Grants:Simple/Applications/Macedonian User Groups/2020

Application or grant stage: grant in progress
Applicant or grantee: Macedonian User Groups (Shared Knowledge and GLAM Macedonia)
Amount requested: EUR€43,194.24
Amount granted: EUR€43,194
Funding period: 1 January 2020 - 31 December 2020
Midpoint report due: 15 July 2020
Final report due: 30 January 2021

BackgroundEdit

Annual PlanEdit

Budget PlanEdit

Staffing PlanEdit

Strategic planEdit

IntroductionEdit

GLAM Macedonia and Shared Knowledge are recognized affiliates in Macedonia and they are working on promoting Wikipedia and other projects in the country. During last grant proposals last year (for 2019), Committee Members suggest both groups to have negotiation and to start work together or to find suitable solution for dividing activities per organisation. This negotiation failed and both groups receive reduced budgets for 2019.

On Wikimedia Summit 2019 in Berlin, participants from both groups, along with Committee Members and Wikimedia Foundation discuss both groups to proceed with joint grant proposal for 2020. Therefore, before this grant proposal, participants from both groups have two meetings, where they agree to have this grant proposal. On meetings, participants from both groups discuss joint projects as well, mentioned on this page.

Note: This is application for two Macedonian organizations. Explanation, metrics and objectives of the projects could be found on separate annual plans, linked above. Here under the line programs are listed only mutual objectives. The two organizations have some space used as office, Shared Knowledge has a bigger office (rent in co-working space), and GLAM Macedonia has a little one, used for free. Apart of this grant proposal, and joint projects, both organizations start procedure of finding proper office in 2020, which will be used by both organizations and employees, under the name of Macedonian Wikipedia.

  • GLAM Macedonia is a user group registered as NGO under the Macedonian law, with more than 150 signed members, and more than 25 active members, who mainly work with GLAM and EDU programs. The organizational body of organization is as this: president, five board members, ten coordinators of education and one GLAM coordinator. Members of GLAM Macedonia run 6 Wiki Clubs, organize many workshops and at least one Wiki Camp for underage students, work with GLAM institutions in the country, etc. Activities are noted on the web page and blog and here on Meta.
  • Shared Knowledge is an organisation of Wikimedians established in March 2014. We completed five annual plans from 2015 to 2019 so far, and our main work is are of Community, Partnerships and Education. From 2015 we have at least one employee, governed by five members of Executive Board of the organisation. All our reports you can here on Meta.

ProgramsEdit

COMMUNITY

WikiLeague edit-a-thon held in March 2019
Wiki Gap Skopje edit-a-thon organized in October 2019
 
Meet Hungary, the Hungarian ambassador giving awards for best participants
 
Participants at Wiki Camp "Meet Germany 2019"
 
Photographic exhibition "Poland trough photographs" organized in December 2018

Community program is somehow mutual program for both organizations, as the aim of both user groups is to increase the number of active and involved editors which are not included in other programs. The editing challenges primarily aim to increase the content quality and fill content gaps on the Wikimedia project, but also to reach out to specialist groups of people and boost more productive editing by the experienced editors. The scope of the editing challenges in 2020 will include: edit-a-thons, editing contests, editing days, editing weekends, photograph contest, workshops, Wikipedia Day, etc. Note that Wikipedia Day will be celebrate together for the first time.

Also, sending Wikipedians to Wikimania and other important conferences (listed in the budget) will be done together, i.e. the two organizations will choose together whom to send.

Community support and expeditions are solely project of Shared Knowledge, which includes: Photohunts and Wikisketch Lessons throughout the entire year, and 10 expeditions overall.

Mutual objectives of the community program are:

  • To increase the number of involved volunteers;
  • Increase visibility of the user groups in society, by followers on social media (Facebook), number of blog posts and visits to them, and number of media and press mentions.

Measure of success:

  1. at least 15 organized events
  2. at least 10 media and press interviews or mentions to introduce Wikipedia and user groups work to the audience

EDUCATION AND LECTURES

The Education program has proved to be a successful way for engaging new users to contribute to the Macedonian Wikipedia and subsequently fill the content gaps on specialist topics through collaboration with educational institutions. The model of collaboration consists of running workshops on the process of editing Wikipedia articles intended for teachers and students who are going to apply this knowledge to create or improve Wikipedia articles as an tasks in the schooling process and assignment of the grading process.

