Wikimedia chapters/Reports/Wikimedia Österreich/December 2017

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December 2017

Netpolitical eveningsEdit

Participants   220 Newly registered   Content pages   Quality   Diversity  

We co-hosted 11 netpolitical evenings in 2017, with an average of 50 participants (220 participants from Aug-Dec 2017, 550 in total), covering topics from EU advocacy, cyber feminism, open source art and to state of the art research around e-privacy. The May edition of the netpolitical evening even featured an all female speakers line-up! The event also has a loyal remote audience via live stream and broadcasting of various free radio stations across Austria. In addition, it became a valuable platform to find partners, participants, or multipliers for WMAT activities (e.g. #mediana17, Wikimedia Hackathon, art+feminism, Wikidata workshops). The initiative is 100% volunteer run and cost neutral, the venue is an in-kind donation by the local hackspace Metalab.

Netpolitical evening in October 2017

The organizers are:

  • Roland Alton
  • Meral Akin-Hecke
  • Alexander Baratsits
  • Konrad Becker
  • Tano Bojankin
  • Paolo Budroni
  • Wolfie Christl
  • Andreas Czák
  • Andreas Demmelbauer
  • Leonhard Dobusch
  • Helge Fahrenberger
  • Sonja Fischbauer
  • Claudia Garád
  • Herbert Gnauer
  • Ingrid Gogl
  • Werner Illsinger
  • Stefan Kasberger
  • Sylvia Kuba
  • Christoph Lampert
  • Nicole Lieger
  • Thomas Lohninger
  • Joachim Losehand
  • Astrid Mager
  • Katja Mayer
  • Stefan Pawel
  • Sylvia Petrovic-Majer
  • Magdalena Reiter
  • Us(c)hi Reiter
  • Sarah Spiekermann
  • Felix Stalder
  • Paul Stepan
  • Brigitte Theissl
  • Barbara Wimmer
  • Michela Vignoli
Netzpolitischer Abend AT (in German)
Images on Wikimedia Commons
This activity is part of our program Reach / Free Knowledge Awareness.

Wiki Loves Parliaments in VorarlbergEdit

Participants   46 Newly registered   Content pages   yes Quality   yes Diversity  
The project team in Vorarlberg

For us, Wiki Loves Parliament is a great way to combine the creation of useful content for Wikipedia and Commons and establishing local contacts in the Federal States and educating politicians about free knowledge and free licenses. This year we got the chance to visit the local parliament in Vorarlberg, in Western Austria. As in earlier similar projects, it was a close cooperation of six Austrian and German volunteers, led by Plani. The team of photographers and editors managed to photograph all members of parliament and almost all members of the local government, as well the parliament building and public parts of the sessions. In addition, many articles could be improved (not counting improvements by inserting pictures) as a result of the interaction between politicians and Wikimedians. 36 of 36 members of parliament and 5 of 7 members of government were present. The pictures taken of them had an exceptionally high percentage of quality images according to the Commons community.

Wiki Loves Parliaments in Vorarlberg in the German-language Wikipedia
Images on Wikimedia Commons
This activity is part of our programs Free Content and Reach / Free Knowledge Awareness.

WikiCup 2017Edit

Participants   38 Newly registered   Content pages   3189 Quality   Diversity  
WikiCup trophy by WMAT

As in previous years, WMAT supported the WikiCup in the German-language Wikipedia with the main prize, the WikiCup trophy. 38 editors participated in this year's competition. The WikiCup 2017 resulted in 3189 new or revised articles.

WikiCup 2017 in the German-language Wikipedia
This activity is part of our programs Community Support and Free Content.

Young Wikipedians meeting in DüsseldorfEdit

Participants   2 Newly registered   Content pages   Quality   Diversity  
Young Wikipedians meeting in Düsseldorf

The Young Wikipedians ("Jungwikipedianer") are a community of German-language Wikipedians under the age of 18. The purpose of the group is to provide a pressure-free environment, to make friends and to develop articles together. They help each other on-wiki. Once a year there is a Young Wikipedians meeting in real life. This year they met in the city of Düsseldorf in Germany. Two of the 25 participants came from Austria and were supported with travel grants by WMAT. In addition to the important social aspects of this event, the Young Wikipedians also addressed the current Wikimedia strategy discussion.

JWPmeetup 2017 in the German-language Wikipedia
Etherpad documentation (in German)
Images on Wikimedia Commons
This activity is part of our program Community Support.

Strategy meetingEdit

Participants   7 Newly registered   Content pages   Quality   Diversity   4

WMAT's last strategy meeting (including the annual Christmas dinner) took place on December 17 in Vienna. For the first time, most of the input came from our newly established strategic working groups (i.e. organisational development, Wikiversity, Wikimedia Commons, communitiy, new contributors and diversity, partnerships and international relations) which consist of WMAT board and staff members as well as volunteer leaders from our community. The result was the co-creation of the program focus and budget planning and/or update for these areas, which were discussed and approved by the bord during the strategy meeting. Even after this short time (the groups were only set up three months ago) we are positive that this new model leads to more transparency, inclusion, shared responsibility, and new ideas. Hence, it was also decided to transfer some direct decision-making power over the respective budgets to the groups. The meeting was facilitated by the three staff members, the participants were seven board members, including two women.

This activity is part of our program Community Support.


The WikiDienstag (“WikiTuesday“) is a weekly meet-up in the WMAT office. Volunteers share their knowledge and work together on improving the content of Wikimedia projects.

WikiDienstag in the German-language Wikipedia

5 December 2017Edit

Participants   8 Newly registered   2 Content pages   1 Quality   Diversity  
  • Topic: Wikipedia consultation (for new users and the interest public)
  • Volunteer organizers: Gugerell
This activity is part of our programs Community Support, Free Content and Reach / Free Knowledge Awareness.

12 December 2017Edit

Participants   3 Newly registered   Content pages   17 Quality   Diversity  
This activity is part of our programs Community Support and Free Content.

19 December 2017Edit

Participants   5 Newly registered   Content pages   Quality   Diversity  
Some of the cookies
  • Topic: Christmas party including cookie photography
  • Volunteer organizers: Funke
Images on Wikimedia Commons
This activity is part of our programs Community Support and Free Content.

Individual Wikimedia Commons activitiesEdit

We support Wikimedia Commons contributors with equipment from our tech pool, accreditations for events, travel grants, post-processing software and skill transfer activities.

This activity is part of our program Free Content.

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