Cultural Diplomacy Month in Ukraine: 817 articles in 44 languages created for Wikipedia

Ukrainian News
Canan Kevser
22 March 2021, 14:35
Canan Kevser
22 March 2021, 14:35

An international information campaign called "Cultural Diplomacy Month" launched by Ukraine to encourage creating articles on Wikipedia has recently ended. Participants added a total of 817 articles in 44 languages on Wikipedia.

The campaign organised jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Ukrainian Institute and NGO "Wikimedia Ukraine" was held between 10 February to 10 March 2021.

172 users participated

"As part of #UkraineEverywhere campaign, 172 users created and improved articles more than 1,200 times (several users could edit one article), and created at least 817 different articles in Ukrainian and foreign languages," the Foreign Ministry reported.

According to the report, the campaign covered 44 languages in total. Portuguese, English and French became the leaders in the number of added and revised articles. The project aroused considerable interest in Asian countries, a lot of editing was done in Persian and articles were added in Arabic, Japanese and Chinese. 

'These will encourage people to visit, study or invest in Ukraine'

“Thanks to this project, hundreds of new articles have appeared on Wikipedia in different languages about Ukraine, its culture, achievements and potential. People all over the world will be able to learn something new about our country," Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on the project.

According to him, these articles would encourage people to visit, study or invest in Ukraine.

Culture builds Ukraine’s ties

Commenting on the project, Director-General of the Ukrainian Institute Volodymyr Sheiko asserted that it is important for his institute that culture becomes a unifying force and helps to build Ukraine’s ties with the world.

"Ukraine's Cultural Diplomacy Month gathered participants from dozens of countries, including experienced wiki writers interested in Ukraine as well as foreign Ukrainians, students, and university professors," the manager said.

The Foreign Ministry also invited people to continue contributing Wikipedia articles on Ukrainian figures, events and phenomena that have shaped both Ukrainian culture and contributed to the world.