Grants:APG/Proposals/2019-2020 round 1/Wikimedia Armenia/Impact report form


Purpose of the reportEdit

This form is for organizations receiving Annual Plan Grants to report on their results to date. For progress reports, the time period for this report will the first 6 months of each grant (e.g. 1 January - 30 June of the current year). For impact reports, the time period for this report will be the full 12 months of this grant, including the period already reported on in the progress report (e.g. 1 January - 31 December of the current year). This form includes four sections, addressing global metrics, program stories, financial information, and compliance. Please contact APG/FDC staff if you have questions about this form, or concerns submitting it by the deadline. After submitting the form, organizations will also meet with APG staff to discuss their progress.

Global metrics overview - all programsEdit

We are trying to understand the overall outcomes of the work being funded across our grantees' programs. Please use the table below to let us know how your programs contributed to the Global Metrics. We understand not all Global Metrics will be relevant for all programs, so feel free to put "0" where necessary. For each program include the following table and

  1. Next to each required metric, list the outcome achieved for all of your programs included in your proposal.
  2. Where necessary, explain the context behind your outcome.
  3. In addition to the Global Metrics as measures of success for your programs, there is another table format in which you may report on any OTHER relevant measures of your programs success

For more information and a sample, see Global Metrics.

Participants Newly registered Content pages Wikipedia Content pages Wikisource/Wiktionary/Wikicommons A B Explanations of Grantee-defined metrics*
Quality Content 0 0 A - 2 Wiki Loves Science trainings,

B - GLAM cooperation with 2 Armenian Diaspora cultural centers

GLAM training 11 11
Thematic edit-a-thons 356 18 1,070
WikiTeam 1+3 105 30 420
Wiki Loves Earth 84 25 4,848
Subtotal 556 (instead of 380) 84 (instead of 80) 1,490 4,848
Community Program 1 19 A - 4 community meeting-discussions,

B - 50 Workshops at WMAM office

Community editathons and meetups 371 4 2,600 15
Saturday workshops 266 57
Subtotal 637 (out of 860) 61 (instead of 50) 2,600 15
Education Program 1 1 A - 5 Wikicamps for different age groups,

B - 12 seminars for teachers

Universities/non-formal education 47 47 272
WikiCamps 56 23 309
Teachers' training/seminar** 87 84 362
WikiClubs* 704 51 7,325 6,387
Subtotal 894 (out of 960) 205 (out of 300) 8,268 6,387
TOTAL FOR ALL PROGRAMS 2,087 (out of 2,250) 350 (out of 435) 12,358 11,250 2 20

* The number of Wikiclubs active participants decreased because of the pandemic but at the same time, there were some problems in the reporting of Wikiclub coordinators because of which the number was quite large in the progress report.

** We decided to organize 12 seminars for teachers, however, in such extraordinary circumstances when teachers had more free time in summer, we decided to organize several big trainings for teachers which are intended for more teachers than usual.

Telling your program stories - all programsEdit

Please tell the story of each of your programs included in your proposal. This is your chance to tell your story by using any additional metrics (beyond global metrics) that are relevant to your context, beyond the global metrics above. You should be reporting against the targets you set at the beginning of the year throughout the year. We have provided a template here below for you to report against your targets, but you are welcome to include this information in another way. Also, if you decided not to do a program that was included in your proposal or added a program not in the proposal, please explain this change. More resources for storytelling are at the end of this form. Here are some ways to tell your story.

  • We encourage you to share your successes and failures and what you are learning. Please also share why are these successes, failures, or learnings are important in your context. Reference learning patterns or other documentation.
  • Make clear connections between your offline activities and online results, as applicable. For example, explain how your education program activities is leading to quality content on Wikipedia.
  • We encourage you to tell your story in different ways by using videos, sound files, images (photos and infographics, e.g.), compelling quotes, and by linking directly to work you produce. You may highlight outcomes, learning, or metrics this way.
  • We encourage you to continue using dashboards, progress bars, and scorecards that you have used to illustrate your progress in the past, and to report consistently over time.
  • You are welcome to use the table below to report on any metrics or measures relevant to your program. These may or may not include the global metrics you put in the overview section above. You can also share your progress in another way if you do not find a table like this useful.
Target Last year (if applicable) Progress (at end of Q2) End of year (projected or actual) Comments
Example Example Example Example Example

  COVID-19 and new opportunities

Wikimedia Armenia had a multi-faceted plan for this reporting period with various events, novel projects, and initiatives aimed at improving the quality and quantity of the content in Armenian Wikipedia. We also had ideas on how to engage new editors and raise active participation within the experienced ones, to improve the representation of Wikipedia in Armenia. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic became an impediment on the way to implementing our plans. Therefore, based on the requirement of the Wikimedia Foundation and the state of emergency announced in Armenia, Wikimedia Armenia had to cancel all its offline public gatherings, meetings, and projects. This caused several problems as we had to revise our initial plans and adapt them to the current situation.

