Submissions/Wikipedias in the languages of Russia
This is an Open submission for Wikimania 2017 that has not yet been reviewed by a member of the Programme Committee.
- Submission no. 2033 Subject - C8
- Title of the submission
- Wikipedias in the languages of Russia: in line with the wider Movement strategy?
- Type of submission
- lightning talk and/or poster (+ open for a lecture or joining some discussion on small or indigenous wikis, if appropriate)
- Author of the submission
- Farkhad Fatkullin
- Language of presentation
- E-mail address
- Country of origin
- Republic of Tatarstan (Russian Federation)
- Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
- Wikipedias in the languages of Russia, Selet WikiSchool (ttwiki community cooperation with Selet movement)
- Personal homepage or blog
- Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)
The only true freedom we have as human beings is ability to analyze our values critically and rethink what we actually stand for. In this light, faith in some just and kind Creator, valuing sharing or believing WMF vision can't be possibly reconciled with indifference to the fate of any existing language or its culture. How are we doing on this front in our part of the World?
Wikimedia Russia's charter tasks it with providing help to all Wikimedia projects in the languages of Russia. Russian is a country-wide medium of instruction, business & public functions, but there are 49 more languages that have official status somewhere in the Russian Federation and over a 50 more of those majority of native speakers of which reside within the country, and leaving any one of them behind would be going against our mission.
All this diversity of sister language communities have common objectives, somewhat similar challenges, different degree of activity on wiki, in the country-level & international collaboration and initiatives. Volunteer-run Wikimedia Russia is the only country-level organization promoting Russia's indigenous multilingualism, so it would only benefit from all help, expertise & cooperation it can get in bringing this culturally & linguistically rich landscape to blossoming.
Wikipedias in this category:
- 31 Active Wikipedias:
- Russian clearly has the most active community
- 4 more (Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Finnish & Ukrainian) have active (wmfi:, wmua:) or proposed (kk) chapters or user groups (az) outside of the Russian Federation, mainly active within respective national borders
- 2 language-oriented user groups were recently created (Bashkir & Erzya)
- 24 Wikipedias without any affiliate, many even without informally active user groups
- Over 50 more still in the incubator.
Wikimedia Russia organizes various seminars & projects (some co-sponsored by WMF), significant amount of cooperation also takes place in an informal unorganized form.
- What will attendees take away from this session?
Attendees will learn about the project, cross-wiki & off-wiki cooperation between respective Wikipedia communities, what Wikimedia Russia & active individuals are doing to foster their growth.
- Theme of presentation
- WikiCulture & Community
- For workshops and discussions, what level is the intended audience?
- Length of session (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)
- standard block
- Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
- my physical travel would be grant dependent anyway
- Slides or further information (optional)
- Special requests
- Projection for slides + Internet-access to show our Meta, WRMU & other wiki-domain pages (optional). This is my first application for Wikimania, so I would trust the organizers' choice regarding best ways to share collective experience of small wikis in the regional/indigenous languages of the Russian Federation.
- Is this Submission a Draft or Final? Final
This is a Completed submission for Wikimania 2017 ready to be reviewed by a member of the Programme Committee.
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