Please describe any changes to your programs for the upcoming funding period, including the addition of new programs or any programs you are no longer doing. Include your rationale for any major changes to your programs here.
We continued to simplify our last year's programs by merging the education program to the Helsinki rephotography project as it is where work is done and it continues the collaboration with the IT teachers association and our education work with SPARQL. The Helsinki rephotography project also implements much of our last year's plans with Helsinki central library Oodi by running an over three-month-long exhibition in its event space which also works as a meeting point for the project.
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We will continue with the Women’s Day initiative with the aim of branding it as a yearly highlight. This will include an edit-a-thon organised in Helsinki Central Library Oodi (or elsewhere) and, in the vein of last year’s success, a Punaisten linkkien naiset (Women in Red) editing competition organised in the Finnish Wikipedia. Our goal is to have 1,000 new, well-sourced biographies of women created and 40 new editors during the initiative. The ultimate objective is to fix content gaps and cultivate gender diversity among editorship. Our goal is to get the share of women’s biographies from 19.5 % to over 20 %.
The long term strategy for the competition in Finland is to inspire regional GLAMs to advertise their local heritage sites to be photographed in the competition to fulfill their purpose of sharing knowledge of heritage in their areas. With the information from the GLAMs WMFI can enrich the data of the sites in Wikidata which we are using as a backend. The competition can also target the photographs to key places which are also important for Wikimedia projects and for the GLAMs themselves. Because museums do not have the resources to document all changes in their area, WLM is a yearly event that will help local GLAMs in documenting it. In 2020 Finnish Heritage Agency will for the first time archive WLM photos so that they will be visible in Finnish national index Finna which will work as an example for other GLAMS to participate.
In 2020 we aim to get 2,000 photographs, 100 participants and 50 new users, of whom at least 5 will continue editing Wikimedia projects afterwards. To make sure that the new editors continue, we will organize a prominently marketed after-edit-a-thon or a weekly competition for utilizing the photographs taken during the WLM. The rephotography sub-competition of WLM will be further developed with Helsinki rephotography project.
With assistance from the Finnish Heritage Agency, we will extend Wiki Loves Monuments to regional GLAMs and to local history groups in different parts of Finland. We aim to organize 5 WLM-related photo hunts together with local actors outside of Helsinki. We also continue to support Sami languages in the competition. This will be done in collaboration with Wikimedia Norway.
In 2020 Finnish Heritage Agency will also start their project to archive images from Wiki Loves Monuments competition in their collections. Wikimedia Finland will give technical assistance for reading the metadata for the photos and with converting the Commons categories and Structured data on Commons to Finnish national ontologies like YSO.
Helsinki rephotography / Project for the City of Helsinki
Funding: City of Helsinki 47000€ (11/2019-10/2020), Wikimedia Foundation 14000€
Helsinki rephotography project will continue in 2020 to its second year. Our yearly theme is heritage and education which is the theme of European Heritage Days. The project is a collaboration with the Estonian Photographic Heritage Society and its Ajapaik.ee crowdsourcing platform.
Year of Helsinki rephotography begins with Change in Helsinki exhibition in Central library Oodi which continues until end of February. The space will work also as the project's meeting point and workshop space. In 2020 we will continue implementing photo walks and documenting areas with photography safaris. We will do at least 12 photo walks with 20-30 participants each in Helsinki with different local groups. Our plan is also to do rephotography with Helsinki City Museum and Kohtaus ry. The main idea for the photo walks would be experiencing the change and learning history. At the same time, we will spread the idea of rephotographing historical photos and uploading photos to Wikimedia Commons and Ajapaik with free licenses. In the documentation photo safaris, we will try to document the areas and they will be more goal-oriented photographing. Our target 2020 for the total number of participants is 500 and photographs 2000.
The project is technical and development heavy because of the mobile app dedicated to rephotography – users can browse historical images taken nearby and rephotograph these with the help of overlaid historical images on the camera stream of the smart device. Currently, there is a native Android app with the base functionality. Its main improvement targets are about the engagement mechanisms of the app in order to attract and keep the users practicing rephotography. We are considering rewriting the app as cross-platform (Flutter or React Native) in order to offer both Android and iOS versions of the app while also adding more social features for better traction metrics (giving more visibility to the user community, adding better ways to share then-and-now picture pairs, upload them to Wikimedia Commons etc). The rewrite will only be possible with additional funding (from Estonia) without which we will continue improving and developing further the existing Android application.
