Ohio Wikimedians User Group/Reports/2019-20


This report presents activities by the Ohio Wikimedians User Group during their fourth year, July 2019 - July 2020.

This annual report covers the period from July 2019 through July 2020.

Throughout the year, Ohio Wikimedians User Group membership grew from 25 to 29.

The major highlights for the group over the year was continuing working on WikiProject Cleveland Museum of Art, and members both attending and helping organize WikiConference North America 2019. The bulk of events we normally host as a group occur in Spring, but these activities were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


WikiConference North America 2019

WCNA 2019 organizers, including Ohio Wikimedians Mario and Kevin on the right.

WikiConference North America (WCNA) is the annual conference of Wikimedia enthusiasts and volunteers throughout the continent. WikiConference North America 2019 took place from November 8–11 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The theme for the year's conference was reliability / credibility.

A number of Ohio Wikimedians were in attendance, with Ohio Wikimedians Kevin and Maria also serving as organizers.

WikiProject Cleveland Museum of Art


In the first half of 2019, the Ohio Wikimedians User Group collaborated with the Cleveland Museum of Art and Neal Stimler to launch WikiProject Cleveland Museum of Art on the English Wikipedia, dedicated to improving Wikipedia with photos provided by the CMA, as well as improving articles related to the Museum and its artworks. A sister WikiProject was also created on Wikidata, to serve as a hub for improving the status of CMA works on Wikidata, and for documenting the coverage and quality of existing items.

Through this past year, we continued to maintain this project. January 2020 marked one year after the Cleveland Museum of Art launched its Open Access initiative, at which point:

  • There were over 62,000 Wikidata items with CMA accession numbers.
    • The 80 millionth Wikidata item, Q80000000, represents a medal from the CMA's collection commemorating the 300th anniversary of the purchase of Manhattan Island.
  • There were over 40,000 images of CMA artworks on the Wikimedia Commons, representing 28,170 unique artworks.
  • CMA scans and photographs have been used to illustrate Wikipedia articles in over 25 languages.
  • On the English Wikipedia, the most popular article that features a CMA artwork is Hedgehog, featuring the Hedgehog amulet from Egypt.

From January 23 to February 9, the WikiProject also hosted a Open Access Anniversary Campaign 2020, with the goal of creating and expanding articles related to the Museum. Three participants created the following articles:


The following are events hosted, supported, or attended by members of the Ohio Wikimedians User Group. See event pages for further details and statistics on each event.


WikiConference North America 2019 in Cambridge
Visit the conference website for more information.
Art+Feminism in Cincinnati
Visit Cincinnati Art Museum's Art+Feminism edit-a-thon for more information.


Open Access Anniversary Campaign 2020
A WikiProject Cleveland Museum of Art event.


The members and organizers of the Ohio Wikimedians User Group and Wikipedia Connection would like to thank the following for their help in supporting the Wikimedia movement:

  • The Wikimedia Foundation, for providing grant funds and guidance to make our events and activities possible.
  • Everyone involved in the success of WikiConference North America 2019, which brought Wikimedians from throughout North America together.
  • The organizers of Art+Feminism, who provided resources and guidance to allow for Art+Feminism events to be held in Ohio.
  • The Cleveland Museum of Art for implementing their Open Access program and collaborating with Wikimedians, and Neal Stimler for supporting our partnership.