Wikimedia Community Ireland Newsletter – April 2020

We hope that all our readers, followers, editors and collaborators are staying safe and well during the pandemic.

Celtic Knot 2020 Virtual conference – Call for Papers Extended

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Celtic Knot will now take place virtually on 9 and 10 July in partnership with Wikimedia UK and the Hunt Museum. The call for papers has been extended to 30 April, and gives flexibility on platform and format. Again, if you are working with Wikimedia projects, or other technologies in Irish or other minority languages, we want to hear from you. You can find out about the call and all the other details so far on the conference page here.

COVID-19 and in-person events

In line with the Wikimedia Foundation’s guidelines, Wikimedia Community Ireland have cancelled, postponed or moved to virtual all of the in-person events we had planned until at least 15 September 2020. This includes our monthly events in TOG. We are investigating the best tools and platforms to facilitate virtual editing evenings from 29 April onwards – watch this space!

Wikipedia Editing on Twitch

In an effort to continue to reach new editors our project coordinator, Rebecca, has begun live streaming editing tutorials through Twitch. The sessions are half an hour in length, and take place at 4pm Monday and Friday, and 7pm Tuesday and Thursday (with a break for Easter!) They are also uploaded to YouTube and Facebook so you can watch them later.

If you have any suggestions for a topic to be covered by these tutorials – please get in touch!

Virtual events

If you are part of a community, organisation, or institution that would like to host a virtual editing events during the lock down and social distancing, please get in touch. We can facilitate remote events through a number of online platforms, and are eager to try new or innovative ways to help new editors start editing Wikipedia. Just drop us a line: wikimediaireland[at]gmail.com

Documenting COVID-19 in Ireland

While we are all observing the lock down, and maintaining the proper social distance from others, there is a way to help document these extraordinary times. If you have taken any photos relating to COVID-19 measures, such as markers on floors or pavements, protective screens, physical barriers, or event the art and interventions citizens have made, consider uploading them to Wikimedia Commons under this category. These images will be an invaluable resource for those writing and researching this period in the future.

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