Wikimedia chapters/Reports/Wikimedia Österreich/November 2016

November 2016

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.

Topics in November 2016:
  • November 1st: Necrologies in Wikipedia writing session (resulting in 6 improved articles)
  • November 9th: New borders for Lower Austria's administrative districts: impact on Wikipedia
  • November 15th: Community's ideas for WMAT's new office
  • November 29th: Images for articles about Vienna

Individuals involved: 23 (active editors: 21, WMAT staff: 2). - WMAT support: infrastructure, co-organisation, promotion.

WikiDienstag in the German-language Wikipedia

Free Content


Denkmal-Cup 2016

de:Mission San Luis Rey de Francia in California is one of the new articles written for Denkmal-Cup

The Denkmal-Cup (“Monuments Cup“) is a writing contest in the German-language Wikipedia about cultural heritage monuments from all over world. It has been organized by Austrian Wikimedians. The 2016 edition was already the third one. The competition was conceived as an addition to the Wiki Loves Monuments photography contest.

The 2016 edition had 17 participants. The results were quite remarkable, also in comparison with the past editions:

  • 235 new articles
  • 107 improved articles

= 342 new or improved articles

Individuals involved: 18 (active editors: 17, WMAT staff: 1). - WMAT support: prizes, supply of literature from our library.

Denkmal-Cup in the German-language Wikipedia

Wartungsbausteinwettbewerb Fall 2016


The "Wartungsbausteinwettbewerb" is a contest for removing cleanup templates in the German-language Wikipedia. It is held four times a year. WMAT supports the contest by donating prizes, e. g. Wikipedia chocolate bars. The Fall 2016 edition had 23 participants who edited in teams or by themselves. The competition resulted in 1243 improved Wikipedia articles.

Individuals involved: 24 (active editors: 23, WMAT staff: 1). – WMAT support: prizes.

Wartungsbausteinwettbewerb Fall 2016 in the German-language Wikipedia

Gallery: Equipment/accreditation support


We support Wikimedia Commons photographers with equipment from our tech pool and with accreditations for events. This gallery highlights some of the activities in November 2016.

Individuals involved: 10 (active editors: 7 [engaging 1 editor who has formerly not been or very rarely been an active WMAT volunteer into the planning and/or executing], new editors: 1 [1 who edits a Wikimedia project after four weeks after his registration], WMAT staff: 2). - WMAT support: equipment and/or accreditation.

Reach / Free Knowledge Awareness


Jugend hackt Österreich 2016


"Jugend Hackt" (coding for youngsters) is an initiative of the Open Knowledge Foundation (OKF), in which teenagers (from age 12 to 18) come together for a weekend to build creative projects collaboratively with open data – learning how to access and work with open data, as well as advancing their programming skills and making friends along the way. The concept was invented in Germany and this year it was hosted in Austria for the first time. As WMAT is collaborating closely with the Austrian OK chapter, we also supported this event with staff and volunteer time. We presented and introduced Wikidata and the Austrian Open Data Portal and served as mentors for the youngsters and their projects over the weekend.

The results of the weekend are six impressive projects and prototypes and 35 young participants who impressively improved their data literacy and coding skills. Unfortunately, most participants were at the bottom of the age scale and therefore a bit too young for being recruited for the Wikimedia Hackathon next year.

Individuals involved: 95 (active editors: 1, WMAT staff: 1). - WMAT support: staff time, swag. Tavel costs and accomodation were covered by external funding of the event.

Images on Wikimedia Commons
Event website
EU-XXL Jour fixe panel on EU coyright reform curated by WMAT

The EU copyright reform is in full swing - lobbyists and policy makers of all shades have been exchanging arguments concerning freedom of panorama, ancillary copyright etc. But beyond representatives, syndicates, and lobby groups - what do indivdual copyright holders and potential reusers of their work think and how will the reform influence their respective work?

WMAT and EU XXL - a platform for European film makers, which whom we got in touch via our Austrian Film photography project in May - hosted an event for exactly those, often underrepresented groups, bringing together Austrian artists and Wikimedians for an evening of discourse and exchange. The result was the insight that the two groups have more in common than one would initially think and that there is mutual interest to continue the cooperation in the context of EU advocacy. And as unlikely alliances are often the most powerful ones in terms of public and professional attention, we are positive that there is potential for joint action in future.

A panel consisting of legal experts, artists, and EU advocats, i.e. our man in Brussels Dimitar, kick-started the discussion, which was moderated by a well-known net political Austrian journalist. All costs of the event (venue, catering, fees), including travel costs for panelists, was sponsored by EU XXL.

Individuals involved: 15 (active editors: 4, WMAT staff: 2). - WMAT support: coordination.

Website of EU XXL Jours fixes (in German)
Images on Wikimedia Commons

Wikimedia partnerships workshop Berlin

Wikimedia partnerships workshop Berlin

As many other affiliates, WMAT constantly strives to initiate valuable, diverse partnerships from within and outside of the movement. When Wikimedia Deutschland invited movement affiliates to a workshop in Berlin in order to exchange experiences from different organisations and approaches on partnerships of different kinds, WMAT decided to send a staff member to the workshop. Other goals of the workshop were to refine and enhance the existing partnerships working group, and to create of resources and tools for the movement. Last but not least, we laid the groundwork for the WMCON program part that will deal with partnerships and that might be interlinked with Wikimedia movement strategy conversations. WMAT's ED will serve as a link in this regard to other groups also currently working on the Wikimedia strategy such as the ED group and the GLAM coordinators.

The workshop was helpful for WMAT in various regards: The expertise of other affiliates such as WMDE concerning collective impact provided valuable input for our existing partnerships around open data in Austria and similar activities concerning cultural heritage in future. We could also introduce our approach to tracking, documenting, and valuing in-kind donations and were happy to see that other affiliates consider it useful and would be willing to refine it together in future.

Individuals involved: 12 (WMAT staff: 1). - WMAT support: Travel costs. WMDE support: accomodation, catering, venue, coordination.

Images on Wikimedia Commons