In 2019 we intend to focus towards further development of our organisational strategy, developing more extensive partnerships and collaborations around our existing projects, as well as reorganising our staff governance with hiring a project coordinator. As for other movement affiliates, 2019 is intended to be a transitional year where we do not anticipate new big projects and will focus on rethinking our activities and governance in light of the new movement strategy. We will pursue the efforts from 2018 when we worked on increasing content in Ukrainian and minority languages and about Ukraine on Wikimedia projects, recruiting new participants, particularly via education activities, supporting initiatives of community members and working on community development, as well as making outreach about Wikimedia projects.
At the moment of publishing the application all of our 2018 organisation-wide metrics but "Number of media files used" are on track or exceeded (an effort will be done on the latter), and most programme metrics are on track. Our 2019 metrics have the same order of magnitude as in 2018, with minor changes in line with programmatic adjustments.
Application includes four programmes as it was in 2018 with minor shifting within the programs. Some new activities or those we wanted to enhance in the 2018 are not marked as separate tracks for 2019 but still among activities we seek to develop:
Wikicamp was not held due to joint decision to favour more profound preparation and, more importantly, to get trained at International WikiCamp in Armenia this year. We intend to hold it in 2020.
Crimean Tatar Wikipedia project has to be rethought given that we did not achieve a living community on this wiki so far. We will still support reasonable community initiatives targeting this project.
Wikiworkshops on demand were split into more relevant projects: thematic workshops became Editing challenges, those with GLAM or educational institutions were moved to respective programmes, and those serving general promotion of Wikimedia projects are considered in Promotion Activities.
Our 2019 general assembly with a chapter strategy session will be held in the first part of the year, and we also intend to hold a second strategy session (possibly around our chapter’s 10th anniversary in May).
This programme is focused on enriching content on Wikimedia projects through different models, including editing contests and challenges, media contributing contests and campaigns, and outreach to partners. Goals of this programme include bridging knowledge gaps, bringing new content and improving existing content in Ukrainian and minority languages and about Ukraine. We consider contests to be a good model for increasing free and open knowledge in Ukrainian projects and on Wikimedia Commons.
Editing challenges and contests
Why are we doing this?
Article contests are a powerful way to enrich content. Our experience shows that contests motivate users which would not otherwise consistently create articles on a certain topic. For example, in 2018 Wikimedia Ukraine boosted, among others, content on Scandinavia, information security, and local cultural heritage — the subjects which are not particularly popular among editors but are of certain interest to the readers. From this perspective, contests are especially effective for enhancing the development of sister projects. For instance, the articles created during month-long contest in Wikivoyage still account for more than 15 percent of the whole number of articles which exist in Ukrainian Wikivoyage. Apart from the main goal of bridging content gaps, article contests help increase participation through attracting new users to Wikipedia and other wiki-projects.
Wikimedia Ukraine has been organizing article contests for seven years now. Overall, we held 21 article contests since early 2011. 2018 resulted with record number of article contests Wikimedia Ukraine organised in one year. Six article contests lasted for month or more but, as usual, beside contest period itself it took additional month or more before and after to build a team, recruit jury, set contest coordination and promotion and to accomplish with results and to award winners. Without going in detail, contests are demanding and multi-staged projects and each one brings us new lessons and outcomes as organizers and is always rewarding as for content: 4354 new and improved articles to Ukrainian Wikipedia, as well as 155 new and improved articles to Ukrainian Wikivoyage in 2018. We intend to use this experience to expand our work on article contests.
Plans for 2019
In 2019, Wikimedia Ukraine will continue organizing article contests. We already have volunteers who pledged to organise established contests such as CEE Spring or Wiki Loves Earth/Monuments article contests. We plan to develop these existing contests by targeting more specific content gaps and looking for partnerships. We have also other ideas in discussion, including a contest on women biographies, or an article contest on scientific topics to combine with the existing Science Photo Contest.
We will rethink the concept of contests for sister projects. We have organised a contest for Wikivoyage in February 2018 and have an ongoing community contest-like initiative in Wikisource. While contests are efficient for content generation on sister projects, we need to think how to integrate them with development of living project communities. We have a community demand for such contests, particularly on Wikiquote.
We intend to have between 4 and 6 contests in 2019, depending on community interests and partners available. Among new topics for article contests are Wiki Science article contest, WikiKharkivshchyna contest for libraries, Women biographies article contest. In addition, we will run small and short-term thematic editing challenges like WikiGap this year.
Wikimedia Ukraine awarding moments from 2018
Why are we doing this?
Ukraine has a diverse history, nature and heritage that should be documented on Wikimedia Commons. Photography contests as a form of contribution have a very low barrier of entry and are successful within our community. Over the past years Wikimedia Ukraine supported contests that brought over 750,000 images on Wikimedia Commons, which represents 1.5% of all media on Commons (national projects and international WLE, with a healthy usage rate of around 12%). In addition, our thematic photo contests help us develop valuable partnerships with organisations in these areas. Considering this potential and enthusiasm, we intend to continue organising photography contests in 2019.
Basic goal of Wiki Loves contests is to get photos of all natural and cultural heritage sites under state protection in Ukraine. According to the Law of Ukraine “On protection of the cultural heritage”, cultural heritage must be registered in the State Register of immovable monuments of Ukraine under the categories of national or local significance and according to their archaeological, aesthetic, ethnological, historical, artistic and scientific value. But there is no significant use of modern information technologies in the registration process. Much information on cultural heritage is still kept in hard copy, online lists are not full and are not updated. Thus by this moment the lists that are prepared and updated in Wikipedia for Wikimedia Ukraine contests are more competent, reliable and are linked to galleries if illustrated by contest participants. The number of illustrated sites is not yet the half of what is in the lists that's why we have reason to make new editions.
