Grants:Simple/Applications/Wikimedia Chile/2020

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Application or grant stage: draft
Applicant or grantee: Wikimedia Chile
Amount requested: CL$ 70.000.000 (US$ 96,000)
Amount granted: 90,000 USD
Funding period: 1 January-31 December 2020
Midpoint report due: 15 July 2020
Final report due: 31 January 2021

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Annual PlanEdit

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Strategic planEdit

IntroductionEdit

Wikimedia Chile is a private law corporation, non-profit, with legal personality and legally constituted in the Chilean territory since 2011. It is the Chilean chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation.

Currently, Wikimedia Chile defines itself as a community of active Wikimedia volunteers, led by a committed and experienced board and a professional team; they seeks to accomplish the main objective of our organization: support local communities throughout the country, who are interested in creating free and collaborative knowledge using the Wikimedia projects and their philosophy.

In order to do so, Wikimedia Chile has proposed a 3 axis work plan: Community (Comunidad), Free and collaborative knowledge (Conocimiento libre y colaborativo), and Content and local perspectives (Contenido y perspectivas locales). These 3 axis allow us to guide and determinate our objectives, projects and activities, as it has been determined in our Strategic Plan 2019-2022.

These 3 axis they will also guide our work during 2020, as it is propose below.

ProgramsEdit

Comunidad (Community)

For Wikimedia Chile, it is important to promote the work of new or traditional communities that use and participate in Wikimedia projects. For this, our Outreach work has been fundamental, organizing open activities where we promote the use of our projects towards new editors (through editathons, talks, workshops, activities in universities, etc.), as we engage and promote the transfer of skills between our historical community and members, and new users.

  • Objectives: One of our goals for 2020, which is expressed through this program, is to focus on supporting the creation of new communities, virtually or face-to-face, using Wikimedia projects and its philosophy.
  • How will we do it?: We will not only develop activities for training new users, but we will share and disseminate the global work of Wikimedia with more people, to show how our movement promotes collaborative and citizen work and how this can create and empower communities.
  • How will we measure it?: We will establish 2 indicators for this program: a) The number of new participants in Wikimedia Chile activities, and b) the number of initiatives proposed and/or led by members of the Wikimedia community, whether they are new or historical.

What we will be working on during 2020?

External community engagement

This program sums up the different initiatives that Wikimedia Chile carries out in order to spread the Wikimedia philosophy in our territory, beyond the limits of our historical community of Wikimedians. This includes: a) all actions that seek to train new users for Wikimedia projects; b) public activities that seek to approach the principles of the Wikimedia movement to the general public, in order to expand our "community".

The projects that will help us develop this program are:

  • Outreach: It is about continuing to promote all the massive activities that we do as Wikimedia Chile, where we not only create content but also form new Wikimedia users. We will seek to be systematic (proposing a regularity of activities throughout the year) and diverse regarding the themes we will be working on, to motivate the participation of users and new editors with different interests, always emphasizing the subjects that are a priority for both the Wikimedia movement and for our chapter.
  • Dissemination of the Wikimedia culture on the local stage: With this project we refer to all the activities that allow us to spread the principles of the Wikimedia movement, as well as the work we do through our chapter, beyond the limits of our organization. We will promote our presence in seminars, open talks, expert panels and media, in order to spread the Wiki philosophy in our local context.

Internal community engagement

This program seeks to maintain and even strengthen our ties with the historical community of Wikimedia Chile, the one that has supported us from the beginning. To achieve the objectives of this program, we propose the following projects and their subsequent activities:

  • WikiCafé: we will develop a new cycle of Wikicafé activities, which we have already implemented in 2019. This year, we will increase the number of meetings (one monthly, between March and December), as well as expand the topics to be discussed and the number of guests and participants. We will seek to motivate more members of our historical community to participate, and we will propose new themes and projects to discuss together, in order to give them the space to continue contributing to our local chapter.

See Metrics for this program.

Conocimiento libre y colaborativo (Free and collaborative knowledge)

The Free Knowledge program seeks, primarily, that more users have free access, through different Wikimedia projects, to all kinds of content that are relevant to Chilean society. This requires to work face to face with public and private institutions, who normally own those contents, which in many cases still remains in museum halls or physical archives that very few users can visit.