We will also be collaborating with software design students from Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences as part of our education work with IT teachers. Our target is that one of the students will do a software design thesis work for the project which uses Wikibase or uploads photos to Commons.
November 2019 - February 2020 rephotography exhibition in Brygga event space in Helsinki Central Library Oodi
March 2020 - Participation in culture hackathon Hack4fi
July 2020 - Ajapaik devcamp in Nõva for coding, Estonia with 10 participants total and 3 participants from Finland
September 2020 - Doing for the third time a rephotography track in Wiki Loves Monuments in Finland with least 400 photos from it.
Finnish GLAMs lag behind in fluency using Wikimedia projects. We will address this issue by conducting a simple survey with Finnish GLAMs to chart out the capabilities, creating a GLAM dashboard for the GLAMs to follow their contributions, formulating a training component about using Wikimedia projects (online and training event), and connecting with the Sum of All GLAMs project. Wikimedia Finland’s contributions to the Hack4FI hackathon can include some of this work.
Wikimedia Finland seeks to partner with the Hack4FI cultural hackathon. It will be organized for the 5th time in 2020, and Wikimedia Finland has participated in it’s all editions so far. In 2015 Wikimedia Finland arranged the Wiki <3 Maps seminar and several tracks in the context of the first Hack4FI hackathon. The Sift.pics crowdsourcing app by Ajapaik participated in the Wikimaps Nordic track and won the second prize of the Hack4FI competition. In 2018 Ajapaik and Wikimedia Finland participated in the event with a rephotography track.
Partnering in 2020 is important in many ways. The host for the upcoming hackathon is the Finnish National Gallery, whose collection data is the 4th largest in Wikidata. They have also released their entire image collection as CC0, but the images have not yet been linked to Wikidata. Wikimedia Finland has a great opportunity to promote working with Wikidata and Structured Data on Commons at this occasion for creators and GLAMs in Finland.
Additionally, the event has been discussed with Sandra Fauconnier as a pilot study to incorporate Wikimedia practices into a cultural hackathon. The next Wikimedia hackathon in Albania in 2020 will take a GLAM approach for the first time, and the GLAM-Wiki in Ghent in 2021 will host the first-ever Wikimedia GLAM hackathon.
One month (1.0 FTE) of the GLAM coordinator’s time from the basic budget will be dedicated to work related to indigenous GLAM content. The GLAM coordinator will conduct a study about identifying and marking sensitive content in Wikimedia projects, and propose best practices to tackle it. The project about sensitive data has been discussed with the Digital Access to the Sámi Heritage Archives project both through the Finnish and Norwegian partners. This part of the project provides context to also discuss restitution and digital repatriation in the Saami context and in the Benin project.
Our work with the Saami institutions continues also with a project, which is dependent on external funding.
Tagging with Wikidata / Project for the Nordic Culture Fund
Status: Planning in progress
Schedule: The Nordic Culture Fund funding call closes in 3 February 2020. Wikimedia Norway may plan for the next fiscal year starting in July.
Expected roles: Wikimedia Finland, Sweden and Norway, and local partners
Expected funding: Project scale up to 90 000 €, 30 000 € / chapter, 50% self-funding, 6 300 € requested from the WMF as self-funding for the Finnish share, 8 000 € of the Finnish share remains to be funded with partner or in-kind contributions. Self-funding can include own work, also volunteer work.
Possible partners or collaborators (not ready to be disclosed publicly as the planning is in an initial phase): Yle (and other Nordic broadcasters), Finnish organisations providing place names data.
The Nordic Culture Fund funding call closes 3rd February 2020. Wikimedia Finland has been preparing a collaboration project for it, and the plans are still preliminary. Ideally, the Nordic chapters would jointly carry out a pilot that aims to establish Wikidata as a source for tagging in museums, archives, and broadcasting in Saami languages as well. Yle already uses Wikidata for tagging and has become one of the showcase projects for Wikidata. The work would ideally focus on Saami place names, which Wikimedia Norway is already working with. Several other partners are ready to come together in this pilot, if we choose to work with place names.
We will continue to organize our work in Wikipedia as Wikiprojects and organize live meetings in Oodi. We will also start to use Phabricator as our ticket system instead of Trello to make it more familiar for our peer-group.
Three areas to focus on
500,000 article milestone - 500,000 article milestone in the Finnish Wikipedia is coming in next autumn. For community members, we will also organize one bigger content creation-related event to celebrate it. Depending on timing, it could be a joint event with some ongoing events like Wiki Loves Monuments award ceremony.
