Wikimedia CEE Spring article contest

CEE Spring is over! Let’s gather the fruits

Diana Abgar – an Armenian writer, diplomat, and ambassador to Japan of the First Republic of Armenia. She is the first Armenian woman diplomat and possibly the first woman to have ever been appointed in any diplomatic post.

Diana Abgar – an Armenian writer, diplomat, and ambassador to Japan of the First Republic of Armenia. She is the first Armenian woman diplomat and possibly the first woman to have ever been appointed in any diplomatic post. Image in the public domain.

It is uncomfortable to write that “the Spring has ended” but the CEE Spring article writing competition is really over. It lasted for 10 weeks – a long time, enough for the fruits to ripen. Let’s see what we all acquired during this wonderful time.

The contest was extremely successful. Around 9000 articles were created and more than 300 were improved, which means that our main quantitative goal is met.  Around 400 authors joined our contest – just as was predicted. And we are still in the process of gathering stats, so the numbers might appear to be even larger. What can be more delightful? 0:)

Countries cooperated happily and shared knowledge about each other – the contest was truly international with international organisers from four communities and bot makers from two, living in six countries in total. Having started with 24 regions/countries we ended with 30. Maybe we were not exactly geographically correct … but that only means that next year the contest will be much better 🙂

Not only the articles written by the contest participants from various parts of CEE region are what makes us glad. Leaders emerged from the volunteers, who offered support without being part of any organisational teams – the bots helped people choose topics and offered the possibility to see the progress of the contest all the time in a transparent way. They also counted much more data than the minimum amount needed by the Wikimedia Foundation for our report, helping the international organisers to understand the impact of the contest.

We will discuss CEE Spring 2016 at Wikimania in Italy and Wikimedia CEE Meeting in Armenia. We will have a contest next year, it will be (want to write this again) even better.

Oh-oh, we are not saying ‘goodbye’ yet! In the next weeks the winners will be named and will receive their prizes. Stay tuned 😉

One Response to “CEE Spring is over! Let’s gather the fruits”

  1. […] At the start of competition there were 472 Wikipedia pre-existing articles across all 39 tracked languages (an average of 12 articles per language). Now, there are now over 1,300 articles—an average of 34 per language. This makes this challenge the largest ever GLAM-Wiki competition, the first to incorporate Wikidata and the second largest Wikipedia translation event after its sister-competition, CEE Spring. […]