This August we completed the Macedonian Dialects Project (Проект „Македонски дијалекти“) in collaboration with the Božidar Vidoeski Research Centre for Areal Lingustics at MANU aided by our Wikimedian-in-Residence there illustrated the rich variety of Macedonian dialects with 25 recordings representing 16 dialects from various regions of the country, as well as regions with traditional Macedonian population that are now situated in neighbouring countries. Some dialects are represented with more than one recording. The recordings were then used in articles as samples about the dialects, but also to illustrate articles about the settlements where these recordings come from, to illustrate local culture.
All 25 recordings are used in a total of 87 articles (so far) in three Wikipedia language editions (Macedonian, English and some Bulgarian).
Additional material and purpose
We also obtained a large volume of audio material (around 2000 hours) containing the full-length versions of the recordings, as well as various other recordings of value in for the Macedonian folklore, ethnology and history. These will be used in a new project.
Аpart from the involvement in obtaining 42 audio compact discs of 2000-hour recorded dialect speech held in the collection by the Božidar Vidoeeski Centre for Areal Lingustics in MANU for the Macedonian dialects project conducted by Shared Knowledge, Wikimedian-in-Residence at MANU, this August, have scanned the entire book "Birth of the Macedonian Nation" on 276 pages for the purposes of the project Википедија:Македонство whose main aim is gathering, digitization and writing overview of the content of each book dedicated on the Macedonian national identity and struggle from freedom written by Macedonian revolutionaries and intellectuals in the 19th and 20th century. So far, within this project, 6 books have been scanned and proceed. Besides that, another entire book of poetry of Heinrich Heine on 156 pages was scanned and uploaded to the article as well as 15 other articles were improved or created with materials provided from publications from the Library of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts.