2016 was a critical year for the Basque Wikipedia, a project surging
in 2007 that reached an activity peak last year by establishing the
Basque Wikimedians User Group, benefiting from its synergies with
Donostia-San Sebastián Capital of Culture 2016. As a minority language
community, the project has faced the insecurities and hurdles inherent
to a small community with a lesser status and pending corpus related
issues, but determined all the same to live up to the challenges posed
by an ever mutating reality. Individual editing has given way to a
concerted effort aiming to expand Basque Wikipedia beyond online
contribution into GLAM and Education outreach, as well as interaction
with local communities, so becoming a referential player in today’s
Basque cultural scene. In 2017, the Basque User Group sets off towards
new horizons related to upcoming Education outreach programs that
challenge its own internal structure.
Iñaki Lopez de Luzuriaga, Basque Wikimedians User Group.