The article is about the Republic of Tatarstan government portal http://www.tatarstan.ru/
and its subdomains now being available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0
International, just like a number of others throughout the country
It's probably the first time regional government website in the Russian Federation
quoted Russian Wikinews article
part about local seminar initiative to be dedicated to Education, GLAM etc. was left out,
but their press-service made the day of Russian Wikinews community by also being attentive
to proper attribution.
Farkhad Fatkullin - Фархад Фаткуллин http://sikzn.ru/
Тел.+79274158066 / skype:frhdkazan /
29.08.2018, 20:56, "Фархад Фаткуллин / Farkhad Fatkullin"
> Dear colleagues,
> Since yesterday all subdomains hosted @ http://tatarstan.ru/
(including websites of
, the Cabinet http://prav.tatarstan.ru/
ministries/departments, state-owned organizations, municipalities and Representative
offices of the Republic around Russia and abroad) moved to Creative Commons Attribution.
The only exceptions are those of the First (ex-) President & the Parliament, that
already had their own unique type free licenses (in Russian, non-standard).
> Russian Wikinews requested me to draft an article & my counterparty at the
Regional Ministry of InfoComm has gladly approved. I will probably need to find time for
that today. That was the easy part. Some context: Russian President, Executive Branch of
the Federal Government, both Chambers of the Federal Parliament, etc. are using Creative
Commons Attribution for a while now, thanks to Senior Volunteers efforts of Wikimedia
Russia members. I just communicated the benefits of this to the Regional (Republic of
Tatarstan) Deputy Prime-Minister https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Shaykhutdinov
of the regional infocomm department & he championed it far and wide within his area of
> I started engaging high-school & university students into helping the Infocomm
ministry people to learn what is Wikimedia like & how it works - Deputy Prime-Minister
is interested in anything that can benefit Education, Heritage Outreach, etc. development
in the region & help in making culture of the Republic better known globally &
promote Tatar language use online (Wikidata, GLAM, etc.). Another minister I met is
excited with examples of Greek school children
& youth in Italy
places develop critical thinking and develop immunity to mass & social media stories
painting the world black & white as they please (stories from any outlets, including
the BBC or New York Times, have to be taken with a pinch of salt - there's no unbiased
human). In parallel, we are starting a cooperation with private Cambridge International
school in Kazan http://school.balacity.ru/
(the founders & the director know me,
invited me for cooperation, key contact person was part of the meeting, I provided
necessary initial links). I know that our youth is now inspired to organize a User Group,
report on their Spring & Summer efforts at Wikimedia Conference Russia this September
& take their existing Selet WikiSchool project even higher.
> Last night WMF Partnerships agreed to support me in organizing a videoconference type
seminar with best practices in Education/GLAM/Heritage promotion/Wikidata/etc. to explain
locals about how great is the Wikimedia movement (something mainly unheard of in Russia,
even though Wikipedia is actually used). I would love to have you, my dear international
colleagues, to find time to connect and give a video talk on some Use Case implementation
during the upcoming public seminar, organized in conjunction with Tatarstan InfoComm
ministry (whenever we get the dates they will be able to gather local crowd in the IT-Park
in downtown Kazan). I will take care of the simultaneous interpretation — all the
necessary equipment is there, so I'll try to find the funding & qualified people.
> In parallel I'll continue working on organizing a short in-person version at WMF
Headquarters for the President of the Republic, if and when we can fit it into his
schedule (Tatarstan Deputy Prime-Minister - Regional Minister for InfoComm wanted this to
take place during one of the annual regional government delegation visits to California).
President Minnikhanov is a co-chair of the Association of Innovative Regions of Russia, as
well as Russia-Islamic World Strategic Vision Group, so I think we can use Jimmy's
well-timed pass to score well: spreading Wikimedia movement popularity throughout Russia
and the Islamic world even further, helping in unblocking Turkey in the process.
> "Imagine the world in which every human is a Wikimedian. That's my
> Farkhad Fatkullin - Фархад Фаткуллин http://sikzn.ru/
skype:frhdkazan / Wikipedia:frhdkazan
> 09.08.2018, 09:09, "Pine W" <wiki.pine(a)gmail.com>om>:
>> Hi Farhad,
>> Thank you for your generosity with your time as you respond to the requests
>> and new opportunities.
>> I like Andy's suggestions. Wikimedia Armenia crossed my mind also as
>> potentially a good organization to contact for ideas, because I have the
>> impression that they have a good (but not excessively close) relationship
>> with their national government, and because they have a very successful
>> Wikipedia Education Program.
>> Although there seem to be many opportunities for you in the short term, my
>> guess is that you will be unable to take advantage of all of them, and that
>> some that you try will be more successful than others. That is all okay.
>> Please avoid burning yourself out. Hopefully you can work at a pace that is
>> reasonable for you and will lead to long-term successes. Also, hopefully
>> you can find people who want to help you, and have the time and the skills
>> to do so. You might try to contact people that you have met on-wiki who
>> could help you as you consider the opportunities and how you would like to
>> move forward. I have the impression that you already know many Wikimedians
>> who work on Russian Wikipedia, so hopefully you can get some help from them.
>> If you could share occasional updates about your progress, maybe by sending
>> an email to Wikimedia-l with once per quarter, I think that at least a few
>> people would be interested to read what you share.
>> Good luck,
>> ( https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Pine
>> On Tue, Aug 7, 2018 at 8:55 PM, Фархад Фаткуллин / Farkhad Fatkullin <
>> frhd(a)yandex.com> wrote:
>>> Dear colleagues,
>>> This is a request for your input and possible ideas (if any) regarding my
>>> management of the fallout from Jimmy's announcing myself as a 2018
>>> Wikimedian of the Year.
>>> Emails below are a copy of my ongoing consultations with Wikimedia
>>> Foundation staff and other Wikimedians I personally know, as well as a
>>> report on what's already brewing in my region of Russia after this
>>> unexpected outcome.
>>> I would be grateful, if you can advise me on how to properly steer the
>>> enthusiasm of behalf of regional government, mass-media, NGOs, etc. which
>>> have just discovered about the possibility of participation in Wikimedia
>>> movement (think anything from U.S. is not getting much in-depth coverage
>>> Russian by sources that regional public figures, NGOs, teachers or general
>>> regional journalists read) & are now placing great hopes on teaching
>>> of Tatarstan about how to Wiki & also engaging all Tatars globally
>>> outside of Tatarstan, 1/5 outside of Russia).
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