Grants:Simple/Applications/Wikimedia Community Ireland/2020

Application or grant stage: grant in progress
Applicant or grantee: grantee
Amount requested: EUR 42,412.10
Amount granted: EUR 53,015.10
Funding period: 1 April 2020 to 30 June 2021
Midpoint report due: 15 November 2020
Final report due: 30 July 2021

BackgroundEdit

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IntroductionEdit

We are carrying over our direction as outlined in our grant for 2019 to continue to inform our work:

  • Developing and promoting critical digital skills and information literacy, in both Irish and English
  • Advocating for knowledge equity within Ireland
  • Participating in the emergent conversations around open policies within Ireland

From our experiences in 2019, we will be adapting the work that we do to focus more on the sustainability of our work and foster community and volunteer independence, as well as looking to build capacity where we can. What this means in real terms is that we will shift our focus from metrics that are concentrated on event and partnership models in education, GLAMs and advocacy, to one that develops resources and supports for those wanting to engage with Wikimedia aligned or partnered work in their field. In creating materials specifically tailored to Irish communities, we aim to empower more people based in Ireland to work with Wikimedia projects with more independence than is currently possible.

The motivation for moving to this model comes from how the profile of WCI has matured in the past 3 years, and how we have become a recognised organisation within the Irish landscape for those working in education, GLAMs, digital advocacy, and in the Irish language. We have reached a point in our group’s development that we expend less energy on making connections and being invited into relevant spaces, and more time is now needed to create resources and materials that can help grow those connections and partnerships into more meaningful, complex projects and outcomes. With just one employee and around 10 volunteers proactively engaged in supporting Wikimedia work in Ireland in their own professional work and communities, now is the time to invest time into resources that interested communities, organisations, and individuals can use without being dependant on one of the members of WCI being physically or virtually present for any workshops, events, or programmes. We want to ensure that working with Wikimedia projects in Ireland is not contingent on one of the members of WCI having to be present to facilitate, allowing us to offer support in new and more adaptive ways.

There is and will continue to be a place for in-person support, and our metrics will reflect the drive to grow the number of events and partnerships that WCI support through training and resources. However, we are aware that not only may it not always be possible for us to support events in such a way, but that not all groups will want that kind of support.

Another motivation for investing time into developing resources and documenting our work is to make our work more visible to the wider, international Wikimedia community. As a group working in a small country, with a minority language, and without full internet penetration, we believe that our experiences could be of great value to other emerging and small Wikimedia groups. We have always engaged with Wikimedia newsletters and other documentation when possible, but have lacked the capacity to document, interrogate, and reflect more deeply our work within the wider context of the Wikimedia movement. In light of the strong themes on better communication across the movement that has emerged from the Movement Strategy, we strongly believe that now is the time to formally document the work we have done in the past 6 years. Focusing on both the successes and the failures, demonstrating how we changed our strategies and goals as time and capacities have evolved, as we firmly believe our experiences of what has worked, but especially what has not worked will be of great use and support to our fellow user groups across the Wikimedia movement.

ProgramsEdit

Community Outreach

Working with allies

Description As our group matures, we now have a number of established relationships with partners in other not-for-profit and voluntary groups such as Amnesty Ireland, TOG Hackerspace, and Dublin Maker Fair. In the coming year, it is our plan to continue these relationships with these allies as well as developing stronger relationship with other groups such as Open Street Map Ireland.

Objectives

  • Continue to provide support and guidance to active editors in creating and expanding projects
  • Attend events run by allies to promote community and Wikipedia projects to continue to make new contacts, new collaborators or new partners for more Wikimedia events and projects
  • Continue to hold community events to introduce editors and allies to the community and our project base, while exploring new avenues to hold similar informal events in other venues such as Irish language spaces, libraries, and universities

Metrics and targets

  • Assist 5 editors to develop and run Wikimedia projects/events who have not run events previously

Activities

  • Attend 10 events run by allies
  • Hold 20 events to target new editors and allies
  • Look for a partner institution/group to convene a regular Vicipéid editing event similar to the TOG monthly meetup

Wiki Loves Monuments

Description Since the integration of National Inventory of Architectural Heritage sites into WLM, and the increase in the number of sites with no image yet, the level of participation has remained steady. This means that the Irish competition is not yet seeing the large drop off in participation yet. As long as we continue to see around 1000 images uploaded each year, we will continue to run WLM in Ireland. As we look to work with secondary school students (which would include students studying history) and increased interest in collaboration from archaeology group, we will look to how the images can be used as prompts for creating new or improving articles on both Wikipedia and Vicipéid.

Explore the possibility of the relevant maps associated with the Irish National Monuments and National Inventory of Architectural Heritage linking to the image sets on Commons through Wikidata integration. Each year, the bank of images of sites with no image on Commons has increased, as well as the integration with Wikidata. It is our plan to speak with Wikidata experts and other Wikimedia groups on how the National Monuments Service and the NIAH could draw in images hosted on Commons to be displayed on their mapping platforms.

Objectives

  • Maintain overall engagement with the competition and the images
  • Expand engagement to Secondary schools to utilise the images
  • Expand use of images and creation of articles around images

Metrics and targets

  • Have over 1000 images uploaded during the competition
  • Have at least 100 participants in WLM

Activities

  • Work with 2 Secondary school groups to use images or create articles around images
  • Host an editing event with archaeological or local history groups to use the images to create and enhance articles
  • Consult with Wikidatians on strategies and methods of the Monument Service drawing in images hosted on Commons into their platform
  • Hold a WLM upload event in TOG as part of our monthly editing events

Wiki Loves Earth

Description Having run Wiki Science 3 years in a row, twice in tandem with the international competition and once without, we have decided to run Wiki Science every 2 years. This is to ensure that when Wiki Science is run in Ireland, it benefits from the visibility and promotional support of the international competition. We noticed that we struggled without that additional on-Wiki promotion in 2018. In 2019, Wiki Science introduced a new category called "Wildlife and Nature". This was the most popular category by a long margin in the Irish 2019 Wiki Science competition - 59 entries in this category compared to 33 in the next most popular category, the general category. Reflecting on this, and given the recent publication of datasets relating to protected landscapes, national parks, and other areas of natural beauty, we have decided to bring Wiki Loves Earth to Ireland for the first time in 2020. Given the size of Ireland, the number of sites is quite finite (e.g. just 6 National Parks) depending on what designated areas we choose to include in this first edition. If the competition proves to be popular we can explore ways of integrating more specific sites into the competition in consultation with the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Unlike WLM, which runs in September, WLE runs in May which may be a better time to draw in school and university groups to take part in the competition. We have found that WLM is too early in the new academic year for teachers or lecturers to get student groups out taking photos. May is closer to the time that schools will organise school tours or trips to areas such as National Parks for educational purposes, so WLE could fold more easily into the teaching schedule. WLE also covers protected species of flora and fauna, which makes it of interest to Science, Geography, and Civic, Social and Political Education at secondary level. We plan on using teacher networks such as the Irish Science Teachers Association to promote the competition to teachers and their classes. The timing in May could also facilitate photography lecturers at third level incorporating the competition's subject matter into their teaching, encouraging student participation while also using it as a tool to teach about open licencing in photography.