This program includes: teachers conferences and training for teachers, training for adults and underage students (for secondary and high schools) via Wiki Clubs, Wiki Camp and other ways, including editing contest for students.

Mutual objectives of the education program are:

  • recruit new editors and contributors that will improve Wikimedia projects' content through education program activities;
  • add or improve the content (articles, multimedia content, references) of the existing Wikimedia projects
  • familiarise and introduce new Wikimedia editors with the basic concept of Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects, as well as with the Wikimedia Movement.
  • To educate and train teachers on how to use Wikipedia in classroom and implement Wikimedia projects as teaching tools;
  • To increase the number of content pages on Wikipedia in Macedonian (articles, references and multimedia files).

Measure of success:

  1. at least 3000 new articles as a result of the education program in 2020
  2. to train 100 new editors
  3. to recruit at least 50 of them
  4. at least 150 trained teachers regarding using and editing Wikipedia

PARTNERSHIPS

Partnerships is Shared Knowledge project, which includes: Wikistreet and exhibitions. More about them could be found in Shared Knowledge annual plan for 2020.

GLAM

GLAM program is solely of GLAM Macedonia, which includes collaboration with GLAM institutions and sending Wikipedian in Residence. More about activities could be found in GLAM Macedonia annual plan for 2020.


ReportsEdit

Midpoint ReportEdit

For the realization of the goals and metrics achieved during the midpoint period see SAPG/Metrics worksheet

For the financial report for the midpoint period see Financial Reports for both organizations

COMMUNITY

Shared Knowledge's half year's plan of managing projects has been significantly reduced the community support programme due to COVID-19 restrictions since mid March. Thus during the mid-point period we have implemented and realized the following projects which were envisioned in the Annual plan which were mostly non-contact projects: Editing challenges (3 editing competitions, 30 editing days, 20 editing weekends, 1 edit-a-thon), and Wikisketch Lessons (125 lectures).

GLAM Macedonia also felt the impact of the pandemics and its activities were affected significantly. Up to March 2020 the regular meetings between the members were held, where the on-going activities and plans were discusses . The covid-19 pandemics affected on the CEE Meeting plans and organization, which meant postponing the meeting for the next year. The unwanted situation was understood by the community. GLAM Macedonia members and the organization's goals and activities were featured in local media. Moreover, the FB page and two websites operated by GLAM Macedonia are constantly being used to outreaching its members, activities and general public in Macedonia.

It has to be mentioned that the third editing competion was a collaboration of the both users groups. It was organised for persons from 15 to 18 years old from April 15 to May 15. No certain theme was chosen and the title was "Necessary Articles". This means that participants were guided by a specific article that enlists which articles should and can be created. The results of the youth editors, which were eleven of them and nine being of the GLAM's Wiki Clubs, are 123 new articles.

Programme story: Human Rights Edit-a-thon - Shared Knowledge

Relating to the human rights month, when many activities are organised troughout the World and also on the other Wikipedias. So by knowing how important are human rights and how much they mean to society and to indivivuals, on February 7 we organised edit-a-thon alongside the Institute of Human Rights - Skopje who were eager to do activity on Wikipedia. The plan was to enrich and extend the informations on our Wikipedia by people specialised in this field. The event, held at the American Corner - Skopje was participated by five people from the Institute and three more additional people. Before they started editing, we were introduced of our organisation and they had 15 minute mentorship and guideline how to create their wiki accounts and use Wikipedia and her tools. At the end, 18 articles got created and one article was improved by the people who attended the event.

Wikipedia's anniversary

To mark the 19th anniversary of the founding of Wikipedia (Wikipedia 19), Shared Knowledge and GLAM Macedonia held an event in honour of this occasion. The second and important purpose of the event was to familiarise the public with the movement and its values, and invite them to participate so they could get to know each other between themselves and share experiences of Wikipedia or any kind. Additionaly, as a "gift" to Wikipedia, twenty users created or improved 20 articles on January 15.

International Roma Day Edit-a-thon 2020 - both groups

The International Roma Day Edit-a-thon 2020 lasted from April 7 to April 12. To keep up with the global project both Macedonian groups got involved. Shared Knowledge opened one editing day and one editing weekend and we covered articles about certain Roma people, Roma holydays, literature related to Roma people and/or culture. GLAM Macedonia activated its members to edit Roma related articles.

