Wikipedians of North Caucasus User Group/Reports/2020

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IntroductionEdit

Wikipedians of North Caucasus User Group officially recognized by the Affiliations Committee on 23 October 2019, but this process of recognition began in September. Below is the annual report of our user group for the period from October 2019 (with a couple of important events back in September) to October 2020 (hereinafter — Annual Report 2020).

Wiki-activity / ContestsEdit

Date Event Note
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 2019 4,000 articles were created in the Lezgi Wikipedia (during the WLC contest).
23 October 2019 Wikipedians of North Caucasus User Group officially recognized by the Affiliations Committee (Resolution)
6 November – 15 December 2019 Participation in the “Alumni and Mentors of Russia-2019” competition.
— User Said Misarbiev (Chechen WP) finished in 8th place in the nomination in the languages of the peoples of Russia.
— User Mugerganets (Lezgi WP) finished in 10th place in the nomination in the languages of the peoples of Russia.
— User Samurskaya (Lezgi WP) finished in 4th place in the nomination of new users.
1-31 December 2019 Wikipedians of North Caucasus UG became a co-organizer of the Russian part of the 3rd edition of Bridges across Cultures international contest (together with Wikimedia Russia and Wikimedians of Bashkortostan UG). Authors from the Lezgi and Chechen Wikipedia (as well as Russian and Bashkir) took part in the contest.
— User Said Misarbiev (Chechen WP) finished in 5th place in the Russian part of the contest.
8 March - 8 May 2020 Participation in the “WikiGap 2020 Russia” competition.
— User Said Misarbiev (Chechen WP) finished in 5th place in the nomination “Outstanding women of Russia” in the languages of the peoples of Russia.
— User Samurskaya (Lezgi WP) finished in 5th place in the nomination of new users.
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.
12 June - 12 July 2020 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 (Soul Train) 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.
20 August — 10 October 2020 Participation in the “Alumni and Mentors of Russia-2020” competition. Below are the preliminary results:
— User Said Misarbiev (Chechen WP) finished in 5th place in the nomination in the languages of the peoples of Russia.
— User Mugerganets (Lezgi WP) finished in 10th place in the nomination in the languages of the peoples of Russia.
— User Samurskaya (Lezgi WP) finished in 7th place in the nomination of new users.
October 2020 Participation in the Wiki Loves Caucasus 2020 competition.
8 October 2020 300,000 articles were created in the Chechen Wikipedia.

Conferences, seminars, edit-a-thonsEdit

Date Event Note
11-13 October 2019 Participation in the Wikimedia CEE Meeting 2019 (Belgrade, Serbia). On 12 October, Oleg Abarnikov (Soul Train) (as an additional participant from Wikimedia RU) made a report on the organization of the Wiki Loves Caucasus 2019 article contest.
27 October 2019 Viatcheslav Ivanov made a report on the creation of the Wikipedians of North Caucasus User Group at the 13th Language Festival in St. Petersburg (Section “Wikiprojects as an important tool for preserving the languages of the peoples of Russia”)
8-10 November 2019 Organization and conduct of the first Wiki-meetup in Chechen Republic (National Library of the Chechen Republic, Grozny, Chechnya).
Report for students and teachers of the Chechen State University on the upcoming competition for writing articles about outstanding alumni and mentors.
Press release about the events that took place in Grozny on 8-10 November 2019 at WMRU site (in Russian).
26 November 2019 A workshop “Ossetian language and the Internet: problems and development tools” was held in Vladikavkaz, North Ossetia–Alania. Among the topics: social network VK, MediaWiki content management system interface, the content of the Ossetian Wikipedia, other wiki-projects such as Wikinews etc. Viatcheslav Ivanov (Amikeco) was one of the workshop's organizers.
Article at Kavkaz.Realii.
Another article at Osnova news site.
Meeting report.
1 December 2019 Soul Train made a presentation “Wiki projects as a tool for preserving the languages of the peoples of Russia” at the 14th Moscow International Festival of Languages.
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).
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 on YouTube (in Russian)
9-10 July 2020 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).
26-27 September 2020 On 26 September, 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) (in Russian).
On 27 September, 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 2020 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.
10 May,
7 June,
5 July,
9 August,
20 September,
18 October 2020
Wikipedians of North Caucasus participated in the online conferences dedicated to WP editions on languages of the peoples of Russia (via Zoom).
See also: Wikimedia Languages of Russia Community User Group/Meetings/ru

Our publications and Press-coverageEdit

Date Publications/Press-coverage Note
November 2019 First issue of the Booklet of Wikipedians of North Caucasus User Group has been prepared (in Russian).
26 November 2019 Interview with Viatcheslav Ivanov on the “Iryston TV” channel (video on YouTube) (11:26 - 26:01).
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 the FLNKA site.
16 February 2020 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 has been published at the FLNKA site.
1 April 2020 Михаил Новиков (1 April 2020). "Википедия пополнилась информацией о достопримечательностях России и мира" (in Russian). LIVE24. Retrieved 24 October 2020. 
30 May 2020 The Chastny Korrespondent online newspaper published an interview with Oleg Abarnikov about the Lezgi Wikipedia.
17 June 2020 "«Вики любит футбол»: спасти дагестанские разделы Википедии через любовь к спорту" (in Russian). RIA Derbent. 17 June 2020. Retrieved 24 October 2020. 

Statistics of our projectsEdit

Wikipedia edition Articles,
October 2019
1000 rank,
October 2019
1000, #,
October 2019
Articles,
October 2020
Articles, ±,
2019/2020
1000 rank,
October 2020
1000 rank, ±,
2019/2020
1000 #,
October 2020
1000 #, ±,
2019/2020
Chechen 216,086 11.02 101 300,520 +84,434 11.31 +0.29 102 -1
Lezgi 3,972 6.49 136 4,126 +154 6.51 +0.02 143 -7
Ossetian 11,646 4.71 159 12,476 +830 4.78 +0.07 164 -5
Karachay-Balkar 2,029 4.5 163 2,048 +19 4.5 0 169 -6
Kabardino-Cherkess 1,583 3.02 197 1,586 +3 3.02 0 201 -4
Ingush 1,041 2.49 212 1,501 +460 2.73 +0.24 210 +2
Kalmyk 2,083 2.39 215 2,086 +3 2.39 0 218 -3
Avar 2,299 1.66 239 2,454 +155 2.02 +0.36 231 +8
Adyghe 409 1.21 257 421 +11 1.23 +0.02 263 -6
Lak 1,219 1.16 260 1,223 +4 1.17 +0.01 266 -6