Plans for 2019
In 2019 Wikimedia Ukraine will continue with long-term photography contests: Wiki Loves Monuments, Wiki Loves Earth and Science photography. Towns and Villages of Ukraine Photography Contest and Wiki Loves People are at discussion stage. Being aware that volunteers and participants may become less interested in Wiki Loves contests for a variety of reasons, 2018 contest teams made some changes based on what we learned from past contests like additional points for unphotographed monuments or special prizes. In 2019 new concepts will be also implemented to recruit more participants and keep existing participants interested in participation.
We intend to continue organising the international stage of Wiki Loves Earth. This contest is important for documenting natural heritage worldwide, and also helps local communities in different countries gain more visibility and experience. Our medium term goal is to make this contest more independent from Wikimedia Ukraine, with more international composition of the organising team. In 2019, together with the international team we will continue to provide support and international promotion to Wiki Loves Earth.
Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums are powerful potential partners for the Wikimedia community. Libraries and museums professionals are among those who are interested in getting editing skills as a part of the professional development. Our efforts were also directed to encourage GLAM institutions to contribute to the Wikimedia projects as an integral part of their work.
In last three years volunteers have done huge job in making GLAMers aware of the power of Wikiprojects as platforms for sharing knowledge with the world. Dozens of presentations and training events. Especially strong ties were developed with public and university libraries.
Plans for 2019
In 2019 we plan to focus on releasing guides and promotional materials based on other Wikimedia communities examples. And also continue promotional and educational events: participating in professional conferences, educate institutional staff and patrons, organize editing challenges.
This sub-program will also include short-term contest overlapping with GLAM and Education programmes similar to what we had in 2018 (see our Programm story). It is an article and photo contest for librarians and library patrons but in one administrative region.
Content Enrichment: Program Objectives
to improve Wikipedia's coverage of topics that were identified by the community (target: over 12 months, at least 3000 Wikipedia articles on specific topics identified by the community are created or improved)
to increase the quality and quantity of photographic content about protected nature sites, cultural heritage sites, photographic and other media content that help to discover science (targets: during the photo contest periods, at least 113,000 images that are photographs of protected nature sites, cultural heritage sites, photographic and other media content that help to discover science, are uploaded; and over 12 months, at least 0.5% of the above-mentioned photographic and other media content receives quality labels)
to ensure photo contest content is used to illustrate Wikimedia projects through organising an on-wiki collaboration (contests) (target: at the end of 12 months period, at least 12,000 images of the above-mentioned content is used to illustrate Wikimedia projects)
to improve the content of Wikimedia projects by increasing the participation of the GLAM institutions and the participation of the community in WMUA-GLAM activities (targets: over 12 months, at least 500 content pages created on Wikimedia projects owing to the participation of the GLAM institutions and the participation of the community in WMUA-GLAM activities; and over 12 months, at least 25 institutions are participating in WMUA-GLAM activities related to improvement of the content of Wikimedia projects)
to improve the content of Wikimedia projects by increasing content on locally-oriented topics (targets: over 12 months, at least 500 content pages on locally-oriented topics are created on Wikimedia projects)
March 21 – May 31: CEE Spring article contest
May 1 – 31: Wiki Loves Earth Ukraine photo contest
May 1 – June 30: Wiki Loves Earth international photo contest
June – August: possible Towns and Villages of Ukraine photo contest
September 1 – 30: Wiki Loves Monuments Ukraine photo contest
October 1 – 31: Wiki Loves Monuments Ukraine article contest
November 1 – 30: Wiki Science photo (possibly also article) contest
Autumn: possible women biographies article contest
November: WikiKharkivshchyna contest for Libraries
Sharing the priority that growth is critical to the Wikimedia movement’s future, Wikimedia Ukraine works on expanding pool of editors that get their first or next experience in company of Wikipedians/medians or joining editing challenges. This programme means supporting and organising trainings aimed at increasing participation in the Wikiprojects, as well as explicitly reaching target groups: communities outside big cities (as we are seeking more geographic diversity) and the world of education (as students represent a significant part of Wikipedia readers). These activities have parallel aims of improving content and attracting more participation from the target groups.
Wikimarathon and uk-Wikipedia 15
Map of established wikimeetups during Wikimarathon 2018
Why are we doing this?
Anniversaries matter. They offer a moment to examine the circumstances and remind ourselves that what we see in the present has its genesis in the past. Having almost a jubilee (15 years!) is an even better opportunity to attract attention to Wikipedia of the general public. People love birthdays and birthday presents, thus inviting people to write a Wikipedia article to celebrate Wikipedia's birthday is well received by the public.
The idea to encourage as many people as possible to contribute to Wikipedia on a specific day was first mentioned in 2013, and Ihor Kostenko, a Wikipedian killed at Maidan on 20 February 2014, was its early promoter. The first event was scheduled on Wikipedia's 10th birthday on January 2014 but was rescheduled due to national mourning and took place only in April 2014, thus being dedicated to Ihor's memory.
Since 2015 we are organising a Wikimarathon (formerly Wikiflashmob) on the Wikipedia birthday. The project grew from just 3 to over 50 events all over Ukraine and became widely supported both online and offline by the community.
Plans for 2019
Activities chained to Wikipedia birthday dates proved to be good to engage a new generation of enthusiasts. The 6th edition of the Wikimarathon dedicated to the 15th anniversary of Ukrainian Wikipedia is planned for January, 26-30. Idea is the same as described in our Program story: Wikimedia Ukraine will ask each and every to contribute to Wikipedia thus to thanks and greet it for knowledge it delivers. We are also planning a series of events all over Ukraine to teach participants to edit, write their first article and share a birthday cake together.
Wikipedia in Education
Wikipedia Presentation in Drahomanov University
Meeting of teachers using Wikipedia in Lviv
Why are we doing this?
Engaging schools and universities is a good way to increase the awareness of Wikipedia, help students and teachers understand Wikipedia principles, and, in the long run, boost Wikipedia participation. School teachers and university lecturers are interested in including Wikipedia in study curricula, but the awareness of the opportunities which Wikipedia may provide is still relatively low. Thus our goal is to promote the general idea of Wikipedia's usefulness in education among the faculty and teaching community, and assist them in training students to edit Wikipedia.
