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Goal:Increase engagement of Irish speaking advocates and educators with Vicipéid at all levels.
WCI's work on increasing use, understanding, and promotion of Vicipéid has begun to create interesting and varied collaborations. This has resulted in coverage by Irish language activists such as seen in our Program Story above, as well as more teachers and advocates contacting us with ideas and plans to collaborate on future projects.
- Over the past 12 months, WCI have facilitated 3 editing events relating to Vicipéid:
- A module within Dublin City University (DCU) devised and taught by Meghan Dowling.
- An impromptu Vicipéid editing session at the TOG meetup celebrating the joint birthdays of Wikipedia and Vicipéid in January 2019.
- The first editing event was held in an Irish language secondary school with a group of Transition Year (TY) students.
The module in DCU is the second time that this has been offered to students by Meghan Dowling. The course saw 14 students, who had not edited Vicipéid or any Wikimedia project in the past, create 26 new articles on Vicipéid, edit 50 pages, and upload 33 images.
As has been the trend with the monthly editing events in TOG, a large proportion of the editors edit on other language Wikipedias rather than English language. The event held in TOG in January also served as a celebration of the joint 18th birthday of Wikipedia, and the 15th birthday of Vicipéid. Owing to this, 4 of the 5 attendees were Vicipéid editors, resulting in an organic Irish language editing event.
Due to the continued advocacy of Vicipéid by Dr Teresa Lynn, we were approached by a teacher in a Gaelscoil (an Irish language school) to explore how Vicipéid could be used in the classroom or how they could encourage students to contribute to it. Discussions resulted in Rebecca delivering the first editing workshop with a small group of TY students on Vicipéid. The students were given a brief introduction to all of the Wikimedia projects, the concept of references and citations, and then were guided through how to make their first edits on Vicipéid. The workshop drew on the Irish language teaching materials developed by Meghan, and resulted in the 8 students (aged between 15 and 16) creating 1 new article, editing 12 articles, as well as exploring the translation tool.
- As we find that there is increasing interest in Irish language editing events, we will need increased capacity of members in the group who can deliver workshops in Irish and are more familiar with the unique aspects of Vicipéid. We also wanted to ensure that our activities with the Irish language were informed by those from the Irish speaking community. With these considerations in mind, we aimed to increase the number of Irish speaking members of our group from 3 to 8. As of March 2019, 7 of our active members are Irish speakers and editors on Vicipéid. Given the levels of interest in Vicipéid, we expect that going forward a larger proportion of our new members will be from the Irish speaking community.
- We continue to work with the Irish language community as they identify issues regarding tools and certain untranslated features on Vicipéid. Both Rebecca and Meghan have been working with fellow Wikimedians, primarily from other small language Wikipedias, to continue some of the work started at Celtic Knot 2018 as well as other tools and untranslated areas of Vicipéid as they come to our attention.
- We undertook localisation of the Wikipedia mobile platforms for Android and iOS to the Irish language, led by Dr Gabriel Beecham with other contributors. The Android app has gone live, with work continuing on the iOS version. These localised interfaces increase the utility of the mobile platforms for Irish language speakers in accessing all Wikipedia language projects, and they also make it easier to use the apps as a tool to increase visibility and editing of Vicipéid content.
Goal:Increase the number of active volunteers by holding non-editing Wikimedia events.
In response to how 2018 developed, it was decided that the open day was not something that would help the group to achieve its goals. As we indicated in our midterm report, due to the group now being well established and our work becoming better known or recognised, we are finding that Wikipedians, volunteers, and partners approach us rather than us having to very actively trying to form these relationships.
- WCI has now been active for 5 years, with the group forming from an event held in April 2014. This longevity has started to mean that our capacities are growing, as well as diversity within that group. The active membership of our group is now at 20, reaching our goal of increasing our active member from 15 to 20. 9 of our members are women.
- We continue to hold monthly editing events in TOG on the last Wednesday of every month, with a break for the Christmas/New Year period. The attendance levels continue to remain high, with at least 5 people attending each month and upwards of 10 people some months, with a total of 26 attending the 4 events which took place from October 2018 to March 2019. The diversity of languages being edited has remained a feature, with a large proportion of attendees being visitors to Dublin or some newly arrived residents. This appears to be both a feature of the event taking place in a hackerspace as often those in the hacker community will visit a local hackerspace while travelling, and secondly advertising on Meetup which travellers and people new to a city often use it to find events of interest.
Goal:Improve the coverage of Irish monuments on Wikipedia, Vicipéid and Wikimedia Commons through the Wiki Loves Monuments contest.