  • Objectives: In 2020, we will work with these institutions, in order to motivate them to “liberate” the relevant content they own (such as documents, images and information in general), so these could be available to users throughout Chile and the world.
  • How will we do it?: To develop this program, we have proposed two working mechanisms: first, we will look for new institutions to work with (especially in the educational field, where we have more experience), in order to develop new projects and ways of collaboration. Then, we expect to motive the work with “specialized communities” (researchers, institutions, NGOs or professional associations), who have "technical" knowledge in different subjects, so that they could be a part of Wikimedia and its projects. For further information, please see the “Experts in Wikipedia” project.
  • How will we measure it?: We will establish 3 indicators for this program: a) the number of institutions with which we can work with during 2020; b) the number of members of those institutions that we can involve in our projects; c) the number of content items (articles, photos, uploaded documents) that we can create and / or improve during 2020.

What we will be working on during 2020?

Education Program

The Education Program was the main axis of our work in 2019. During the past year, we worked steadily with 8 institutions (including 2 primary schools), we reached more than 130 students, and we created and improved almost 100 Wikipedia articles. In addition, we worked with almost twenty school teachers, both face-to-face and virtually, through the implementation of the second version of our virtual training course for primary teachers.

In 2020, we want to continue developing this program. First, by increasing to 1 FTE the staff assigned to this area, and then through the execution of these 3 projects.

The projects that will help us realize this program are:

  • Wikimedia in the University: It is a project that we have been developing since 2017 and that sums up all our activities in higher education institutions, like universities and institutes. Here we consider: training sessions and edition workshops with students; dissemination talks for professors to discuss the potential uses of Wikipedia in the educational process; and the support we provide to professors who seek to incorporate Wikimedia principles into their courses. In 2020, we want to reach more universities, but also develop new activities in order to show both professors and university students how to use Wikimedia projects in the professional field.
  • Wikimedia in the classroom: this project was born in 2019, after the invitation we received from the University of Chile to participate in an intervention on digital citizenship and adolescent well-being in a semi-public school in Santiago. Because we did not have neither Internet access or computers at this school, our contribution focused on working with teachers and identifying their perceptions (good or bad) on Wikipedia, and then discussing their potentialities to develop concrete educational actions teachers could use in their contexts.
    This whole process (preparing these workshops, researching on the reality of teachers and teaching in the public system, and the good result of our intervention), motivated us to formalize this project as “Wikimedia in the classroom”; with this project, we want to reach more teachers and primary schools in Santiago and throughout the country.
  • “Wikipedia in the classroom” MOOC: This virtual course was originally born in 2018, with the name “Wikipuentes” and the support of Wikimedia Argentina. In 2019, the project was restructured in our Education area according to local reality and re-launched for its 2.0 version, with a new name. By 2020, we propose a new version of this course, as a virtual support for teachers who participate in the “Wikimedia in the classroom” project, and that want to learn more about it. The course will be focused on Wikimedia projects and their potential in the educational process; it will show examples of exercises that teachers can use with their students, with or without Internet, and it will also give participants the possibility of exchanging experiences with other teachers and members of the Wikimedia community.

Institutional Alliances

This program was born in 2019 from our concern to improve the quantity and quality of content related to Chile in Spanish Wikipedia, particularly regarding the work of certain public or political institutions. In a scenario of wide "misinformation" and "fake news" on the Internet, it seems relevant to continue promoting this project, including more "expert" knowledge and users to the Wikimedia projects, as they can contribute to improving relevant articles for our society.

The 2 activities that will give life to this project during 2020 are:

  • Partnership with cultural institutions: we will strengthen our work with cultural, educational and social institutions in Chile, in order to promote their participation in the different Wikimedia projects, especially in the production, "liberation" and circulation of new content. We will seek to approach different institutions and establish alliances that lead to concrete activities (dissemination, information or content creation) during this year.
  • Experts in Wikipedia: as we have done in 2019, in 2020 we will continue to seek that members of the different institutions with which we are involved to become active editors. For this, we will promote insertion, editing and training sessions with specialized teams, so that they could be trained in the use of our projects.

Wiki DDHH (Wiki Human Rights)

Wikimedia Chile has been part of the WikiDDHH project (which is coordinated by Wikimedia Argentina) since 2018, when we signed a collaboration agreement with the Museum of Memory and Human Rights in Santiago. This gave place to a series of collaborative activities, such as an editathon in June 2018; joint work with the OHCHR regional office; the launch of the photographic memory contest “Revelando Sitios” with the Museum of Memory and Human Rights; and other editathons with various human rights NGOs.

By 2020, our interest is to continue being a part of this project, in addition to create new actions on the subject. To do this, we propose the following projects and activities:

  • Design of activities to enhance the value of human rights: We will strengthen our alliances with institutions such as the OHCHR regional office, the National Institute of Human Rights and the NGO Amnesty Chile to carry out new initiatives together, such as editathons on human rights.
  • 2nd edition of “Revelando Sitios” contest with the support of the Museum of Memory and Human Rights and / or with more local and regional actors who want to join the initiative

See Metrics for this program.