Wikimedia Ukraine is running education activities since 2011.
Our first focus was on working with university students, with both top-down approach starting with administration and bottom-up approach starting with already interested lecturers. This usually produced some content, however, plagiarism was a significant issue: Ukrainian students usually come to higher education institutions with no idea of how to write an article without copying someone's work, and many did not even try to avoid plagiarism. We thus focused on working primarily with universities already having interested lecturers by helping them with workshops for students, as this work produced the best results.
Since 2016 we are actively working with high school teachers, and this collaboration brings good results. We trained several dozen teachers from all over the country (with three more trainings in Kyiv and Nizhyn in 2018) who now know about Wikimedia projects, are ready to use them in their classes. We are confident these teachers can explain their young students how to work with sources and be careful about plagiarism before they get used to it. Some of these teachers already organised Wikipedia classes in their schools and trained their students, while others are yet to do it. We now have a network of teachers using Wikipedia who are empowered to spread the word and work on advancing Wikipedia in education.
Plans for 2019
In 2019 Wikimedia Ukraine will continue communicating on value of Wikipedia in Education. 2018 witnessed a boost of EdCamps, professional informal education conferences all over the country. Educators who are chapter members are willing to promote Wikipedia and its sister projects as a teaching and learning tool at these conferences. We also hope to get more expand collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, universities and schools to make our Education Programme more recognised among educators.
In schools, we will continue our focus on training and supporting teachers interested in using Wikipedia in education. We will re-use the current model of two-day workshops for schools teachers that helps them learn about Wikipedia, get first editing experience, and discover ways to use Wikipedia in teaching, as it brings overall good results. The teachers we previously trained intend to work on paedagogical materials that would help their colleagues organise "wiki-lessons" for secondary school subjects. We already have a good experience of teachers training students to edit Wikipedia (particularly successful in Kremenchuk), and we are planning to train more high school students in 2019, possibly with trainings given by teachers together with experienced Wikipedians.
The two new initiatives coming from the teaching community are a contest of articles on topics from school curriculum for teachers (as students look for them on Wikipedia anyway) and a MOOC on editing Wikipedia to improve our presence in online education. There is an interest in organising WikiCamp for high school students in 2020, and thus we are going to hold training sessions for WikiCamp trainers in 2019.
In universities, our goal is to continue partnerships with educational institutions in order to integrate use of Wikipedia and other projects to university courses. We will organise workshops both for professors interested in using Wikipedia in education and students who want to learn to edit. In universities trainings for students are usually done by experienced Wikimedians, but it is rather difficult to train students really well if we have just one class, thus professor’s motivation and involvement is needed for success. We have new institutions interested in introducing article editing as an assignment, with the latest interest coming from Jewish studies program in Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.
Increasing Participation: Program Objectives
to organise training events for Wikimarathon in the majority of regions of Ukraine (target: over the Wikimarathon period in January-February, at least 14 regions of Ukraine have Wikimarathon training events)
to encourage people to write articles on Wikipedia birthday by online campaigns (target: over the Wikipedia birthday period in January-February, at least 500 participants write articles in online campaigns)
to engage more educators by organising at least 5 trainings (target: over 12 months, at least 50 educators are trained)
to engage more students by organising at least 5 presentations/trainings (target: over 12 months, at least 100 students attend a presentation or a training as a part of Wikipedia in Education activities)
to continue the particular focus on underrepresented regions, such as Southern and Eastern Ukraine, by organising at least one such training there (target: over 12 months, at least 1 education training is organised in underrepresented regions, such as Southern and Eastern Ukraine)
to continue promoting Wikipedia in education by giving presentations of innovative uses of Wikipedia and related projects on educational conferences and fairs (target: over 12 months, at least 3 presentations of innovative uses of Wikipedia and related projects are given on educational conferences and airs to promote Wikipedia in education)
January 26 – 30: Wikipedia birthday Wikimarathon, national-level edit-a-thon
February: article contest for teachers on topics from school curriculum
Spring: first Wikiseminar for teachers/lecturers from regions
July: training for WikiCamp 2020 organisers
Autumn: second Wikiseminar for teachers/lecturers from regions
All year: collaboration with universities and schools
All year: preparing paedagogical materials and MOOC
All year: participation in education events and conferences
Community Support and Development
International participation, sharing and learning makes up an integral part of the activities of chapter. Resources that are directed to support initiatives of individual members help us keep the community participation and broaden it. This program includes logistical, administrative or financial support to community events, providing microgrants and giving supportive gifties such as Wikizghuschivka (condensed milk). Community support also encloses applying for press accreditation, participation of individual members in some events or meet-ups, providing gifts for thematic weeks, helping community members willing to organise wikiexpeditions, and helping community members get support of different institutions and organisations.
Wikimania participants telling stories from the movement during Ukrainian Wikiconference
Why are we doing this?
Organizing face-to-face meet-ups is important for both WMUA members and the whole wikicommunity in Ukraine. They allow to enhance online cooperation, boost useful networking connections among volunteers, and facilitate knowledge sharing in the format of presentations, discussions, and personal meetings. Bringing volunteers together is especially crucial for community development in Ukraine because of the geographical vastness of our country. Organizing conferences and other events in regions also helps boost and increase local communities.
The Ukrainian WikiConference and the Annual General Meeting are two main annual community events. Most recently, WMUA held Ukrainian WikiConference 2018 in Kyiv and the Annual General Meeting in December 2017. Apart from these big events, we organize and/or support various smaller events, such as edit-a-thons and local meetups. About half of WMUA's members have participated or co-organised an activity during 2018.