Wikipedia Pages Wanting Photos - both groups

In June, the two Macedonian users groups started to cooperate and joined the global campaign Wikipedia Pages Wanting Photos (WPWP) created for attaching images, uploaded on Wikimedia Commons, to articles on the Macedonian Wikipedia. The goal is to enrich the articles on Macedonian language with images so the article could look more fulfilled and complete. In that order, we created main page about the campaign with all the information such as meaning of the campaign, terms to participate, guides how to participate, metrics, starting and ending dates of the campaigh, rewards of the best contesters and other. The before the contest started, many Wikipedians got informed about "WPWP" and also it was spread on social networks. The Macedonian contesters could participate parallel at the global campaign and possibly to get international awards also. We set the total award fund (€1000) with 9 awards, one being about €200 and eight €100. The two month campaign wil last from July 1 to August 31. Our metrics are 25 participants with at least 900 covered articles.

PARTNERSHIPS

 
A photo with the Museum staff

Shared Knowledge managed to fulfill it's mission to go Museum of Tobacco located at the town of Prilep. One of the two partnership projects this year was collaboration with Museum of Tobacco. The plan was to gather photographs, informations, and literature related what is in the Museum and to upload them on Commons. By doing this, we show the works of the Museum of Tobacco and the Museum of Prilep in general at their several decades of continous deeds as a cultural institution, on Wikipedia.

Visit of the Museum of Tobacco

The visit was on March 11, where we were welcomed at the head-quarters of main Museum of Prilep, because Museum of Tobacco is it's department. Then we agreed to take not just media related to the Tobacco Musem, rather from all of departments of the Prilep Museum. Once in our hands, the photographs got uploaded with propper naming and descriptions of the exhibits of Tobacco Museum, as well photographs of the other divivision - the Memorial Museum "Kuzman Josifoski - Pitu" and the Memorial house "Blazhe Koneski".

The results were: 31 photographs of the exhibits related to the tobacco industry and consumption such as snuff boxes, smoke pipes, chibouks, tobacco boxes (cartridges) and tobacco slicers. Other uploaded images were 5 and 1 in numbers, from Memorial Museum "Kuzman Josifoski - Pitu" and the Memorial house "Blazhe Koneski" respectively. These are separate institutions under the Museum of Prilep.

GLAM

The GLAM program of GLAM Macedonia is one of the main programs of the user group. The strong relations and collaborations between GLAM Macedonia and GLAM institutions in the country is productive and met the wanted goals. The relations are beneficial for the user group's programs and for the institutions themselves, especially in terms of collaboration with NGO sector and expending the fields of work with non-employees. GLAM Macedonia maintenance regular contacts with the Institute for the National History of Macedonia, The Archives of the Republic of Macedonia, Citi Library 'Braka Miladinovci' and the Museum of Natural Sciences in Skopje. These are institutions that GLAM Macedonia has signed memorandum for collaboration, has successfully completed several projects and activities. Due to the pandemics, this years workshops and WikiTours in these institutions were cancelled, even though the preparations from both parties were under way. Due to the pandemics, two workshops and wiki tours in the Military Museum of Macedonia were cancelled as well. Additionally, a memorandum for collaboration was signed with Veles Municipality.

GLAM Macedonia is expecting to continue the successful GLAM Macedonia programme this year, despite the pandemics, by signing two more memorandums for collaboration/ collaboration projects with The Institute for Nature in Ohrid and the Association of Writers of Macedonia.

Museum of Natural Science - Skopje

In February, an agreement for collaboration was signed with the Museum of Natural History of Macedonia located in Skopje. By doing that, we sent a Wikipedian in Residence so he can write articles from the material given by the mentioned institution. Then since mid March he had to continue to work from home, as he managed to get materials from the Museum to work on. Also, materials were shared with other active Wikipedians, who helped in creating new articles. His contributions continued the next months, and up to June 31th, 130 articles got created or improved about insects inhabbitating our country Macedonia.