However, over time it became clear that the new unusual circumstances provided new chances to us. If previously some projects were not inclusive, meaning the impossibility to engage more than 100 people in one activity, now it was more than possible because of the online format. For instance, the Wikipedia course for teachers that took place in Tsaghkadzor brought 50-60 teachers together at best, but due to its online format, we are able to conduct such courses with more than 200 teachers. We use all the possibilities that the pandemic and lockdown provide us organizing online trainings for various groups of people. At the same time, due to online activities, any borders, or restrictions are eliminated: if people were not able to participate in various events and projects because they lived far away, now everything has become much easier. Even though the pandemic deprived us of a lot of activities that can be carried out offline, it also created new opportunities and provided us with a new experience. The story of our activities provided below can be good proof that Wikimedia Armenia was able to overcome the challenge posed by the pandemic and even use it for its purposes in the best way.

  Quality Content

Wikimedia, Armenia as stated in its Annual plan, decided to organize various activities and events to enhance the quality and quantity of articles in Armenian Wikipedia. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of these activities which were anticipated to take place offline were not organized and instead they were replaced by other online activities and projects. New projects were mainly edit-a-thons and various courses and projects for different target groups as these are the best activities that can be carried out without the necessity of offline meetings. Taking into account the current situation, it is vital to mention that community members are more inclined to participate in various events and projects as they have more free time. Thus, Wikimedia Armenia tried to use this opportunity as much as possible.

  Projects intended to enhance the quality and quantity of articles in Armenian Wikipedia

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Wikimedia Armenia organized 5 edit-a-thons on various topics, the purpose of which was to enhance the quality and quantity of thematic articles - Oscar Winners, arts (Arts in the Wikiclubs), weaponry (Armenian Army Day), museums (International Museum Day), historical topics (Journey to Nakhijevan). In some of these edit-a-thons Wikiclub members had active participation. In general, due to these edit-a-thons the quality of a lot of articles was enhanced and a lot of articles were created which were absent in Armenian Wikipedia. These thematic edit-a-thons are quite an efficient way of involving different people of different age groups and with different preferences and interests in the process of enhancing Armenian Wikipedia.

Wikimedia Armenia was planning to restart active cooperation with various museums, galleries, and libraries within the framework of GLAM, however, it was not possible to carry out because of the situation. However, again using this chance that people are staying home and do not have much to do, we decided to teach employees of various museums how to edit in Wikipedia and create articles. This is also quite important because it is easier to cooperate with GLAM institutions when they do understand the importance of free knowledge and are familiar with the principles of Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects. In this case, they are more inclined to trust Wikipedia and other projects. Before the pandemic broke out, in cooperation with My Armenia program Wikimedia Armenia organized training for employees of 9 regional museums. The participants were introduced to the editing process in Wikipedia, adding photos in Wikimedia Commons. After the two-day training, we informed the participants that they can keep in touch with us in case they have questions. The follow-up meetings with those that had questions were carried out online.

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Various institutions and organizations contact us to organize courses and trainings for their workers or various specialists. Wikimedia Armenia collaborated with Enlight Public Research Center and organized a Wikipedia course for 9 members of this center. These participants had different specialties - international relations, economics, philology. After learning the tools of Wikipedia, they started creating and enhancing the quality of articles on economics, philology, and international relations.

A similar Wikipedia course was organized by Wikimedia Armenia for several lawyers who wanted to enhance the quality of the articles related to their field and most importantly to create articles about various laws and legal norms that exist in Armenia which were missing from Armenian Wikipedia. At the end of June, we also started a Wikipedia course for another group of lawyers "Article 3" club with which we had a chance to collaborate previously.

This year Wikimedia Armenia participated in the Wiki Loves Earth competition after a six-year break. Initially, we were thinking of organizing group trips to various interesting places to take pictures just like we did during Wiki Loves Monuments photo contest. However, the pandemic did not allow us to organize such offline activity. Despite the situation, a lot of people (84) participated in the contest and overall uploaded 4848 photos which is quite a good number taking into account the limited conditions.

