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Submissions/Western Armenian WikiCamps: From Lebanon to Armenia to Portugal to France

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Submission no. L022
Title of your submission

Western Armenian WikiCamps: From Lebanon to Armenia to Portugal to France

Type of submission

Lightning talk

Author of the submission

Shahen Araboghlian (User:Shahen_books)

Language of presentation


E-mail address




Country of origin


Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)

Wikimedia Armenia

Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)

The speaker (I) will start the talk by introducing what WikiCamps are, how Wikimedia Armenia initiated them, how they continued to diversify it through doing another one in Lebanon for the Armenian diaspora which lead to the booming of the Western Armenian interface on Wikipedia. The speaker will continue by comparing the amount of Western Armenian articles which existed before the start of the Western Armenian WikiCamps and the current status of those to show out the clear different and impact the Western Armenian editors’ community has left and how of a positive thing it is turning out to be. How do we know that it is ending up as a positive aspect? Many Western Armenian schools around the world are benefiting from the information that is posted on Wiki platforms, as they previously did not exist in Western Armenian language. The speaker will speak a bit of his own experience and further explain what the title of the lightning talk means, and how the first Western Armenian WikiCamp took place in Lebanon, from where the best 7 contributors were chosen to be sent to Armenia, and then another 7 who contributed best for over a year got sent to Portugal for another Western Armenian WikiCamp, which was rather special, because it didn’t include Western Armenians from Lebanon, but also from Greece, Turkey, France and Syria. The process proved successful and continued, where now the best contributors of the last 2 years have been chosen to go to Lyon, France, right after the Wikimania. The speaker will end his presentation by encouraging them to put more faith in youth's hands and trust them on higher levels i.e. as I have 445+ well-written Western Armenian articles and I am only 18. 

What will attendees take away from this session?

The attendees will learn about the Western Armenian WikiCamps which take place once a year, yet leave a noticeable amount of positive impact on the quality and quantity of Western Armenian content on Wiki platforms.

Theme of presentation
WikiCulture & Community
Length of submission

All lightning talks are 5 minutes.

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Special requests

Cannot present on the 13th.

Is this Submission a Draft or Final? Final

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  1. Spiritia (talk) 15:31, 18 May 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  2. --Azniv Stepanian (talk) 16:35, 18 May 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  3. --Kritzolina (talk) 20:14, 18 May 2017 (UTC)[reply]