Plans for 2019
Celebrating Wikimedia Ukraine 10th years anniversary, WikiConference and the Annual General Meeting in 2019 comprise the list of biggest and most demanding community events for 2019. WikiConference is already at the stage of planning and choosing location, and it is likely to be held in Eastern part of Ukraine for the second time only in our history. Besides, we will hold two strategic planning sessions for our local community, one being probably associated with our Annual General Meeting and another possibly on Wikimedia Ukraine's 10th anniversary. We will also keep supporting smaller events.
Wikimedia Ukraine AGM 2017
Trainings for Volunteers
Why are we doing this?
Training sessions for volunteers devoted to certain specific skills, such as technical tools or conflict resolution. Organizing training events or funding volunteers’ participation in training sessions helps to develop community’s skills and, therefore, increase the quality of our contribution and address important issues within the community.
We facilitate training sessions for volunteers by organizing training sessions through WMUA resources (as in 2016, when Asaf Bartov held the training session on conflict resolution) and microgranting trainings which are not organized by WMUA: in 2018 we funded participation in photography training for the volunteer who applies regularly to event accreditation and was seeking to upgrade skills in reportage photography.
Plans for 2019
In 2019, we will keep organizing training sessions for volunteers. Apart from replicating the events we held in the past, we have volunteers interested in organizing technical training sessions (probably with a focus on teaching experienced users to use tools like PetScan or Quarry) and training on public speaking (particularly for those involved in organising events and promoting Wikimedia to the general public) for the Ukrainian community in 2019.
Wikipedia for Peace Stockholm Europride Editathon feat. Sergey Chemkaev
Why are we doing this?
Providing scholarships for international events is an important part of community development and the promotion of knowledge sharing. Attending conferences and other events provides members of the local community with an opportunity to build and strengthen connections, gain new knowledge, and share it through their reports, notes, articles, photos, and social media posts. Since it is difficult for most Ukrainians to afford expensive international travel, WMUA scholarships are especially important to the community.
Similarly to the previous years, in 2018, we provided scholarships for members of the Ukrainian community to attend Wikimedia Conference in Berlin, Wikimania in Cape Town and and CEE Meeting in Lviv, with supporting new events like Wikipedia for Peace Stockholm Europride. As in previous year, we set up a scholarship committee for distributing Wikimania scholarships, strengthening our experience in this field. A Board member responsible for approving other events applications coordinated this process along with Project Manager.
Plans for 2019
In 2019, we will keep providing scholarships for both large international events, such as Wikimania 2019 in Stockholm or CEE Meeting 2019 in Belgrade, and thematic events, such as International WikiCamp in Yerevan, Hackathon, or education and GLAM events. We plan to continue and develop knowledge sharing, keeping it mandatory for all scholarship recipients to outline how their scholarships helped them contribute to the Wikimedia movement better.
Paralympic athletes before departure for Paralympics in Korea
Why are we doing this?
Microgrants sub-program is designed to support community initiatives, make volunteers' life easier and provide funding on individual activities and projects that have an impact on Wikimedia projects.
In 2017-18, Wikimedia Ukraine has worked a lot on improving ways of giving community support to contributors to the various Wikimedia projects. To ensure the transparent system of distributing microgrants, we have launched a committee on microgrants, and we aim to shed light on the system of providing grants through boosting the awareness of certain events which can be funded by WMUA and of the general program of microgrants. These are visible on WMUA-Wiki site, along with voting and discussions.
Among microgrants models to members of our community: tickets purchase or organizing a press accreditation for attending events, buying books (volunteers create and expand articles in Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects), funding wikiexpeditions (volunteers upload photos, create and expand articles in Wikipedia, Wikivoyage, and other projects). We also support thematic weeks and months providing souvenirs and small gifts for leading contributors.
Plans for 2019
We will continue to work with program model we have been using in the previous years with a special attention to program promotion among members of the Ukrainian wikicommunity. Wikiexpeditions applications, Wikizghuschivka (condensed milk) award to the most active new and existing contributors and themathic week/months support will also be included to microgrant system.
Community Support and Development: Program Objectives
to increase the community participation by empowering users with the techniques and skills needed for Wikimedia projects (target: over 12 months, at least 50 participants participate in trainings aimed to empower users with the techniques and skills needed for Wikimedia projects)
to provide incentives to the community, supporting wide range of volunteer initiatives with the financial resources, materials and souvenirs they can use (target: over 12 months, at least 120 community members receive financial support to their volunteer initiatives or souvenirs in recognition of their volunteer engagement)
to ensure members and volunteers engagement and committing by supporting/organising online and offline events (target: over 12 months, at least 150 participants participate in offline and online events for community members)
to provide international scholarships for international Wikimedia-related events (target: over 12 months, at least 15 scholarships to international Wikimedia-related events are provided)
WMUA Annual General Meeting&Strategy Session
WMUA 10th Anniversary
All year: participation in international events
All year: Wikiexpeditions, photo accreditations and other microgrants activities
Wikimedia Ukraine on Atlas Weekend Festival in Kyiv
Our activities in this program aim at shaping a Wikimedia Ukraine's profile as well as informing on Wikimedia projects in public sector and other environments when needed. Success of our work depends a lot on general public awareness about it. Consequently, working with press releases, commentaries, presence on social media is an area of core activities for project managers. The Freedom of Panorama advocacy, as one of the essential objectives of ensuring the open sharing of knowledge in Ukraine, was a part of this activity and has been our stand-alone area of activity for several years.
Media Publicity and Promotion Activities
Since 2011 WMUA's blog is updated regularly with stories from volunteers and work. We manage several pages in social media (focus on Facebook) that proved to be a good platform for getting and providing feedback on different issues, demonstrating notable results of our work and reaching out public personas, serving as liaison between public and Wikimedia community. In 2018 account on Instagram was added into WMUA's social media package driven by volunteers. Account has already reached almost 300 subscribers. In 2018 we obtained new and exciting experience of participating in social fairs and seek to continue attend events where we can promote movement or certain project (like alley of non-governmental organizations at Atlas Weekend, iForum etc.)