  Armenian Wikipedia Check-a-thon

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A lot of articles are created every day and the articles that are created years ago usually are not updated, so we decided to organize a check-a-thon the purpose of which is to check and update articles that are created years or months ago. This project will also enhance the quality of these articles. Both experienced and beginner editors participated in the project. The checking of articles involves several activities:

  • Checking and correcting grammatical errors, misprints, and syntax,
  • Adding pictures that are important for the article and are available in other languages ​​in the corresponding Wikipedia articles,
  • Checking and adding categories,
  • Checking the availability of sources, in case of absence, finding and adding as much as possible.

In order to facilitate the experience of the new editors concerning the registration and editing on Wikipedia, videos have been made, which show how to register on the Armenian Wikipedia, how to become a participant in the check-a-thon, and how to edit articles. We also decided to continue this initiative in various time frames and topics. For instance, at the end of June, we started the project “Let’s Update Wikipedia” which is aimed at updating and checking the articles written in 2013 and 2014. In this period the sources of the articles were mainly from the Armenian Soviet Encyclopedia in which information is outdated and needs to be revisited. We are going to continue this campaign of updating articles based on the time they were written.

  Internship opportunity at Wikimedia Armenia

Wikimedia Armenia has started a collaboration with the Birthright Armenia organization which provides volunteering experiences for the youth in Armenian Diaspora trying to strengthen the ties between Armenia and the Diaspora. As the pandemic became an obstacle on the way of hosting volunteers from the Diaspora in Armenia, Birthright Armenia decided to contact us to take several interns who should work on articles on other-language Wikipedias and Western Armenian Wikipedia and enhance the content on topics concerning Armenia. Currently, we have 4 interns, two of which translate articles about Armenia from English to French, a volunteer does translations from Armenian to Russian and another one translates and created articles on Western Armenian Wikipedia. This opportunity is a good way of being represented in the Diaspora and to various audiences. Moreover, as topics about Armenia, its culture, history, and people are underrepresented in other-language Wikipedias, this is a good chance to have interns, whose native language is English, Russian, or French, to create and improve Wikipedia articles on those topics.

  WikiTeam 1+3

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Wikimedia Armenia organized a new project called “WikiTeam 1+3”. This is a unique project which is aimed at developing the group work in the community. Participants had to form teams of 3-4 including both experienced and beginner editors. One of the group members is the leader of the group who is coordinating the whole work and teaching the beginner editors. During the competition, the groups were provided with a list of vital articles that were missing in Armenian Wikipedia. The articles were chosen from the 50,000 most important articles in the English Wikipedia. So the purpose of the contest is threefold: to enhance the quality of vital articles in Armenian Wikipedia and create the ones that are missing, to develop teamwork inside the community, and to involve and introduce newcomers to the editing process in Wikipedia.

The groups had 15 days to work on articles together and after that, they had a week to improve them. Overall, 27 teams were participating in the contest, in total 105 participants out of which 30 were beginner editors. After the first stage of the contest was over, the committee started checking the articles - in total 420 articles - and giving points to them. There were several criteria for estimating the work done by the teams which were intended to ensure the quality of articles:

  • Wikification
  • Spelling and punctuation
  • The quality of translation
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Besides these criteria which checked the quality of the articles, there were other criteria to estimate the group work:

  • Teamwork on articles
  • Beginner editor in the team
  • The work of the team leader as a teacher and guide for the team

Some of the articles were especially good ones with high quality. Some of them were presented to various statuses - good article and featured article.

We also had nominations for the best team for two age groups - below 14 and above 14 - the best team leader, the best editor, the best article. All the winners were given rewards (as it is impossible to hand the winners their presents in person, we sent them by postal service).

The whole contest was carried out online. To keep in touch with the participants and team leaders we used the Zoom app to discuss the whole process. We decided to organize this contest again within the next months because its productivity is very high. People of different ages create groups and work on big articles which are usually difficult and include too much work for one person. And as the articles are later checked by the committee of the contest, the contest provides quality content.

  Lessons learned/Results
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Lessons learned
  • Thematic edit-a-thons are very productive in the sense that they target various age groups and people with different professions based on the topic.


