Grants:Simple/Applications/Wikimedia Ukraine/2020

Application or grant stage: submitted
Applicant or grantee: Wikimedia Ukraine
Amount requested: US$101,140.00 + US$4,000.00 unforeseen = US$105,140.00
Amount granted: TBD (to be added by WMF)
Funding period: 1 January 2020 - 31 December 2020
Midpoint report due: 15 July 2020
Final report due: 30 January 2021

BackgroundEdit

Annual PlanEdit

Budget PlanEdit

Staffing PlanEdit

Strategic planEdit

IntroductionEdit

Founded in 2009, Wikimedia Ukraine has been operating for more than ten years. It is the only organization consistently working on the support and development of Wikipedia and Wikimedia projects in Ukraine. We have developed a considerable “portfolio” of projects and programs outline below. Some of our major achievements include holding two major photo contests in Ukraine (Wiki Loves Monuments in Ukraine and Wiki Loves Earth, both the Ukrainian and international parts), long-term Wikipedia Education Program, GLAM cooperation, holding annual Wikiconference in Ukraine and two CEE Meetings (in 2014 and 2018), holding several hundred training sessions and more than two dozens article contests, and more.

For the first five years of our existence, the organization was driven entirely by volunteers, but, since 2014, we have been building the personnel of employees and contractors. Wikimedia Ukraine now works with two project managers, a full-time financial manager, and a part-time office manager. Major improvements in the financial management of the Organization have begun in 2018. That approach in 2019 has led to improvements in the process of organizing events that made it possible to implement a more systemic approach to advocacy, communication, project management as well as has helped to move from solving short-term goals to long-term strategic planning.

 
WMUA Strategy Session, June 2019, day 2

Leading up to 2020, the biggest change Wikimedia Ukraine has undergone recently is designing the 2020—2022 strategic plan, which was approved by the General Assembly in mid-October. It is the first multi-year strategic plan in the history of the organization. With the new strategy, we intend to prioritize our activities in a more effective way and consciously choose which projects we implement and which we do not. While the projects we will be working on in 2020 will not change significantly, they will be affected by the new strategy.

In 2020, we would like to pay more attention to research and long-term analysis, such as work on identifying specific content gaps we need to be aiming to close. We also intend to conduct several surveys to better understand our community and the external audience. That will help us use the best instruments and approaches to match their expectations, needs and motivation. Besides, we are planning to develop a communication strategy for the organization during the next year.

The 2020—2022 strategic plan is expected to inform our activity for the next three years, and thus the structure of this grant application mostly corresponds to the structure of our strategic plan. Our strategic plan includes five directions of the organization’s work: 1) Content Enrichment; 2) Increasing Participation; 3) Wikimedia Projects Community Support and Development; 4) Awareness for Wikimedia; 5) Advocacy. In this application, they are represented by four programs.

ProgramsEdit

Content Enrichment

This program focuses on closing content gaps on Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons, and other Wikimedia projects. In 2020, we will continue using existing successful models of sparking content enrichment, such as article contests and challenges, as well as photo contests. As mentioned in the introduction, we intend to pay more attention to identifying specific content gaps we need to aim at rather than hold contests sporadically. Besides, we would like to pay more attention to the quality of content, prioritizing it over quantity.

Bridging text content gaps

Why are we doing this?

The nature of Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects, which are developed by volunteers without a general plan, inherently leads to the emergence of content gaps. Bridging content gaps is arguably exactly the task where centralized work by organizations such as Wikimedia Ukraine is useful. Based on our experience, article contests and writing challenges are a powerful way to enrich content and work on bridging content gaps, though we have been using, and intend to develop, other ways to promote closing gaps.

Background
 
WikiGap 2019 in Kyiv
 
Awards ceremony of the Women in STEM article contest

Wikimedia Ukraine has been organizing article contests for eight years; throughout this time, we held 27 article contests, which helped create and improve more than 15,000 articles on Ukrainian Wikipedia. It accounts for some 1.5 percent of Ukrainian Wikipedia. In 2019, we held two big article contests (“Women in STEM” and CEE Spring) and several smaller challenges such as WikiGap or ”She Did it”; many of these projects were focused on the gender content gap. In 2018, we organized two writing challenges in Wikipedia sister projects (Wikisource and Wikivoyage), and this year Wikivoyage and Wikiquote joined CEE Spring.

