Wikimedia Community User Group Sri Lanka/2017 Annual Report

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Thank you for visiting. The following page reports the Wikimedia related activities involving members of the usergroup during the fiscal year from 2017-02-18 to 2018-02-17.

Year in Summary




A two-day photowalk project was conducted on 9th and 12th March 2017, covering the tallest and most prominent structures in Colombo, Sri Lanka. In addition to providing an updated set of quality images of Colombo, the photowalk is intended to be a demo so as to encourage participation by other users in the country. It is also important to note that we have purchased a camera and other photo accessories last fiscal year, to support such activities by the usergroup members. See full collection here.

Hatton Workshop


The 2017 Upcountry Wiki Noolaham Workshop was conducted on 28 August 2017 in Hatton, Sri Lanka. The workshop and edit-a-thon was conducted by two trainees and seven coordinators, and attended by 25 people. See more photos here.

WikiData Conference


The first WikiData Conference was held on 28th and 29th October 2017 in Berlin, Germany. User:Rehman from the usergroup attended the conference. Pictures from the conference can be found here.

Wikimedia Diversity Conference


User:Rehman attended the Wikimedia Diversity Conference held on 3-5 November 2017, in Stockholm, Sweden. Pictures from the conference can be found here.

Trincomalee Workshop


The 2017 Trinco Wiki Noolaham Workshop was conducted on 26 November 2017 in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka. The workshop was conducted by four coordinators, and attended by 25 people. See more photos here.

Workshop at Global Voices


UG-LK was invited to conduct two sessions during the annual Global Voices Summit held on 2nd December and 3rd December 2017, at Trace Expert City, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. A large number of GV participants from 68+ countries attended the conference. Wikimedians from Colombo and Jaffna conducted two sessions during this conference.

The first 1hr session Creating and sharing Free Knowledge through Wikipedia Tamil was conducted by User:Mayooranathan and User:Sivakosaran, while the second 1.5hr session Getting Started: Editing Wikipedia in Your Language was conducted together with User:Rehman and User:Azeez.

A total of at least 6 Wikimedians attended the summit, including 4 UG-LK members, User:Barrioflores from Global Voices (who helped us secure our session slots in the first place), and User:Psubhashish from India. Printed Wikimedia tshirts were distributed to the four UG-LK members, while the balance were given to User:Sivakosaran, for distribution to members in Jaffna as Jaffna is approximately 400KM away. Wikimedia accessories were handed over to members and session participants. Two banners were also printed and utilized during the sessions.

User:Azeez handled the designing of tshirts and banners, including maintaining a uniform theme during the Wikimedia sessions (i.e. general colour theme, usergroup wallpaper, etc).

Below are some photographs from the sessions. The full collection can be found here.