  Community Program

The Community Program which is one of the most important programs is aimed at developing the Wiki community in Armenia. The program is not only intended to engage new people in community affairs but also to enhance the abilities of those inside the community. The enlargement of the number of active community members is one of the core ideas of the program, on the other hand, we are also aimed at improving the capabilities of the community members so that they can initiate and organize various activities and programs by themselves having their contribution in the Wikimedia movement as a whole.

Initially, Wikimedia Armenia decided to regularly organize various workshops in the office of Wikimedia Armenia as it is quite spacious and it is possible to organize several workshops for several target groups simultaneously. At the beginning of 2020, we were able to accomplish some of what we had already decided, however, after the pandemic broke out, we had to change our strategy and transform some activities and adjust them to an online format.

  Saturday workshops

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One of the first activities that successfully started its online adjusted to the online format is the Saturday workshops. We started organizing these workshops online by using the Zoom application. If previously both experienced and beginner editors gathered together in the office at the same time, now we prepared a more productive format for newcomers and experienced editors. On Saturdays, we organize two separate workshops - one for experienced editors and the other one for the beginners. The workshop for experienced editors is meant to deepen their knowledge about various Wikipedia tools or other Wikimedia projects. That is why every week we decide one topic like templates, references, and others on which the workshop is based. So far it works very successfully and develops the capabilities of experienced editors. The workshop for beginners is carried out which is aimed to introduce the newcomers to Wikipedia, to the ongoing project, and to teach how to edit on Wikipedia. This new format is quite productive, now even more people participate in the workshops, even those that lived far and did not have a chance to visit the office for the workshops.

  Community's engagement in local initiatives

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Already during the previous reporting period community members have become quite active, they initiated and supervised various projects by themselves which already shows that the community is becoming mature. The same practice continued starting from the beginning of this year. Some active Wikipedians organized edit-a-thons and projects in which editors with different interests and from different age groups participated, including Wikiclub members. Some of these activities were carried out in the office of Wikimedia Armenia before the pandemic and after that everything was organized online. The edit-a-thons and projects covered various topics - Armenian history, music, monuments, human rights, women’s rights. Besides the community edit-a-thons and projects, we give a chance to our community members to organize seminars on various topics so they can improve their knowledge of different aspects. One of our active Wikipedians organized a seminar on the topic of legal awareness. Such initiatives are welcomed by Wikimedia Armenia because they are also aimed at improving the community's capabilities.

As a part of our Community program, we initially decided to organize meet-up discussions with community members to discuss problems and issues in the community, ongoing projects, and programs in Wikimedia Armenia, what they would like to change or improve. All these things are done to make the community a part of the organization and engage them in the decision making process. Based on this notion, Wikimedia Armenia facilitated several meet-ups to discuss the new Charter. During these discussions, some community members suggested their ideas and opinions, made recommendations so that the new Charter will reflect and correspond to the needs of the community. It was initially decided that the General Assembly to vote on the new Charter would be held in the middle of March, however, it was not possible to organize because of the pandemic. After assessing the situation, Wikimedia Armenia decided to solve the problem by carrying out the voting online (more about the Assembly can be found in the part of Organization development).

This year Armenian Wikipedia turned 15 and Wikimedia Armenia decided to organize a unique event to celebrate it. What is the greatest gift for Wikipedia if not articles? So Wikimedia Armenia organized an offline two-hour edit-a-thon (this was before the pandemic) in which around 50 Community members participated by creating and improving around 23 articles. Similar thing was done for Wikipedia Day as well. But this time the community members wrote articles as a gift prior to the day. As a result, around 110 people wrote approximately 250 articles as a birthday gift for Wikipedia. All these results show that the Wiki community has become more engaged and more active than it was before.

  Community's participation in international activities

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One of the important things for the development of our community is participating in various international activities, projects, and events. Because of the pandemic, there was no chance of such engagement, however, whenever it was possible we informed our community members of the opportunity. One such opportunity was the “Wikipedia for Peace: No More War” online Wikicamp organized by the SCI and Wikimedia Switzerland. Two active Wikipedians from our community - a student at medical university and a lecturer at Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences. After the camp, they were very thankful for the opportunity given to them and expressed their opinion that the camp helped them not only to meet new people from other countries presenting other cultures but also to learn about anti-militarism, fight against nuclear weapons, violence, disarmament and create articles on these topics which were missing on Armenian Wikipedia.

Like every year, this year as well Wikipedians from the Armenian Wiki community actively participated in the CEE Spring 2020 annual contest. Around 43 participants took part in the article writing contest. This year Armenian participants were very active taking into account the fact with the pandemic and the demand to stay home. One of the participants from Armenia wrote more than 200 articles, while two others wrote more than 100 articles each.