Plans for 2019
In 2019 we plan to strengthen visibility on social media, provide easily readable and accurate information about Wikimedia. We will also continue participation in various fairs, forums and conferences to promote Wikimedia projects to the general public or to specialised audiences.
Wikiworkshops for the general public will also be a part of this sub-programme. Every year there is a demand for learning sessions on editing Wikimedia projects, both from partners and volunteers. While we also organise such workshops as a part of thematic (e.g. article contests) or specialised (e.g. GLAM) programmes, we also plan do some wikiworkshops on demand to promote editing Wikipedia (for instance, in cities without active communities) as in previous years.
Free panorama advocacy
Infographics about the drawbacks of non-commercial "freedom of panorama" introduced by draft bill #7539
Why are we doing this?
Ukraine does not have freedom of panorama at all, not even for limited purposes. This means that a large chunk of Ukrainian heritage, more or less corresponding to all buildings and monuments erected after World War II, including everything build during Ukrainian independence (since 1991), cannot be depicted under a free license. This is a significant obstacle in our work of making knowledge free and information about human heritage free and a major reason of frustration for Ukrainian photographers contributing on Wikimedia Commons. Advocacy for freedom of panorama in Ukraine is thus a major goal for us.
We have launched campaigns for freedom of panorama in Ukraine in 2014. A draft bill supported by Wikimedia Ukraine was introduced to the parliament and passed the committee, but was not voted in parliamentary session. We’ve been working with journalists, politicians, activists and partners by spreading information, designing infographics, organising public events and discussions.
Plans for 2019
As the government is currently starting a large copyright reform, we are looking for joining this discussion. Moreover, Wikimedia Ukraine is currently developing an advocacy plan for freedom of panorama, expected to be ready in November 2018. This plan will include organising events, launching campaign(s) and preparing materials about freedom of panorama and potentially also free licenses. Once this plan is established, we intend to follow it in 2019.
Awareness for Wikimedia and Free Knowledge: Program Objectives
to encourage regulatory and legislative changes that will benefit the Wikimedia projects, affirming freedom of panorama in Ukraine (target: over 12 months at least 1 press conference, 1 video and 5 round tables or meetings with partners are organised to encourage regulatory and legislative changes that will benefit the Wikimedia projects, affirming freedom of panorama in Ukraine)
to increase awareness of Wikimedia projects and respect for the licenses (copyright) (target: over 12 months, we organise or participate in at least 5 online or offline events targeting increase in awareness of Wikimedia projects and respect for licenses or copyright)
to share stories about WMUA's projects and from volunteers (target: over 12 months, at least 50 stories about WMUA's projects and from volunteers are shared on blogs and social media)
to get national press coverage (target: over 12 months, we get national press coverage in at least 12 distinct news publications)
to support and advise on re-licensing of content under an open Creative Commons licence (target: over 12 months, we support or advise at least 5 partners who will re-license content under an open Creative Commons licence)
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WikiGap 2019, Kyiv
Logo of Women in STEM. This image won the challenge for the best logo among the proposed draft logos
In March, we joined the WikiGap initiative. In partnership with the Swedish Embassy in Ukraine and the UNFPA Office in Ukraine, Wikimedia Ukraine held three simultaneous offline events across Ukraine (in the capital city of Kyiv, Lviv in Western Ukraine and Kharkiv in Eastern Ukraine) on March 1st. The online part was running for three days, on March 1st-3rd. As a result, 91 users created or significantly expanded 186 articles, with 86 persons attending the three events.
We helped promote WikiGap Challenge among Ukrainian Wikipedians. Partly due to Wikimedia Ukraine’s participation in the promotion, Ukrainians showed a strong participation in the challenge: out of ten winners, seven came from Ukrainian Wikipedia, including the 1st place holder Andrii Hrytsenko.
From March to May we held the fifth edition of the “CEE Spring” article contest. This time it ran under a new name, “Європейська весна” (Ukrainian for “European Spring”), in an attempt to avoid ambiguous abbreviation in the title. The results of the contest (almost two thousand articles were created or expanded, 83 participants made eligible contributions) met our expectations. Article evaluation is still in progress; the project will be concluded later this year.
In June, Wikimedia Ukraine held the article contest “Women in STEM” devoted to biographies of women in the STEM fields. Organized in partnership with the UNFPA Office in Ukraine, this contest has brought around 500 articles to Ukrainian Wikipedia (exact results are still being counted as the jury evaluates the articles) from more than 40 participants. As promotional activities, we run a logo challenge for the contest and held one dedicated training session in the UNFPA headquarters in Kyiv (for the training session, 18 people participated and 120 people watched a part of it online). The project got good media attention, with both major Ukrainian media outlets and some local authorities spreading information about the contest. The award ceremony is planned for early September.
Ukrainian WLE 2019 Banner
In May, we held the Ukrainian edition of Wiki Loves Earth 2019. As a result of the contest, 307 participants uploaded 9929 photos of Ukrainian natural heritage sites. 1648 nature objects were pictured; among them, 326 sites did not have photos on Wikimedia Commons before the contest. Overall, this marks a small decrease as compared to the previous year’s contest but is still relatively high given that the contest was held for the seventh time in Ukraine. As planned, we implemented higher incentives for illustrating underrepresented areas. Besides, the organizational team worked to improve the system of categorization on Wikimedia Commons and update lists of nature protected areas. Apart from that, we relied on the existing patterns of the contest’s design and approaches to its promotion. We have already announced the results of the “quantitative” nomination, and the jury is currently evaluating photos to choose highest-quality photos. The results will be passed to the international organizing team by the end of July, and the Ukrainian award ceremony is tentatively planned for late September.
