Wikimedia chapters/Reports/Wikimédia Magyarország/September 2010

Wikimedia Hungary Report
Vol 3 Issue 2
September 2010
Prepared by: Bence Damokos

This is an update on Wikimédia Magyarország's activities covering September 2010.


Confucius Institute

On 6 September, members of Wikimedia Hungary met with the staff of the Confucius Institute – the Chinese Studies department of Eötvös Lóránd Science University, Budapest – to discuss a possible collaboration on improving articles on Chinese topics in the Hungarian Wikipedia. The discussion was focused on the Chinese related policies and guidelines and related technical questions of the Hungarian Wikipedia community, but the possibility of a future WikiProject-like collaboration was mentioned, as well.

Library 2.0 meeting

On 29 September we have participated in a meeting organized as part of the European Union funded Library 2.0 programme of the Hungarian National Szécheny Library aimed at involving librarians in editing and improving Wikipedia. The work of the librarians is coordinated by a project manager chosen by the Library Institute, while we have agreed to provide support and training in using Wikipedia, initially by setting up a WikiProject with the list of topics related to libraries and librarianship that they will focus on. As many of the 15-20 librarians (including students of the trade) were new to Wikipedia, we have offered to give a workshop on editing at a upcoming training event of the National Library in October.

Book contest

On 16 September we closed the nomination phase of our Book creation contest (see previous report). 13 books have been entered on a wide range of topics (from an overview on Hittites, through metal working and the culture of Miskolc, to a book on Formula–1 champions), that demonstrated to us that there are a number of fields where the Hungarian Wikipedia has a very good coverage.

Out of the 13 entrants the 5-member jury have chosen the five best (it was a very close call) that will be improved through October and will be printed by PediaPress for a upcoming two-day wikimeetup and Wikimedia Hungary General Meeting in November in Veszprém.

Content donation: Dictionary of Hungarian Literature of Romania

On 10 September Wikimedia Hungary, the Kriteron Publishing House (based in Cluj-Napoca) and the Transylvanian Museum Society have signed an agreement to release the first four volumes of the Dictionary of Hungarian Literature of Romania (Romániai magyar irodalmi lexikon) under the Creative Commons Attribution - Sharealike 3.0 licence, so about four thousand entries on Hungarian literature can be added to and improved in the Hungarian Wikipedia. We are very happy about this agreement as the dictionary has been a primary resource for Wikipedia's articles on the Hungarian literature of Romania, and the possibility to build on the resource rather than just cite it will have huge benefits for presenting this field (especially, as there are few online resources available for this topic).

Wikipedia 10 conference

Organization of the 10 years of Wikipedia conference for 15 January 2010 has been ongoing in September. Our priorities for this month have been inviting and confirming the presenters, keynote speakers and guest of honour of the conference.

Szilveszer E. Vizi, former president of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences has agreed to open the conference as guest of honour. Frank Schulenburg, the Head of Public Outreach of the Wikimedia Foundation will be in Hungary to give a keynote presentation on the WMF Public Policy Initiative. The other presenters of the conference have also accepted our invitation. We are currently looking for one or two more people to participate in a panel discussion on Wikipedia.

The priorities for October are promoting the conference among future attendees, finding a suitable venue and setting up a dedicated conference website.