Wikipedians of North Caucasus User Group/History

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The following is the history of the Wiki movement related to the development of projects in the languages of the peoples of the North Caucasus.

  • 2005: Chechen (Vainakhish language, Northeast Caucasian family) and Ossetian (Iranian languages, Indo-European family) Wikipedia editions were opened in March. A month later, Avar Wikipedia (Avar-Andic languages, Northeast Caucasian family) was opened.
  • 2006: Two more Wikipedia editions were opened - Kalmyk (Mongolic languages, Altaic family) in March, and Lak Wikipedia (Northeast Caucasian family) in October.
  • 2007: The founder of the Ossetian Wikipedia, Viatcheslav Ivanov (Amikeco), took part in the first Russian WikiConference in St. Petersburg. Results (in Russian).
  • 2008: December - “Collaboration of the Month” project was centrally organized in Ossetian Wikipedia. The beginning of the rapid development of the edition, which lasted about 1.5 years.
  • 2009:
    March - a series of four seminars on Ossetian Wikipedia for university teachers in North Ossetia was held in Vladikavkaz.
    October - Amikeco took part in the 3rd Russian WikiConference in St. Petersburg. He was a co-organizer of the Round Table on small language editions of Wikipedia.
  • 2010:
    March - Karachay-Balkar Wikipedia (Kipchak languages, Turkic languages, Altaic family) was opened.
    April - The beginning of the “dark times” in the Chechen Wikipedia - the edition was seized by accomplices of international terrorism, who threatened other participants, pushed a non-neutral and marginal point of view, allowed copyvio and insults of politicians, published original research in encyclopedic articles etc.
  • 2011:
    March - Kabardino-Cherkess Wikipedia (Circassian languages, Abkhazo-Adyghean family) was opened.
    September - After more than a year of development, activity in the Lak Wikipedia has completely ceased. The most active user at that time was Kmoksy from Turkey. Over the next eight years, only 19 articles were created in the section.
  • 2012:
    March - Lezgi Wikipedia (Lezgic languages, Northeast Caucasian family) was opened.
    November - administrators of the Lezgi Wikipedia, Oleg Abarnikov (Soul Train) and Ilyas Bukarov (User from Dag), took part in the 6th Russian WikiConference in Moscow.
  • 2013:
    March-April - Discussion in Requests for comment/Massive sysop abuse in Chechen Wikipedia. As a result, the removal of sysop and bureaucrat rights from all current holders of these rights. Restoring Wikimedia Foundation rules in the Chechen Wikipedia.
    November - Soul Train, together with colleague from the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) Nikolay Pavlov (HalanTul), held a round table on small language editions of Wikipedia during the 7th Russian WikiConference in Smolensk.
    December - The number of articles in the Chechen Wikipedia increased from 1.6 thousand in February to 20 thousand in December, mostly thanks to the bot of the user Takhirgeran Umar. New participants began to edit Chechen WP, including school teachers from the Chechen Republic.
  • 2014:
    8 June - 2,000 articles were created in the Lezgi Wikipedia, which became the largest in terms of the number of articles among Wikipedia editions of Dagestan (others are Avar and Lak Wikipedias). The leader in the number of created articles in the Lezgi Wikipedia become administrator Aslan Xasiyev.
    September - three administrators of the Lezgi Wikipedia took part in the 8th Russian WikiConference in Moscow - Soul Train, Mugerganets, and User from Dag.
    20 December - 10,000 articles were created in the Ossetian Wikipedia.
    24 December - 75,000 articles were created in the Chechen Wikipedia.
  • 2015:
    April - Soul Train, together with HalanTul, held a round table on small language editions of Wikipedia during the 1st Wiki-Sabantuy in Ufa, Bashkortostan. According to the analysis of Farhad Fatkullin (Frhdkazan), Lezgi Wikipedia took first place among the Russian Wikipedia editions in terms of the friendly atmosphere. Soul Train made a report on the development of the Chechen Wikipedia for the last 2 years (prepared jointly with Takhirgeran Umar).
    8 May - 2,000 articles were created in the Kalmyk Wikipedia.
    April - June - participants of the Ossetian Wikipedia took part in the Wikimedia RU contest of articles on Social entrepreneurship.
