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Ivo Kruusamägi
Ivo Kruusamägi
Admin in Estonian Wikipedia

About me

I have been on Wikipedia since 2006. I'm mainly active in Estonian Wikipedia (where I'm an administrator) and in Commons (where I'm also a member of OTRS team). Some of the attention goes towards the English wiki. In total, I've made over 80k edits. That involves 800 created articles and 6000 added images, some of them featured.

On the early days of my contributions I often wrote articles related to art (like in ceramics and in graphics), but later there has rarely been any specific focus (some examples on random topics: Nordic economy, Rein Kilk, Pakri protected area, Malusi islands, electrical detonator, World Cube Association, Tartu Ülikool 350, etc). Articles related to the field of study have unfortunately been somewhat rare (but there still are some of them). But then again, many years ago (5+) I've sort of abandoned active article creation as the need to copyedit and expand existing ones is far greater in Estonian Wikipedia.

I created front page design for Estonian Wikipedia (used 2008–2016) and was involved with adding the weekly information in the first years. I should be the 3rd user from Estonia by the number of featured images added to Commons and something like 22% of images of the week in Estonian Wikipedia have been uploaded by me. I've also composed most of the thematic portals in Estonian Wikipedia.

I have been involved in the selection process of quality articles. In 2017 I reworked the article quality categorization system and set up article quality criterion page. I've also collect statistical information about

I've been holding up the social media accounts for Wikipedia. From here and here you could find some blog posts by me.

I was the founder of Wikimedia Eesti, that is the Wikimedia chapter in Estonia, and a board member there from 2010 to 2012. Since that time I've also given more than 50 lectures about Wikipedia and talked about this topic in the media on many occasions. I belong to Commons Photographers User Group and are organizing activities and organizing Estonian wikiphotographers.

I have also organized different meetups for wikipedians. That includes Wikipedia Summer Days, wikiexpeditions, etc.

Outside Wikipedia "work" I was studying genetic engineering at the University of Tartu and doing various other things in many fields. These include organizing international competitions, art expositions, dancing Estonian folk dances or just being entrepreneurial. I'm a member of the Estonian Students' Society.

My work

Most of the photo-related activities in Estonian Wikipedia (from different competitions, photo-collecting campaigns, photoexpeditions and getting image donations) are organized by me. I also did expand Estonian Science Photo Competition into European Science Photo Competition in 2015 and worldwide Wiki Science Competition in 2017. I'm mainly proud of the HELP campaign, that was first held already in the summer of 2010. In 2018 it was already HELP8 and the number of images is well past 3000. In total ca 50% of images are being used in articles and it has an extremely high percentage of FP-s, that has also pushed Estonia among the countries with the most featured nature images in Commons. I've also contributed to 100wikiDays craze by starting the idea of #100wikiCommonsDays.

I've carried out some article competitions (example 1, example 2, etc). Photography competition I've organized have brought well over 25k images into Commons and expeditions over 3k images. Article competitions have involved around 600 articles. I've also been a jury member for several competitions.

I'm now also heavily involved with starting cooperation projects with museums (example). From virtual exhibitions (like "The decisive years prior to Independence: Moments from the Estonian art of 1914–18") to helping to collect data about paintings to preparing of uploads with tens of thousands of images.

I look at Wikipedia as an educational project and I think that it should deal much more with education. Therefore I am leading our Education Program in Estonia with universities (that involves dealing with students writing wiki articles, giving a course about Wikipedia and getting image donations from university). One talk about it. But I've done some not-university related education projects as well (example). The University of Tartu is now also our main partner to expand and promote to use of Wikipedia in Estonia. As I'm working to expand university program, then if you have some ideas, research topics, etc on what students could do, then please let me know.

Together with the university, we are working on a major project called miljon+, that has an ambitious end goal of getting Estonian Wikipedia among the Wikipedias with over a million articles.

Software development. Together with A. Frantskjavitsius et. al. we've developed mass translation tool and wikieditor Minority Translate and with the help of K. Tappel we have put together rapid feedback tool for Wikipedia – wikiComment. I've also looked into involving university students in MediaWiki software development. So far it has resulted in a bachelor thesis "3D Model Viewer for the Mediawiki Software" by H. Alasi in UT Institute of Computer Science.

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et-N See kasutaja valdab eesti keelt emakeelena.
en-2 This user has intermediate knowledge of English.
fi-1 Tämä käyttäjä puhuu suomea vähän.
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