Hello Fellow Wikimedians! It is hard to believe that April has come and gone, and what a busy and exciting month it was. Some of the WCI team members flew to Donostia/San Sebastian for our Wiki Women Erasmus+ Wikithon and Partners Meeting which was definitely a highlight! Other exciting events included our collaboration with the Adapt Centre and being granted funding for Celtic Knot from the Wikimedia Foundation. Read on to find out what we have been up to and what is in store!

Celtic Knot Funding Secured!

We are delighted to announce that after years of virtual conferences, the Celtic Knot Wikimedia Languages Conference will return to an in-person event. This year, language enthusiasts, policy-makers, and Wikimedia contributors will gather in the historic city of Waterford, Ireland, from Wednesday, September 25th to Friday, September 27th, 2024

The Celtic Knot Conference seeks to strengthen language communities within Wikimedia and beyond by providing a forum for discussion, learning, and promoting the expansion of projects. This year’s conference, hosted in Ireland, will have a cultural focus on the Irish language and cultural heritage while providing a platform for multiple minority language communities to come together. 

Tickets will be released for general admission, along with a number of scholarships that will be allocated through an open call. In-person scholarships will cover travel, accommodation, and meal-related expenses for recipients for the duration of the conference. Applications for scholarships will open in June along with a call for conference programme submissions for anyone wanting to showcase their work in the field of Celtic or minority languages. If you are interested in taking part or want more information feel free to get in touch. 

WikiWomen Erasmus + Wikiton in Donostia, The Basque Country

Wikimedia Community Ireland recently traveled to Donostia in the Basque Country for a Wiki Women Erasmus+ Wiki-thon. This saw students make presentations on their work so far and provided a chance for some cultural exchange between students, teachers, and the partner team. 

The goal of the WikiWomen Erasmus+ project is to highlight the gender gap in content and empower students in minority language communities (Gaeltacht regions, Basque, Friesland) to write Wikipedia articles about underrepresented women in their languages. This addresses the gender imbalance on Wikipedia in terms of representation. 

Representing Ireland (and the Irish language) in this project are Wikimedia Community Ireland and Coláiste Oiriall in Monaghan. The meet-up which was hosted at Antigua-Luberri BHI secondary school and the Basque Wikimedians User Group (Euskal Wikilarien Kultura Elkartea). We were also joined by our Frisian partners including Learning Hub Friesland,  The foundation Fryske Akademy, The Afûk, and a cohort of Frisian students. 

Overall the meet-up was a roaring success, with lots of student engagement, skill sharing, and cultural exchange.

You can read the full report of the trip here and see some photos to find out what we all got up to! 

Adapt Centre Collaboration Natural Language Processing and Wikipedia Editing Training Seminar

Sophie, our Project and Communications Manager was invited to speak at DCU’s Adapt Centre Natural Language Processing Seminar. She introduced a group of 20 PhD candidates and researchers to the world of Wikimedia, and Wikipedia editing and also spoke about the use of AI in Wikimedia Projects. 

At the seminar, we discussed the tension between algorithmic content generation and Wikipedia’s emphasis on human input. We also discussed Wikimedia’s ORES tool that rates Wikipedia pages based on the effectiveness and accuracy of the content. 

This was part of an ongoing collaboration with Simon Mille who is currently working on an AI system for content generation in multiple languages including Irish using Wiki data. 

Volunteer Spotlight: Celebrating Dr. Gwinyai Masukume who is Making Medical Knowledge Accessible on Wikipedia

Dr. Gwinyai Masukume, a valued member of Wikimedia Community Ireland was recently celebrated as a medical editor by the Wikimedia Foundation!

He is a medical doctor and public health researcher with a passion for sharing knowledge. Dr. Masukume, currently affiliated with University College Dublin (UCD), has been a dedicated volunteer on Wikipedia for an impressive 20 years. 