  Lessons learned/Results
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Lessons learned
  • The changing conditions sometimes make you adjust your methods to the situation. The pandemic helped us understand that sometimes just writing and translating articles isn't enough, deep knowledge of Wikipedia and its tools is very important. Thus, using the situation we changed the format of Saturday workshops into focusing on one topic at a time improving the knowledge of our experienced editors.
  • Engaging the community members in organizational work is efficient in the sense that they keep up with the information about the work done inside the organization and having a chance to be not only a consumer but also an initiator.
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Results
  • Having the support of the organization, the community members have become more proactive and are not feeling alienated from the organization as before.

  Education Program

Wikimedia Armenia pays close attention to its Educational program organizing various workshops and courses for various target groups (teachers, students, people of different professions) and ages. Besides the courses, we cooperate with different universities or educational institutions to engage them in the Wikimedia movement and especially in enhancing Wikipedia on different topics. An important part of this program is the Wikicamps which are specifically designed for three age groups involving both teens and adults. Finally, the development of Wikiclubs is the core of the educational program in the sense that the club members are the most active participants in different projects and initiatives. As they present the school-age children, due to them it is much easier to be engaged in school activities and involve both teachers and pupils in the movement: one of the results of Wikiclub+school cooperation is the Wikiclassroom which is gradually becoming more demanded as an interactive way of teaching and learning.

  Winter Youth WikiCamp

Youth Winter Wikicamp 2020 group photo, Tsaghkadzor, Armenia

Winter Youth WikiCamp is one of the most anticipated events for the youth aged 18-35. More than 123 people had applied for the camp. But due to the strict selection process, only 56 people had the chance to participate in the camp. This time the selection of the participants was quite strict, we took into account editors’ activeness and paid close attention to the fact whether they were continuously active before the camp or not.

Lately, Wikimedia Armenia is organizing mainly thematic edit-a-thons and events (Wiki Loves Science) as it turned out that concentrating on one main topic is much more effective than complicating everything with bringing people of completely different professions together. Based on this lesson learned from previous experiences, Wikimedia Armenia decided to try the same thematic format on Winter Youth Wikicamp thinking that it will be more productive as the participants will focus on three main topics during the camp: economics, medicine, and history. Even if it was mentioned in the progress report, we consider it extremely important to mention once again that if we compare last year’s Wikicamp with this one, the results have improved providing more outcome. This year the participants had 10,631,894 bytes contribution to Armenian Wikipedia while last year it was 7,925,916.

Youth Winter Wikicamp 2020 working time

As always there were newcomers in the camp - 23 people. To quickly prepare them for the work in the camp, we organized a two-day intense workshop to engage them in the editorial process, after which newcomers joined experienced editors, evenly distributed in 5 teams. Even though usually newcomers need some time to keep up with the experienced editors, this time some of the beginners were outstanding: two of them made a total of 300,000 bytes contribution in Armenian Wikipedia.

Wiki team is has a vital role in the camp: helping the editors with problems on Wikipedia, teaching newcomers, and checking the articles to avoid technical issues. This time we decided to try something new by reducing the number of the Wiki team. This change was intended to find out whether it has any influence on productivity or not. Formerly the Wiki team included 10 people - 2 for each group. However, this new method turned out to be not very productive as the checking of all articles was concentrated on four people. So this experience helped us understand that the Wiki team plays quite an important role and we will keep the number of Wiki team members the same as we usually did previously.
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Continuing our practice of having not only editorial work but also sports and cultural events, campers learned Armenian folk songs and national dances and songs from different countries. The most impressive part of the cultural events was the violin concert. During the Fort Wiki game organized at the end of the camp, each group had to walk around the city and perform different tasks. One of these assignments was editorial work. Within an hour one person from each group had to translate an article of about 10,000 bytes which was about a settlement. All groups successfully completed this assignment, creating a total of 5 articles during the game. The cultural and sports part are also very important because it is just impossible to sit all day in front of the computer and these activities help to relax and work more efficiently.