- The result of WLM 2018 were included within the midterm report. As more secondary schools approach us to work with Transition Year students, it is envisaged that we will use the corpus of local images as inspiration for articles and other content that can be added to both EN Wikipedia and Vicipéid, as well as use of the images on Wiki.
- Based on our work on WLM over the past 5 years, our member Dr Sharon Flynn was invited to take part in a Heritage Ireland 2030 consultation event in National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG). Following on from this, Sharon then presented on WLM, editing Wikipedia, and uploading images to Wikimedia Commons to a group of final year Archaeology students in the University.
Éanín, WCI's representative on the Wikimedia Cuteness Association, celebrating Vicipéid's birthday
Goal:Build upon and expand GLAM partnerships developed in 2017.
As outlined above, we are increasingly finding that both GLAMs and educational institutions are approaching us to collaborate with them with both ongoing and new projects.
- In the past year, we had envisaged that we would partner again with the DRI to host more events on copyright. However, this did not fit with the DRI's calendar of events, so we put our energies into other elements of our programs. Rebecca was invited to present on Wikimedia GLAM projects and partnerships by the Council of National Cultural Institutions Cataloguing & Digitisation sub-committee at their annual seminar: Opening up Cultural Collections: Providing access in a digital environment on 22 November 2018. The presentation titled Using Wikipedia as a point of access for Cultural Collections, explored how GLAMs across the world have partnered with Wikimedia groups and individual Wikimedians to increase access to their digital collections. The Council of National Cultural Institutions is an Irish statutory body which has a wide reach within the Irish GLAM community, representing 11 of the largest GLAMs in Ireland. This presentation touched on some of the issues and concerns that many GLAMs have around copyright and open licenses for digitised and cultural content. It also highlighted some examples of poorly represented areas on Wikipedia relating to Irish material culture, and how other countries have used open licences to improve the international profile of their countries heritage.
- Our partnership with the Hunt Museum continues, with the Museum's commitment to the partnership outlined in its new Strategy 2025. Following on from the initial upload of the images from the Museum's Sybil Connolly collection, the Hunt Museum has committed to publishing all of its digitised images to the Public Domain and upload them to Wikimedia Commons. This will include a new set of 3D renderings that are currently being created. Rebecca will be working with the Museum's staff and interns on Pattypan (or other relevant tools) to facilitate these uploads. We are in discussion with the Museum to partner on an event that would provide introductory training to other Irish GLAMs on Wikidata along with other Wikimedia projects in 2019.
- Within our education and GLAM outreach, working with librarians has been the most successful way of partnering for events. Over the past year we have hosted a number of editing events:
- Continuing our relationship with the library of the National Gallery of Ireland, we have begun a new project working with the cohorts of Transition Year students they take twice a year for work placement. As part of this week, Rebecca held an editing workshop with the 12 students, introducing them to Wikipedia and then guiding them in making their first edits. The students used books and materials from the NGI library to make edits to pages relating to women artists from the Gallery's collections. From the feedback that the Gallery gathered from the students, we are planning to continue this partnership into 2019. Some of the feedback from the students: "I learned that I'm able to edit Wikipedia. Wikipedia is run by us.", and "I learned lots about Wikipedia, which I have been taking advantage of for years."
- Once again we worked with The Library of Trinity College, Dublin to deliver an event for Art+Feminism. This event, Writing Women Writers, encouraged students and staff to edit pages relating to women writers featured within the collections of the Library.
- We held a workshop to celebrate Dublin City University Women's Week in March 2019. The event was open to the entire staff and students of the University, and focused on Irish women in the Arts.
- In late 2018 and early 2019, the HSE Wikipedian in Residence Dr Niall O'Mara, led much of the outreach to librarians in Ireland by focusing on working with Irish Health Sciences Libraries. These libraries are generally embedded within hospitals and universities. Niall has hosted editing events, and presented at meetings and conferences on the benefits of those in health education using Wikipedia in teaching and outreach. An interview with Niall and Rebecca was recorded for the 'Librarians Aloud' podcast from Academic & Special Libraries Section of Library Association of Ireland.
- The BRAVE:Edit event that was planned for 2018 in Ireland with Amnesty Ireland has been delayed to 2019. Amnesty Ireland and WCI have two Brave Edit events planned for May and September 2019.
- Following on from some initial conversations with Lar Joye, the Port Heritage Director at Dublin Port, in 2019 WCI will provide training and mentoring of their heritage intern regarding Wikimedia projects. This training will cover Wikipedia editing using the library and other materials the Port holds, as well as the intern making an initial assessment of the Port's archive regarding suitability for publication under an open licence.
Goal:Build upon and expand educational partnerships developed over previous years.