Contenido y perspectivas locales (Content and local perspectives)

Content gaps and access to content creation are a topic of concern to the Wikimedia movement in general; the foundation itself and chapters around the glove have arranged resources and special projects to reduce some of these gaps, especially regarding the representation of women and LGTBQ+ communities on Wikipedia.

As Wikimedia Chile, this is a topic that concerns us and that we have already begun to address since 2018. We have work with historically underrepresented communities in our projects, and we have organized specific visibility activities, such as those that enhance the presence of women in arts, architecture, sport, science and technology.

  • Objectives: Continue working to reduce content gaps and access to content creation that persist in Wikimedia projects, emphasizing sexual and gender diversity, territory, and native languages and cultures.
  • How will we do it?: We want to establish ties with historically underrepresented actors and communities in Wikimedia projects. For this, we will develop the “Mind the Gaps” program, as well as the “Chile in images” project; both will be detailed later.
  • How will we measure it?: We will establish 3 indicators for this axis: a) the number of initiatives that we can develop; b) the number of actors and communities that we can involve; and c) the amount of content items (articles, photos, uploaded documents) that we can create and / or improve.

Mind the Gaps program

This program has 2 main objectives: a) reduce the barriers that prevent the so-called "minority communities" from accessing the knowledge within Wikimedia projects; b) promote that these communities participate in Wikimedia projects actively, contributing with their own content and perspectives.

Since 2019, this program has been very important to our chapter. In 2020, we want it to continue growing, through 3 main initiatives:

  • Gender and Diversity: as we have indicated previously, we want to motivate the incorporation of new users into the Wikimedia world, in particular those who are committed to represent "minority groups" based on their gender identity. We will maintain and strengthen certain key alliances in this area, such as the one we have with the Swedish Embassy in Chile for the realization of a third WikiGap, as well as working with new organizations related to the world of sexual and gender diversity in Chile, generating instances of content creation.
  • “Wiki climbs Chile”: this project was born in 2019 as a way to motivate the work between our chapter and communities and institutions throughout Chile. In 2020 we will develop this project once more; we propose to take our work to other regions of the country and concretizing new activities for the creation of decentralized content, as well as for the dissemination of the Wikimedia culture along the national territory.
  • Indigenous languages and cultures: this project seeks to solve a pending task of Wikimedia Chile: the identification of the missing content in Wikipedia about the indigenous cultures of our country. For this, we will work with institutions, communities and actors related to these cultures, in order to identify and complete the missing content, incorporating a local perspective.

Chile in images

This project promotes the creation of visual content for Wikimedia Commons, which represents the cultural and social life of Chile. Wikimedia Chile has been developing this project since 2015, mainly thanks to the work of our member Carlos Figueroa who has contributed with more than 3000 images to Commons; now, we want to motivate the Chilean community to also contribute to this project, through the following activities:

  • Cultural heritage: we will develop activities focused on the recognition and enhancement of the cultural and material heritage of Chile in Wikimedia projects; we will organize dissemination activities and / or creation activities, such as photographic wiki-safaris, editathons, photographic contests, among others.
  • “New looks on my city” contest: In order to update and complete the existing visual content about Chile in Wikimedia Commons, we propose a new photographic contest, whose objective will be the collection and update of photographs of different public places of social and historical relevance for Chile. We will privilege images referring to small communities and towns, in order to expand territorial contents in our projects.
  • Photo coverage: We will continue to develop our photographic coverage activities, whose contributions have been significant during the last two years. During 2020, we will participate in the main social events in the country, providing new high-quality images for Wikimedia Commons.

Bridges between Cultures (PeC)

This year, Wikimedia Chile will launch the 4th version of the contest Bridges between Cultures (Puentes entre Culturas - PeC). Like in its previous versions, the contest will take place in the month of November; during 2020, we hope to exceed the number of editors and articles created in 2019.


See Metrics for this program.

Grant Metrics ReportingEdit

Metrics, targets and results: grants metrics worksheet here.

Midpoint reportEdit

This is a brief report on the grantee's progress during the midpoint reporting period: 1 January-30 June 2020

ContextEdit

The past nine months have been difficult for Wikimedia Chile and our volunteers. The social revolt that began in October 2019 and continued till the first months of 2020 had a strong impact on our performance.

In late 2019, our chapter had to face multiple changes in its planification due to the rapidly changing situation in the country. The entire functioning of Santiago and most major cities was totally disrupted because of the protests and police repression. Schools and universities (one of our main partners) were suspended and cultural and social impact institutions changed their agendas to adapt to the new context. This meant that many of our activities and collaborations for 2019 were rescheduled or outright cancelled, and that our face-to-face and regional activities had to be postponed for the following year.

