Wikimedia chapters/Reports/Shared Knowledge/Impact reports/Q3 2018

This is an Impact report for the third quarter (Q3, July through September) on the 2018 APG grant to Shared Knowledge, with special consideration given to the 2018 Annual plan.

For monthly reports about our activities during this quarter, see July Activity report, August Activity report and September Activity report.

You can also see our Financial report for the same period.

ProjectsEdit

Wikiexpeditions

Geoexpeditions

Agroexpeditions

Veloexpeditions

Editing competition

Editing weekends

Editing days

Edit-a-thons

Wiki Camp

Wiki City

Photohunt

Wikisketch Lessons

Wiki Beer

Wiki Industry

Macedonianess

AchievementsEdit

Name of project Achieved outcome Explanation

Wikiexpeditions

  • 1 Wikiexpedition organized
  • 397 images uploaded
Wikiexpedition was held in Drimkol region.

Geoexpeditions

  • 1 Geoexpedition held
  • 2 newly created + 3 improved articles
  • 81 images uploaded
Geoexpedition was organized on the speleological obejcts (caves) in Poreče region.

Agroexpeditions

  • 1 Agroexpedition held + several visits organized
  • 6 newly created + 15 improved articles
  • 167 uploaded images (86,94% of images are used in articles)
Agroexpedition was held in Pelagonia in southwestern and Kolešino & Dojran in the southeastern region of Macedonia while the visits were done in food corp in Skopje and crops in Skopje region

Veloexpeditions

  • 1 Veloexpedition held
  • 124 images uploaded
Veloexpedition was organized in the area south of Bitola.

Editing competition

  • 1 editing competition held
  • 6 participants; 1 different user
  • 1 newly created + 233 improved articles
Editing competition topic was "Time periods"

Editing weekends

  • 3 editing weekends held
  • 11 participants; 5 different users
  • 54 newly created + 2 improved articles
Editing weekend topics were: "Macedonian Cuisine", "Art paintings" and "Volleyball".

Editing days

  • 3 editing days held
  • 12 participants; 10 different users
  • 57 newly created + 5 improved articles
Editing days topics were: "FIFA World Cup 2018 Managers", "Churches of the Holy mother of God" and "Archeological sites in Delčevo region".

Edit-a-thons

  • 1 edit-a-thon held
  • 6 participants, all 6 different and newly registered users
  • 17 newly created articles
Edit-a-thon topic was: "Business administration and accounting"

Wiki Camp

  • 20 participants
  • 53 newly created + 13 improved articles
  • 124 images uploaded
  • 32 created or improved items on Wikidata
Wiki Camp was held in Dihovo whereas 20 participants by 3 instructors have been given lectures and instructions upon which have worked on a 3 day program of activities.

Wiki City

  • 1 WikiCity tour organized
  • 14 participants
  • 14 images uploaded (64,29% images used in articles)
The tour was organized in the city of Kočani and the town of Vinica in eastern Macedonia. ((note: The process of uploading more images and creating an improving articles is still ongoing))

Photohunts

  • 2 photohunts granted to 2 different users
  • 1 newly created + 6 improved articles (so far)
  • 106 photographs uploaded
  • 28,61% of images are used in articles
The photohunts were granted for the: "D Festival" in Dojran and Religious objects in Macedonia. (note: The process of creating an improving articles is still ongoing)

Wikiskatch Lessons

  • 10 Wikiskatch lessons held
  • 10 participants (all newly registered users)
  • 26 newly created + 4 improved articles
The topics covered in the lessons to the participants who created articles about business, economy, marketing, informational technology, banking, printing, transport, journalism.

Wiki Beer

  • 2 visits organized
  • 3 participants; 1 different (newly registered) user
  • 12 newly created + 3 improved articles
  • 48 images uploaded (66,66% images used in articles)
The visits were on the Beer Festival in Prilep and Breweries in Bitola and Skopje

Wiki Industry

  • 1 visit organized
  • 3 newly created + 2 improved articles
  • 37 images uploaded
The visit was organized to several factories and industrial plants in Skopje, which are one of the oldest and well known.

