[Wikimedia Announcements] Wikimedia Hungary Report January 2011
bdamokos at gmail.com
Thu Feb 10 19:28:34 UTC 2011
Please find Wikimedia Hungary's January 2011 report online at:
For your convenience it is reproduced here.
*Wikimedia Hungary Report*
*Vol 4 Issue 1*
*Prepared by: Bence Damokos*
This is an update on Wikimédia Magyarország's activities covering January
Wikimedia Hungary has finished its most successful fundraiser ever. We have
raised HUF 5,7 million (~$28 600 at todays exchange rates) from around 1300
donors, which is a four-fold increase from last year.
For the fundraiser we have used the standard WMF landing pages, but also
introduced a special banner and appeal from our former Vice President.
(Interestingly, the appeal performed worse than the Jimbo appeal on the
Hungarian Wikipedia, but better on the English Wikipedia.) In order to have
better statistics and to provide some more contextual data on our operations
to the donors, we have moved the landing pages mid-fundraiser to our own
One of the lessons we gathered was that donors had a high abandon rate with
Paypal, possibly due to it not being in Hungarian. As the direct bank
transfer method of donations were quite popular, we will be investing in the
development of CiviCRM to allow us to connect it with our bank's online
banking solution, offering donors this choice of donation method.
Later in the year, in February and especially in May we will be working on
convincing potential donors to choose Wikimedia Hungary as the recipient of
one percent of their income tax.
We held two events to celebrate the English Wikipedia's tenth birthday: a
conference and a wiki meetup. In July, we plan to hold a celebration of the
Hungarian Wikipedia's 8th birthday.
We held a conference in the Hungarian National Széchényi Library's Asssembly
Hall to about 150 guests from the public.
The conference was opened by Szilveszter E.
the former president of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, where he called
Wikipedia the "Common memory of mankind." His opening was followed by a
special video message<http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8kBUPvJ0G8M>
Frank Schulenburg spoke about the roots of Wikipedia and the Wikimedia
Foundation's Public Policy Initiative. (Videos available through Wikimedia
Hungary's new YouTube channel: http://youtube.com/WikimediaHU).
Frank's keynote was followed by three presentations on the history of
Wikipedia, about the French encyclopedists and about networks on the
Internet and in Wikipedia.
Finally, there was a panel discussion about Wikipedia use in education and
in general, involving university professors and the Director of the Library.
(The conference was funded through a
the Wikimedia Foundation.)
The conference was followed by a wikimeetup with about 40 particpants. We
distributed some Wiki 10 and general Wikipedia T-shirts and celebrated with
a cake <http://ten.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tali11_003.jpg>.
Wikimedia Hungary publications
The conference was the first time we publicly distributed our two
publications that were produced at the end of last November: the Hungarian
the Welcome to Wikipedia brochure and our 2008-2010
The brochures were based on the Wikimedia
adapted to our needs and printed through a grant of the Wikimedia
Chapter Development Pilot Project
On 16 January our Board members met with Anna Royon-Wiegelt to discuss a
Chapter Development Pilot Project. The meeting was quite useful in going
over the history, timeline, successes and challenges of the chapter.
We are currently considering participation in the project.
The anniversary and the conference has garnered considerable media
attention. The national news
all the major internet news
reports about the conference.
We've given interviews to three
 <http://www.metropol.hu/mellekletek/infopalya/cikk/674949> and four
An other issue that has resulted in some original reporting in the Hungarian
online media was a copyright violation
one user has uploaded 5000+ articles from copyrighted encyclopedias over 5
years and where it took considerable amount of time for a small group of
editors to go through all of his edits and to compare them to the numerous
sources that the user had used to find the copyright violations (the user
had used a number of Public Domain sources, purging all of his edits would
not have been the ideal solution).
The media mentions<http://itcafe.hu/hir/magyar_wikipedia_szocikkmasolas_torles.html>
 <http://hvg.hu/hvgfriss/2011.02/201102_botrany_a_magyar_wikipedian> were
based mostly on the report written <http://hu.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:VILCOPY> up
by one of the most active editor in the clean up effort and were generally
positive about the fact that the offending pages have been filtered out. The
issue got a few mentions in passing in the coverage of the anniversary as
well, but overall the episode hasn't tarnished Wikipedia's reputation in
Ongoing projects Toolserver
We have purchased a server in December 2010 to provide various tools to the
editing and researcher community, to allow us to test MediaWiki extensions
and software updates and to keep backups of the database dumps. The server
was in transit during the month of January. Delivery and set up is planned
We are planning a photo competition with a major Hungarian photo upload site
to collect high quality, freely licensed images. The competition is planned
to run from April through May.
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