Friendship between Wikipedia Student Clubs in Türkiye and Japan

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On 29 September 2023, a great collaboration was born! Istanbul Bilgi University Wikipedia Student Club and Student Wikipedian Community in Waseda University Tokyo became sister clubs!

Wikimedia Commons [[File:İstanbul Bilgi University Wikipedia Student Club logo.svg]] (Kurmanbek, CC BY-SA 4.0)
Wikimedia Commons [[File:Waseda Wikipedian Circle logo 1.png]] (Takenari Higuchi, CC0)

Before the collaboration

As I reported in a Diff post, I and Caner (User:Kurmanbek) had became friends at Wikimania 2023 and launched a project called “Wikimedia Japan-Türkiye Friendship.” After that, we took another step by holding a declaration of friendship between our Student Wikipedian Clubs.

Declaration of friendship

We made a declaration statement in Turkish, English and Japanese.

In Turkish : Wikimedia Japonya-Türkiye Dostluk projesi kapsamında, İstanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi Vikipedi Öğrenci Kulübü ve Tokyo Waseda Üniversitesi Vikipedi Öğrenci Topluluğu kardeş kulüp olduklarını beyan etmektedirler. Her iki kulüp de öğrenci Wikimedistleri teşvik etmek, doğru bilgiye erişimi sağlamak ve birbirlerini anlamalarını pekiştirme gibi amaçlarla ortak projeler yürütecek.

In English : Under the Wikimedia Japan-Türkiye Friendship project, Istanbul Bilgi University Wikipedia Student Club and Student Wikipedian Community in Waseda University Tokyo declare that they are sister club. Both clubs will carry out joint projects for such purposes as encouraging student Wikimedians, providing access to accurate information and deepening understanding of each other.

In Japanese : イスタンブール・ビルギ大学ウィキペディアクラブと早稲田Wikipedianサークルは、日本トルコウィキメディア友好協定のもと、姉妹団体となることをここに宣言します。学生ウィキメディアンの活動を促進することや、信頼できる情報へのアクセスを提供すること、そして相互理解を深めることを目的として、両者は共同プロジェクトを実施します。

In addition, Caner designed an image for declaration using logos of our clubs and Wikimedia Japan-Türkiye Friendship. I really love this.

Wikimedia Commons [[File:Turkish and Japan Wikipedia Student Club’s declaration of friendship (PNG version).png]] (Kurmanbek, CC BY-SA 4.0)

What’s next?

We will collaborate in various ways; writing Diff posts, holding editathons, taking pictures and creating logos. I’m really excited!


I thank many people; Caner, Wikimedians from Türkiye and Japan, and staff of Wikimania 2023, which enabled us to meet.

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