Like with Wiki Science, the competition is likely to be popular with scientists in relevant disciplines, so we aim on targeting universities, colleges and research institutions with an interest in landscapes, flora and fauna. There are also a number of networks that are dedicated to the natural landscape, such as the Irish Environmental Network, as well as government and non-governmental organisations such the EPA and Coillte.

Objectives

  • Create a database for use in WLE
  • Outreach to Secondary/Third level groups about competition

Metrics and targets

  • 400 images uploaded
  • 25 participants

Activities

  • Hold a WLE upload event in TOG as part of our monthly editing events

Irish language advocacy

Irish language education resources

Description

A+F Organizers Guide, could be adapted and/or translated into Irish

In our interactions with Irish language groups such as Gael Linn and Conradh na Gaeilge we have discovered that while there is a great interest in getting more Irish speakers of all levels engaged with Vicipéid, they don't have many resources or much time to dedicate towards developing materials around editing Wikimedia projects through Irish. Therefore, we have decided that in 2020 the best use of our time is in developing Vicipéid and other editing materials which we can then offer to these organisations to disseminate to their members and other interested groups. As these groups can work with numerous types of Irish speaking groups, from school groups to university societies to adult learners, we plan to develop a number of packs tailored to different needs but broadly themed on how to run a Vicipéid editing workshop, modelled on the Art+Feminism pack and drawing in some of the presentations and materials developed by WCI member, PhD researcher and lecturer Meghan Dowling. These packs would come in three levels:

  • Late primary and post primary students (ages 12-15): modelled on the Coder Dojo format of modules for Dojo trainers,WiciMôn Project, or the Wellcome Resources
  • Post primary school packs (ages 16-18): For use in the Gael Linn Galebrathach scheme or for Irish language societies to use for informal learning with students
  • Adult learning packs (ages 18+): Modelled on the Art+Feminism event pack, a guide on how to run your own editing event on Vicipéid

All of these packs would allow for either partnered events with WCI or to be run independently, to allow greater flexibility for editing events to happen in Ireland without the need for direct or in-person support from Rebecca or other members of WCI. This is not to discourage active partnership with WCI, but rather to allow motivated individuals or groups to undertake editing and other Wikimedia workshops with well resourced and comprehensive materials.

In 2019 we had hoped to develop a pilot pack that could be taken up by schools. Unfortunately this was more challenging than we had anticipated, and this did not come to fruition. However, based on our recent work with groups like the Computer Educators Society of Ireland, we believe that we are in a better position to have the contacts we need to start to develop, pilot and refine such a pack in 2020. With these new connections and avenues for collaboration in mind, we are bringing over some of the metrics from last year’s grant into this year.

Objectives

  • Improving engagement by translating resources into Irish
  • Support events across Ireland that there is no in-person support available by developing event packs
  • Developing more of an "On-Wiki" presence on Vicipéid, Commons, and Meta

Metrics and targets

  • Have 10-20 Secondary school students complete 25 hours of instruction and editing in Vicipéid. The programme will be evaluated after this first cohort
  • Engage with Irish language societies at 3 Universities/Colleges

Activities

  • Create a "How to edit Vicipéid" resource pack for primary school
  • Create a "How to edit Vicipéid" resource pack for secondary school
  • Develop a "How to run a Vicipéid editing event" for use by Irish language societies aimed at university or adult life-long learning groups
  • Create a "How to Upload to Commons" resource pack
  • Assist with 5 events run by Irish language societies

Celtic Knot

Description The Celtic Knot Conference 2020 will take place in Limerick on 9 and 10 July 2020. This will be the first time that the conference will take place outside of Great Britain. In its 4th year, the context of Celtic Knot 2020 will be strongly informed by the Irish context and how those working in Irish language education, culture or promotion can benefit from using Vicipéid and other Wikimedia sister projects in their work. Our partner institution for Celtic Knot is the Hunt Museum, who will be the central location and much of the setting for the 2-day conference. They will also engage with other cultural and educational partners in Limerick to provide space or facilities as required.

In preparation for the conference, we have been in talks with Léa Lacroix from Wikimedia DE to provide the Wikidata track. Given the increased interest in linked data integration with open data repositories in Ireland, we are planning to run pre and post conference events aimed at GLAM professionals and other sectors which would provide introductory workshops on Wikidata on Wednesday and Saturday (8 and 11 July). In 2019, we proposed the idea of a hack day for Vicipéid, getting users and experienced Wikimedians in a room (virtually or physically) to address problems on Vicipéid. This was not possible at the time but it is hoped to explore this at Celtic Knot 2020 to ensure we capitalise on the expertise present. We aim to have this event as part of these pre/post conference events, with specific targets like decreasing the volume of English that displays on the mobile Vicipéid site, or looking at issues around the porting of citations from English to Irish on the translation tool.

Following the model used in the last 3 conferences, we are hoping to provide a small number of travel scholarships to attendees of Celtic Knot. This would hope to cover the travel and accommodation of circa 5 attendees, and hopefully will be funded by a separate grant.

We have formalised our collaboration with Wikimedia UK though a memorandum of understanding. We will be working with them on further formalisation of some of the organisational, curatorial and thematic elements of Celtic Knot as it continues to develop and travel to new contexts.

Objectives

  • Utilise the Celtic Knot conference to improve and develop the understanding of Wikimedia projects within the context of Irish and other minority languages
  • Engage with developers of other small language Wikipedias for assistance with developing Vicipéid
  • Host a hackathon to concentrate Vicipéid editors on improving the platform over a day pre and post the Celtic Knot conference

Metrics and targets

  • Identify 3 areas for targeted improvement on Vicipéid
  • Host Hack your Vicipéid event as a pre/post conference event

Activities

  • Hosting Celtic Knot in Ireland

Education Outreach

Primary and post-primary level outreach

Description As both Wikimedia activities in Ireland and in the international Wikimedia community have developed over the last few years, a focus has emerged on teaching younger students (aged 12-18) about Wikipedia, including editing and otherwise contributing to Wikimedia platforms. We have had some ad hoc events run with post-primary student groups which were convened at the request of individual teachers. We have heard anecdotally that there are teachers who are using editing Wikipedia and Vicipéid in the classroom without any contact with WCI. Similar to rationale for developing Irish language resources, we want to be able to support as many teachers and student groups as possible by providing resources aimed at their teaching and learning outcomes. As there is obviously a number of different groups to which we could aim materials at, based on age, ability and desired outcomes. However, for this coming year, we are going to again focus on Transition Year (TY) students. These students are aged 15-17 and are taking part in a year of applied learning which sits outside of preparation for the two state Irish exams. They usually have less demanding semesters which allow for the incorporation of a module on Wikimedia. As outlined above, there are a number of jumping off points that we can use within these materials, such as the images from WLM waiting for articles, or taking part in Wiki Loves Earth. In the longer term, introducing TY students to Wikidata and other analytic tools may lead to student interaction at national competitions such as Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.

We will begin promoting the development of these modules at the annual Computer Educators Society of Ireland conference in February 2020. We will also target other teachers associations who could have an interest in incorporating Wikipedia editing into their TY teaching. In these metrics, we have included the development of modules or resources for primary and post primary students, as we will be creating these in Irish - these will be developed in tandem.

