Grants:Simple/Applications/Wikimedia Community Ireland/2021

Application or grant stage: approved
Applicant or grantee: Wikimedia Community Ireland
Amount requested: EUR 42,430.76
Amount granted: EUR 42,430.76
Funding period: 1 July 2021 - 30 June 2022
Midpoint report due: 15 November 2021
Final report due: 30 July 2022

ApplicationEdit

BackgroundEdit

Annual PlanEdit

Budget PlanEdit

Staffing PlanEdit

  • No staffing changes

Strategic planEdit

IntroductionEdit

Wikimedia Community Ireland (WCI) is a user group which was founded in 2014. It is supported by one staff member, and a core group of 15 active community members led by a chair. The small team has delivering an active programme of engagement and education across the Wikimedia platforms and wants to build on this for the next grant. In January 2021 the group adopted its first three year strategic plan, reflecting on the achievements of the previous 6 years, and looking to the future of the organisation in all the sectors in which we work. Working with our established and new partners, we will continue our work within education and GLAM sectors, while building a more sustainable community which can support new and emerging participation from communities across the island of Ireland. We aim to work with our partners in Ireland as well as those across the international Wikimedia movement to develop best practice, build capacity, and share our knowledge and experience.

In 2021-2022 we will focus on the events, campaigns, and programmes which have remained resilient during the pandemic, such as working with educators at third level and photography competitions. With vaccine roll out and subsequent re-opening of society, we tentatively anticipate the ability to hold in-person events late 2021 or early 2022, but likely that most outreach will remain virtual for large portions of our programme activity.

ProgramsEdit

Inclusivity and Diversity

In our drive to continue to be as inclusive as possible, in the coming year we are going to focus on providing greater access to our events by providing suitable facilitation. Initially this work will focus on providing interpretation and support to the deaf community through Irish Sign Language (ISL) interpretation of wide reaching events, as well as facilitation for the participation of blind or visually impaired communities. To allow these communities to be included within our work and to participate in the Wikimedia movement, we must provide the access and remove as many barriers to inclusion as possible.

In 2020, we partnered with House of STEM on a virtual event for Pride in STEM day, which was the first time one of our events was delivered with ISL. As it is likely that we will continue to broadcast a number of these virtual events over the next year, having the ability to provide ISL interpretation for those outreach events. Providing such interpretation has become standard for communication during the pandemic, and would remove a barrier for access to an estimated 45,000 people in Ireland who use ISL daily.

In collaboration with relevant groups in Ireland and the Wiki Blind group, we also aim to reach out to the blind and visually impaired community in Ireland, who represent around 55,000 people in Ireland. Through initial informal contact, we have established some of the fundamental support that the community would need to engage with Wikimedia projects. Beginning with informational sessions to introduce the community to Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia projects, we would then collaboratively work with them to facilitate participation based on the community's needs and interests, while incorporating more inclusive activities into our wider programmes. Such activities would include promoting the editing of captions on Commons by sighted users with richer and more descriptive information to allow for more engagement from the blind community.

Program Objectives
  • Ensure that an increasing number of our public facing events are as inclusive as possible
  • Collaborate and support these communities in participation and engagement with Wikimedia projects
Program metrics and targets
  • Run or assist in 5 events with facilitation

Education Outreach

Throughout 2021 and 2022 we will continue to work with our existing and new partners within third level education in Ireland. As outlined in our strategic plan, we will focus on developing relationships with educational staff in Ireland’s Institutes of Technology, as a large portion of our outreach to date has focused on universities. For this year, we will refocus on the academic library staff, as these relationships within the universities have proven successful in the past.

We will continue to offer support to those wishing to engage with Irish language Wikipedia, Vicipéid, through teaching or extra curricular activities at any educational level, by offering event support and materials as needed.

Wiki Science returns for 2021, and we will run the Irish edition in November. Due to the subject matter, there has been a strong level of participation from second, third level and postgraduate students in the competition since we first ran it in 2018. It forms a unique form of outreach which allows for those engaged in science at all levels to participate, and has yielded a number of high quality and impactful images. We will continue to award a special prize for an image depicting Women in STEM for the Irish edition, as it aligns with our ethos regarding improved representation across Wikimedia projects from Ireland.

Program Objectives
  • Continue current engagement with universities
  • Create partnerships with 3 new third level institutions, focusing on the institutes of technology
  • Increase of participants and photos to Wiki Science by 10% on 2019
Program metrics and targets
  • Run or assist in 15 events held in universities or colleges
  • Conduct more outreach by attending and taking part in Irish educational conferences

GLAM Outreach

2020 has seen a number of Irish GLAMs embrace open licencing of their images. In light of this, we have begun further conversations on how best to progress image uploads on Commons and integration of these images into Wikipedia and other projects. This support of GLAMs is key to ensuring that these new resources are utilised to their full potential, but to serve as examples of the benefits of open licences to other GLAM institutions within Ireland.

This opening up of collections not only benefits Wikipedia articles, but has also spurred interest in how these images can be used to illustrate, create and further link the relevant Wikidata items. Based on preliminary discussions with a number of GLAM professionals, with whom we have hosted editing events in the past, there is a keen interest in how to better represent Irish GLAM data within Wikidata. There are plans to host some national conversations showcasing how GLAMs could work with Wikidata through professional networks and to promote engagement with open data throughout the sector.

Program Objectives
  • Continue current engagement with GLAMs
  • Increase awareness of open licencing and Wikidata for GLAMs
Program metrics and targets
  • Run or assist in 5 events held in GLAMs
  • Conduct more outreach by attending and taking part in Irish GLAM conferences

Competitions and campaigns

The three photography competitions, Wiki Loves Monuments, Wiki Loves Folklore, and Wiki Loves Earth, will form the centre of our wider outreach to the public throughout 2021-2022. The ability of these campaigns to draw in participation from those who would otherwise not engage with Wikimedia projects is unique, and continues to strengthen and deepen the visual representation of Ireland on Commons.

We will also continue to promote the use of newly represented places and sites to be used on Wikipedia and Vicipéid, and as the driver of new article creation. In line with our drive for more inclusive editing practices, we will highlight the importance of more detailed image descriptions when uploaders add their images, so that the content is more accessible to blind or visually impaired users.

Program Objectives
  • Continue to improve the visual representation of Ireland and Irish culture on Commons
  • Promote the participation with open licences in Ireland through these photography competitions
  • Have over 1000 images by at least 75 participants in WLM
  • Have over 500 images by at least 50 participants in WLE
  • Have over 100 images by at least 20 participants in WLF
Program metrics and targets
  • Promote the competitions with the relevant government departments, agencies, GLAMs, and professional bodies
  • Hold virtual upload events during weekly live streams and online events

Grant Metrics ReportingEdit

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Needs RequestEdit

Requests for programmatic supportEdit

  • Training for the Project Coordinator and two volunteers in Wikidata, to support the increased interest in the platform.

Midterm reportEdit

Program storyEdit

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Program ProgressEdit

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Spending update MidtermEdit

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Grant Metrics Reporting MidtermEdit

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Final reportEdit

Program storyEdit

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Learning storyEdit

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Programs ImpactEdit

PROGRAM TITLE

Spending update FinalEdit

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Grant Metrics Reporting FinalEdit

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