Plans for 2020

First of all, we intend to continue holding article contests and writing challenges in Ukrainian Wikipedia. We would like them to be informed by the research on identifying Wikipedia content gaps; thus, our first plan is to actually conduct this research.

Some of the specific contests and challenges we are going to hold include:

  • An article contest devoted to women. We would like to continue previous years’ experience and either make a second edition of the contest for women in STEM or slightly shift its focus. We have developed partnerships in this direction, so we will be looking to conduct this contest with one or several partners.
  • WikiGap. WikiGap is an effective way to work towards closing the gender content gap and pay more attention to this topic. In 2019, we held simultaneous offline WikiGap events in three cities and an online marathon; we are going to continue and expand this work, cooperating with partners.
  • CEE Spring. We are going to continue participating in CEE Spring, which has been by far the most prolific contest among those we hold (e.g. bringing almost 1800 articles in 2019). At the same time, we would like to somewhat rethink its design so it focuses more on the specific gaps we need to close.
  • A contest devoted to school curriculum topics and/or a challenge to improve the most popular articles. Both topics are highly popular yet not always qualitatively represented on Ukrainian Wikipedia, and we have organizational resources to improve this situation.
  • A challenge devoted to uploading existing sources published under free licenses. Integrating free-licensed sources into Wikipedia is an effective and obvious way to enrich its content, and we would like to incentivize it to achieve greater results.
  • One or several contests/challenges to promote local content. Improving content on local (regional) topics is also important for us from a strategic perspective. We will likely continue the WikiKharkivshchyna contest for libraries and will try to look into other opportunities in this direction.

Also, we are going to pay more attention to supporting thematic weeks and months on Ukrainian Wikipedia. Thematic weeks are a light version of contests, yielding less long-term results but requiring fewer resources and thus providing greater flexibility. It is a wonderful example of community self-organization as the thematic weeks project has long existed without Wikimedia Ukraine’s organizational involvement. At the same time, thematic weeks can benefit from our informational and material support.

In 2020, we will pay more attention to other Wikimedia projects, particularly Wikisource. We will promote digitizing for Wikisource either through putting more staff time to promoting Ukrainian Wikisource or holding a contest in Wikisource. We are also likely to conduct one or two projects in other sister projects; particularly, we have a demand for Wikimedia Ukraine’s support to Ukrainian Wikiquote and Ukrainian Wikivoyage.

Finally, we expect that Wikiexpeditions that we present in more detail below (#Attracting media content) will cover not only media but also text content gaps.

Objectives
  • 5 volunteers involved in uploading existing sources published under free licenses, creating or improving 200 pages
  • 2000 articles on identified gaps in Wikipedia created or improved
  • 100 articles on local content created or improved, representing 5 regions
  • 150 pages created or improved in sister projects, 5 works on Wikisource digitised

Enhancing quality of content

Why are we doing this?

In the quest for content enrichment, it is easy to lose sight of the quality of content being added and end up with a high number of poor-quality articles. However, quality of articles, and content in general, is important for the viability and popularity of Wikipedia and Wikimedia projects. That is why quality is one of Wikimedia Ukraine’s values outlined in the strategic plan.

Background

In recent years, Wikimedia Ukraine has been trying to pay attention to the quality of content within the Content Enrichment direction. For example, articles in our contests are being checked by jury teams, and quality is part of the grading criteria. Several times, we worked with Ukrainian Wikipedia patrollers to ensure improvement of the content produced thanks to our projects. However, we have not held separate projects designed specifically for improving articles.

Plans for 2020

An important task from the perspective of the quality of content is organizing targeted improvement of key articles, that is articles that are key to understanding a certain topic or most popular articles. To work on this goal, we will put time into identifying “key” articles first. Then, we will initiate a wiki-project and/or hold a writing challenge devoted to improving them.