Objectives

  • Develop modules for use of Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects

Metrics and targets

  • Test modules with 2 classes and collate feedback
  • Run 2 workshops in transition year classes with optimised modules

Activities

  • Create a "How to edit Wikipedia" resource pack for primary school
  • Create a "How to edit Wikipedia" resource pack for secondary school
  • Create a "How to Upload to Commons" resource pack

Third level outreach

Description

Wiki Education Foundation all classroom handouts

The Wikimedia Community in Ireland has built relations with multiple individuals, schools and departments in the third level educational spaces throughout the island of Ireland. To a large extent we find that new partner institutions and individuals working within them approach us regarding partnering on Wikimedia projects more regularly. Informal feedback revealed that these approaches are directly connected to our longevity in the education community as well as increased visibility through talks and presentations given by Rebecca and members of WCI. These resource packs will point users to the rich bank of images generated by WLM since 2014, as well as relevant initiatives such as lists of missing biographies from Women in Red and stub articles relating to Ireland.

In the Republic of Ireland there are two types of institutions that teach at third level and above:

  • 8 universities, 7 of which we have held events in
  • 11 institutes of technology, 1 of which we have held events in

In Northern Ireland there are two types of institutions that teach at third level and above:

  • 2 universities, 1 of which we have held events in
  • 7 further or higher education colleges, none of which we have worked with

Objectives

  • Continue current engagement with universities
  • Create a "How to Edit Wikipedia/Vicipéid" resource pack localised to Irish subject areas/areas of interest

Metrics and Targets

  • Create partnerships with 3 new third level institutions, focusing on the institutes of technology

Activities

  • Run or assist in 15 events held in universities or colleges
  • Assist with 5 events run by Irish language societies

GLAM Partnerships

Supporting Wikimedia work in the Irish GLAM sector

Description As with education, we are increasingly finding that we have developed a level of recognition in Irish GLAM sector and with associated cultural organisations.

The Celtic Knot conference will be a key element to developing capacity in Ireland for more complex and nuanced collaborations between Wikimedia projects and Irish GLAMS - with a particular focus on the use of Wikidata. We will begin the promotion of Celtic Knot to the Irish GLAM community at a Wikipedia workshop at the Irish Museums Association annual conference in February 2020.

In 2019 we had aimed to foster partnerships that would result in Wikimedian in Residence aligned work through internships in GLAM organisations. It has become apparent that as an organisation, we are not in a position to advance that in a meaningful way as we lack the personnel and funding capacity to further this as a project. We can still suggest such activities within GLAMs, and we can advocate for why WiR and how other Wikimedia aligned internships can be a powerful tool, but we cannot take it further. In 2020, we want to refocus on the sort of work and materials we can support and develop, which can then be offered to GLAMs when they approach us regarding Wikimedia projects.

The Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) became the Europeana Irish partner, following a number of years with Ireland having no such representation with the platform. Given the remit of Europeana and the DRI around the use of open licences with digitised collections, WCI can now play a supportive role in this work in Ireland.

Objectives

  • Promote understanding about Wikidata in Ireland
  • Continue to promote the use of open licencing in Irish GLAMs

Metrics and targets

  • Run 5 events with Irish GLAMs with 45 participants
  • Run Wikidata event at Celtic Knot with 15 participants

Activities

  • Run a Wikidata event for GLAM professionals as a pre/post conference Celtic Knot
  • Continue to support Irish GLAMs in their Wikipedia editing events during annual campaigns such as Art+Feminism and Heritage Week

Working with minority groups

Description There has been a movement by Irish GLAMs in the past year or more to better represent and reflect the wide range of communities in Ireland including the Travelling community, refugee groups, and LGBT+ groups. Following Rebecca's participation in an event held by the Archive Research Association in November 2019, we have begun to make contact with groups which represent such groups in Ireland to gauge interest. Many of these groups are engaged in GLAM activities, holding events around preserving and promoting their culture while bringing attention to issues around discrimination and equality. Much like Irish language groups in Ireland, these groups will suffer from the same lack of staff, volunteer time and capacity, but they have responded positively in initial conversations. Work in this area will most likely take a longer term conversation for it to develop into a more substantive events and engagement, but 2020 will mark the start of this work.

Objectives

  • Begin conversations with groups representing the Travelling community, refugee groups, and LGBT+ groups in Ireland regarding Wikimedia events or collaboration
  • Provide support and information on open licencing for new or existing photographic and other collections

Metrics and targets

  • Make contact with 5 groups working with minority communities

Activities

  • Attend 5 events/meetings organised or co-organised by minority communities

Grant Metrics ReportingEdit

Metrics, targets and results: grants metrics worksheet here.


Midterm reportEdit

Program storyEdit

Please tell or link to one program story that showcases your organization's achievements during the reporting period. This can be another meta page, a blog post or any other source that tells your program story.

Program ProgressEdit

COVID-19Edit

 
Social distancing in the Bram Stoker Park

Like all parts of the world and Wikimedia groups, Wikimedia Community Ireland has been significantly impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic. There was a full lockdown in place from mid-March 2020, which was gradually lifted over the summer. Schools and some cultural institutions were allowed to reopen in September and parts of the country were placed under various forms of local lockdown in response to increasing infection rates. In mid-October, the whole country was again placed under a lockdown that has seen all non-essential travel and services suspended until early December. Unsurprisingly, this has affected the range and depth of activities that WCI have been able to engage in for much of 2020. Even when parts of the country went into more open phases of the lockdown, the appetite and capacity for the sorts of outreach and collaborative work we would engage in has been minimal at best. It did allow us to experiment more with online or virtual remote events in a manner that may have been difficult to garner the audience for in the past. While this has meant the amount of events we have held has been curtailed a great deal, the tone and level of engagement has appeared deeper and more considered.

In light of the curtailment of our outreach events, the group decided to use the time to focus on the development and publication of our group’s first multi-year strategic plan. Beginning in early November this year, the group is undertaking 4 meetings to brainstorm, collaborate and ultimately formulate a 3 year strategy for the period of 2021 to 2024. As of this report, we are halfway through this process, and plan to have the plan published by the start of 2021. This has allowed us time and space to consider the kinds of documentation we want to focus on producing, which was a key outcome we had identified in the grant application.

Earlier in the year we were able to complete the Irish user survey that had not been completed by the end of the previous grant. While all attempts were made to replicate the conditions of the first survey, the main difference was that users had to be logged in to see the banner inviting them to take part in the survey. In 2016, the banner was visible to all visitors to Wikipedia in Ireland. This resulted in a lower level of engagement than we had hoped for with the survey.

Community Outreach

Working with allies

 
New stickers for 2020

Much like our group, most of our community allies have had to cancel, postpone or move online all events planned for 2020. The sort of in-person networking events that we would have attended in years previous, were all cancelled. This has meant that we have not been able to offer the sorts of events that would have seen us partner with these groups on mutually aligned topics or subject areas. Similarly, as the whole of Ireland was affected by varying lockdowns, none of our members in any parts of the country were able to host or convene regional meetups or gatherings. Rebecca has continued to attend as many relevant online meetups, seminars, presentations and conferences as possible to maintain a presence within the groups we have or wish to work with, but with the limitations of virtual events the impact has been much lower overall.

Since 14 May Rebecca has been live streaming Wikipedia editing on Twitch. Initially she began streaming four days a week, but stepped this back to two a week as other engagements and work took priority. The first 12 of these videos, demonstrating the very basic principles of editing Wikipedia, have been archived on YouTube. These have proved a valuable resource with regard to virtual and asynchronous events, as participants can consult the videos in their own time and in relation to specific questions.

