Happy New Year Fellow Wikipedians! I hope you all had a lovely, restful Christmas and the January blues aren’t fitting you too hard. We celebrated Wikipedia’s birthday this month, which was a nice reminder of our vision, open and accessible knowledge for all created by a community of humans. Here’s to our community, sending a virtual slice of birthday cake to you all!

One of our resolutions for this year is to focus on elevating the Irish Language in the digital space. So you can expect to see more bilingual content this year! It has been a busy start to 2024 at Wikimedia Community Ireland. We kicked off the month with the launch of the Art+Feminism Campaign and have also been busy prepping for the year ahead. From Edit-a-thons to conferences, grab a cup of tea to warm up and read on to find out what we have been up to. 

James Petts from London, England, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Celtic Knot Survey Reminder

It’s always good to have something to look forward to in January, isn’t it? At WCI we are in the midst of planning the Celtic Knot Conference 2024 in collaboration with Wikimedia UK. If you are interested in coming to the Celtic Knot Conference in Waterford at the end of this coming September, there’s still time to have your say and let us know what you want to see on the programme. Fill out the Community Survey by January 21st. It shouldn’t take more than ten minutes to complete and it is also available in Irish! 

Celtic Knot is a Wikimedia Languages Conference that aims to bring people together to share their experiences of working on minority and underrepresented languages on Wikimedia Projects. You can read more about the conference here.

Táimid ag ullmhú An Chomhdháil Celtic Knot 2024, beidh do chuid tuairimí an-tábhachtach dúinn chun tuiscint a fháil ar cad atá uait agus ó Mhuintir na Gaeilge agus na Gaeltachta ón gcomhdháil seo, m.sh. na hábhair a bhfuil suim agat iad a fheiceáil ag an gcomhdháil, agus conas is féidir linn cabhrú le do thionscadal a thabhairt duit/daoibh chun fás agus forbairt a dhéanamh air.

Is imeacht Comhdháil Celtic Knot 2024 a gcuireann béim ar theangacha a bhfuil faoi ghannionadaíocht i gcúrsaí Wikimedia agus seans maith do dhaoine a bhfuil ag obair ar na tionscadail a bhualadh le chéile chun eolas agus scileanna a roinnt. Is iad Pobal Wikimedia na hÉireann agus Pobal Wikimedia na Ríochta Aontaithe lucht eagraithe na comhdhála, agus beidh Éireann mar thír óstach i mí Mean Fómhair 2024.

Tógfaidh an suirbhé thart ar 10 nóiméad a líonadh. 

Art+Feminism

Art+Feminism is a Wikimedia Project that builds a community of activists that is committed to closing information gaps related to gender, feminism, and the arts, beginning with Wikipedia.

Art+Feminism envisions an internet that reflects diverse global histories of art-making, where communities that have most often been written out of history feel welcome and empowered to participate in writing (and righting) our stories. 

In the vast expanse of information that is the internet, there’s a glaring imbalance—one that distorts history, silences voices, and skews representation. Wikipedia, the tenth-most-visited site globally, harbors a significant gender gap in its contributors. 

By editing Wikipedia, you can help to close the gap. 

This January, we invite you to join this transformative movement. All month long we will be holding a communal effort to update and create Wikipedia articles focusing on Irish Female Artists. The Art+Feminism Ireland Editahon will take place online, so you can edit whenever and wherever suits you. Whether you’re a seasoned editor or a beginner, you can get involved! We are happy to equip you with tutorials, content to edit, and support to help you contribute your voice to this crucial campaign. 

We have also been making an effort to highlight female-identifying artists from all disciplines who are from or connected to Ireland. Keep an eye out on our social media for editing ideas or take inspiration from this task list if you happen to be a gaeilgeoir!

If you are interested in editing in Irish we will also be hosting an online meet-up as part of the campaign. Whether you are fluent, rusty, or very much a student, all levels are welcome. It will take place via Zoom on January 30th at 7 pm. Hosted by our Irish Language Officer Amy, it is sure to be both informative and lots of fun! So come along learn some skills, practice your Irish, and connect with the community. Sure, what else would we be doing on these dark January evenings?  

You can read more about Art+Feminism here or dive right in and get editing here.

Univeristy College Cork Host Lib1Ref1 Event

Twice per year, #1Lib1Ref — abbreviated for one librarian, one reference — calls on librarians around the world, and anyone who has a passion for free knowledge, to add missing references to articles on Wikipedia.

Imagine a World where Every Librarian Added One More Reference to Wikipedia.

This January we supported UCC Librarian Stephanie Chen to hold a pilot programme at the university library. The  objectives for this pilot were to engage the Library staff in the 1Lib1Ref campaign, improve the verifiability and reliability of Wikipedia content and to showcase and raise awareness of UCC Library collections, including Special Collections and Archives. Our valued communittty member Kate, or Antiqueight as some of you may know her, attended to assist and support. The programme included a training session, edit-a-thon and will finish with a wrap-up celebration at the end of the month. 

Find out how to get involved or read more.

Taibhseoir, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Wiki Science Update

We are delighted to announce that all the entries for Wiki Science 2023 have been gathered and sent off to our esteemed panel of judges. This year judges include Dr. Niamh Shaw, writer, researcher, and engineer, Alison Boyle from Science Foundation Ireland and Anne Murray the director of the Galway Science and Technology Festival. 

We received some amazing images this year across three categories including astronomy, microscopy, and nature/wildlife. We are looking forward to sharing the winning images with you soon! 

Niamh Shaw, a Judge for Wiki Science Ireland 2023, Silicon Republic, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

AN NUACHT IS DÉANAÍ: an update from our Irish Language Officer

Haigh a chairde! 

An mhí seo, cuirim cuireadh daoibh a bheith páirteach inár Eagaratón ar líne! 

Don mhí iomlán béimid ag déanamh eagarthóireacht agus scríbhneoireacht ar altanna Vicipéide dírithe ar (ban)ealaíontóirí na hÉireann. Beidh an Eagartón ar siúl ar líne agus is féidir leat eagarthóireacht a dhéanamh agus altanna a scríobh am ar bith! 

Gheofar an-cuid mná atá in easnamh ar Vicipéid ar liosta an nasc thíos

Dá mbeadh fonn orthu ealaíontóir amháin a roghnú agus alt a tosnú uirthi/orthu béimid le chéile ar líne ar an 30ú de mhí Eanáir @ 7:00 i.n. le haghaidh an Eagartón. Bígí linn!

Rud beag amháin eile, faoi láthair táim ag ullmhú le haghaidh Seachtain na Gaeilge i mbliana agus má tá aon smaointe nó fonn orthu imeacht(aí) a eagrú ná bíodh aon drogall oraibh teagmháil a dhéanamh! 

Monthly Meetings

This week we held our first Community Meeting of the year. If you want to get more involved with the group in 2024, you are welcome to come along to our next meeting. We meet once a month on Zoom when we discuss and plan our events and campaigns, get in touch or sign up to our mailing list to receive a reminder. 

To keep up to date join the mailing list.

Want to Hold a Wikimedia Event? 

If you, your group, or organisation want to run a virtual, in-person, or hybrid Wikimedia workshop, we can provide a Zoom space in which we can hold an editing or other workshop for you and your colleagues. Get in touch: info (at) wikimedia.ie

Le dea-ghuí,

Wikimedia Community Ireland