We will continue a small-scale programme of book grants that will allow Wikipedians to order reliable reference books that are not publicly available, and use these books to improve Wikipedia content on some main topics.

We have long-term plans to organize the process of expert evaluation of articles’ quality in Ukrainian Wikipedia. For 2020, we plan only to initiate a community discussion on this topic; if it goes successfully, we will start implementing this project since 2021.

Besides, in this context, it is important for Wikimedia Ukraine that all materials generated thanks to our projects are properly categorized and structured, particularly on Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons where applicable. This objective will be reflected in the requirements for organizers and participants of all our projects.

Objectives
  • 100 significant articles on at least 2 themes improved
  • All articles created as a part of WMUA initiatives are categorised and linked to Wikidata
  • Initiated discussion on expert review of articles

Attracting media content

Our strategic plan sets three tasks Wikimedia Ukraine will work on to attract media content: organizing research for identifying gaps in the Ukrainian content on Wikimedia Commons and working with volunteers to close them; organizing contests for photographs and other types of media; and working with institutions and experts to attract thematic media content.

Why are we doing this?

As well as with the text content gaps, closing gaps in media content is something Wikimedia Ukraine can do effectively, and it is an important task to focus on. Wikiexpeditions, photography contests, and working with partners to attract media content are effective ways to improve the coverage of Ukraine on Wikimedia Commons and other Wikimedia projects, thus advancing the idea of free knowledge. Photography contests specificallt are an effective way to improve the coverage of Ukraine on Wikimedia Commons, particularly showcase Ukrainian cultural and natural monuments.

Background
 
Wiki Loves Monuments photo exhibition, Pokrovske
 
Participants of the Wikiexpedition to Velykyi Burluk Municipality with a local historian and local government representatives

We have a long and successful history of organizing photography contests, particularly two major ones — Wiki Loves Monuments and Wiki Loves Earth. Throughout eight years, photography contests brought around 280,000 photos of Ukrainian cultural monuments and 80,000 photos of natural monuments. Wikimedia Ukraine was notably behind Wiki Loves Earth on the international level as it was first held in Ukraine in 2013. In 2019, Wiki Loves Monuments and Wiki Loves Earth are still popular and productive, having brought more than 30,000 and almost 10,000 photos respectively, and remain among our biggest projects. Also, for the first time in two years, we are holding the Wiki Science Competition 2019 this November, which includes a photography contest.

Also, we have a program of wikiexpeditions, supporting Wikimedians’ trips to visit places and sites to improve their coverage on Wikimedia projects. For the eight years of the program’s existence, we funded more than 30 expeditions to different regions of Ukraine.

We also have been working with GLAM partners to enrich Wikimedia projects with media content. In 2018, we held a nationwide contest specifically for librarians, while this year GLAM is represented by local initiatives (such as WikiKharkivshchyna), targeted partnerships with specific libraries, and cooperation with GLAM institutions within our other projects.

Plans for 2020

First of all, we will continue holding our big photo contests: Wiki Loves Earth and Wiki Loves Monuments. We might slightly change the contests’ rules in the quest for higher relevance of media content produced (to attract more photos of the monuments not present on Wikimedia Commons) and drawing new participants, but the overall design will remain the same.

In 2020, we will continue to support the work of international Wiki Loves Earth, although in the longer term we are looking to delegate it to a dedicated team, starting the transition in 2021. In order for our work to be more effective, we would like to draw additional staff/contractor support for international Wiki Loves Earth in 2020.

Wikimedia Ukraine will continue to support Wikiexpeditions to attract both text and media context, such as articles on local topics, photographs and video. We lack the resources necessary to proactively initiate the expeditions, but we will try to promote this program more actively, with a focus on the regions less represented on Commons and Wikipedia, thus aiming for higher regional diversity.

A useful and flexible way to bridge content gaps and ensure media content enrichment is to provide targeted photography grants for Wikimedians to attend high-profile events, such as conferences and forums visited by notable people. We have experience in providing photo grants and are going to continue working with them in the future.

Finally, it is important for us to work with institutions and experts to attract thematic media content. We will keep developing GLAM partnerships, attracting partnerships with new institutions and encouraging them to release content under free licenses and share it with the Wikimedia community.

Objectives
  • 800 files related to Ukrainian content gaps uploaded on Commons, 300 of them are used, 5 regions or events
  • 100,000 images uploaded on Commons (including international WLE), 5% of them are used
  • International WLE organised
  • 100 media files uploaded in collaboration with 5 institutions or experts

Increasing Participation

Increasing participation in Ukrainian Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects has historically been an important priority for Wikimedia Ukraine. Our goal as set by the strategic plan is increasing the number of active volunteers in all fields of Wikimedia activity. From this perspective, two directions of development are important for us: striving for a bigger community and looking to increase its diversity.

Attracting new editors to Wikimedia projects

Wikimedia community’s growth is key to the success of Wikimedia projects, particularly in Ukraine. That is why it is important for us to work on attracting new editors to Wikimedia projects. A focus we want to make in 2020 is tracking the long-term impact of our programs for increasing participation, particularly long-term editor retention

Background
 
Map of Wikimarathon 2019 Meetups in Ukraine
 
Training for teachers in Kremenchuk

We run two major projects aimed at increasing participation. The first one is Wikimarathon, a flashmob for Ukrainian Wikipedia’s birthday, which was first held in 2015. Its aim is to cover the widest audience possible both online and offline. We ask as many people as possible to congratulate Wikipedia with creating an article, running an online marathon and supporting events all over Ukraine. In 2019, 650 users created 1776 articles in five days, and Wikimedia Ukraine supported 60 training events in 38 cities and villages from 21 regions of Ukraine (84% regions covered)

The second program that helps increase participation is Wikipedia Education Program. Wikimedia Ukraine is running education activities since 2011, and we have a considerable community of educators working with the integration of Wikipedia in the educational process. We hold workshops for teachers (in 2019 so far, we held one two-day workshop in Kremenchuk) and provide on-demand training for students. We also provide support to high school study courses that utilize Wikipedia; for example, in 2019, we cooperated with Kyiv-Mohyla Academy’s educational course “Introduction to Gender Studies”.

Plans for 2020

In January, we will hold another edition of Wikimarathon and will, as usual, strive to reach as wide an audience as possible, particularly try to cover each or most Ukrainian regions. We will continue to provide training for Wikimarathon trainers and will pay more attention to editor retention, tracking more closely how many newbies stay in Wikipedia in half a year after the Wikimarathon.

Wikimedia Ukraine will keep sustaining Wikipedia Education Program. Our focus will be working with educators, in particular organizing workshops for teachers. We will also track long-term retention here, checking how many teachers have actually implemented the Wikipedia Education Program in a couple of months after the training. Using Program & Events Dashboard will be mandatory for teachers receiving our support within the Wikipedia Education Program so we can track their progress more effectively.

In 2020, we will continue to hold on-demand Wikipedia training sessions in educational institutions and for other purposes. At the same time, we would like to scale our activity on increasing participation. Thus, we intend to develop an online course on Wikipedia and Wikimedia projects in Ukrainian the next year. It would allow to make the training process more effective and engage new audiences with Wikipedia, as well as provide a possibility to reach a wider, more geographically diverse audience.

Objectives
  • 200 users participated in workshops, 20 of them continue editing half a year after the event
  • Online course on Wikipedia developed
  • 50 educators participated in workshops, 10 of them implemented Education Programme

Increasing diversity of the community of editors

Why are we doing this?

The importance of diversity and its benefits need little explanation. One of Wikimedia Ukraine's values as set by the strategic plan is diversity: we support knowledge equity and are open to everyone who supports our values. In this context, we want to be proactive about engaging groups underrepresented in Wikimedia projects.

Background and Plans for 2020

There are three dimensions to our work on community diversity in 2020. First, we will continue to work with GLAM and scientific institutions to engage experts in Wikimedia projects. While Wikipedia and its sister projects are built on the work of amateurs, they can benefit from the involvement of professionals, and this group is often not represented well.

Secondly, we will work on identifying underrepresented groups of users and holding targeted events aimed to engage them in editing Wikipedia. We have a background of supporting events held for women and even more about women, an obviously underrepresented group. We will keep doing so, while also looking to reach out to other poorly represented groups, such as the elderly. A survey or another form of research might be needed to identify the specific groups we need to focus on.

Also, our strategic tasks include supporting the development of communities of sister projects and projects in the languages of ethnic groups that have traditionally inhabited Ukraine. We will support events devoted to increasing sister projects' communities. As for the languages of Ukrainian ethnic minorities, we have already tried to develop the Crimean Tatar Wikipedia, but faced a lack of volunteers interested in the project. However, we would like to be open to supporting such initiatives if interest arises.

Objectives
  • Contributors from 10 institutions involved
  • 2 diversity events with 10 participants
  • 1 community initiative on sister projects and/or languages of ethnic groups that have traditionally inhabited Ukraine supported

Community Support and Development

Wikimedia projects would not be possible without a strong and motivated community of volunteers, and providing organizational support to this community is an essential task for Wikimedia Ukraine. This direction has long been part of the Organization's programmatic activities, and we will continue to use the proven ways of working with the wikicommunity. At the same time, in 2020 we seek to make an additional emphasis on developing the technical skills of the community in order to avoid “bottlenecks”: situations where the skills of several people are crucial to the quality and timeliness of projects. In addition, we plan to focus more on initiatives aimed at motivating contributors and improve communication on the Organization's work with the wikicommunity.

The direction of Community Support and Development consists of two tracks. First of all, we are seeking to develop community capacity by instructing community members, teaching them important specific skills, as well as facilitating experience sharing within the Ukrainian community and with the international one. Secondly, Wikimedia Ukraine will continue to work on motivating editors, as well as increasing their awareness about Wikimedia Ukraine and its projects that might be relevant to them.

Instruction for community members

Why are we doing this?

As an organization, Wikimedia Ukraine is well suited to provide targeted support for the Wikimedia community in capacity building and facilitation of experience sharing. Our strategic goal is having a "motivated, informed, active, responsible and skilled community which acts effectively and cohesively for sharing and popularizing free knowledge", and we will work towards it in 2020.

Background and Plans for 2020
 
WikiConference 2019 Kharkiv - Group picture

The first task for Wikimedia Ukraine in this direction is organizing training sessions for specific skills, such as templates, files, or mentorship. In 2019, we held several such events (for example, a training session on Wikidata and Commons in Kharkiv or a number of technical training events during the Wikiconference), and we will keep developing in this direction in 2020. We can also provide funding for our volunteers to participate in external trainings on relevant skills (such as photography or public speaking).

In a similar vein, we will work on organizing hackathons and other events for the development of technical skills for Wikimedia projects. We have not held full-scale hackathons before, but we have volunteers interested in organizing one.

As well as with our other activities, we would like to track the long-term impact of our training sessions and hackathons, and thus we will start doing surveys designed to measure training participants' progress in half a year after the training.

In 2020, we will keep organizing big events for the Wikimedia community which facilitate experience sharing between volunteers. Those include annual Wikiconference and General Assembly for Wikimedia Ukraine's members. In 2019, we held the Wikiconference in Kharkiv, which has brought around 60 Wikimedians and free knowledge activists from all over Ukraine, and two General Assemblies, including the extraordinary one to approve the strategic plan.

We would also like to establish a tradition of annual strategic sessions for the organization's members in order to review our strategic plan and ensure that it is up to date and that active Wikimedia Ukraine volunteers are on the same page. In 2019, we held two strategic sessions to come up with the strategy, but in 2020, with the strategic plan already existing, one such session will be sufficient. We will likely combine it with the Wikiconference or the General Assembly for logistical purposes.