With all that in mind, we have taken up every opportunity to engage with groups and individuals who have invited us to take part in their virtual events in the past 6 months. This has included taking part in podcasts, Discord meetups, and a virtual conference. In October, we restarted the Wikipedia editing evening in TOG as a virtual meetup on Discord. Due to the saturation of online events we had ceased holding these events from March to September. It was decided to restart them in response to the new lockdown and that in winter people might be looking for more online events to attend in the evenings.

Continuing a relationship that we have had with the Octocon Sci-Fi convention that we have had over a number of years, Rebecca took part in two events for this year's virtual convention. Firstly she took part in a pre-con panel, reflecting on who Wikipedia and Wikimedia projects can be used to collect and document the ephemeral. Alongside Antiqueight, she then facilitated a live demonstration and discussion on how to start editing Wikipedia with a focus on subjects and topics of interest to the conference audience.

Rebecca also gave a guest talk to the subscribers to the Maow Club in October. This is an informal learning and networking community of cat owners in Ireland, and was given in the context of lifelong learning and the exploration of broad interesting topics.

Rebecca was interviewed on two podcasts:

Objectives

  • Continue to provide support and guidance to active editors in creating and expanding projects
  • Attend events run by allies to promote community and Wikipedia projects to continue to make new contacts, new collaborators or new partners for more Wikimedia events and projects
  • Continue to hold community events to introduce editors and allies to the community and our project base, while exploring new avenues to hold similar informal events in other venues such as Irish language spaces, libraries, and universities

Metrics and targets

  • Assist 5 editors to develop and run Wikimedia projects/events who have not run events previously - no events held due to the pandemic

Activities

  • Attend 10 events run by allies - 5, including podcast interviews and online events
  • Hold 20 events to target new editors and allies - replaced with Twitch and other digital outreach
  • Look for a partner institution/group to convene a regular Vicipéid editing event similar to the TOG monthly meetup - postponed due to the pandemic, but actively looking for virtual partners/avenues for this work

Wiki Loves Monuments

Like many organisers of WLM in 2020, the various restrictions on meetings and travel had a strong impact on the level of outreach we could do. There were a lot of similar competitions and awareness campaigns being run by other cultural institutions who were forced to move all of their activities online such as the National Monuments Service, the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage and more local cultural institutions. Taking that into consideration, the overall impact to our WLM targets were not as bad as might have been envisaged. Our numbers stayed relatively close to previous years, though we did not see an increase in participation, we did have a strong number of new uploaders as well as those returning to the competition from previous years. We had 946 images uploaded by 46 participants, which was down from 1222 images from 76 uploaders in 2019. However, this is broadly in line with the last 4 years of WLM in Ireland, and demonstrates that like many other countries we are starting to see a few core uploaders returning each year with a high number of uploaded images.

The main impact was our inability to act on some of the outreach we wished to do in relation to the use and impact of the accumulated images from 2014 onwards. As will be outlined further in the section on education outreach, there were no or very limited ways in which we could engage with students or teachers this year. As the pandemic continues, and as we reflect on the more successful events we have organised as part of our strategic planning, we hope to foster more engagement and use of the WLM images on Wikimedia projects, as well as looking at writing drives or other on-Wiki outreach.

As the amount of sites included in WLM in Ireland increases every year, as well as issues regarding duplicate objects in Wikidata, the capturing of the percentage of sites photographed has proven challenging. However, we will continue to monitor the use of the WLM images across Wikimedia projects on a yearly basis in our annual final grant report.

With both WLM and WLE, Rebecca talked about and demonstrated how to upload images to both competitions during her Twitch live streams throughout July and September.

Objectives

  • Maintain overall engagement with the competition and the images
  • Expand engagement to Secondary schools to utilise the images
  • Expand use of images and creation of articles around images

Metrics and targets

  • Have over 1000 images uploaded during the competition - 946 uploads
  • Have at least 100 participants in WLM - 49 participants

Activities

  • Work with 2 Secondary school groups to use images or create articles around images - not possible due to the pandemic
  • Host an editing event with archaeological or local history groups to use the images to create and enhance articles - not possible due to the pandemic
  • Consult with Wikidatians on strategies and methods of the Monument Service drawing in images hosted on Commons into their platform - unable to proceed due to Irish government staff working from home and increased workload
  • Hold a WLM upload event in TOG as part of our monthly editing events - not possible due to the pandemic

Wiki Loves Earth

 
WLE Ireland 2020 certificates

As we were so curtailed in our in-person events, we felt that even if 2020 was not an ideal year to launch WLE for the first time in Ireland, that it was important to host as many campaigns that participants could take part in in a safe manner given the overall conditions. As mentioned in the proceeding section, many other local and government authorities ran similar photography and other competitions online to maintain a connection to their communities and to encourage people to use the outdoor facilities in their 5-20 kilometres during the various points of the Irish lockdown. This meant that WLE was operating in a space with a lot of competitors for people’s time, and it proved difficult to garner the interest of the relevant organisations to promote the competition to their audiences as they were already running their own very similar outreach.

However, for an inaugural competition, we saw 307 images uploaded by 35 participants. A number were returning participants from WLM and Wiki Science. For this first year, we relied on lists of some relevant sites for the competition. However, not all sites were covered such as Ramsar sites, and the lists were divided by designation rather than location which may have been a barrier to engagement. The majority of the work this year was assembling those initial lists of National Parks, Geoparks, Special Areas of Conservation and Special Protection Areas, so next year we are hoping to create a more user friendly set of tables organised by county or province rather than by designation for ease of access. Through some online events, we have also recently made contact with the Irish Geopark network who are interested in partnering with us for WLE in 2021. We also plan to bring our competition in line with most other countries, and hold in during May 2021.

The 2020 winners can be found here.

Objectives

  • Create a database for use in WLE - lists were generated on Wikimedia Commons, with most sites now represented on Wikidata
  • Outreach to Secondary/Third level groups about competition - not possible due to the pandemic

Metrics and targets

  • 400 images uploaded - 307 uploads
  • 25 participants - 35 participants

Activities

  • Hold a WLE upload event in TOG as part of our monthly editing events - not possible due to the pandemic, digital outreach through Twitch used in its place

Irish language advocacy

Irish language education resources

From March to July 2020, all Irish schools and universities were shut down as part of the national lockdown to control the spread of COVID-19. Since September, primary and secondary schools have reopened, but all third level institutions have remained closed, conducting the majority of teaching online. This has had two major impacts on our Irish language advocacy and educational programmes: firstly, during the closure and subsequent limited reopening of educational institutions has meant that any in-person events or outreach is impossible. Secondly, the capacity for educators and others working in the Irish language to engage with us to provide extracurricular activities for groups of students or societies has proven to be non-existent. In light of schools reopening with all the COVID-19 precautions and protective measures, any teachers we have been in contact with have no time to dedicate to extra activities outside of their curriculum. In normal times, we are competing with a lot of other time drains on teachers as well as many other groups looking to engage with students. During the pandemic, educators are dealing with so many factors around safeguarding that any capacity or interest they may have had in engaging with us has had to be delayed until the pandemic is over or the danger is significantly reduced. This has been doubly true for those working in the Irish language, who are generally under a lot of pressure to undertake many extra projects. Overall, the impact on us has been that we have no allies to work with on this project, as those we had hoped to work with do not have the ability, time or capacity to do so.