    18 July - 100,000 articles were created in the Chechen Wikipedia.
    19 August - 2,000 articles were created in the Avar Wikipedia.
    28 August - 2,000 articles were created in the Karachay-Balkar Wikipedia.
    November - Lezgi Wikipedia received a grant from the “Lezgi Luvar” Foundation, which was implemented to conduct article contests.
  • 2016:
    February - Adyghe Wikipedia (Circassian languages, Abkhazo-Adyghean family) was opened.
    8 December 2015 - 29 February 2016 - The “Russian Winter” article contest was held in the Lezgi Wikipedia (users wrote articles about Russia).
    15 March - 30 June 2016 - The “Dagestan Spring” article contest was held in the Lezgi Wikipedia (users wrote articles about the Republic of Dagestan).
    21 September - 150,000 articles were created in the Chechen Wikipedia.
    October - Amikeco (Ossetian WP), Soul Train and User from Dag (Lezgi WP), and Adam-Yourist from Ingush WP Incubator took part in the 10th Russian WikiConference in St. Petersburg. Soul Train made a report “Lezgi Wikipedia today”, in which he spoke about the article contests in the Lezgi WP and the implementation of the grant. Adam-Yourist made a report about perspectives of creation of the Ingush Wikipedia.
  • 2017:
    1-3 September - Wikimedia RU and RIA Derbent media agency organized the first “Dagestan Wiki Seminar” in the old city of Derbent. The leading role in organizing the seminar was played by the journalist Murad Shikhakhmedov (Mugerganets), the former administrator of the Lezgi Wikipedia. During the seminar, for the first time, the idea of organizing a user group in Dagestan or the entire North Caucasus was expressed.
    October - Soul Train made a report about Dagestan Wiki Seminar during the 11th Russian WikiConference in Moscow. For the first time, a representative of the Chechen Wikipedia took part in the conference. A geography teacher and author of many Featured articles at CheWP, Sayd-Magamed Kadiev (Said Misarbiev) made a presentation on the Chechen Wikipedia.
  • 2018:
    20 March - In the Dagestan State Pedagogical University (Makhachkala), a scientific conference “Lezgian language: preservation and development” on the problems of the development of the Lezgian language was held. Reports on the Lezgi Wikipedia were made by Soul Train and Mugerganets.
    April - Ingush Wikipedia (Vainakhish language, Northeast Caucasian family) was opened.
    14 August - 200,000 articles were created in the Chechen Wikipedia.
    September - Amikeco (Ossetian WP) and Soul Train (Lezgi WP) took part in the 12th Russian WikiConference in St. Petersburg.
  • 2019:
    November 2018 - May 2019 - for the first time, authors of Chechen and Lezgi Wikipedia editions participated in an international competition on twin cities organized by Wikimedia RU in 2018—2019.
    March - During the Wikimedia Summit in Berlin, a decision to organize the international competition Wiki Loves Caucasus was made.
    17 August - Mehman Ibragimov (Mehman97) (Wikimedia Georgia User Group), one of the global organizers, and Soul Train (Wikimedia RU member), regional organizer at North Caucasus, made reports on Wiki Loves Caucasus 2019 contest at Community Growth space of Wikimania 2019 in Stockholm.
    28-29 September 2019 - Participation in the Russian WikiConference-2019 in Moscow. Soul Train: reports on the preparation of Wiki Loves Caucasus contest and on the current situation in Russian regional Wikipedia editions (YouTube).
  • 7 October – 7 November 2019 - Participation in the Wiki Loves Caucasus 2019 international contest (online).
    Russia (North Caucasus) ranked second in terms of the number of articles created about this country (after Azerbaijan).
    Participants from the Ossetian Wikipedia wrote 13 articles, participants from the Chechen and Lezgi Wikipedia created 30 articles each. This was the first international article contest for them.
  • 10 October - 4,000 articles were created in the Lezgi Wikipedia (during the WLC contest).
  • 11-13 October 2019 - Participation in the Wikimedia CEE Meeting 2019 (Belgrade, Serbia). On 12 October, Soul Train (as an additional participant from Wikimedia RU) made a report on the organization of the Wiki Loves Caucasus 2019 article contest.

  • 2020:
  • 27 January 2020 - The first part of the interview about the results of 2019 in the Russian, North Caucasian, and Lezgian Wiki Movement has been published at FLNKA site.