For 2020, our objective was ambitious yet very motivating: continue our annual plan, including those activities we could not perform in 2019. To do this, after the summer break in February, we incorporated a third member to our professional team, Carla Toro, who would take over the management of our online and offline communities. With her incorporation, plus the new role of our former General Coordinator as Executive Director, and the work of our Education Manager, we could reach more people and carry out more activities, particularly in projects such as Outreach, Inner community, and the “Mind the Gap” (Brechas) program.[1]

Although we started with various activities, including the visit of Katherine Maher as a speaker at the Congreso Futuro conference, 2020 proved to be even more challenging. Not only the social unrest continued in the first months of the year, but the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic changed once again our plans.

Strategy to face the COVID-19 contextEdit

The decision made by the WMF to suspend all face-to-face activities due to the advance of COVID-19 in the world, was a new challenge to our annual plan and forced us to re-think (once again) how to restructure our agenda in order to reach our general and programmatic goals.

When this decision was taken, in early March, the COVID-19 epidemic was just beginning in Chile and the local impact of the health crisis was not yet measured.[2] Given the situation, our reaction was to elaborate a strategy to continue executing our program, through an internal analysis that responded to three criteria or approaches:

  • Evaluate the possibility of executing our different programs and projects in the new context.
  • Determine what would be our “voice” or “distinctive mark” as an organization during the crisis, once all other social and cultural organizations began to explore virtual participation.
  • Define what role we could play in this uncertain scenario, and how we could be a contribution or support for the communities that follow us and with whom we interact day by day.

The result of this organizational analysis was translated into an "Action plan to face the crisis":

  • Wikimedia Chile will maintain its 3 working areas: Community, Free Knowledge, and Local Content, and will continue developing activities to enhance them.
  • We will identify which programs and projects can be executed online and which ones should be reformulated; in the first case, we will maintain 2020 goals.
  • Critical projects will be identified within the annual plan, and we will analyze how to modify and adapt them to the context. If necessary, some of them may be postponed for this semester (or even cancelled).
  • We must take advantage of the online context in which we are to promote new methods of communication, execute new activities and projects (even if they were not part of our original plan), and reach new communities.
  • We will be flexible, being aware that we are facing an unstable context; we will review this "Action plan" regularly, to adapt and reschedule our measures if necessary.
  • We will overcome comfort: we will not use adversity as an excuse to not promote our work or not taking new challenges.
  • Distribute our agenda: we do not have to execute everything right now. We can identify the significant activities[3] that should ideally be carried out in person, and schedule them for the last quarter of the year when we expect things will get back to normal.
  • We will document our experiences, especially those of the projects or activities that arise from the crisis, leaving a register of their objectives, difficulties, learning processes and impact.
  • We will take care of the physical and mental health of our team. We will not expose ourselves unnecessarily, and we will try to distribute the workload, when necessary.

Program storyEdit

Please link to one program story that showcases your organization's achievements during the reporting period.

The following links show different stories that depict some of the achievements made in our programs and projects during this first semester of 2020.

ProgressEdit

Please add text or a link to a page with details on your program progress. This should including reporting against each of the SMART objectives form your proposal.

Here we will review the three working areas of our strategic plan and the progress made until June 2020. We will also mention the path we followed in each area, as well as which projects we executed and how we did it (including some new projects that were not a part of our 2020 plan but that emerged because of the crisis); we will also show what results in we have obtained so far.


Community (Comunidad)

The Community area includes projects and activities that seek to improve the relationship with our current Wikimedia editors, and with those who want to become one in the future. We think about our traditional or historical community, built by Chilean Wikimedians and members of Wikimedia Chile; the institutions and collaborators that had worked with us in the past; and everybody who is interested in joining our projects by editing or developing activities with us.

During the first semester of 2020, the objectives of this area have been: promote the creation of Wikimedia content through activities for the general public; continue spreading the principles of our movement, to reach new users and collaborators; and maintain and enhance contact with communities and people who are interested in free and collaborative knowledge.

Outreach activities project

This project brings together all the massive activities we promote to create or improve Wikimedia content, such as editathons, contests, or campaigns.

Before the pandemic and within the framework of the International Women's Day, we carried out the first Women in Science editathon in Chile. 19 female researchers from Santiago and Concepción participated, and 27 biographies were created. Due to the crisis, it was our only in-site activity. The Community project continues operating online, although we had prioritized editing contests and content donation campaigns, rather than editing activities involving multiple users working simultaneously. This decision was made because we didn't know at first how to use virtual and simultaneous conversation safely for all participants and avoid situations like zoombombing.