EDUCATION

One of the main GLAM Macedonia's programmes, the education, again proved to be successful despite the pandemic and the government imposed restrictions. The programme successfully managed to grow, especially in terms of Wiki Clubs. The number of Wiki Clubs grew to seven, which means besides the Wiki Clubs on Skopje, Staro Nagoricane, Ohrid, Struga, Gevgelija, the Wiki Clubs in Veles and Shtip joined the programme. The new members got trained lead persons who trained and educated new members to join, edit and improve Wikipedia. Until the pandemics, GLAM Macedonia Wiki Clubs trained 83 new members (368 editors since the start of the Wiki Clubs) and they created or improved 758 articles on Wikipedia (Activity results Check). Besides the Wiki Clubs, the huge interest for the Wiki Camp in Mavrovo pleasantly surprised GLAM Macedonia. All details were managed on time, prior the expected actual organization of the camp, but the pandemic stopped us from implementing it.

This year's plan at education section was according to the grant given by the Macedonian Government and within contained articles like shooting chemistry and physics experiments as videos, creating a wiki club, editing events at faculties and schools, organising kid's trip to museums. The goals of the education programme was to expand the knowledge and inform larger share of the population, trough the educational system, about Wikipedia and all Wikimedia projects. But considering that COVID-19 has restricted us, unfortunately some of these grant articles were not organised.

Rare Diseases Project - GLAM Macedonia

This year Wiki Club Ohrid continued with their project 'Rare Diseases'. The project was initiated on December 4 2019 and ended by the end of February. The members proved to quite productive, initially they worked as a part of a workshop, an idea that grew up into a project. The total number of kids involved is around 15 Wiki Club members, who worked on articles and took part in the several workshops organized by the club in Ohrid. The outcome of this project was more than 50 new or improved articles on the Macedonian Wikipedia on rare diseases.

Еducational programme "Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics" - Skopje" - Shared Knowledge

In January, we managed to make 19 video records of chemistry experiments, recorded by three coledge professors at the "Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics" - Skopje. Later we uploaded them and each experiment was described for greater information and better understanding by the mentioned professors. These videos will be great for those who learn and study, or simply interested in chemistry.

The plan was also to shoot the physics experiments. But the pandemic restrictions has canceled our activities.

The editing event, at the Physics Department at the Faculty, had a go to create and improving articles related to physics and what the students are studying. With the physics professor Zajkov who informed and gattered several interested students, they conducted and edited 15 articles about astronomy, experiments, scientists, methods etc. Attendance of the event was nine people.

Wiki Clubs - GLAM Macedonia

Notable accomplishments were by made by the Ohrid and Skopje Clubs, but also the one in Shtip. The first one, continued to edit articles related to the rare diseases. A project started from last year and finished in February with 50 articles, most of them created, about rare diseases. The Skopje Wiki Club, was not themed and it consisted of new Wikipedians being introduced it the world of Wikipedia, what is means and how to use it and edit it. Each of them had a chance to create an article via Wiki Translate tool at topic which they prefer. The Wiki Club at Shtip also continued to work and be productive. A new installment was Wiki Club Veles that started since February 18 after a memorandum for collaboration was signed with the Municipality of Veles.

This half year period, the Wiki Clubs were productive, even being online after the pandemics. Results in the first half of the year are: 83 new editors were trained with 758 articles were created or improved by its members.

Wiki Club FINKI - Shared Knowledge

In late February we opened Wiki Club at the "Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering" - Skopje. The goal was to be related in computer science so we could atract it's students and other interested people to be productive at Wikipedia. Plus we have evaluated that many articles at this field are not created. So with created template as guideline to the articles, they could've choose what to edit. 8 total people were included, of which three became new Wikipedians, and created 20 articles.

It has to be mentioned that only two sessions got implemented, with two other not. The two latter should have been organised in late March.

Editing Contest for Wiki Club members - GLAM Macedonia

During February, there was a 30 day editing contest for all Wiki Club's members. The results were: 66 participants, 134 new articles. Also the 15 best articles were announced.


Wiki Camp at Lake Mavrovo - GLAM Macedonia

The organisation of Wiki Camp in March was unfortunately cancelled. Everything was set to have the camp organized at the Lake Mavrovo, we just waited the dates to come. However, again the pandemic affected this part of the programme and everything was cancelled.

Workshops - GLAM Macedonia

GLAM Macedonia planned to have several workshops on different topics.. The last one was held on March 6. Following March 6, due to government's decisions all grouping were cancelled and this impacted this part of GLAM programme.

Grant Metrics ReportingEdit

Metrics, targets and results: grants metrics worksheet here.