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Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway. Photo by Astrid Carlsen, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

On October 9, 2014, the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway screened the announcement of the two winners of the annual Nobel Peace Prize made by the Nobel Committee. One, Malala Yousafzai, was and is well-known around the world for her activism in her native Pakistan for human rights and female education. The other, Kailash Satyarthi—an Indian children’s rights advocate—was far less known and had not been thought of as a favorite for the prize. To find out about Satyarthi, many people turned to Wikipedia, where an article was created within minutes of the announcement.

In part, this was thanks to a unique partnership between the Nobel Peace Center, Wikimedia Norge (Norway), and the Wikimedia community. Last year, the Peace Center invited several Wikipedia editors to their live video screening, and the success of that event has led to a second invitation this year.

“The Nobel Peace Center is the museum about the Nobel Peace Prize, the laureates and their work. By inviting Wikimedia to the Nobel Peace Center on the day the Nobel Peace Prize for 2015 will be announced, we invite anyone interested, no matter where they are, to get immersed in a fascinating topic and participate in #wikinobel,” said Bente Erichsen, the director of the Center.

Our aim is to update as many Wikipedias as possible after the announcement of this year’s Peace Prize laureate(s) on October 9 by the Nobel Committee at 11:00 (UTC+1). The staff at the Nobel Peace Center will try to provide us with information and books about potential laureate(s), but they themselves won’t know who the laureate(s) are until the announcement. In other words, we will be nearly in the next room from where the announcement is screened at the Nobel Peace Center, updating relevant articles as fast as we can.

For this to be a truly global event, we invite anyone who’s interested to join us in the IRC channel #wikinobel on October 9, where we’ll be talking and coordinating the effort to update Wikipedias and other Wikimedia projects as the event unfolds. We’ll also try to live-tweet the event and take photos using the hashtag #wikinobel. Photos will of course also be uploaded to Commons in the category Nobel Peace Prize 2015, and we have been promised that the former and new directors of the Peace Center will stop by to see the impressive work we accomplish!

Please join in!

Astrid Carlsen
Wikimedia Norge