The decision to privilege editing contests and campaigns has meant that we already achieved (and exceeded) the goal proposed for this item during 2020 (269% success); however, this strategy has also meant having fewer participants (16% success). For the second semester, our objective is to increase the number of activities of the “Outreach project” (which has a 36% of achievement) and diversify them, developing editathons or other massive activities again.

Dissemination of the Wikimedia culture project

Katherine Maher's visit in January was very positive for our chapter, especially for the diffusion of the Wikimedia culture within our territory. The seminar on Human Rights and Independent Media that we organized with the University of Chile, where she was the main speaker, counted with more than 30 participants. In addition to that, various national media and online platforms covered the event.

The current context and the adoption of the virtual platforms had also been positive in this regard, and it has allowed us to double the number of diffusion activities we originally proposed (250% success). These initiatives have also led us to reach more audiences, including NGOs with whom we have even established new collaborations and projects.

At this point, we highlight two activities: Utopies, a webcast on society and technology that we stream every week in collaboration with researchers from the University of Chile, and which eight chapters have reached more than 360 visits in Youtube; and the participation of our Executive Director in two of the webinars of the Science Communication Center (Centro de Comunicación de las Ciencias) of the Universidad Autónoma, which count more than 240 visits on YouTube.

Although these numbers are very positive, we believe that it is essential to move towards a formal communication plan, which helps us to better disseminate our organizational work and activities. This initiative will be developed in the second semester of 2020.

WikiCafé Cycle 2020

This cycle of conversations about free and collaborative culture (that supposed to take place in our office around a cup of coffee) was one of the first projects to be re-adapted to the current context, both in terms of format and content. In addition to making it online, it was decided that the topics of each meeting should be related to what is happening around us and its effects on our everyday life. Since March, the topics have been: scientific communication in times of crisis; cybersecurity and telecommuting; digital transformation of cultural institutions; and photojournalism during the mandatory quarantine.

Although participation is still relatively low for the virtual format (with an average of 13 simultaneous viewers per encounter), it has exceeded the expectations we had for the face-to-face "WikiCafé" (133% success). So far, our evaluation of the instance is positive, and we believe that it has great potential to create bonds between our historical or traditional community and other members of the civil society. During the second semester, our objective is to continue developing the meetings in the virtual format, and to improve their diffusion, to reach more audiences.

New projects

Community projects have been fundamental for our chapter in 2020. This is why such efforts to restructure and re-adapt them to this new context; this is also why we decided to assume new projects that were not part of our original plan, but that could help us to support and accompany our followers and collaborators in these uncertain times.

These new projects were:

  • Webinar #StayHomeEditingWikipedia (#MeQuedoEnCasaYEditoWikipedia): cycle of four online trainings sessions for new editors. Each session provided basic tools for content creation in the Wikimedia projects, in a context where new users cannot participate in or learn from traditional community training activities, such as editathons.
    In terms of its impact, the cycle was well received by its 16 participants; nine of them were new users, and seven of them had already participated in at least one Wikimedia Chile activity. Besides, two of the participants were from cities other than Santiago (Antofagasta and Frutillar), and two others were from Mexico.
    The scheme we created for this project was very useful, as it served us as an example to create a series of institutional training sessions, which we already applied as part of the “Experts in Wikipedia” project.
  • Editing on Saturday (Sábados de Edición): a cycle of small scale editathons on themes of local interest, where the historical community of Chilean editors could participate and gather with other wikimedians while listening a little conversation about the subjects they were editing about.
    The main impact of this project was content creation. During our six encounters, we edited more than 500 articles on Chilean culture and society, such as the national health system and Chilean hospitals, local history of epidemics and disasters, cultural heritage, television, and music. The decreasing participation in the last sessions led us to finish the editathon cycle in June, but with the intention of restarting the project in August, spacing the encounters and inviting editors and Wikipedia enthusiasts who are not necessarily part of our traditional community.
  • Editing clubs (Clubes de edición): Q&A sessions (that started twice a month, and then once a month), where new users could solve their practical editing doubts with our Community Manager. The project was born as a way to guide new editors in the use of Wikipedia and to support content creation; due to the number of participants during the whole cycle, it will be evaluated to better adapt to the needs of our followers.
  • Wikimedia communities facing the crisis meetings: a series of meetings with the regional Wikimedia community, where we shared experiences on how to face the crisis and how to carry out our virtual activities with other Iberocoop chapters and UG representatives.
    We held two meetings during this semester, were we counted with representatives from Wikimedia Argentina (co-organizers of the event), Wikimedistas de Bolivia, Wikimedistas de Ecuador, Wikimedia Colombia, Wikimedia Venezuela, Wikimedia México, Wikimedia España and from the UG Art+Feminism and Whose Knowledge?. The third meeting will take place in August.