However, we have been approached by an EU partner to explore a project that would address many of our stated objectives. Having heard Rebecca's interview on The Europeans Podcast, Simon Tubb of the Learning Hub in Friesland, The Netherlands, contacted us about working on an EU funded Erasmus+ project focusing on minority language content relating to women’s history on Wikipedia. Led by Simon and the Learning Hub, WCI and Basque Wikimedians User Group, are working on a funding proposal for a project that would see three groups of students from each host country editing in their local language and then travelling to each country as part of a cultural exchange programme. As part of this project, funding would be made available to generate the kinds of Irish language materials we outlined here as outcomes to allow for further growth of Wikipedia editing in schools in each of the host countries. This application will be made in March 2021, and if successful will begin in September 2021, and would allow us to employ someone with the Irish language and experience of secondary school education to generate these materials.

In the case that this funding is not successful, we are exploring alternatives to how we could work with Irish language and educational professionals to generate the learning materials for using Wikipedia and Vicipéid in the classroom. One possible avenue is working with teacher training courses to have the development of these teaching and outreach materials be part of an assignment for those training to become teachers themselves. We are also continuing other conversations with interested groups as to how this could be progressed with the resources and communities we currently have at our disposal.

Objectives

  • Improving engagement by translating resources into Irish - work ongoing
  • Support events across Ireland that there is no in-person support available by developing event packs - work ongoing, but no demand for these materials at present
  • Developing more of an "On-Wiki" presence on Vicipéid, Commons, and Meta - work ongoing

Metrics and targets

  • Have 10-20 Secondary school students complete 25 hours of instruction and editing in Vicipéid. The programme will be evaluated after this first cohort - not possible due to the pandemic
  • Engage with Irish language societies at 3 Universities/Colleges - not possible due to the pandemic

Activities

  • Create a "How to edit Vicipéid" resource pack for primary school - work ongoing
  • Create a "How to edit Vicipéid" resource pack for secondary school - work ongoing
  • Develop a "How to run a Vicipéid editing event" for use by Irish language societies aimed at university or adult life-long learning groups - work ongoing
  • Create a "How to Upload to Commons" resource pack - work ongoing
  • Assist with 5 events run by Irish language societies - not possible due to the pandemic

Celtic Knot

Very early on in 2020, it became obvious that the Celtic Knot conference would need to be cancelled or move to a virtual event. Early meetings between Rebecca and Richard Neville and Daria Cybulska or WMUK and Léa Lacroix from WMDE, it emerged that the group were willing to try and facilitate the conference online. There were many reasons for this, but one was in response to so many other Wikimedia conferences being cancelled and the group felt it was important for the Celtic Knot community to be given a meeting place in 2020 to have some of the connection and knowledge sharing that has been a feature of their summers since 2017.

For the Irish context, the pivot to online did impact on many of the objectives we had hoped to achieve with the conference. With our partner, the Hunt Museum, we had hoped to provide a wide number of in-person sessions to Irish GLAM and education professionals. While the virtual Celtic Knot did have a number of fringe events, due to pressure on the Hunt during the lockdown, and the capacity of the Celtic Knot organising team, these events did not go ahead. We had also aimed to capitalise on having a number of Wikimedians with developer and Wikidata skills in the same physical room as Irish language speakers and users of Vicipéid to collaborate on what tools and other features that could be implemented on Vicipéid. Unfortunately, the virtual format did not really allow for these sorts of serendipitous collaborations and work to happen.The workload in getting the conference organised, as well as the capacity it took to develop the programme, facilitate and deliver, there was no additional capacity for the hackathon events that had been originally envisioned.

There was a great deal of engagement from the Irish language community who were not editors of Vicipéid was primarily due to the profile of the keynote speakers, Kevin Scannell and Darach Ó Séaghdha, as well as the poetry and dance sessions from Ciara Ní É and Sibéal Davitt. These names helped to draw in parts of the Irish speaking community who may not have attended an in-person event due to time, travel, and expense. Having the events virtually also resulted in us having a video archive of all the sessions, which is something that is not always as easy to facilitate in-person to a high standard.

Due to the collaboration between staff of WCI, WMUK, and WMDE, there was the capacity to document the conference to a very high standard. It has been reported back to us that the resulting information has been of great help to other Wikimedia groups in developing and hosting their own online conferences and events.

To maintain the feeling of connection after the conference, we organised and posted "swag bags" to each of the speakers and participants who wanted one after the conference. These included stickers, pens, badges, a postcard and a face mask with the Celtic Knot logo. As people received them, they would post to the Telegram groups and on social media. To support local Irish businesses, the masks were printed by a company located in a Gaeltacht (Irish speaking area) in Galway.

The full documentation of Celtic Knot 2020 can be found here and link to the conference page here.

Objectives

  • Utilise the Celtic Knot conference to improve and develop the understanding of Wikimedia projects within the context of Irish and other minority languages
  • Engage with developers of other small language Wikipedias for assistance with developing Vicipéid
  • Host a hackathon to concentrate Vicipéid editors on improving the platform over a day pre and post the Celtic Knot conference

Metrics and targets

  • Identify 3 areas for targeted improvement on Vicipéid - not possible due to the virtual format
  • Host Hack your Vicipéid event as a pre/post conference event - not possible due to the virtual format

Activities

  • Hosting Celtic Knot in Ireland - the first virtual Celtic Knot held

Education Outreach

Primary and post-primary level outreach

As outlined above, most of the objectives laid out in the grant have not been possible to implement due to the ongoing pandemic. There has been no interest or capacity from those teaching at secondary level to take on additional or extra curricular activities in light of the extra burdens and teaching staff during the pandemic. We are hoping to leverage some of the work we are doing with the Learning Hub to start the process of developing relevant materials, with the plan to have these ready for when the pandemic eases to the point that schools are once again interested in the sort of partnership and activities we wish to offer.

Objectives

  • Develop modules for use of Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects

Metrics and targets

  • Test modules with 2 classes and collate feedback - not possible due to the pandemic
  • Run 2 workshops in transition year classes with optimised modules - not possible due to the pandemic

Activities

  • Create a "How to edit Wikipedia" resource pack for primary school - work ongoing
  • Create a "How to edit Wikipedia" resource pack for secondary school - work ongoing
  • Create a "How to Upload to Commons" resource pack - work ongoing

Third level outreach

Like all other educational institutions, third level colleges and universities closed from March onwards due to the pandemic. They were due to return to on-campus teaching in September, but due to concerns about the travel and mixing involved, all third level institutions were advised to move all possible teaching online for the first semester. Like in all other aspects of our work, we have felt the effect on the level of engagement from lecturers and other teaching staff with us. We have a number of lecturers with whom we have a long term relationship, but largely running events with us has not been a priority for educators as they had to pivot to purely online teaching with very little notice from the government.

We have continued our outreach efforts, attending relevant online seminars and making contact with educators who express interest in using Wikimedia projects in teaching. This progress has been much slower, and may not yield results until the academic year 2021/2022.

Events held with third level institutions

National University of Ireland, Galway

  • 12 May Open Scholarship week panel and wikithon
  • 25 June NUIG Data Science Institute seminar - Rebecca was invited to speak to the staff and postgraduate students of the Institute as a lunch time event.

University College Dublin

  • UCD information studies is our longest standing programme with lecturer Dr Crystal Fulton. Each year second year students work on improving a set of Irish historical biographies.