  • In Spring 2019 Dmitry Zhukov from the Don Wikimedians UG in collaboration with Reda Kerbouche from Wikimedia Algeria UG started working on the first Russian-language textbook Wikipedia. Introductory course on Wikipedia editing. Later, other members of Wikimedia RU joined the project. One of the authors of the book became Oleg Abarnikov, one of the founding members of the Wikipedians of North Caucasus UG. The book tells about the basic rules that must be considered before creating an article, as well as practical examples, showing all stages of articles’ creating. By the autumn, the book was written. On 16 February, a new book was presented at the 2020 Vsenauka Forum in Moscow.
  • 26 February 2020 - The second part of the interview about the results of 2019 at FLNKA site.
  • 28 April 2020 - A number of Wikipedians took part in a seminar "Why should we write Wikipedias in the languages of Russia?" of the "Country of Languages" (Strana yazykov) Online School (text report and two parts of the video). Amire80 aka Amir E. Aharoni spoke about the Content Translation tool, which is actively used in the Russian regional Wikipedia editions. He was assisted by users from the Tatar Wikipedia (Timerkhan) and Tuvan Wikipedia (Karak-Kyzyl). In the second part, Soul Train and Amikeco spoke about the role of the regional Wikipedia editions in preserving the languages of Russia (primarily, taking into account the experience of the North Caucasus editions).
  • 15 May 2020, 19:00 MSK (UTC+3) - Online Edit-a-thon in the Ossetian Wikipedia (via Zoom). Organizers - Amikeco and Soul Train. Video on YouTube.
  • 30 May 2020 - Soul Train made an online presentation “Wiki projects and preserving the languages of the peoples of Russia” at the 8th Perm Festival of Languages. (video with automatic subtitles)
  • 30 May 2020 - The Chastny Korrespondent online newspaper published an interview with Oleg Abarnikov about the Lezgi Wikipedia.
  • 12 June - 12 July - Wikipedians of North Caucasus UG became co-organizers of the Wiki Loves Football All-Russian article competition related to the UEFA European Championship and CONMEBOL Copa América, which were originally supposed to be held in 2020 but due to the COVID-19 pandemic rescheduled to 2021. Oleg Abarnikov was one of the global organisers. The main goals of this competition are to express our solidarity with the football community, as well as to fill in the gaps related to football topics — this is especially true for regional Wikipedia editions in the languages of the peoples of Russia. Different Russian Wikipedia editions were divided into four groups that fought for virtual medals in two thematic nominations. Wikipedias in the languages of the North Caucasus, together with editions in the Finno-Ugric languages (all of them were represented by the Erzya Wikipedia), formed a group No. 4, which won a silver medal in the "America" nomination. The prize-winning trio of the 4th group (Said Misarbiev from the Chechen Wikipedia, Mugerganets from the Lezgi Wikipedia, Amikeco from the Ossetian Wikipedia) received their prizes: T-shirts of the national teams that were champions of Europe or South America, as well as a souvenir mug with a football design.
  • 9-10 July — Oleg Abarnikov, together with Farhad Fatkullin (WMRU, Wikimedia Community of Tatar language UG) and З. ӘЙЛЕ (Wikimedians of Bashkortostan UG, Wikimedians of Turkic Languages UG), took part in the Celtic Knot Conference 2020 with the presentation Wikipedias in the languages of Russia: Challenges and solutions. Video on YouTube (in English).
  • 26 September 2020 — Oleg Abarnikov made a report “Wikipedians of North Caucasus User Group. Annual report 2020” at the 14th Russian WikiConference in St. Petersburg. (video on YouTube — from 58:49)
  • 27 September 2020 — Oleg Abarnikov made a short report on Russian regional language editions of Wikipedia. Viatcheslav Ivanov also took part in the WikiConference. (video on YouTube — from 4:21:43) (in Russian).
  • 30 September — Wiki-seminar and workshop for students and teachers of the Grozny Oil Research Institute on the “Alumni and Mentors of Russia-2020” competition for writing articles about outstanding alumni and mentors was held in Grozny, Chechen Republic. Press release about the event at WMRU site (in Russian). Report about the event on Instagram of the Institute of Applied Information Technologies of the Grozny Oil Research Institute.
  • 8 October 2020 — 300,000 articles were created in the Chechen Wikipedia.
  • 20 August — 10 October — Participation in the “Graduates and Mentors of Russia-2020” competition.
  • October 2020 — Participation in the Wiki Loves Caucasus 2020 competition.