- July 2, 2012
Wilnopedia – a new Vilnius ‘wikipedia’
Looking for information about Vilnius and its surrounding region? You can check a new source – an online encyclopedia about Vilnius is created at www.Wilnopedia.lt. According to the initiators’ idea, it is supposed to be a compendium of knowledge about the region, its people and places, about past and present state of this part of Lithuania. Ambitious intention of the developers is to collect at least 100.000 entries.
“As befits a real encyclopedia, Wilnopedia will be a compendium of history, rich in content and providing information about the land to which we are bound since the days of our forefathers and faithful for good and bad. We hope that we will manage to find many people non-indifferent to everything related to this place, especially interesting facts, both these derived from ancient times and the modern ones which will become history tomorrow. And that these non-indifferent people will be willing to share their knowledge with others. This common effort will save everything worth saving from oblivion. In other words, it will be a collective work, developed and systematized respectively by the publisher to give the idea a proper shape, allowing the users to obtain necessary information in a fast and convenient way.” – So do the initiators of the project write about their idea.
At the moment, the editorial team consists of about six people, but the group is still growing. Everyone, willing to share their knowledge about Vilnius or obtain information and share them through the new website with other readers, is invited to cooperate. One of the initiators and organizers of the project – Adam Jurewicz – informed “Wilnoteka” that he is pleasantly surprised by the fact that many young people (before their twenties) have applied to cooperate.
Editing such a website requires not only time-consuming work of many people, but also adequate funding. So – according to Adam Jurewicz – a foundation is to be created in the future. For now, the whole team works socially.
Tłumaczenie Ewelina Zarembska w ramach praktyk w Europejskiej Fundacji Praw Człowieka, www.efhr.eu. Translated by Ewelina Zarembska within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.