University College Cork

  • 30 October UCC Understanding Diverse Digital Cultures - Rebecca was invited to give a lecture of a group of MA students on multilingualism, language change and the language politics of the internet, using Wikipedia as an example and manifestation of these issues.

University of Limerick

  • 3 November Limerick History Research Seminar: ‘Teaching and Learning with Wikipedia’ - Rebecca was invited to give a broad introduction to Wikipedia and Wikimedia projects to a group of University of Limerick staff and students.
  • 4 November Wikipedia Masterclass - A group of public history masters students in UL had a module which incorporated some Wikipedia editing as a writing exercise to explore different modes of public history discourse and dissemination.

Objectives

  • Continue current engagement with universities
  • Create a "How to Edit Wikipedia/Vicipéid" resource pack localised to Irish subject areas/areas of interest

Metrics and Targets

  • Create partnerships with 3 new third level institutions, focusing on the institutes of technology - work ongoing

Activities

  • Run or assist in 15 events held in universities or colleges - 6 events held
  • Assist with 5 events run by Irish language societies - not possible due to the pandemic

GLAM Partnerships

Supporting Wikimedia work in the Irish GLAM sector

For the majority of 2020, Irish GLAMs have been subject to complete closure, with some reopening in August to October. Similarly to our experience with educational allies, the majority of those working in GLAMs have been under pressure to provide content relevant to families and younger audiences to support these groups as they navigated lockdown. This meant that most staff pivoted to generating relevant materials and outreach which would not have aligned with Wikimedia work that may have been incorporated into their outreach in a usual year.

We have held some events with staff of GLAMs who were working from home, and that were interested in exploring Wikipedia as part of their wider outreach. Literacy about Wikidata is still very low in Ireland, but in the current situation, we have not had the opportunities to increase awareness about the platform within the wider GLAM community in Ireland.

We also have been working on an ongoing partnership with the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) on a Decade of Centenaries Project. The LGMA is the institution which oversees the work of the local libraries across Ireland. This Decade of Centenaries project is to focus on collections relevant to the period 1920-1922 which could be digitised and shared under licences that would make them available for use on Wikimedia projects. Rebecca has been part of the steering group for this project since the beginning, and the project is now at the stage of conducting a survey of the collections in the possession of local libraries and archives with the aim of identifying the most relevant and interesting collections that would then be digitised. The plan is to then host events and campaigns that would encourage new and existing Wikimedians to use these materials to write, illustrate, and improve relevant articles on Wikipedia. With the current schedule, it is hoped that these events would start to take place midway through 2021.

 
Most viewed image from the NLI collection in October 2020 with 285,708 views

As we have been limited in the outreach events that we can host with GLAMs, we have spent some time demonstrating value from Irish collections which are already on Commons. By using a variety of tools, we were able to start generating metrics on the views and usage of images which were either directly uploaded to Commons or were imported from platforms like Flickr as they had a compatible licence. One collection was from the Hunt Museum (more details below) and the second was that of the National Library of Ireland from their “On the Commons” project. For the NLI, we were able to demonstrate that images from their collections have been viewed over 3 million times in October 2020. These metrics will now be made available to the NLI staff through BaGLAMa 2 going forward for their impact reporting. This example is also a powerful one when talking to other GLAMs about the metrics they can track when collections are published under an open licence onto Commons.

Hunt Virtual Editathon - Early on in the lockdown, the Hunt Museum used their closure to facilitate the on uploading of images relating to their archaeological collections as part of a wider Europeana project. Through two workshops, Rebecca worked with the group to improve the descriptions, categorisation, and other information relating to the new images, as well as teaching the Hunt staff how to begin editing Wikipedia generally.

IMMA staff editathon - in May, Rebecca gave a workshop to a group of staff from the Irish Museum of Modern Art. This was the first such event with IMMA and precipitated very interesting conversations about the information they provide, access to their materials, and navigating copyright with living artists.

11 and 18 August IMMA Summer School - this summer school usually takes place in-person on-site in IMMA, but this year was conducted remotely. This meant that the participants were more global than in previous years. Rebecca gave the group two presentations on editing Wikipedia and uploading images to Wikimedia Commons, and facilitated discussions around Wikipedia and the theme for the school in 2020, “statecraft”.

National Healthcare Wikipedian in Residence - this position was renewed in 2020, with Dr Conor Malone being hired as the new WiR. Rebecca and Conor have be in contact about the work that he has been undertaking in the position, and the ways in which WCI can support him in this work.

Objectives

  • Promote understanding about Wikidata in Ireland
  • Continue to promote the use of open licencing in Irish GLAMs

Metrics and targets

  • Run 5 events with Irish GLAMs with 45 participants - 3 events held
  • Run Wikidata event at Celtic Knot with 15 participants - not possible due to the pandemic

Activities

  • Run a Wikidata event for GLAM professionals as a pre/post conference Celtic Knot - not possible due to the pandemic
  • Continue to support Irish GLAMs in their Wikipedia editing events during annual campaigns such as Art+Feminism and Heritage Week - not possible due to the pandemic, but conversations on supporting relevant events is ongoing

Working with minority groups

Once again, this work has largely been frozen due to the pandemic, however there have been some conversations and connections made about the potential partnerships and events that could take place after the pandemic. Initial conversations about a partnership with Dublin Pride were started in March, but these have been suspended for the foreseeable future. Overall, the groups that we wished to work with have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, so their ability and capacity to engage with us has been severely impacted. We hope that once the pandemic is under control, and the communities have time to recover from the impact, we will be able to resume the emerging conversations we had begun with them.

INVISIBLE Wikithon 12 June - the main event that we co-organised under this topic was with the Science Gallery for their exhibition INVISIBLE. The event was conceived of and shaped by one of the youth advisors for the SG, Shubhangi Karmakar. They chaired the virtual wikithon which was live streamed on YouTube by the SG. Rebecca with support from Dr Alice White from the Welcome Trust, led a Wikipedia editing workshop which was part of a larger conversation guided by Shubhangi on aspects of inclusion, diversity and representation on projects such as Wikipedia.

Objectives

  • Begin conversations with groups representing the Travelling community, refugee groups, and LGBT+ groups in Ireland regarding Wikimedia events or collaboration
  • Provide support and information on open licencing for new or existing photographic and other collections

Metrics and targets

  • Make contact with 5 groups working with minority communities - contact made with 2 groups

Activities

  • Attend 5 events/meetings organised or co-organised by minority communities - no relevant events have been open to our members, but we continue to look for avenues to start conversations and foster relationships

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Wikimedia Community Ireland Strategic Plan 2021-2024

The on-going pandemic impacted on our ability to progress many of the objectives and activities set out in the original grant proposal. Overall, we found that even with lockdown restrictions gradually easing from May 2021 onwards, people’s capacity for working with us was very limited. Where there was any interest in engaging in conversation with us about potential future projects, we ensured that we took those opportunities up and we are hopeful that we can bring those new connections into our work in the future.

Over the course of November 2020, four sessions were held with active members of Wikimedia Community Ireland to formulate the group’s first Strategic Plan. The result is a three year plan, aligned with the Wikimedia Movement Strategy, which sets out our motivations, goals, and plans for the period of 2021 to 2024. This also informed our annual plan 2021 to 2022. As a result of our strategic plan, we have entered into discussions with Wikimedia UK regarding closer cooperation and collaboration on fulfilling our overlapping objectives and goals across the UK and Ireland, with particular regard to support of the Irish language and Northern Ireland.

