The WikiStipendiya marathon in Uzbekistan - from state censorship to state sponsorship

During the first day of the CEE Meeting 2022 there will be a lecture by @Nataev about WikiStipendiya.

The project, which is unprecedented in the region in terms of both its scale and duration, has been organized by the Youth Affairs Agency of the Republic of Uzbekistan in collaboration with the Agency of Information and Mass Communications under the Administration of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Council of Young Artists, and the Wikimedians of the Uzbek Language User Group.

How will this session be beneficial for the communities in the region of Central and Eastern Europe?
We would like to share our experience organizing such a large-scale marathon and discuss lessons learned.


This is the place for collaborative note-taking.

@Nataev’s session is live streamed here:

Challenges and Lessons learned:

  • Machine Translation a major challenge.
  • Training scores of new contributors burdensome.
  • Fountain is not up to the task - not by a long shot.
  • Better to cooperate with actors interested in contributing than to ignore them
  • Important to keep expectations realistic, especially those of sponsors.
  • Six months too long for a marathon, even when there’s funding.

Interesting fact: 2 out of 18 admins in the Uzbek language Wikipedia are women. As @Nataev said there are many girls and women that are joining their activities. We look forward to see more girls and women becoming admins!