Wikidata tech-support - In 2019 there was community discussion in Wikipedia about how Wikidata should be used and what the common problems are when information is fetched from Wikidata. The top three problems were data from Wikidata in incorrect language, poorly sourced information from Wikidata and missing features when users try to add Wikidata to templates. In 2020 we will address these.
Wikipedia Library initiative - We continue to support Wikipedia Library initiative. Our main targets are to keep the current donations ongoing and find a new volunteer Wikipedia editor to succeed Olimar as the main contact.
Public art project
We will continue to support the Public artworks and memorials of the Finland project. The community has adopted it as a continuous and ongoing process. In 2019, there are currently 7823 works of art listed, of which 69% have been photographed and 92% geotagged. In 2020, we aim to increase this to 80% photographed and 95% geotagged.
Wikimedia Finland’s main targets in the project are to continue with the project of exporting information of current Wikipedia lists into Wikidata and to make a coordinated effort to document hard-to-reach and remote places. We will do this by covering 4 pre-planned travels and hosting 4 meetups.
In 2019 there were also requests to extend the geogroup template with WikiShootMe and to extend wikishootme with features that would allow photosafaris to be planned in the wiki. In 2020 we will merge changes from our local version of wikishootme with geoJSON support to upstream.
We will continue to strengthen our collaboration with the international Wikimedia movement, especially with our neighboring Wikimedias of Estonia, Sweden, and Norway. We will participate in international meetings and organize joint contests and events. Wikimedia Finland will participate in at least one joint project with another chapter that was suggested at Wikimedia Northern Europe Meeting 2019. One proposed project is a rephoto project in Tartu, Estonia as part of the year of the digital culture of Estonia.
In autumn 2019 we started a new Benin Bilateral Companionship program. For the year 2020, the target for the companionship is to participate in the World Village Festival in Finland and give a presentation on Kulttuurinavigaattori’s 2-month visit to Villa Karo, Benin. We will also seek partners and external funding, which would allow somebody from the Benin Wikimedia movement to come to Finland as part of an exchange in 2021. A long-term goal is to share the experiences and learnings between WMFI and Benin Wikimedia movement affiliates. Another important goal is to deepen our work with the Finnish-African culture center Villa Karo in Benin.
On home and school day on January 11 we held a Wikiprojekti:WikiForHumanRights themed editathon at Kruununhaka Comprehensive School with 30 participants.
On Open Data Day March 7 at Oodi we had a Wikipedia information meeting for Nuoret vaikuttajat (Youth in Action) group for young immigrants. This was a round table style Q&A discussion with 15 participants on topics like what is open data and how Wikipedia works.
In the middle of March when the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions started in Finland the Wikiloikka project edited the remote teaching guidebook Etäopetuksen näytön paikka published by IT-teachers association to the Wikibooks as part of their textbook series.
Please describe any changes to your staffing plan for the upcoming funding period. These should include increases in staff or contractor hours, new staff positions, or staff positions you are removing. Include your rationale for any staffing changes here.
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In 2020 compared to 2019 the Helsinki rephotography project work related to events and communication will be moved from Wikitech position to Helsinki rephoto coordinator which was hired in September 2019.
The goal is to get 50 participants with science backgrounds to edit Wikipedia with support from seasoned Wikipedists.
The Night of Science edit-a-thon 2020 in Helsinki, Finland
Together with 9 other organizations, we organized an edit-a-thon called Ympäristötiede Wikipediaan (wikiproject) as part of the Night of Science held every year throughout Finland. The main edit-a-thon was held in Helsinki from where presentations were streamed to the satellite edit-a-thons in Jyväskylä, Turku, Kuopio, and Joensuu. Officially, the event ran from 4:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. For the main Wikipedia presentation, Kiira Keini from Kaskas Media talked about editing Wikipedia. Wikimedia Suomi ensured each site had volunteers on hand to help attendees edit Wikipedia. At the satellite events, the venues were organized by local scientific organizations and there were experienced Wikipedia volunteers giving local presentations and hands-on support. In practice, the satellite events program was more focused on editing than the program streamed from Helsinki. For the online portion of the event, we held a weekly competition for environmental science. Once the writing portion of the event was over, some of the satellite events had their own side programs. For example, in Jyväskylä, they organized a post-edit-a-thon sauna. Vegan pizzas were provided to all of the sites; these pizzas were sponsored by Kotipizza.
Our goal is to have 1,000 new, well-sourced biographies of women created and 40 new editors during the initiative; share of women’s biographies from 19.5 % to over 20 %.
