[Wikimedia Announcements] Non-officially recognised Wikimedia CAT Report, October-November 2010

Joan Goma jrgoma at gmail.com
Fri Dec 31 09:26:37 UTC 2010

Dear colleagues,

As usual, we are sharing our experiences with you. This time we are
sending a summary of our activities throughout the months of October
and November. Sorry for the delay and we hope you like them.

Kind regards, and happy new year.

 Courses and conferences

   - 2 October–20 November: Specific course for secondary education
teachers<http://www.udg.edu/tabid/6126/Default.aspx?ID=780>given at
the Institut de Ciències de l'Educació (ICE) in Girona.
   - 8 October: Wikipedia workshop-presentation at the Casal Jaume I in
   Perpignan. User:Capsot <http://www.viquimedia.cat/viqui/Usuari:Capsot>.
   - 21 October: Start of the training course within the
   - 21 October: Edit Wikipedia workshop at the Terrassa 6th district
   library. User:Gomà <http://www.viquimedia.cat/viqui/Usuari:Gom%C3%A0>.
   - 5 November. Conference at the Casa Golferichs: "La Viquipèdia, què és i
   com funciona". User:Gomà<http://www.viquimedia.cat/viqui/Usuari:Gom%C3%A0>.

   - 18 November. Lecture on Wikipedia in the conference hall of the UAB
   Faculty of Humanities.
   - 18 November. Edit Wikipedia workshop at the UPC.
   - 20 November. Edit Wikipedia workshop at the Biblioteca Central de
   Terrassa. User:Gomà <http://www.viquimedia.cat/viqui/Usuari:Gom%C3%A0>

 Content release

   - We contacted the President of the Free Knowledge Institute, Wouter
   Tebbens, at the Free Culture Forum. He told us they are developing a joint
   project with UOC, consisting in a series of courses which use freely
   licenced material. At the time of writing, they have Introduction to Free
   Advanced Administration of the Linux GNU Operating
   Development of Web
   Introduction to Software
   of free-software

   - We talked to Miquel Pujol Palol, the author of the book Les Plantes
   Cultivades. CEREALS<http://www.agronoms.org/base-coneixement/publicacions/view.php?ID=30>.
   He accepted to releasing the book under a free licence. We are processing
   his permission to submit it to OTRS and will inform Wikibooks as soon as it
   is ready.
   - All Wikipedians and members of sister projects can now download the
   book *Comunicacions Informàtiques i de
Dades*<http://www.torrens-ibern.cat/?page_id=401>for free. It is a
reference work for subjects on Networks and Data
   Transmission in Catalan universities. It is not under a free licence but
   having it available for free may help write articles about the subjects it
   - More and more authors of online content in Catalan are releasing their
   work under a free licence compatible with Wikipedia. The Catalan website
   Cuinetes.cat <http://cuinetes.cat/> is under the CC-BY-SA licence, which
   can help fill Wikibooks with recipes if we cite it properly.


   - 15 October: Meeting in Barcelona with representatives of the
*Sapiens*magazine to seek possibilities for cooperation between both
   User:Beusson <http://www.viquimedia.cat/viqui/Usuari:Beusson>
   - The joint project with TV3 *Espai Internet* has divulged the following
   articles over the last few months: ca:Les set meravelles del
   ca:Les set noves meravelles del
   ca:Vídeo viral<http://www.viquimedia.cat/v/index.php?title=Ca:V%C3%ADdeo_viral&action=edit&redlink=1>,
   ca:Arkady Ostrovsky<http://www.viquimedia.cat/v/index.php?title=Ca:Arkady_Ostrovsky&action=edit&redlink=1>,
   ca:Audiència (mitjans de
   ca:Apple Inc.<http://www.viquimedia.cat/v/index.php?title=Ca:Apple_Inc.&action=edit&redlink=1>i

   - Barcelona TV broadcast this report on the Drumbeat
mainly on Wikipedia. It features interviews with
   User:Gomà <http://www.viquimedia.cat/viqui/Usuari:Gom%C3%A0>,
   User:Esenabre <http://www.viquimedia.cat/viqui/Usuari:Esenabre> and Alina
   Mierlus. At 00:27 you can also see
   but he still doesn't speak Catalan well enough to give an interview.

 Institutional relations

   - We are taking part in
   a joint project by the Open University of Catalonia
[1]<http://www.uoc.edu/>and the Department of Education
   [2] <http://xtec.cat/>, with the support of Amical Viquipèdia
   Some of the results can be used on Wikipedia in the future.
   User:Barcelona <http://www.viquimedia.cat/viqui/Usuari:Barcelona>.
   - We signed a cooperation agreement with SIF (Manufacturing Engineering
   Society) <http://www.sif-mes.org/webs/marcos.htm>. The wikiprojects
as a result of this agreement. At the time of writing, teachers from
   five universities had joined the project, but we expect participation to
   increase during the second half of the academic year.

   - Meeting with the UAB Postgraduate School to explain Wikipedia and its
   pedagogical potential.
   - Documentation for IEC, with the objective to launch a project with its
   affiliate organisations.
   - 21 October: meeting with the Department of Citizen Action of the
   Catalan Government with the goal to encourage pensioners to participate in
   Wikipedia. An agreement was reached, under which they will divulge videos
   about editing Wikipedia on their website and in retirement homes.


   - 23 October. 3rd Wikipedian annual meeting. The Association arranged for
   the premises, organised the lunch and contributed €300 to a fund aiming to
   cover part of the travel expenses for Wikipedians coming from afar.
   User:Mafoso <http://www.viquimedia.cat/viqui/Usuari:Mafoso> and
   We would like to give a special thank you to those who came from the islands
   (User:Paucabot <http://www.viquimedia.cat/viqui/Usuari:Paucabot> from
   Majorca and User:Gusdan<http://www.viquimedia.cat/v/index.php?title=Usuari:Gusdan&action=edit&redlink=1>from
Alghero), as well as
the Aragonese Wikipedia, who came from Saragossa. Donations from those
   present and book sales gave us a surplus of €92.80, which were deposited
   into the Association's account.
   - On that day we also held the annual meeting of the Amical Viquipèdia
   association. The assembly was open to anyone who wished to attend and
   everyone was allowed to speak regardless of whether they were members or
   - 28–31 October. We took part in the FCF, which this year focused
on the economic
   sustainability of free
   A special thank you goes to Alice Wiegand from Wikimedia Deutschland for her

   - 3–6 November. The Drumbeat festival in
devoted to learning and reserved a place for Wikipedia. Among many
   things, we talked about the 10th anniversary celebrations and the use of
   Wikipedia in educational projects. The local
helped organise the event did an outstanding job. We were an official
   partner of the activities held on 6 November to bring the Drumbeat to El
   - 25 November. Assembly of the Free Knowledge and Software Coordinating
   Organisation. It was agreed that other communities and organisations
   (Mozilla, Drupal, Ubuntu, Softcatalà, etc.) will take part in some events of
   the Wikipedia 10th anniversary.
   - Thanks to the efforts of
   Mafoso <http://www.viquimedia.cat/viqui/Usuari:Mafoso>,
   Martorell <http://www.viquimedia.cat/viqui/Usuari:Martorell>, the
   Wikipedia brochure is now available in
Printed copies will be available soon.
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