  Yerevan Brusov State University students' internship at Wikimedia Armenia

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Working with university students have been a part of the Educational program for a long time. Previously Wikimedia Armenia worked with various universities. We especially had a good experience with the students of Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences who became interns at Wikimedia Armenia. Continuing this experience and greatly improving it we cooperated with the same university deciding to host 30 students from the Faculty of Translation as interns. Previous experience with the same university had its problems, especially connected with teaching the students how to edit on Wikipedia which was done separately with every student and was quite time-consuming. Also, there were problems with checking the articles - it was the responsibility of the staff members - which resulted in a situation where a lot of articles were left in the sandboxes of the participants never being published on Wikipedia. Taking all these lessons into account, we modernized the method of teaching the students and completely changed the format of their internship.

The internship lasted 6 weeks; during the first weeks, the students were introduced to activities and projects organized by Wikimedia Armenia, Wikipedia, and other Wikimedia projects: mainly WikiCommons, WikiData. After learning all the tools of Wikipedia, they started translating articles and adding them to Wikipedia. One of the most important things about the updated format was that the students visited the office of Wikimedia Armenia every day altogether.
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They both worked on their articles and in case of questions or problems directly asked their supervisor and trainer. Another unique and novel thing was added to their internship. After working on their articles for 3-4 weeks they had to check and proofread their articles. The participants were divided into groups consisting of two people in each, they chose articles randomly and started checking them. As a result, only in one day students checked around 40 articles. Unfortunately, the sixth week of their internship coincided with the announcement of the state of emergency in Armenia, so the students continued their work online. Students had the chance to ask questions during the video calls that we organized for them. Overall, 30 students did their internship in Wikimedia Armenia and within 6 weeks they created 153 new articles and improved 7 articles, in total 5,198,252 bytes. After completing their internship, the students decided to write a newsletter article about their experience and impressions at Wikimedia Armenia which was published in the Educational Newsletter of Wikimedia Foundation.

  Collaboration with Armenian Educational Foundation

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In December last year, Wikimedia Armenia restarted its collaboration with the scholarship holders of the Armenian Educational Foundation. However, it was not very productive because of the students’ exam period coinciding with the start of the program. As we have already started the internship program with the students of Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences and had already good experience of efficiently working with students with a new format, we decided to use the same method with the students of the Armenian Educational Foundation. The program started in March and it should have lasted 4 months ending in July, however, taking the situation regarding the pandemic into account, we decided to extend the duration making it 5 months.

As the program started before the pandemic we were able to organize three offline training during which the students got acquainted with Wikipedia, its tools, and the editing process. They were also introduced to Wikimedia Armenia and Wikimedia movement. After the COVID-19 broke out, the training was successfully transformed into offline meetings during which the students continued learning the tools of Wikipedia. During the following 2-3 months, they worked on the articles they chose. In case of problems and questions, we organized a weekly Zoom meeting with them. According to the plan prepared beforehand, the students should have 500,000 bytes contribution to Armenian Wikipedia to complete their volunteering work. Currently, 6 out of 17 students have already completed the amount we have decided and others are very close to the destination. Understanding the possible impediments created by the pandemic we decided to prolong the volunteering of the students for a month (until the end of August) so that they are able to complete their work without being under time pressure. This collaboration will be continuous.

  Online Wikipedia training for teachers

As a part of the Education Program Wikimedia Armenia has always made teachers’ training a priority. The purpose of teachers’ training is not only to introduce them to Wikipedia but also to the innovative methods that Wikipedia may suggest to the learning process in schools. For this very purpose, we decided to use the pandemic situation and the fact that teachers will have more free time during summer and organize online training for teachers. Initially, the training was planned to take place during the spring break, however, because of the COVID-19, we had to cancel it and finally organize it in summer.

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We decided to make a two-stage training; during the first stage the teachers learn how to edit on Wikipedia and start writing articles and during the second stage they are introduced to other Wikimedia projects and to the opportunity of using Wikipedia in the learning process. For the latter, we have an outstanding example - Wikiclassroom - when a teacher assigns an article connected with the topic of the lesson to the students. After writing the article, the teacher checks it and the students make a presentation of the relevant topic and the article, they worked on.

Teachers’ training is always very demanded: around 250 teachers from Armenia and the Republic of Artsakh applied to participate in the training, however, only around 190 confirmed that they will be able to participate. The format of the training is the following: we divided teachers into groups of ten (18 groups), each group has a trainer, the training takes place twice a week for two hours. In the first 4 weeks of the training, the teachers learn how to edit on Wikipedia and how to add articles. After the 4 weeks of intense training by Zoom meetings, they start working on their articles by themselves, and in case of questions and problems contact their trainer. The trainers not only teach the participants but also check the articles created by the teachers.