Finally, we will continue to provide scholarships for attending international Wikimedia events. Such scholarships are a useful tool in boosting experience sharing and motivation. We traditionally disseminate scholarships for major Wikimedia events, such as Wikimania or Wikimedia Hackathon, from our budget, and run the selection process for scholarships awarded from other sources, such as for Wikimedia Summit our the CEE Meeting.

Objectives
  • 50 users participated in trainings, survey organised half a year after the event to measure impact
  • 50 users participated in WikiConference, survey organised half a year after the event to measure usefullness
  • 20 hackathon / technical events participants, 5 projects
  • 10 scholarships for international events

Increasing the community's motivation and awareness

Why are we doing this?

This track has two dimensions: motivation and awareness, and both are equally important for Wikimedia Ukraine. Motivating editors and distinguish their contribution helps develop the community, while its awareness about Wikimedia Ukraine's activity is key for community members to receive the support they need.

Background and Plans for 2020 — Motivation

For years, we have supported Wikizghuschivka, the program which rewards most active editors and most active newbies with small physical gifts to acknowledge their contributions, which is a great way to motivate people. Yet, in the recent few years, the program has faded because of the lack of volunteers committed to supporting it. In 2020, we might restore Wikizghuschivka, but we also want to think about other ways to motivate and distinguish most active editors, and we will be open to supporting community initiatives.

Background and Plans for 2020 — Awareness

It is important for us to develop both inward communication and outward communication with the community. First of all, we would like to learn more about community needs, and thus we intend to hold a first big survey for the Ukrainian Wikimedia community.

Secondly, we need to tell the community more about what we are doing. In 2019, we renewed the practice of monthly newsletter digests for the community, and we would like to grow it in 2020, using new channels of distribution and setting a specific date when the digest is published every month.

Objectives
  • 1 motivation initiative supported
  • 12 digests shared with the community
  • 1 community survey organised

Awareness about Wikimedia and Free Knowledge

Effective dissemination and promotion of free knowledge are only possible if there is widespread public awareness of Wikimedia projects and principles of their work. Promoting Wikipedia, wikiprojects and free knowledge has always been among the tasks of the Organization.

In 2020, we will continue to use the patterns we have developed in recent years, working with media outlets and building our presence on social media. At the same time, we would like to have a more informed view of our work in this direction; thus, we will also focus on developing the organization’s very first communication strategy and on organizing surveys to better understand our readers and target audience in general.

This direction also includes freedom of panorama, which is crucial for our promotional efforts. Absence of freedom of panorama makes the task of sharing free knowledge more complicated than it definitely should be. Thus, we will continue to press for reform of copyright legislation, first of all, by enhancing presence of our agenda in conventional media and raising awareness of the problem within our community. This will include meetings with journalists, creation of information materials for both internal and external use and communication with our partners and stakeholders.

Media support and promotion of Wikipedia and Wikimedia projects

Why are we doing this?

Obviously, there is little point to our work is no one knows about it. Promoting Wikimedia Ukraine’s work — and promoting Wikimedia projects in general — is an underlying foundation of the success of all our other projects.

Background and Plans for 2020
 
Workshop for journalists in Kyiv

Importantly, we do not have a communication strategy yet, and we are seeking to develop one in 2020. The communication strategy will be guided by our 2020—2022 strategic plan; after it is developed, it will inform our work on the tasks outlined below. To assist with the development and implementation of the communication strategy, we would like to make changes in staffing, switching to a model with a dedicated communication manager and one project manager instead of two project managers.

In 2020, we will support and strengthen Wikimedia Ukraine’s visibility on social media and blog, providing easily readable and accurate information about Wikimedia. We use the blog to share detailed stories and major announcements, while social media is a more day-to-day tool that provides greater flexibility. Wikimedia Ukraine is currently on the track of slow yet steady increases in the number of the audience which reads our blog and follows the organization’s social media account; we will continue to sustain and grow the audience in 2020.