Since May 2021, Rebecca has been engaged in The Capacity Exchange, a pilot project to implement the strategic recommendations around capacity building in the movement through peer to peer learning and exchange of knowledge and resources. This is a continuation of her work with the capacity building working group and is strongly aligned with Wikimedia Community Ireland’s strong interest and commitment to greater connectivity and learning across the wider Wikimedia community.

Rebecca and Antigueight have also continued to take part in a number of on-going strategic meetings, including those focused on GLAM outreach and minority languages.

Community Outreach

Working with allies

Given the restrictions on in-person events, the main form of outreach has been Rebecca's Twitch live streaming twice a week. These sessions covered any current campaigns, editing drives, or other ongoing Wikimedia events. Alongside these live streams, we have continued to hold virtual editing events monthly with TOG Hackerspace over Discord. These have seen a small number of attendees overall, but we believe they are important to continue as part of our regular outreach and as active partners of the hacker and open communities in Ireland.

Rebecca attended the Computers in Education Society of Ireland online conference in February 2021, and the CHERISH conference and the Decolonising Irish Public Heritage conference in May 2021.

Rebecca was invited to speak at two events for St Patrick's Day 2021. First with the OSMIE group for their #MapPatrick21 launch event, and then to the Wikimedia NYC WikiWednesday meeting.

Rebecca was interviewed for:

Objectives

  • Continue to provide support and guidance to active editors in creating and expanding projects
  • Attend events run by allies to promote community and Wikipedia projects to continue to make new contacts, new collaborators or new partners for more Wikimedia events and projects
  • Continue to hold community events to introduce editors and allies to the community and our project base, while exploring new avenues to hold similar informal events in other venues such as Irish language spaces, libraries, and universities

Metrics and targets

  • Assist 5 editors to develop and run Wikimedia projects/events who have not run events previously - no events held due to the pandemic

Activities

  • Attend 10 events run by allies - 13, including podcast interviews and online events
  • Hold 20 events to target new editors and allies - replaced with Twitch and other digital outreach
  • Look for a partner institution/group to convene a regular Vicipéid editing event similar to the TOG monthly meetup - postponed due to the pandemic, continuing to look for virtual partners/avenues for this work

Wiki Loves Earth

Due to the realignment of our grant, which extended the period of reporting and funding to June 2021, in this grant period we ran Wiki Loves Earth twice. Based on our experience of 2020, it was decided to bring the competition forward into June to align with the first Welsh edition of the campaign and to allow more space between this competition and Wiki Loves Monuments in September. This means that we did not have any specific objectives or activities set out in our grant for this edition, instead we have just used the same metrics and targets as we used for 2020.

For this edition, we agreed with Wikimedia UK that Wiki Loves Earth could cover the island of Ireland, and take in locations from Northern Ireland. Not only was this to open up the competition to more people in Ireland, but also to recognise the fact that a number of protected sites exist on and across the border. The lists were expanded to cover sites in Northern Ireland, but also Ramsar sites.

Metrics and targets

  • 400 images uploaded - 367 uploads
  • 25 participants - 43 participants

Irish language advocacy

Irish language education resources

Due to the pandemic, the plan we set out for developing resources over 2020 to 2021 was not possible. Many of our potential partners and collaborators in this work found themselves over-stretched and not able to engage with the work as it was envisioned. In place of this work, we have started a number of conversations with fellow Wikimedians working with other small language groups, including Welsh and Scots Gaelic to better understand some of the tools and resources they have used and developed to support their communities better. In collaboration with Wikimedia UK, we have also been engaged in a series of meetings for attendees of previous Celtic Knot conferences, focusing on the languages of the UK and Ireland. These calls serve to share projects, initiatives, tools and ideas that these language groups are using within their languages Wikipedias as well as identifying potential areas of collaboration.

Regarding the progress on developing teaching and outreach materials in Irish, we are one of the partners on an EU funding bid for an Erasmus+ project focusing on minority language content relating to women’s history on Wikipedia. The deadline for this funding was delayed due to the pandemic, and was submitted in May 2021, with the results due to be announced later in 2021. Should our proposal be successful, the project would commence in early 2022.

A number of members of WCI attended and actively participated in the Arctic Knot, the 2021 edition of the Celtic Knot, held virtually from Norway by Wikimedia Norge.

Objectives

  • Improving engagement by translating resources into Irish - postponed until results of Erasmus+ application
  • Support events across Ireland that there is no in-person support available by developing event packs - postponed as there is no demand for these materials at present
  • Developing more of an "On-Wiki" presence on Vicipéid, Commons, and Meta - postponed until results of Erasmus+ application

Metrics and targets

  • Have 10-20 Secondary school students complete 25 hours of instruction and editing in Vicipéid. The programme will be evaluated after this first cohort - not possible due to the pandemic
  • Engage with Irish language societies at 3 Universities/Colleges - not possible due to the pandemic

Activities

  • Create a "How to edit Vicipéid" resource pack for primary school - postponed until results of Erasmus+ application
  • Create a "How to edit Vicipéid" resource pack for secondary school - postponed until results of Erasmus+ application
  • Develop a "How to run a Vicipéid editing event" for use by Irish language societies aimed at university or adult life-long learning groups - not possible due to the pandemic
  • Create a "How to Upload to Commons" resource pack - postponed until results of Erasmus+ application
  • Assist with 5 events run by Irish language societies - not possible due to the pandemic

Wiki Loves Folklore

As an experiment in 2021, we ran a local edition of the media and editing competitions for Wiki Loves Folklore in Ireland. We made this decision quickly in January 2021 when it became clear that the pandemic was worsening in Ireland and that many lockdown measures would continue to seriously impact our ability to progress other projects or programmes. For the turnaround, the photography and media campaign yielded modest results, with 66 images from 5 participants. However, the overall cost and resources needed to run the competition was minimal, and we hope to build on what we have learnt from this first edition. Due to the theme of the campaign, it gives us a vehicle to interact with communities such as Irish Travellers and to work with GLAM institutions with relevant collections such as the National Museum of Ireland.

We also experimented with running a writing competition on Vicipéid aligned with the photo competition, but this did not receive any engagement from the community. In future, we may use this campaign in our outreach work to the Irish speaking community.

Wiki Loves Folkore Ireland winning images:

Education Outreach

Primary and post-primary level outreach

While schools reopened to students in early 2021, there were restrictions on non-teaching staff entering schools. We found that due to the pressures from the pandemic, there was no interest or capacity from teachers to engage with us in using Wikimedia projects in the classroom. As vaccination rolls out to younger cohorts in Ireland, we hope that there will be opportunities in the future to work with students, particularly through the Erasmus+ programme or similar.

Objectives

  • Develop modules for use of Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects

Metrics and targets

  • Test modules with 2 classes and collate feedback - not possible due to the pandemic
  • Run 2 workshops in transition year classes with optimised modules - not possible due to the pandemic

Activities

  • Create a "How to edit Wikipedia" resource pack for primary school - postponed until results of Erasmus+ application
  • Create a "How to edit Wikipedia" resource pack for secondary school - postponed until results of Erasmus+ application
  • Create a "How to Upload to Commons" resource pack - postponed until results of Erasmus+ application

Third level outreach

Universities and colleges continued to teach almost exclusively online for the period of this grant. As a group, we continued to attend relevant events, as well as speaking with any educators who have expressed an interest in using Wikimedia projects in their teaching.