A special list of articles (generally biographies) has been created for the teachers' course, from which the participants select the articles they are interested in and translate them from various languages. Over time some of the teachers left the training because of various personal problems (not having enough time, health issues, etc.). Currently, there are 87 active teachers in the program. They will work on their articles until mid-August and after that, they will start the second stage. Around 362 articles were created during the month within the framework of the teachers' training.

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Wikitrainers have a particularly vital role in the training: there are 10 wiki trainers who were chosen out of the most experienced and active Wikipedians in the community. To organize and coordinate their work before and during the training, we regularly organize Zoom meetings during which we assess the productivity and efficiency of the training. To improve the trainers’ knowledge about Wikipedia, we decided to implement the format of a seminar for trainers. During the seminar, each trainer takes one topic concerning Wikipedia and its tools and presents it with various methods to other trainers. After the presentation, all the trainers discuss what can be improved and what other methods can be used to make the teaching process easier, more productive, and understandable for teachers. Actually, this format is the continuation of the “Training for Trainers” initiative which we started last year.

Overall, this new format of training has been quite efficient and we think of continuing it. At the same time, it targets two groups teachers and trainers. The training is for teachers while the seminar before and during the training is aimed at improving the knowledge of trainers giving them more confidence in what they are doing because knowing something and teaching something are completely different things and teaching Wikipedia needs an entirely different approach.

  Wikiclubs

Wikimedia Armenia currently has 24 operating WikiClubs. Taking the situation connected with the pandemic into account, it is important to mention that the activity of the clubs has relatively decreased despite the fact that the meetings and workshops are held online. The problem is that some of the club members do not have computers at home which makes it difficult or impossible for them to participate in the workshops. Meanwhile, those who do not have such problems continue their work with enthusiasm even from home. Having more time due to the situation, most of the club members actively participate in various projects, programs, edit-a-thons, and initiatives organized by both Wikimedia Armenia and wiki community members. Even though the club members activness decreased in the first month after the pandemic started, the club members smoothly and swiftly adjusted to the situation and continued their usual work with the same activeness.

Especially Wikiclub members’ participation in the Wikiteam 1+3 contest was outstanding because they showed how they can work in teams, be responsible for the whole team as a leader, and engage beginners. Besides working with those people that are a part of their own club, they worked together with the members of other clubs who they have a chance to see only once or twice a year due to the Wikicamp. This displays the interconnectedness of all the clubs and the maturity of the club members as a part of the wiki community.

Wikimedia Armenia organizes meetings with Wikiclub coordinators from time to time to coordinate the work in Wikiclubs, Such a meeting was organized in January. The purpose of the meeting was to present the annual results of the Wikiclubs and think of future plans. These meetings help us to understand how Wikiclubs are working and what they need to improve. Also, the new automatic way of receiving monthly results of each Wikiclub proves to be efficient as we now completely imagine what club is working productively and which one has to improve its work.

As the work in Wikiclubs has slightly changed because of the pandemic, Wikimedia Armenia organized separate meetings with members of each Wikiclub to find out in what activities the club members are engaged, what problems they face in this new situation and what they should do for the future development of the clubs. Such meetings help not only understand the situation in Wikiclubs from the members’ perspective but also show them our support and care in such unusual circumstances.

  Lessons learned
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Lessons learned
  • During the Winter WikiCamp we tried to reduce the number of Wikiteam members, however, some problems raise from it, thus, we will keep the number as usual
  • Thematic youth WikiCamp is more productive than mixed ones because the participants focus on just a few topics which helps to increase the number of quality articles on specific topic.
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Results
  • Successful collaboration with educational institutions and universities: Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences, Armenian Educational Foundation.
  Useful links

  Organizational development

First of all, because of the fire that occurred in January in the building where the office of Wikimedia Armenia is located, we had to renovate some parts of the office that were damaged.

As it was stated in the proposal Wikimedia Armenia accomplished some reforms to improve the productivity of the work inside the organization. Especially, a warm and respectful atmosphere was created for the staff to work adequately and efficiently. Even before the audit conclusions were provided, there was a transparent atmosphere in Wikimedia Armenia concerning the members of the organization, the community, and the staff. Despite that, some staff members preferred to quit their jobs.