As well as in previous years, Wikimedia Ukraine volunteers, along with staff support, played a key role in organizing the international part of Wiki Loves Earth. According to the preliminary statistics, this year’s contest has seen 37 countries participating (the highest number since the contest was founded) and more than 85,000 photos uploaded to Wikimedia Commons by over 8700 participants. As part of the preparation for the contest, the international organizing team run a feedback form for local organizing teams. The key problem of the previous year’s contest, as identified by local organizers, was insufficient communication from the international team. For this year’s edition, we worked to improve that, keeping in touch with local organizing team through social media, mailing lists, blog posts, updating guides for local organizers, and, of course, through private communication. Local organizing teams are determining national winners throughout July, and the international jury will start evaluating photos in mid-August. The results of the international part are planned to be announced in September.
We continue to collaborate with GLAMs to host our “traveling photo exhibition” of the best pictures of Wiki Loves Monuments. In January-June the best photos from years 2017 and 2018 were exhibited in libraries and a museum in 6 cities. We see it as an achievement that this exhibition came, in particular, to Luhansk, Kherson, and Mykolaiv Oblasts, these being Eastern and Southern regions of Ukraine, that are relatively undercovered by Wikimedia events.
Potential contests “Towns and Villages of Ukraine” and “Wiki Loves People”, which were at the early discussion stage at the time we submitted the grant application, have not been organized and are not likely to be held in the second half of the year due to the lack of devoted volunteers, but we will check the situation at the end of summer/beginning of autumn.
Wikimarathon 2019, Kherson
Wikitraining for librarians, Vinnytsia
Signing of the Memorandum between Wikimedia Ukraine and the System of Public Libraries in Lviv
In June, Lviv local government opened the “Wiki Library”, a local library inspired by the ideas of Wikipedia. Its employees attended our previous Wikipedia training events. Wikimedia Ukraine signed a memorandum with the library (see our Facebook post about this) and held two Wikipedia-related events. We are planning to expand this cooperation throughout the following months, making it a hub for the promotion of Wikimedia projects and for Wikimedia-related events in Lviv. For example, our Lviv volunteers continued informal collaboration with First Lviv Media Library, an innovative library in Lviv, and held events there.
A notable project for our GLAM direction is WikiKharkivshchyna, which is an article and photo contest for libraries in the Kharkiv Oblast (due to its nature, we categorize this project as GLAM rather than a part of the Contests direction). Over the first six months of 2019, we held an award ceremony for WikiKharkivshchyna 2018, and our Kharkiv volunteers started active preparations for this year’s edition, holding training events around the region, particularly in Kharkiv and Krasnohrad. The contest itself will be held in the fall.
We continue building partnerships with GLAM institutions, with a lot of our events being held in libraries. For example, our Lviv volunteers continued informal collaboration with First Lviv Media Library, an innovative library in Lviv, and held events there. Our photo exhibitions have also been held in libraries and museums.
As a particular example, GLAM institutions, mostly libraries, showed strong participation in Wikimarathon. Over the five days of Wikimarathon, 32 libraries around Ukraine hosted wikitrainings.
Our volunteers held several on-demand wikiworkshops for librarians in the Kharkiv Oblast and Vinnytsia.
We have not released new promotional materials or guides for GLAM institutions in the first half of the year.
Wikimarathon and uk-Wikipedia 15
Dedicated to the 15th anniversary of Ukrainian Wikipedia, Wikimarathon 2019 was one of the biggest events we held over the period reported. Wikimedia Ukraine ran an online part of Wikimarathon and coordinated offline events across Ukraine. The design of Wikimarathon 2019 was similar to previous years’ Wikimarathons, including the one discussed in detail in our 2017 program story; the improvements we implemented this year are detailed below. Overall, 1776 articles were created specifically over five days. Around 650 users created an article during Wikimarathon. In terms of geographical diversity, Wikimarathon 2019 reached 38 cities and villages in 21 regions of Ukraine (84% regions covered) with 60 training events. Around 60 volunteers were involved in planning and executing Wikimarathon online and in the field. One of the key challenges of the mass events like Wikimarathon, which attracts a high number of new users, is the quality of articles created. Thus, this year, we tried to pay particular attention to the quality of content. We initiated a sub-project on patrolling articles created by inexperienced Wikimarathon participants (those without patroller rights). Over this period, 15 people checked 240 articles, marking them as patrolled and improving some of them, as well as providing feedback to authors of some articles. Also, in 2019 we emphasized developing the capacity of Wikimarathon events’ trainers. For the first time, we held two training sessions for Wikimarathon trainers. They were held in two major cities, Kyiv and Kharkiv, and covered 21 participants, who, according to the feedback forms, were highly satisfied with these sessions. Also, we created a typical presentation for a Wikimarathon events (event organizers could use it as is or employ as a basis for their presentation and adjust for their needs), a detailed guide for event organizers, and some new materials for participants of the events.
For the 15th anniversary of Ukrainian Wikipedia itself, we prepared a number of informational and promotional materials about Wikipedia. Those include a press release, mini-contest for a special logo devoted to the anniversary, a series of infographics with 15 facts about Ukrainian Wikipedia, a new version of Ukrainian Wikipe-tan, and others. Besides, Wikimedia Ukraine organized an offline celebration of the event in Kyiv on January 30th (see also the “Community Events” section of this report).
Wikipedia in Education
Wikitraining for educators, Kremenchuk
Award ceremony for high school graduates in Kremenchuk
Over the first half of the year, we traditionally focused on developing the capacity of school and university teachers, guiding specific Wikipedia courses, and supporting education program leaders’ participation in thematic events.
As always, we continued to provide various kinds of support to experienced Education Program activists who actively integrate Wikipedia in their curricula.
As one of the key directions of the Wikipedia Education Program is training school teachers to edit Wikipedia and use it in education, a major event within this programme was a two-day training session for teachers in Kremenchuk, which we held in the middle of May. It was an immersive training session which covered 10 middle and high school teachers, both those who have already been using Wikipedia in class but have wanted to solidify their Wikipedia-related skills and those without prior experience of using Wikipedia in education. We will be able to fully evaluate the effectiveness of this event once the new academic year starts in September. At the same time, we already have early signs of some participants who had been new to Wikipedia at the time of the event becoming active users of Wikipedia and being interested in spreading the word about Wikipedia in education.