An important part of our activity, we will be organizing promotional offline events, particularly press events for important dates, such as Wikipedia's birthday or 1 million articles in Ukrainian Wikipedia (which is likely to happen in 2020). We will hold lectures and other promotional events for the general audience as there is always a demand for such events.

Objectives
  • 1 awareness survey organised
  • Communication strategy developed
  • 50 stories on organisation's projects and from volunteers shared on the blog and social media
  • 5 media / promotional events organised

Working with readers and the general public to increase awareness

 
Ukrainian Wikipedia reached all-time high pageviews this year, but we know little why that happened

Our strategic plan sets three tasks for this sub-goal. First, we will continue to cooperate with national and international partners in the field of free knowledge as obtaining and sustaining partners is important for Wikimedia Ukraine’s viability as an organization. That is why we support initiatives that help attract or sustain valuable partners.

Second, we would like to conduct a survey for readers and target audiences in order to better understand the audience of Wikimedia projects and thus receive a clearer view of what Wikimedia Ukraine should focus on. We do have volunteers interested in working with such a survey, though we will need to seek external expertise as well.

Third, we will continue the years-long work on developing information materials about Wikipedia, Wikimedia projects and free licenses, such as handouts and brochures. Besides, we will continue participation in external events, such as forums and conferences, to promote Wikimedia projects.

Objectives
  • 2 events with partners organised
  • Yearly survey for readers organised
  • 3 information materials developed
  • Participation in 3 events to promote Wikimedia projects

Freedom of panorama

Why are we doing this?

Ukrainian copyright law does not provide for freedom of panorama (FoP). This means that photographic and videographic content, depicting a significant part of Ukrainian architecture and sculpture, cannot be distributed publicly under a free license. Therefore, absence of freedom of panorama impedes our efforts to share free knowledge and spread information about cultural heritage. It also creates obstacles for independent photographers, publishers, directors and researchers directly or indirectly contributing to this cause.

Background
 
Wikimedia Ukraine Press Breakfast
 
An infographic explaining about lack of freedom of panorama (in Ukrainian)

In 2019 we launched our campaign aimed at recognition of freedom of panorama in Ukrainian legislation. The main focus was on communication with the allied members of Parliament (MPs), creation of info materials (articles, video) and organization of promotional events. The most significant achievement of our volunteers and allied MPs was the introduction of the draft law #10143 on copyright, explicitly providing for FoP in Ukraine. Unfortunately, this law had not been adopted due to snap election held on 21 of July. We, nonetheless, didn’t stop our efforts to raise awareness of the issue. On 13 of September, we held a press breakfast for media where FoP was one of the main issues discussed. This meeting resulted into several successful publications in Ukrainian media concerning FoP. We also refreshed our info materials in order for them to be compatible with the indefinite political situation.

Plans for 2020

Given that copyright reform is no longer prioritized by this Parliament, we will direct our efforts, first, at raising awareness of the FoP issue. Next year we will focus on creating a field for discussion since, unlike this year, there isn’t any we can join, in this Parliament at least.

We are elaborating on a new advocacy plan which is expected to be completed by the beginning of November.

First, it emphasizes on establishing new “alliances” with the MPs and within parliamentary committees since we have none yet. We aim at choosing those whom we can cooperate with according to their profiles. We compose these profiles based on their legislative activities and explicit statements of their position on issues adjacent to FoP and copyright.

It also points out at creation of a new strategy regarding media coverage, based on this year’s experience.

The new plan provides for publication of new info materials, as well as for organization of different events for promotion of FoP and ways of cooperation with our partners and stakeholders. Right after plan’s completion we will start implementing it as soon as possible, and will alter some provisions of the plan if needed based on self evaluation process. We also expect to publish info materials which were created last year and put on hold due to unexpected snap election.

Objectives
  • Advocacy plan developed
  • Supporters and opponents of FoP within the new government identified
  • Contacts with institutions established
  • 2 materials for target audiences developed, 2 advocacy events organised

Grant Metrics ReportingEdit

Metrics, targets and results: grants metrics worksheet here.