To further improve the functions of the organization, we started drafting the new Charter by inviting various stakeholders, organization members, and community members to participate in the discussions, to present their point of view and make recommendations. The process, unfortunately, halted because of the pandemic but we decided to restart it online. And on 6-8 July the online General Assembly was organized to vote on several questions:

  • adoption of the new Charter
  • selection of new members to current Board
  • selection of new members to current Supervisory Committee

  Outreach

Being represented in various platforms and having a chance to present our work to different audiences is a good way of letting people know about us and our mission. One of such opportunities was the Edcamp Armenia 2020 educational conference organized by Paradigma Educational Foundation. Initially (before the pandemic), we wanted to cooperate with them and organize some part of the conference, however, the pandemic situation changed our plans. We had only two speakers during the online conference - president of Wikimedia Armenia Susanna Mkrtchyan and one of the Wikiclub coordinators Narine Muradyan. They presented the work that Wikimedia Armenia is doing in the educational sector trying to engage both school students and teachers in the Wikimedia movement and to suggest Wikipedia as an innovative method in the teaching and learning process. Narine Muradyan also presented the importance of Wikiclubs in education and personal development based on the example of Alaverdi Wikiclub. Around 300 teachers from Armenia and the Republic of Artsakh participated in this seminar. Most of them were very interested in our programs and the mission we are following. As we have already started the second "Online Wikipedia course" for teachers and people of other professions, a lot of teachers (around 120) participating in the seminar registered to take part in the course.

The second opportunity to present our work and the mission was Susanna Mkrtchyan's online interview with AMGA TV from Los Angeles. The president of the organization presented the history and ideology of the organization. During the interview, the main activities of the organization were presented: WikiClubs, Wikicamps, Wikiclassroom, and, of course, the most important educational program - Online Wikipedia course for teachers. The importance of Wikimedia Armenia in preserving the Armenian language and the Western Armenian community around the world was also discussed. The host of the interview was interested in whether it is possible to organize similar online courses for teachers of Armenian Diaspora and stated his willingness to contribute to Wikimedia Armenia in various ways.

Revenues received during this period (6 month for progress report, 12 months for impact report)Edit

Please use the exchange rate in your APG proposal.

Table 2 Please report all spending in the currency of your grant unless US$ is requested.

  • Please also include any in-kind contributions or resources that you have received in this revenues table. This might include donated office space, services, prizes, food, etc. If you are to provide a monetary equivalent (e.g. $500 for food from Organization X for service Y), please include it in this table. Otherwise, please highlight the contribution, as well as the name of the partner, in the notes section.
Revenue source Currency Anticipated Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Cumulative Anticipated ($US)* Cumulative ($US)* Explanation of variances from plan
Wikimedia Foudation AMD 127,185,688 30,710,400 - 30,710,400 264,970.18 63,980
Donations for Wikiclubs AMD 7,638,712 2,400,000 2,071,000 4,471,000 16,000 9,314.5
TOTAL AMD 134,824,400 33,110,400 2,071,000 35,181,400 280,970.18 73,294.5

* Provide estimates in US Dollars

** From previous reporting period Wikimedia Armenia saved 27,296.70 USD, according to Wikimedia Foundations request, until the funds of this quarter were received.

Spending during this period (6 month for progress report, 12 months for impact report)Edit

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Table 3 Please report all spending in the currency of your grant unless US$ is requested.

(The "budgeted" amount is the total planned for the year as submitted in your proposal form or your revised plan, and the "cumulative" column refers to the total spent to date this year. The "percentage spent to date" is the ratio of the cumulative amount spent over the budgeted amount.)
Expense Currency Budgeted Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Cumulative Budgeted ($US)* Cumulative ($US)* Percentage spent to date Explanation of variances from plan
Operations AMD 15,944,400 4,624,984 2,840,587 7,465,571 33,217.5 15,553 46.8%
Quality Content AMD 22,275,000 - - - 46,406.25 - -
Community AMD 7,290,000 394,347 1,158,780 1,553,127 15,187.50 3,235.6 21.3%
Education AMD 44,839,000 8,654,820 - 8,654,820 93,414.58 18,030.8 19%
Organizational development AMD 1,500,000 481,700 - 481,700 3,125 1,003 32%
Staff expanses AMD 35,337,288 7,347,092 6,623,800 13,970,892 73,619.35 29,106 39.5%
TOTAL AMD 127,185,688 21,502,943 10,623,167 32,126,110 264,970.18 66,929 25.2%

* Provide estimates in US Dollars


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  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we had to cancel some of the projects presented in the grant proposal and had to change others to adjust them to the online format.

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  • Yes

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  • Yes

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