We developed some new partnerships in the field of higher education, with the most notable example being the university course “Introduction to Gender Studies” in the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. Over this semester-long course, students had an assignment to write a Wikipedia article as their course paper; our volunteer (Antanana) held a presentation with a Q&A for students, and we provided support to students throughout the assignment process. The students were given materials on how to edit Wikipedia and contact information for asking questions. Overall, 76 articles were created or significantly expanded, and around 100 students were involved. Notably, the majority of these articles were about famous women in the field of gender studies and feminism, which helped bring further attention to fixing the problem of the gender gap on Wikipedia (see our program story for more details)
Some work was done to help kick off a platform of wikilessons in Wikibooks, but this project has been frozen due to the lack of volunteers devoted to its implementation.
Wikimarathon 2019 was an indirect opportunity to promote Wikipedia in education. Around 15 events within Wikimarathon were held specifically for school or university students, most of them by teachers, and a few more public events were held in universities.
Community Support and Development
Wikimarathon treats, Khmelnytskyi
Wikimarathon 2019, Kherson
The major community event at the beginning of the year was the Ukrainian Wikipedia Birthday. Celebrating with gatherings to taste a cake and join article-writing Wikimarathon already became traditional for this event. We have supported >60 wikimeetups. Metrics-wise, the progress of these events is tracked within Increasing Participation programme as most participants were also involved in an edit-a-thon or online in Wikimarathon 2019 by writing an article; Wikimarathon is discussed in detail in a separate section above.
Wikimedia Ukraine AGM 2019
This year, we managed to make the transition towards Annual General Meeting (AGM) early in the year as opposed to the late-December AGMs we had before. This was a long-discussed and generally approved idea, with the aim to reduce end-year pressure on the members, take AGM out of the holiday season (where tickets are harder to buy etc.), use the opportunity to celebrate Ukrainian Wikipedia’s birthday together and give the board time to finish their work and annual reporting (in the schedule with December meetings the board changed just before annual reporting was due). AGM was held on February 17th with all due procedures, even though it was only a month and a half after the previous general meeting. Therefore the next AGM is planned for the end of January-beginning of February 2020.
WMUA Strategy Session, June 2019 (Day 2)
Wikimedia Ukraine kicked off its strategy process in order to create a strategy for the years 2020-2022. We started with an offline one-day strategic session on February 16 which was the opportunity to present the process with our members, perform diagnostics and get inputs on organising our organisation’s work, projects and community. It was followed by online surveying of the WMUA members which had a remarkable response rate of 77%. Finally, we held the second offline strategic session on June 28-29 with a focus on the mission statement, vision, values, strategic goals, and strategic tasks. The strategy process is currently going according to the plan, and the final document is expected to be ready before the WikiConference in October so that an Extraordinary General Meeting can be held during the conference to approve the strategic plan.
10 years WMUA cake
Wikimedia Ukraine is 10 in 2019. Offline meeting in late June included a little celebration of the current members with the birthday cake and looking back at the work accomplished in the time since the creation of our chapter. Besides, we have been preparing a series of informational materials dedicated to the organizations’ anniversary.
Ukrainian WikiConference will be the main bigger event of the second half of the year for which the dates and place are chosen and the preparations are in progress.
In late March, we held a “Governance in an NGO” training for the most active people at WMUA: members of the board, auditing committee, strategy working group, technical committee, as well as WMUA staff and contractors (total 20 attendees). The trainers were both Wikimedians and invited experts, and the topics of the training included team communication and work, NGO legislature in Ukraine and key legal procedures that an NGO has to abide.
In June, Vlasenko D and Kharkivian held a one-day training session devoted to Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons for members of the Kharkiv Wikimedia community. This training was a first attempt to organise a training like this, so it was supported by a Wikigrant budget. By the way, Vlasenko D was among recipients of a scholarship from Wikimedia Ukraine to attend Wikidata Train the Trainers in Austria last year, so he was already trained how to do it.
Wikimedia Hackathon 2019 participants from Ukraine
Wikimedia Summit 2019
In the period covered by this report, we granted 5 scholarships:
A1 received a scholarship for attending a “Choral art of Ukraine”;
Olga Loboda 0806, being an Education program leader, was granted with support to visit several regional pedagogical conferences.
We are granting full scholarships to fed4ev, Mcoffsky and Luda.slominska for attending Wikimania 2019 in Stockholm in August, while CEllen and Visem will receive partial scholarships. In total, this exceeds our expectations for the first half of the year, thus there may be fewer scholarships granted in its second half.
Wikiexpeditions participants with a visiting permit to Pip Ivan Mountain
This year, the microgrants program covers various smaller sub-programs, namely these four directions:
Wikigrants, small grants for book purchase, participating in an event, covering entrance tickets to a museum etc.
Over the first half of 2019, we provided three grants for book purchases; all these applications are currently in the process of completion. Besides, the organization supported one volunteer with accreditation and expenses for attending an iForum event, one of the biggest IT conferences in Ukraine. We have also supported a one-day training session devoted to Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons for members of the Kharkiv Wikimedia community, which was mentioned in a section above in more detail.
Thematic months and weeks, providing souvenirs and small prizes for active participants of thematic weeks in Ukrainian Wikipedia. We helped organize three such thematic months and weeks:
Kharkiv Region month. Organized by our active Kharkiv volunteer community, it led to 216 articles being created and 105 articles expanded.
Swedish Week. Held in partnership with the Embassy of Sweden in Kyiv, it has been one of the most popular thematic weeks we ever supported as 947 articles were created and 87 expanded over the project’s three-week period.
Investigative Journalism Week. Held in partnership with the Regional Press Development Institute, it has helped bring around 110 articles on the topic to Ukrainian Wikipedia (exact results might change as the project will run until July 15th). Also, we held a training session for journalists, which was attended by 16 participants.
