Submissions/Wiki Loves E-textbooks

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Submission no. 3050
Title of the submission
Wiki Loves E-textbooks
Type of submission
presentation
Author of the submission
Polimerek (talk) 14:31, 28 March 2014 (UTC) (Tomasz Ganicz)
E-mail address
polimerek@gmail.com
Username
Polimerek (talk) 14:31, 28 March 2014 (UTC) and Yarl
Country of origin
Poland
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Wikimedia Polska
Personal homepage or blog
Polimerek
Abstract
Wikimedia Polska together with Centre for Education Development (a subsidiary of Polish Ministry of Education) organized a "Wiki loves e-textbooks" contest in Polish Wikipedia. Centre for Education Development coordinates a governmental project "epodręczniki" (e-textbooks) for writing officially approved textbooks for primary and secondary schools in Poland. The textbooks are about to be released under CC-BY license and available for free on the special webpage [1] in order to replace existing,very expensive paper textbooks printed by commercial publishers. The textbooks are written by teams of professional experts from several Polish state universities. The problem is the lack of good quality multimedia (photos, vector illustrations, animations, sound recordings, short films) for them, which can be released under free licenses. The idea of "Wiki loves e-textbooks" contest is to encourage Polish Wikipedians to adopt existing multimedia or create original ones for the needs of the textbooks. The contest is organized in a bit similar way to “Wiki Loves Monuments”, however with other target objects and different system of prizes. Teams of experts are creating tables with needed media, which are published in Wikipedia and participants of the contest can upload them to Wikimedia Commons using simplified upload wizard. Then, the experts select really useful files and give "score points" to the uploaders. The winner is the person who will receive the highest score. Of course all multimedia will stay on Commons after the contest, so it is win-win situation by both Wikimedia projects, which are about to be enriched with files thematically connected with needs of schoolchildren, as well as „epodreczniki” project and general educational audience in Poland. The contest is financially supported by "Human Capital” program maintained by European Social Fund and Polish government [2]. The contest started at April 7th and will last until the end of September. I will present the story behind the contest, how it is organized and what are the current results.
Track
  • Education Outreach
Length of session (if other than 30 minutes, specify how long)
30 minutes
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
yes
Slides or further information (optional)
Official website, Wikipedia page of the contest
Special requests
none


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