The International Women's Day editathon organized together with the Facebook group Historian jännät naiset
For the 2020 Open Data Day on March 7 Wikimedia Finland organized the International Women's Day editathon at Helsinki Central Library Oodi. The workshop was arranged in collaboration with the “Historian jännät naiset” Facebook group. The idea was that participants would learn how to edit, create, and translate Wikipedia pages on interesting women from history. Like previous years it was possible to participate online to women's week weekly competition which was part of our women's week program. In April we continued our women and minorities theme with a Punaisten linkkien Naiset monthly competition. We have been trying to be inclusive and our criteria for the women in our projects and competitions is that one can get points on improving any biography of a person whose gender value is not male in Wikidata. Also, like last year it is possible to participate in online competitions by writing articles using Sami languages on incubator or on northern Sami Wikipedia.
New editors: 10
Pages edited: 1300
New biographies: 600
Percentage of women’s biographies as of July 15, 2020 is 19.9%.
Aerial photograph of the Söderskär Lighthouse, one of the top 10 photos from WLM Finland 2019. Photo: Katja Kapanen
Wiki Loves Monuments
Wiki Loves Monuments 2020 is organized in collaboration with the Finnish Heritage Agency, Museum of Finnish Architecture, and MARK – Finnish Association of Landscape Architects. This year’s focus is on the change in urban environments and cityscapes. The expected entries are photographs depicting change in cityscapes and urban environments, provided they display a registered cultural heritage site. This year’s focus is accompanied by the introduction of buildings and areas protected by city plans in municipalities. The work starts by importing all the protected buildings of Helsinki into Wikidata, and will expand to other cities gradually.
This year we are focusing on social media campaigning on Facebook and Instagram as a means to invite participants to photograph during the months leading up to the competition. COVID-19 is taken into account by encouraging people not to photograph in crowds and by inviting to submit already existing pictures. There will be altogether 16 challenge posts created by each of the participating organizations. Continuing a tradition started last year, we are inviting “mentors” to write about the theme of the competition in the competition’s blog. This year our mentors are Laura Kolbe, professor of European history at the University of Helsinki and Ranja Hautamäki, Associate Professor in Landscape Architecture in Aalto University.
As for other content we also created 5 Wiki Loves Monuments postcards (1, 2, 3) from previous years winners and so far 2500 postcards have been distributed through events, Helsinki rephotographys Oodi exhibition, and National Museum.
Helsinki rephotography / Project for the City of Helsinki
The Helsinki-Malmi Airport terminal as seen from inside an airport hangar
Wiki Loves Monuments Senaatintori rephotography postcard
The Helsinki Rephotography project’s main targets for the first part of the year 2020 were to continue the Oodi exhibition, participate in Hack4fi, and implement photography events. After march project focused on online work. The project got a new part-time coordinator Nanna Saarhelo in March as Sandra Lindblom moved to a full-time job.
Key events before Covid-19 pandemic
The Helsinki then and now rephotography exhibition in Oodi was extended until April. We did a video presentation using winning photographs from Wiki Loves Monuments and a presentation of rephotograph pairs of Helsinki which were projected on the main wall of the library. On Open Data Day 7 March the exhibition space was the venue for the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team’s mapping party and for the Open Data APIs vs. Open APIs discussion by OKFI. Oodi was closed on March 18 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Before closing, in January-March 2020 in the exhibition, there were 11000 visitors and 18500 visitors between November 13, 2019 and March 16, 2020 as total. Exhibition’s crowdsourcing tablets were used to annotate the content of 1130 photographs by 500-1000 users.
Guided documentation tour in Malmi Airport in January. Malmi Airport is the oldest still functional airport built in the 1930s in Europe. There were 6 participants on this trip and the main target was documentation of the place. The result was 100 photographs and rewrote of two articles.
Guided rephoto walk in the former Lapinlahti mental hospital together with local Lapinlahti support group Lapinlahden lähde. The day started with a guided walking tour in the area focused on visiting the places of old photographs. After a break event continued in the auditorium by kids of Lapinlanti. In the auditorium the children of the hospital staff - now senior citizens - displayed photos from their family albums and discussed growing inside hospital borders. There were 40 participants in the walk and another 40 in the auditorium. Participants in the walk and the auditorium were partially overlapping.
