On October 1, 2019, on the social network Facebook, the president of the Azerbaijani Internet forum Osman Gunduz shared his opinion on the situation in the Azerbaijani segment of the Wikipedia virtual encyclopedia, including the activities of the WAN Center of the ANAS Institute of Information Technologies. He gave false information that the Wiki Center suspended its activities in 2016.
The department of public relations of the Institute of Information Technology of ANAS commented on the opinion expressed by O. Gunduz.
“Apparently, Osman Gunduz does not have objective or comprehensive information about the activities of the Wiki Center. Despite the fact that we regularly inform the public about the activities of the center and its results. We know that it is important to once again inform the public about the Wiki Center.
Scientific research and practical activities related to Wikipedia at the Institute of Information Technology of ANAS began in 2007. An employee of the Institute, Irada Alakbarova, was one of the administrators of the Wikipedia branch in Azerbaijan in 2008-2015.
On January 15, 2014, the Presidium of ANAS adopted a resolution "On the Responsibilities of Scientists to Uncover, Protect and Develop Azerbaijani Realities, National and Moral Values in the Wikipedia Virtual Encyclopedia". In accordance with this decision, in 2014 all Wiki groups were created in all scientific institutions and organizations of ANAS, and a Wiki Center was created at the Institute of Information Technologies. The Wiki Center provided theoretical and practical knowledge to members of the wiki group.
At the meeting of the Presidium of ANAS on February 4, 2016, the activities of the Wiki Center and wiki groups over the past period were discussed, as well as new tasks for the next stage were identified. It was decided to strengthen the material and technical base of the Wiki Center, the activities of scientific institutions and organizations of ANAS related to Wikipedia, to support the activities of wiki groups and attract new, qualified personnel to their activities.
В настоящее время Вики-центр осуществляет продуктивную деятельность в следующих областях:
-Teaching activities. In 2008–2019, thousands of PhD students completed training on the course “Theoretical and Practical Fundamentals of the Wikipedia Encyclopedia”, and in 2014–2019. - More than 150 members of wiki groups, government and media organizations. To date, the corresponding course is taught to undergraduates studying at the institute. Such courses can be organized for employees of different enterprises and organizations based on requests.
-Studying international experience. The experience of countries actively working in this field and having achieved certain results in a short period of time is studied, relevant analyzes and suggestions are made to solve current problems and achieve development in the Azerbaijani segment of Wikipedia.
-Monitoring activity. Regular monitoring and analysis of Wikipedia content in Azerbaijani, English, Russian and Turkish, contrary to our national interests, as well as the preparation of relevant reports.
- Consulting services. At the request of various organizations and individuals, they are provided with the necessary scientific advice on how to work on Wikipedia and on the problems they face. Support in creating pages of prominent personalities of Azerbaijan, placement of their books.
- Information support activities. I use wiki technologies to carry out the necessary content of the wiki environment in order to convey the truths of Azerbaijan to the world community. Work in this direction is carried out within the framework of the National Strategy for the Development of the Information Society in the Republic of Azerbaijan for 2014-2020.
- Promotion activities. It implements activities to popularize and promote the Wikipedia encyclopedia among Azerbaijani society, through the media, various forums, and conferences. Work in this direction is carried out within the framework of the National Strategy for the Development of the Information Society in the Republic of Azerbaijan for 2014-2020.
- Research activities. Registration data collected in Wikipedia resources (Wikimetry) are analyzed, hidden social networks discovered are investigated, etc. As a result of the study, 13 articles were published in various prestigious scientific journals, 10 dissertations were prepared and presented at various international and national scientific conferences, and 3 books have also been published. Also, a grant project entitled “Development of methods and algorithms for monitoring and analysis of the Wikipedia virtual encyclopedia” submitted by the Wiki team to the Science Development Fund under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan by the Wiki Center staff won in 2016. The implementation of this project was temporarily suspended due to the restructuring of the Science Development Fund. In 2018, the ANAS Institute of Information Technologies defended a dissertation on the topic “Development of methods and algorithms for analyzing information warfare technologies in a wiki environment”.
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