PetrSU Students are Russia’s First Recipients of Wikimedia Certificate
Fourteen students of the Institute of Mathematics and IT of PetrSU received certificates of the Russian chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation. The Foundation cooperates with universities, schools and research organizations with the aim to create educational materials in Wikipedia and other Wiki-projects.
The students were taught in the framework of the discipline “Internet-Mathematics”. Last autumn a new course “Programming Wikidata” was added to the curriculum. In the course of one semester the students studied objects of the database, wrote and edited articles.
For instance, Ilia Vershinin prepared a work on music analysis. He has written a script that solves the issue of searching music pieces composed over 70 years ago, which are not available on the Wikimedia Commons. The idea is that such old compositions are no longer covered by copyrights restriction and can be freely accessible. Ilia’s script will allow the editors of Wikipedia to update the articles on the music compositions and add audio files.
“This example shows that the cooperation was beneficial to both parties. At the same time students of Petrozavodsk University could strengthen their professional competences. The certificates attest that the students are specialists in working with Wiki projects, have the skills of research programmers and professional editors of Wikipedia,” noted Andrey Krizhanovsky, Associate Professor of the Department of Probability Theory and Data Analysis of PetrSU.
The idea of cooperation in training specialists was born back in 2016 at the Finno-Ugric Wiki-seminar in Petrozavodsk. At Petrozavodsk State University the notion was supported by Konstantin Tarasov, the Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs. The final decision on holding the course was made at the Wiki-conference in Moscow in autumn of 2017.
More information (in Russian).