетская фотография» University Scientific Competition taking place in the framework of the 5th All-Russian Science Festival of Science in Krasnoyarsk Krai. As a result of these joint efforts, authors are to upload all competition images personally into Wikimedia Commons following a prepared form (in Russian), with description in two languages with a mention of the Wikipedia article where the work can be published. If there is no article on your topic neither in English, nor in Russian language versions, you are invited to create an article by yourself in line with Wikipedia policy (in Russian).

Winners will be receiving various valuable prizes at the official awarding ceremony. See details in the press release and the news of the competition (in Russian).

Unfortunately, previous publications are only available in Russian. We are always looking for volunteer interpreters