Driven by a desire to give back, Dr. Masukume is one of many medical professionals who donate their expertise to improve the accuracy and accessibility of health information on Wikipedia. You can read more about his Wikipedia work and research here

Photo by Diane Cusack Photography, CC BY-SA 4.0 File provided by Wikimedia Commons

Meeting with Clare Museum

Sophie recently met with John Rattigan, curator of the Clare Museum to discuss potential collaboration opportunities and the museum’s extensive archives. John had some fascinating stories about women hidden within Ennis town’s fascinating history.

They also discussed getting involved with Wiki Loves Monuments and connecting with the new Ennis Library which is set to open this summer.

A photo of Éamon de Valera’s car at Clare Museum in Ennis, Cailínréalta, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Museums Day 2024 Edit-a-thon Starts May 15th

International Museums Day is held annually on May 18th and this year we are calling on our community to help us add to and improve the knowledge on Wikipedia about museums. No matter where you are you can log onto Wikipedia and join the online edit-a-thon starting on May 15th and running through until the end of the month. 

Do you have a local museum that should have a Wikipedia page? Does it annoy you that certain museums are only available on Wikipedia in English and not Irish? Join us to take action and enhance the knowledge available about Irish museums and information about museums as Gaeilge! 

This year’s theme is “Museums for Education and Research” which aligns closely with the vision of Wikimedia Community Ireland. So get involved! Enroll here to join the edit-a-thon!

If you need any more information about participating in this online edit-a-thon please feel free to reach out. 

Wiki Loves Folkore Voting in Progress Watch this Space!

The Wiki Loves Folklore Photo Contest closed at the beginning of the month and voting is now in progress. Our panel of judges includes Oein DeBhairduin and Jon O’Sullivan who are currently deliberating the submissions. 

Next up is Wiki Loves Earth which will open in June. You can find out more about Wiki Loves Earth and how you can get involved here

Nuacht is Déanaí- An update from our Irish Language Officer

Haigh dhaoine Vicí! 

Mí an-ghnóthach a bhí ann i rith Aibreáin – go leor rudaí ar siúl agus neart nuachta.

Cuireadh an-áthas orainn go bhfuil ár maoiniú ceadaithe ag WMF don Chomhdháil Celtic Knot – an oiread sin buíochas dóibh agus maith dár bhfoireann eagraithe comhdhála atá ag obair ar an iarratas agus ar an gclár comhdhála ó mhí Dheireadh Fómhair seo caite.

Beidh tuilleadh eolais le roinnt againn sna seachtainí atá romhainn maidir le scoláireachtaí, glao oscailte ar mholtaí agus iarratais cláir chomh maith le tuilleadh sonraí ar na gníomhaíochtaí cultúrtha éagsúla atá á bpleanáil againn.

Bhí ár dturas go Donostia againn freisin i lár mhí Aibreáin do chruinniú Wikithon agus comhpháirtithe don tionscadal Erasmus+ WikiWomen. Bhí go leor comhrá againn thart ar obair Wikimedia agus freisin bhí deis again éisteacht le cuid de na cur i láthair ó na mic léinn atá ag obair ar ailt Vicipéid ar mhná éagsúla.

Bhíomar tóghta lena sonraí agus an obair atá déanta acu ina gcuid alt agus táimid ag súil le tuilleadh a fheiceáil uathu!

Seolfar uirlisí WikiWomen in Éirinn ag an gcomhdháil Celtic Knot, ach má tá nascc ag éinne le haon scoil nó le cláir oideachais don aos óg i rith an tsamhraidh ar mhaith leo na huirlisí a thriail agus aiseolas a thabhairt dúinn le do thoil spreag iad chun teagmháil a dhéanamh linn!

Do mhí na Bealtaine beidh mé ag ullmhú do Wiki Loves Pride (ag tosnú i mí an Mheithimh), le haghaidh feachtais samhraidh. Díreofar go leor freisin ar chomhdháil Celtic Knot agus ar an obair atá ar siúl ar bhonn leanúnach chun uirlisí WikiWomen a chríochnú.

Monthly Meetings

We meet once a month on Zoom (usually the third Tuesday of the month at 5:30 pm) when we discuss and plan our events and campaigns, just email info@wikimedia.ie to join.

Thank you for being part of our Community and mission to enhance open knowledge!

Le dea-ghuí,

Wikimedia Community Ireland


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