Free knowledge (Conocimiento libre)

The "Free knowledge" item sums the activities, projects and programs that Wikimedia Chile carries out to promote creation and content release by working with cultural and social institutions, such as universities, museums and other NGOs. It includes our Education Program and projects such as “Institutional Alliances”, “Experts in Wikipedia” and “Wiki Human Rights”.

During this semester, the Free Knowledge area was particularly affected by the pandemic. Although we connected with an important number of institutions (80% success), it has been very difficult to organize activities and engage with new editors (16% success). Moreover, it has been almost impossible to perform content creation activities (1% success), mostly because schools, universities and cultural institutions are still closed.

In the following sections, we will explain the strategies that we developed to execute these programs and projects and their current progress.

Education Program

The pandemic has had important consequences for the Chilean educational system. Since March 15th, at the very beginning of the school year, all institutions were closed, while teachers at all levels have had to implement online education, using digital tools but also traditional methods in the contexts where Internet access is still limited. This has meant that schools have had to reduce contents and activities to the minimum required by the ministry, while universities are facing students strikes that criticize the conditions in which online education is carried out.

As a chapter, we knew from the beginning that this situation would affect the continuity of the projects "Wikimedia in the University” and "Wikimedia in the Classroom”, both characterized by having practical face-to-face workshops and which are usually conceived as a complement to annual contents. Therefore, it became necessary to find another way to reach the general objectives of the Education program (beyond the expected KPIs), using the Wikimedia philosophy to create meaningful activities for teachers.

Knowing that the workload that teachers face is strenuous even in a normal year, we were aware that none of our proposals could translate in an extra “weight” for them. On the contrary, the challenge was to find out how to be useful to them in this adverse context, and how to create supporting spaces where they could socialize their concerns, reflect about distance education challenges, and share strategies to continue the educational process during the crisis.

Finally, the strategy we used for the different projects of this program was:

  • “Wikimedia in the Classroom” project: It was decided to postpone this project, understanding that school communities already had enough work prioritizing mandatory contents and adapting them to their digital possibilities. If health conditions do not improve before October,[6] this project will be officially suspended during 2020.
  • “Wikimedia in the University” project: This project was rapidly transformed to the virtual format that many universities have adopted. In this context, our priority was to reassure this project by promoting encounters with students and talks on how Wikipedia works rather than focusing on content creation activities.[7] Here we highlight the experience of the online talk about “Information and big data during the crisis” where our program manager participated. This talk was recorded and then virtually shared with the 250 students registered in the courses “Workshop on digital projects for journalists” and “Digital tools and design” of the Journalism School of the University of Chile. We also would like to highlight the talk-workshop that our team offered to the community of the Metropolitan Technological University, within the framework of the campaign #lib1ref, which had 35 simultaneous participants.
  • Education webinars: The necessity to connect with the community of teachers and professors beyond the classroom led us to create a series of webinars on how to teach during the crisis. The first cycle, composed by four sessions, was dedicated to the challenges of mandatory virtuality, and it counted with 56 teachers and professionals from the educational field. The second cycle, which presented different experiences on how professors and schools can enhance the pedagogical bond during the social distance, had 70 unique participants; we also received many applications from Argentina, Bolivia, Mexico, Colombia, and Brazil. The four sessions of this second cycle are on our YouTube channel and it has reached more than 350 visits to the date.
    This instance was highly appreciated by the participants, as they expressed on the satisfaction survey. They also manifested their interest in learning more about Wikimedia projects and using it in the classroom. Some teachers continued participating in our activities during the semester, such as WikiCafés or the Edition cycle.

During the second semester, the Education program will be dedicated to the adaptation and development of the MOOC "Wikipedia in the classroom", which will incorporate some of the contents we presented in our webinars.

Institutional alliances program

This program, which sums all our efforts to work with local institutions, has had a rough development during 2020. This can be attributed to the uncertainty that the pandemic has brought to institutions, as well as to the difficulties that many of them have had to face while incorporating to the virtual format. Again, as in our other programs and projects, the goals we achieved are mainly related to the development of dissemination activities or training sessions for future editors -something that works relatively well online. On the other hand, we have been unable to achieve goals related to create or release Wikimedia content.

So far, we have developed specific projects with four institutions (80% success): three dissemination projects (talks and a weekly webcast), and only one training-editing project.

The specific development of each project within this program will be detailed below, as well as the activities we have carried out in this period.