Events held with third level institutions:

University College Dublin

  • October to December 2020 UCD information studies is our longest standing programme with lecturer Dr Crystal Fulton. This year, students focused on Irish historical biographies relating to theatre, writing, acting, and the Irish National Theatre, The Abbey.
  • Based on the long-standing partnership between Dr Fulton, Dr Busillo of UCD library and WCI, a chapter written about this work was submitted to the upcoming book, Wikipedia and Academic Libraries: A Global Project.
  • 28 June 2021 Rebecca was invited to participate in a workshop entitled Digital Sovereignty and Digital Citizenship: Towards Participatory Policy.

National University of Ireland, Galway

  • 13 November 2020 and 19 March 2021 Dr Sharon Flynn held 2 workshops for academic staff entitled Wikipedia familiarisation for academics.

Dublin City University

  • In February 2021, WCI was approached to be a collaborator on a research project, Bitscope Project, by Dr Tómas Ward. The project is aimed at assessing user interaction with artworks in a virtual environment, and could be populated with Irish cultural objects from Wikimedia Commons.
  • 24 June 2021 Rebecca was invited to attend the third European Language Resource Coordination (ELRC) workshop in Ireland by Dr Teresa Lynn.

University of Limerick

  • 3 March 2021, introduction to Wikipedia to the students of the MA in Public History.

Objectives

  • Continue current engagement with universities
  • Create a "How to Edit Wikipedia/Vicipéid" resource pack localised to Irish subject areas/areas of interest - work ongoing

Metrics and Targets

  • Create partnerships with 3 new third level institutions, focusing on the institutes of technology - work ongoing

Activities

  • Run or assist in 15 events held in universities or colleges - 12 events held overall
  • Assist with 5 events run by Irish language societies - not possible due to the pandemic

GLAM Partnerships

Supporting Wikimedia work in the Irish GLAM sector

Due to the pandemic, cultural institutions remained closed to the public until 10 May 2021. Due to a large amount of uncertainty in the period up to this date, GLAMs were in a state of flux, attempting to prepare to reopen once the date was announced. This resulted in much less capacity to work with us on Wikimedia projects and collaborations, despite interest from staff within a number of institutions. During this period, a number of opportunities to write about the projects and programmes of WCI in the GLAM sector were taken up, resulting in two contributions to a book and a journal.

LGMA Decade of Centenaries

Work has been ongoing on the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) on a Decade of Centenaries Project, and it is hoped that the identified materials will be digitised in the coming months. As part of the project, ensuring that relevant content is digitised and published under an open licence has been central to WCI’s role. There are still plans to hold Wikimedia workshops using this material when circumstances allow.

Irish Museums Association

19 November 2020 Rebecca was invited to give a presentation on Wikimedia Commons to a group of GLAM professionals taking part in a series of seminars organised by the Irish Museums Association. The sessions were held under the banner of Interpreting Museums and was a cross border initiative between GLAMs across the island of Ireland. How GLAMs can work with Commons was discussed and demonstrated, with some Irish examples of collections on Commons, and how those images can be used as well as how metrics are captured on page views.

National Gallery of Ireland images

In early 2021, the National Gallery of Ireland released the first batch of 1000 images from their collections under an open licence. Initially, this has resulted in editors adding high quality images to Commons to projects such as The Sum of All Paintings. Unfortunately, the NGI platform does not allow for mass downloads or scrapping, but some initial conversations have taken place about how these could be made available to Commons editors to have them uploaded in a more systematic way. A discussion has also taken place about using Wikidata in relation to these images, and the wider collections of the NGI. We will take this conversation forward into our work next year.

Dictionary of Irish Biography new open access and Wikidata update

In 2021, the Royal Irish Academy’s Dictionary of Irish Biography was relaunched under an open licence. Previously the content had been pay-walled. Rebecca has been working with the staff of the RIA to work on updating the identifier links on Wikidata that point to the old website, as well as getting a full dataset of all those included in the Dictionary to allow for the creation of new Wikidata items.

Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

In 2021, Rebecca met with the heritage officer of the RCPI about potential future collaborations, and open licencing of images relating to their past presidents. This meeting resulted in the creation of a Wikipedia list of those past presidents, which present a large corpus for editing workshops in the future.

Dublin Port

We have continued to work with the heritage officer in the Port to explore any potential areas of collaboration, and the possible publication of archival material under an open licence.

Library at Trinity College Dublin

Rebecca has met with a number of staff in the Library in late 2020 and early 2021 to discuss incorporating Wikimedia outreach into a number of on-going projects, including linking library databases to Wikidata, the use of open licences on newly digitised archival collections, and editing workshops relating to newly accessible materials in the future.

National Museum of Ireland

It was brought to our attention in early 2021, that the NMI had adopted an open licence policy to their images. Based on this, an initial discussion has taken place between Rebecca and some members of staff about how to use this new policy for our mutual benefit. There are a number of technical issues around access to image collections and importation to Commons, but this initial step is a huge cultural change for the larger Irish national institutions.

Book chapter

In 2021, a book chapter by Rebecca was published in Museums and the Challenge of Change: Old Institutions in a New World by Graham Black. The chapter explores the experiences of Wikimedia Community Ireland working with the GLAM sector, using the Hunt Museum as an example of a museum committing to open policies regarding images, collections, and practice.

Museum Ireland publication

Later in 2021, a journal article by Rebecca will be published in this year’s edition of Museum Ireland, the journal of the Irish Museums Association. It is entitled Wikipedia editing as curation: Understanding the citizen curator, and focuses on how GLAMs can work with Wikimedians to attain joint goals and objectives through collaboration and the use of open licences.

Objectives

  • Promote understanding about Wikidata in Ireland
  • Continue to promote the use of open licencing in Irish GLAMs

Metrics and targets

  • Run 5 events with Irish GLAMs with 45 participants - 4 events held overall

Activities

  • Continue to support Irish GLAMs in their Wikipedia editing events during annual campaigns such as Art+Feminism and Heritage Week - not possible due to the pandemic, but conversations on supporting relevant events is ongoing

Working with minority groups

The pandemic has severely impacted our ability to progress much of the work we had hoped to do in this space, but some initial contact and collaboration has happened in 2020 and 2021. We aim to build and expand on these connections as circumstances allow into 2022.

18 November 2020 Rebecca facilitated a Pride in STEM editing workshop for House of STEM as a live stream on YouTube, with Irish Sign Language Support. House of STEM is a network for LGBTQ+ scientists in Ireland.

In 2021, some tentative connections were made with the Irish Travellers' group, Pavee Point, about the representation of Irish Travellers on Wikipedia. This has centred on the current article on English language Wikipedia about the community and the issues around potential bias and misinformation. It is planned to continue these conversations with Pavee Point and other representative groups over the coming 12 months.

Objectives

  • Begin conversations with groups representing the Travelling community, refugee groups, and LGBT+ groups in Ireland regarding Wikimedia events or collaboration
  • Provide support and information on open licencing for new or existing photographic and other collections

Metrics and targets

  • Make contact with 5 groups working with minority communities - contact made with 4 groups overall

Activities

  • Attend 5 events/meetings organised or co-organised by minority communities - no relevant events have occurred during this time

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