All three projects have not been fully completed yet, so the results presented here are preliminary.
Wikiexpeditions, supporting Wikimedians’ trips to visit places and sites to improve their coverage on Wikimedia projects. Over this period, we supported two wikiexpeditions:
These expeditions helped illustrate nature heritage sites and cultural monuments which were not represented on Wikimedia projects. Since both of them occurred in June, the reporting process is currently underway and is expected to be completed in July.
Wikizghushchivka, providing small physical gifts (a can of zghushchivka, i.e. condensed milk) to the most active new and existing Wikipedia contributors. No progress was made in this direction in the first half of 2019.
As usual, media publicity remains an important part of each project we implement. The specific projects which got the highest media attention were Wikimarathon (several dozen publications in nationwide and regional media, including some 20 video and audio stories), Women in STEM (good coverage in nationwide media; see the respective section for more details), and Ukrainian Wiki Loves Earth (several dozen publications, attention from both media outlets and government sources).
We continued to develop our blog and social media accounts. We try to use the blog to share detailed stories and major announcements, while social media is a more day-to-day tool that provides greater flexibility.
In January-June, we published 35 stories on the blog; it received 21,675 views from 15,374 unique users.
By July 14th, the number of our Facebook page followers increased by 13% since the beginning of the year (2,857 -> 3,228). All posts published from January 1st until June 30th received 108,760 views.
Wikimedia Ukraine’s Instagram page had a 25% increase in followers, and the Twitter account showed a 13% increase (410 and 1305 followers, respectively).
Besides, we renewed the practice of monthly newsletters with the most important events and announcements. An example of a newsletter is here (in Ukrainian).
We used paid social media advertising to promote two projects (Wikimarathon and Ukrainian Wiki Loves Earth). Empirical results of these campaigns showed that, while social media ads are not particularly effective in promoting our offline events, they might be useful for spreading the word about online projects.
In June, the Cabinet of Ministers (Government) of Ukraine issued a resolution, which recommends all local and nationwide agencies of the executive branch to license the content on their sites under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license. It probably happened at least partly because of the earlier activities of Wikimedia Ukraine and Creative Commons Ukraine which requested the Government to do so and held a few presentations for different branches of the Government. Individual efforts of volunteer editors, who were writing letters and requests to government agencies about switching to free licenses, are also likely to have influenced the decision.
Free panorama advocacy
Infografics that explains why commercial freedom of panorama is better than non-commercial
We have created an advocacy plan to direct our efforts in this field. The plan included: mapping of the stakeholders, decision-makers, and ideas for the information campaign, including publications, video, and events. Unfortunately, our plans were affected by a sudden political change (immediate dissolution of the parliament by the newly elected president), making us put some work on hold.
Mapping. By the end of January, we have finished mapping the members of the Ukrainian Parliament potentially interested in supporting FoP. We either contacted members of Parliament (MPs) or searched for information that would show their interest in copyright regulations and awareness in the “freedom of panorama” (FoP) issue. This information is not public and is only for our internal use. As the political situation in Ukraine has changed dramatically, and we are going to have a new Parliament this summer, we would need to do another mapping at the beginning of Autumn.
Information Campaign. One of the challenges for us is low awareness about the very concept of “freedom of panorama” in Ukraine: both among members of Parliament (MPs) and the general public. We have decided to work on developing good quality materials for publishing (articles, infographics, etc.) to enhance our chances of being published and shared by different media outlets and developing an educational video about freedom of panorama, to be shared via social media.
Video. We have found contractors for video from Severodonetsk, Eastern Ukraine, whose portfolio demonstrated their focus on social projects. The draft of the video had been completed by the end of March, less than a month from the beginning of work. We waited till the end of April for our Canadian volunteer to record audiotape: in the screenplay, the main character was a photographer from Canada. Throughout May and June, we elaborated on sound and slightly changed the video itself. The work on video lasted till the end of June due to the number of people involved (volunteers giving feedback etc). The video can be introduced to the public at any moment from now on. However, due to the drastic political shift, we will wait till new Parliament convenes, given that our main (target) audience is MPs.
State Institutions and Freedom of Panorama Research. We have also conducted research on how central and local executive institutions and a few courts complied with the copyright law with respect to images of the building where they are located. We discovered that none of the institutions, Constitutional Court of Ukraine amidst them, complied with Ukrainian copyright Law in regard to a lack of freedom of panorama. Together with Creative Commons Ukraine, we have prepared an analytical material based on this, and its publication was meant to be one of the steps of our information campaign about freedom of panorama.
Publications on Freedom of Panorama. We also elaborated on several info materials on FoP, ready to be posted on our blog. Their publication is on hold as we want to publish them when we are ready to launch a full-fledged information campaign (Autumn).
Working Directly with the Ukrainian Parliament and MPs. The main achievement of our team and allied MPs’ was the introduction of the draft law #10143 (on copyright law reform, an initiative of MPs of the committee), which has provisions for having freedom of panorama in Ukraine. This would be a great success since sanctions for taking photographs, video footage or creating images of buildings and sculptures would no longer be illegal! We wrote letters on behalf of the MPs supporting our initiative, suggesting corrections to the initial text of the draft law #7539 (government-sponsored bill on copyright law reform, contained only very limited FoP), which evolved into the draft law #10143. We updated our infographics, web site and shared the info via social media in support of having a “real” (commercial) freedom of panorama. As we have mentioned before, this drastic change in our political environment affected us: our supporting MPs informed that the draft law #10143 will not be debated before the snap election, thus we had to postpone all our activities till September/October when the new parliamentary coalition is formed and new MPs are found to support the legislative initiatives providing for freedom of panorama.
We have also started (in parallel) collecting information about potential partners in fighting for freedom of panorama, so as soon as we are ready to launch the campaign, we can invite them to our events and share information.