  • “Cultural institutions” projects: This project brings together all the actions WMCL promotes within institutions that hold relevant cultural content, either for their release or to create or improve related Wikipedia articles.
    During this year, we have contacted seven institutions in the area, most of them museums (78% success); we held meetings with them to propose concrete projects, but none of these has been performed yet. As we indicated above, we believe that this is mainly due to the context in which we are, where the institutions have faced uncertainty and where many of them have had to reformulate their agendas and reduce resources and working hours, leaving little space for new initiatives.
  • “Experts in Wikipedia”: This project followed an important development due to the collaboration WMCL established with the local team of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), which started in 2019. This year we have completed two different activities with them: an editathon about the history of the Regional Conference on Women, where we had eight gender expert participants, and a virtual training course on how to use Wikipedia to improve specialized articles; in this last activity, we had nine participants from the offices in Santiago, Mexico City, Port of Spain and Brasilia. With those two interventions, we already completed our participation goal in this item (113% success).
    For the second semester, we will start an institutional collaboration with Sernatur (the National Office of Tourism). In this case, we will perform a training course for local agents on the Biobío Region, on how to use Wikipedia to enhance their local history and natural heritage.
  • “Wiki Human Rights”: This project was born in 2019, after the invitation of WMAR to participate in a content creation pilot with the regional office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The social outbreak in October forced us to suspend these activities until January 2020. However, due to the important among of work that Human Rights institutions had during the months that followed the social outbreak, it was very difficult to commit them to relaunch this project, something that later became impossible with the pandemic. Our current objective is to reschedule this project until the last quarter of the year and to take advantage of the context of the International Human Rights Day to arrange some initiatives to create content in this topic.
    In the same line, we reorganized the second version of the Revealing Sites (Revelando Sitios) photo contest, organized with the Museum of Memory and Human Rights, which was scheduled for September 2020. Due to the mandatory quarantine that persists in most of Chile till this day, we think that we need to to reformulate this activity and promote instances of content creation in a virtual format (as using the images from the first version of the contest to improve Wikipedia articles) instead of motivating people to go outside to take pictures of memory sites.

Local content (Contenido y perspectivas locales)

The Local Content area, which sums all actions we develop to promote the underrepresented content on Wikipedia, has had an uneven development during this first semester.

While several goals have been completed within the “Mind the Gap” (Brechas) program, especially those related to the Gender and Diversities project and the Regionalization project (Wiki trepa por Chile), there are other projects whose execution this year will be very difficult; such is the case of the photographic coverage of massive activities, which will not be executed this year.

In general, however, we have completed the number of activities that we proposed for this axis (113% success). We had a high performance regarding the number of general participants (89% success) and the amount of Wikimedia content created or edited (256% success).

Now we will detail the specific development of each program and project within this axis.

“Mind the gap” (Brechas) program:

This program sums all the activities and alliances we held to identify and promote underrepresent content on the Spanish Wikipedia. We have developed three projects within this program:

  • Gender perspective and diversities: during 2020 we have developed eight activities within this project (160% success): two editathons before the pandemic; an editing contest and a photographic campaign, both within the framework of the 8M; two editing workshops, and two open talks on how Wikimedia fights the gender gaps on the Internet.
    These activities included a total of 86 participants (106% success), and the creation or improvement of 155 content items for the Wikimedia projects. We would like to highlight the “What would become of us without them” contest (¿Qué sería de nosotras sin ellas?) contest, that allow us to create seven biographies (and to improve other six) on women who had a relevant role in the female emancipation during the 20th century, and that did not exist in any Wikipedia until now.
  • Regionalization project (Wiki trepa por Chile): this is an important project for us, especially because we could not perform it properly in 2019. Unfortunately, this semester we only could develop two face-to-face regional activities before the pandemic started. As we knew that we were not going to be able to travel during 2020, we tried to promote virtual activities with regional institutions we already knew, such as Wikimedia dissemination webinars, online training courses on how to use Wikimedia projects, or regional content campaigns or contests. Thanks to this strategy, we had almost fulfilled all our project goals, such as the number of activities (100% success), numbers of participants (90% success), and content creation (80%).
    We would like to highlight that the crisis has had a very positive impact on this particular project, as it has made us rethink how to maximize our efforts and resources to create sustainable regional content, by engaging local editors and institutions, and by developing virtual activities. The example of a local Wikipedia editor we met in March during a workshop in La Serena, who has participated in other three of our activities since then, showed us that her profile could be very positive for us and that we should count on her (and some other regional editors with similar enthusiasm) in the development and/or diffusion of local activities, even when we are not able to be there physically.
  • Indigenous languages and cultures: Unlike the Regionalization project, WMCL doesn’t have significant contacts with organizations or communities of indigenous language speakers to reach to perform these activities. The inability to travel to the regions where these communities are located made the project even more difficult, especially in terms of content creation, something that requires the participation of a group of interested people. However, and taking advantage of the possibilities that the virtual format has brought, we managed to hold a webinar about “Indigenous cultures and languages on the Internet”, which counted with the experience of the Mapuche organization Mapu Trafü, and the Wikipedia in Aymara. In this activity, we reached 21 participants (84% success) and the video has 100 visits on Youtube.
    For the second semester, in order to achieve the other objectives of this project our strategy will be to develop new virtual meetings on the subject; this will allow us to connect with organizations and communities regardless of their geographical location, and establish meaningful bonds that can lead to other activities, such as content creation initiatives.

