Wikimedia CEE Spring article contest

How to find topics for CEE Spring articles?

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When in doubt what to write about, write about Estonians – this running gag of unknown origin is the most common answer to a Wikimedian looking for a topic for CEE Spring. But what if you are out of sources or inspiration for Estonia-related articles or want to try something else? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered.

Check out our tips and tricks to find inspiring topics for your CEE Spring articles!

  • Let’s start with the obvious – look at our suggested topic lists. All of these were prepared by local Wikipedia volunteer communities who identified the most important topics related to their countries. Not only will you be able to find great article topics but you will also get the sense of what really interesting things hide in the country’s culture, history and geography according to its citizens, just waiting to be described and announced to the world. And it gets better – the lists let you check on which local versions of Wikipedia the article already exists. This makes it easier to find popular and easy to translate topics or identify the ones that are underrepresented in Wikipedia.
  • It is always good to check what other Wikipedians are writing about. There are many ways to do that. You can browse through the newest articles list generated by our bot every day. Or you can visit our Facebook page where editors from different countries often share their work.
  • Do you like art? If the answer is yes, then you will love the Europeana Art History Challenge. It’s an international project aiming to expand Wikipedia and Wikidata entries about European art. The Ministries of Culture of all participating nations nominated 10 most important pieces of art of their countries. Now, we have lists of fascinating and important artworks of 30 European countries, many of which are participating in CEE Spring 2016. Not only can those lists inspire you to write great articles about art but also by following them you can take part in two challenges at the same time – CEE Spring 2016 and Europeana Art History Challenge.
  • English Wikipedia is famous for its lists (and lists of lists). And browsing through those lists may help you find many interesting article topics, the deeper you go the more you will discover. How about checking lists of writers or lists or scientists? Or maybe list of women artists from all over the world? Or lists of films by country of production? There are many useful lists that you can use to find your perfect topic. Why not making a list of useful lists?

Do you have any other tips about how to find a CEE related article topic? Feel free to share it with us – maybe your ideas will get us inspired, the way Wikipedians often inspire other Wikipedians.

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