Ukraine launches campaign to encourage creating cultural articles in Wikipedia

Ukrainian News
Canan Kevser
11 February 2021, 11:02
Canan Kevser
11 February 2021, 11:02

Ukraine has launched an international information campaign entitled "Ukraine's Cultural Diplomacy Month" starting from 10 February to 10 March 2021. The campaign encourages to create more articles about Ukraine and its culture in Ukrainian and other languages in Wikipedia.

"Ukraine Everywhere" is the motto of the campaign jointly initiated by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Ukrainian Institute and Wikimedia Ukraine.

Ukrainian cinema, music, theatre, literature, and art

According to the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine's Cultural Diplomacy Month is a great opportunity to tell more about Ukrainian culture through one of the most popular sources of information, both in Ukrainian and foreign languages.

"I encourage everyone to do this together to create new articles about contemporary Ukrainian cinema, music, theatre, literature, and art in Wikipedia,” Kuleba said, as the ministry reported.

Dedicated to famous Ukrainian artists

Ukraine's Cultural Diplomacy Month will be dedicated to famous Ukrainian artists of cinema, music, literature, architecture, design, who have made a significant contribution to world culture and about whom there are no articles in Wikipedia.

As part of the campaign, volunteers are encouraged to create new articles in foreign languages to spread factual information about Ukraine in different regions of the world. For the same purpose, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and the Ukrainian Institute have recently launched the Ukraine.ua website.

Wikipedia is the first source of information

"For millions of people, Wikipedia is the first source of information on a variety of topics. That is why it is important to use the capabilities of Wikipedia to tell the world about Ukrainian traditions, artists and events in languages spoken by different readers. This project is about the contribution of the Ukrainians to world culture, so we expect to attract as many like-minded people as possible,” commented Volodymyr Sheiko, Director General of the Ukrainian Institute.

More than 15 universities from Ukraine, the Czech Republic and the United States of America have already joined the campaign.

Registration to webinars

The ministry announced that two "Wikipedia editing webinars" will be organised:

  • Webinar in English language - February 16
  • Webinar in Ukrainian language - February 17

Deadline for registration to webinars is 16 February 2021.