In 2018-2019 we aimed to increase our third level education outreach from 5 institution to 8; increase from 5 course to 8 with approximately 400 students participating; facilitate student team work to improve or create 200+ articles over the course of 2018-2019.
- Over 2018-2019 we worked with 7 universities: Maynooth University, University of Dublin, Dublin City University, Queens University Belfast, NUI Galway, University College Cork, and Trinity College Dublin. While in the past year we did not work with the 8 universities we had aimed to, in 2019 we have events planned with the National College of Art and Design and the University of Limerick based on contact made this year.
- We worked with 8 lecturers to deliver Wikipedia editing to 8 student groups with a total of 210 students. We have found that the highest interest in using Wikipedia in teaching is coming from lecturers teaching in Masters programmes. This has resulted in a smaller number of students that we had aimed to work with, but their engagement with Wikipedia has been more meaningful and impactful for Wikipedia, as generally Masters students are more familiar and comfortable with the writing style, have a greater knowledge of the areas being covered, are better trained in finding suitable sources, and referencing those sources correctly.
- The student groups edited 153 articles, creating 28 new articles (26 of them on Vicipéid).
- Over 2018-2019, Ireland saw its first academic conference dedicated to Wikipedia as detailed in the midterm report. As well as that, Rebecca presented on behalf of Dr Niall O'Mara at the Health Sciences Libraries Group Annual Conference on Wikipedia in healthcare education on 28 February 2019.
- Feminists in EdTech (FemEdTech) collaborated to host an online Wikipedia editing initiative from 11 to 23 February, supported by Dr Sharon Flynn in NUI Galway.
- Continuing our relationship with Clare Thomson and Richard Fallis in Queens University Belfast, Rebecca delivered a workshop for a group of 11 other librarians and elearning officers from QUB and the Ulster University titled Wikipedia for Educators. The workshop introduced Wikimedia projects generally, the benefits and case studies of using Wikipedia editing as a teaching tool, as well as the Outreach Dashboard demonstration.
Goal: to work with science communication advocates and organisations in Ireland to promote the use of Wikimedia through the image competition Wiki Science.
Based on the success of Ireland's first Wiki Science in 2017, WCI held the competition again in 2018. However, most other countries and the international competition are held every two years, so the 2018 Irish competition was held without the aid of the international banners and other on-Wiki promotion. This resulted in lower metrics than in 2017, but given the reception and interest that the competition garners we believe that it was still a useful project for increasing understanding of open licence images and the benefits of uploading to Wikimedia Commons within the science community in Ireland. We have discussed our experience with the organisers of the international Wiki Science competition, and we may decide to run it ever second year given our limited reach without the international support. We will review this position after the 2019 competition.
- We continued our partnership with the SCI:COM conference to promote the competition and to exhibit the winning images at the conference. This serves both to get the word out about the competition while it is open for submissions, but then also is invaluable outreach at the conference to meet individuals and those in organisations interested in science communication.
- Participation of 20 uploaders, down from 25 in 2017.
- The number of uploads was 74, down from 81.
- Owing to the saturation of events around Science Week, we were unable to hold an upload event in 2018. During SCI:COM 2018 we discussed the possibility of holding such events in 2019 with a number of interested partner groups.
- One of the most impressive effects of the competition is the use of an image from the Irish competition to illustrate the Wikidata entry for Engineer. The person featured in the photograph is a female Irish engineer and science communicator, who is also an advocate for scientists who are LGBTQA+.
- In August 2018, we were approached by the charity Teen Turn to work with them at a large national event for young people called Zeminar on 13-15 November 2018. Teen Turn work specifically with teenage girls from disadvantaged backgrounds to get them meaningful work placements with tech companies, and they have expressed an interest in working with WCI to explore how learning about Wikimedia projects could play a part in their work. For Zeminar, we shared their booth at the event for 3 days, acting as an interactive show and tell, demonstrating to teenagers how Wikipedia works and getting them to make micro edits to articles. The event sees around 15,000 young people aged between 15-20 attend, so was an invaluable and interesting outreach event for WCI. There are plans to repeat this partnership in November 2019, and to explore how we can partner on other events or projects. Another effect of this event was making contact with Irish speaking advocacy groups such as Gael Linn, and has lead to us starting discussions on how we could collaborate on their projects with teenagers and schools in 2019-2020.
- As part of their month long celebration of International Women's Day, Accenture invited Rebecca and our Deputy Chair Eugene to facilitate a morning editing workshop on 22 March 2019. The workshop was titled Women in Tech and saw staff members of Accenture learn how to edit Wikipedia. One article on an Irish activist, Philomena Canning, was published after the event.
Wiki Science winning images on display at SCI:COM
Wiki Science winning images on display at SCI:COM