“Chile in images” project:

This project has had to be reformulated almost entirely in these six months, assuming from the beginning of the crisis that some of its activities were not going to be carried out, at least until the last quarter of the year. Although there is no clarity on whether massive events will eventually take place in Chile this year, as a chapter we believe that the wisest thing is to not encourage our volunteers and collaborators to expose themselves by taking images for this project. Therefore, the decision was to cancel coverage of events of massive interest (an activity that WMCL has been carrying out since 2015), hoping to come back in 2021 with the corresponding safeguards, and only if health conditions allow it.

On the other hand, we had to modify the photographic contest we proposed for this year,[8] for a photographic initiative people could carry out during quarantine without exposing their health and safety. To do so, on April 18 we launched the contest “6 months that changed Chile” (Los 6 meses que cambiaron Chile), which invited users to upload images about the political and social events that have occurred in Chile since October 2019, as a way to highlight past photographic material. The contest had 33 participants (66% success) and collected 365 photos (122% success). Part of the objectives of this activity was to use at least 30 images of the contest to improve Wikipedia articles, an activity that we will perform during the second semester, as part of our community editing meetings.

Finally, the cultural heritage activity that we had proposed as part of this project was performed as an edition encounter during the Editing on Saturday cycle, where we created and improved 106 articles on Chilean cultural heritage (700% success) and where seven editors participated (35% success).

Institutional development

During this semester, Wikimedia Chile has continued growing as a professional organization. In March, our General Coordinator Patricia Díaz Rubio assumed as our first Executive Director; since then, she has been in direct contact with the WMF staff and with different local institutions as our main representative and spokesperson.

On that same month, we incorporated Carla Toro, a long-time Wikipedian, as our Community Manager (0.5 FTE), in charge of connecting with our online and offline communities. During the crisis, her role suffered from some changes, to cope with this new situation, something that Carla assumed with flexibility and commitment. Since then, she has also assumed a more significant role during our virtual activities, leading some workshops and training sessions, as well as developing new activities in the Community area, such as Editing Clubs or Editing on Saturday encounters.

As the crisis forced us to assume virtually as the new mechanism to connect with our publics, we also need better use of the digital media to communicate our activities. During the second semester, we will engage a new contractor as a Communication Manager (0.5 FTE) during the period July-December 2020; this person will help us with our digital communications, to diffuse what we do and how we do it and to connect with more people.

Regarding our legal commitments with our staff, something we established in our annual plan, in January 2020 we offered work contracts for our two full-time workers (Executive Director and Education Manager). We expect to do the same next year with our Community Manager if she keeps working with us by then.

SpendingEdit

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CLP 28.886.981 (~ 35,725 USD)
Converted to Chilean pesos using conversion rate for 2020-07-01, at 1 USD = 808,60 CLP.

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. These were the projects and programs where we proposed the most dramatic improvement (number of activities and number of participants) according to the 2019 plan.
  2. The first case of coronavirus was registered in Chile on March 3, 2020. The first death caused by the disease occurred on March 21, 2020. Currently, Chile has the seventh largest outbreak in the world and has one of the highest rate of deaths per capita.
  3. By significant, we mean those that are already part of our 2020 program, or those new activities that we think that could be relevant to our organization.
  4. For the virtual activities we consider all viewers that follow the webinar in real time.
  5. When streaming by Youtube or other platforms, is difficult or even impossible to know who is watching from the other side of the screen. By the number of comments during the meetings and by the previous inscriptions forms, we calculate that we have had at least 22 different participants within this project this semester, but we know it is not a precise number.
  6. Before entering the last quarter of the year.
  7. This without prejudice of participating in such activities if we had the chance, as it happened with the Metropolitan Technological University before the students began their strike.
  8. The photographic contest originally invited to photograph public urban spaces, to update the visual content referring to Chilean cities and towns.