In March Helsinki rephotography project organized Hack4FI meets Haaga-Helia developers lecture and it was going to do the Place, time, and change – Rephotography challenge in the main event. The main event was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
After COVID-19 restrictions the project focused on online content and we have done photo routes and challenges together with the Wiki Loves Monuments project for independent walking and for browsing the photo collections. So far the most successful route has been Helsinki Summer Olympics 1952 buildings which contained Wikipedia article and rephotography walking routes. It resulted in a television interview with the Finnish Broadcasting Company which will come out in August or September and highlighted Wikipedia editing. We initiated other independent, internet guided walking tours in various neighborhoods in Helsinki.
On the software development side, the project continued developing Ajapaik and major improvements are in annotations. The current focus is on user handling and the target is to enable upload photographs to Commons in Ajapaik so the our local WLM rephotography track will be unified with the Wiki Loves Monuments global rules.
Hack4FI – Hack your heritage
Hack4FI 2020 was scheduled for 13–15 March 2020 in Ateneum. It was organized by AvoinGLAM working group in Open Knowledge Finland, together with the Finnish National Gallery and Wikimedia Finland. The event was supported by the City of Helsinki. The registered number of individuals was 70 and the number of participating organizations was 12.
The hackathon was going to focus on machine-readable cultural heritage, as a way to celebrate the launch of the new API of the Finnish National Gallery. This was going to be further amplified by the participation of our invited keynote hacker Maarten Dammers, introducing the use of Wikidata and Structured Data on Commons.
The event was about to be launched on March 13th. On March 12, after the declaration of a global pandemic by WHO and the recommendation of the Finnish Government to limit in-person events, the organizing team sent out a poll to the participants asking if they wished to attend the event, cancel their participation or join an online hackathon. As a result, the organizers decided to postpone the event until later in 2020. The date or format have not yet been set.
Wikimedia Finland prepares to continue work with the Saami cultural heritage project. The working group consisting of Susanna Ånäs and Kimberli Mäkäräinen applied for additional funding from the WikiCite project to conduct workshops in Inari and Sevettijärvi.
The COVID-19 pandemic prevented arranging the workshops, and the plan is being reformulated. Discussions are ongoing with the Skolt Sámi Cultural Foundation for an overall joint plan to address the challenges of opening indigenous heritage while protecting culturally sensitive heritage from exploitation. The work will include terminology work in the context of Wikidata and publishing media with Structured data in Wikimedia Commons. It will contribute more broadly to the discussions on the copyright reform, licensing or labeling indigenous heritage, and the best practices of presenting indigenous cultural heritage on open platforms.
The project also awaits approval from the Board of Wikimedia Finland.
Three areas to focus on
The Finnish Wikipedia will see its 500,000th article created this autumn.
We have updated the Finnish Wikipedia’s article review tools and statistics, which were broken because of code rot. We also moved the tools on fiwiki-tools.wmflabs.org to toolforge.org, because closing of tools.wmflabs.org and updated them because of new cross-site requirements.
The Finnish Wikipedia Library initiative is still looking for a new contact person from the community.
Public art project
Between January and June, 330 new public artworks and memorials were listed in Wikipedia. 540 of the works were located using coordinates and 277 were photographed by a total of 21 photographers. This means that approximately 97% (target 95%) of the 8288 listed works have been geotagged and 70% (target 80%) photographed. Currently, 49 users have edited the artwork lists, of whom 2 were new users registered in 2020 (stats, Public art project)
The project extended itself to videos. The concept is to create a short video clip where the video moves towards the artwork and then moves around it so that the area is documented too.
The project did not organize any group photo safaris or meetups because of the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the project, some of the geotagging tools, including the local Wikishootme code, were updated to support the project.
Wikimedia Hackathon 2020 "group photo"
A GIF in Northern Saami about how Covid-19 is transmitted
In the first half of 2020, we have continued our work with Wikimedia Eesti and Ajapaik to coordinate our rephotography plans. In addition, we have been actively keeping in touch with the other chapters and user groups that make up Wikimedia Northern Europe.
The Finnish Wikipedia has also continued to use UKBot in its weekly competitions and continued to support the use of Northern Saami, Inari Saami, and Skolt Saami in the competitions. As UKBot can only count points in actual Wikipedias, the points for participants in the Inari and Skolt Saami incubator Wikipedia projects must be counted by hand. The feature was originally developed for the Norwegian Bokmål and Nynorsk Wikipedias.
In March, Susanna and Kimberli started translating instructions and graphics into multiple languages to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Susanna started a wikiproject and a Telegram channel to coordinate efforts to translate the Spinoff’s pandemic-related COVID-19 guidelines into as many languages as possible. Kimberli presented this work as part of an online panel discussion for the Celtic Knot Wikimedia Language Conference 2020.