Macedonianess

  • 5 new articles created
  • 3 books covered
  • 1 book entirely scanned and added in the article
The books that were covered and were created articles about, are: "Macedonian matters", "Sociology of Macedonian national consciousness" and "Stories of the Great Alexander"

Description of activities and learningEdit

Each of the programmes have their objectives (listed on grant page). This section will describe how the activities during the second quarter lead contributed towards their fulfillment.

CommunityEdit

Wikiexpeditions

Goals met by this activity

Our Wikiexpeditions regularly visit different regions of Macedonia with a daily plan, photographing villages and towns, their houses, landmarks, important places, museums, and monuments. Many images are taken, and most of them are used in articles that are created or greatly improved by the knowledge gained on the expeditions and subsequent material researched to provide substance to the articles about the places or landmarks. The expedition reports, as well as articles on various settlements and their monuments and heritage are then shared on our special Facebook group dedicated to the Wikiexpeditions as well as our mk.wiki group page.

Some considerations

In this second quarter there have been one Wikiexpeditions organized in Drimkol region where the team was reinforced with 1 new volunteering photographer with whom the entire team contributed with 397 images uploaded which are still being used for enriching existing and creating new articles.

Geoexpeditions

Goals met by this activity

By this activity we aimed to discover as much as possible unknown or less known geographical locations and features in Macedonia on remote places with difficult access. Considering that the main aim of the Geoexpeditions in 2018 is the same as the previous two years of conducting this project where the mountains their peaks and all other their features have the primary attention. However besides that we have also turn the attention towards speleology and geology thus in this quarter we have conducted Speleological geoexpedition in Poreče as well as several field trips were realized with aim to cover other caves and caverns in the surrounding areas of western Macedonia. Considering the fact that the geoexpedition was conducted nearly by the end of this quarter the process of uploading images and thereby creating and improving articles has just begun and it will continue in the next period.

Some considerations

Geoexpeditions this year were conducted with a close collaboration and support from mountaineering club "Transverzalec" and member of the Macedonian Geographical Society, with experienced hikers and highly skilled researchers which gives the opportunity to expand the cooperation of Wikipedia with different groups of science and society and to draw attention and bring new volunteers and contributors to Wikimedia projects from this community. In this third quarter we had attracted another one new registered user who is a geography teacher and contributes with uploading images.

Agroexpeditions

Goals met by this activity

By this activity we aimed to discover, research and document by photographing and writing articles as much as possible the agriculture in general and especially the agriculture in Macedonia which is very important economic activity with millennial tradition. Thus we are organizing Agroexpeditions in the regions that are traditionally well known and the most cultivated agricultural crops are geographically represented. On this third quarter we had one Agroexpedition on two different places with an outcome of 167 uploaded images, creating 6 new and improving 15 existing articles.

Some considerations

This is a second consecutive year of conducting Agroexpeditions and this time they are more focused on the traditionally well known and the most cultivated agricultural crops that are geographically represented such as peanuts and black-eyed peas in Kolešino, bell peeper and industrial agricultural crops in Pelagonia plain but also agricultural machinery and agricultural processes are included. This gives the chance to share unique information about the agriculture in Macedonia which are not much present and known on the printed sources or the internet.

Veloexpeditions

Goals met by this activity

This activity aims to engage mountain biking enthusiasts in exploring and documenting various parts of the country on their bicycles. The scope of the Veloexpedition is very similar nature to the Wikiexpeditions by visiting with a daily plan, photographing villages and towns, their houses, landmarks, important places. This quarter we had one Veloexpedition organized in the area south of Bitola consisting numerous villages in the Pelagonia plain.

Some considertions

This is a third consecutive year of conducting Veloexpeditions which are focused of a smaller regions, sub-regions and areas that have not been visited by the Wikiexpeditions, thus are visited on bicycles on more quick scouting manner of photographing the villages, objects and important places.

Editing competition

Goals met by this activity

With the editing competitions, we are joining forces to create as many articles as possible within a certain longer time period. A jury then decides the winners, who are awarded. This quarter we organized 1 editing competition on the topic of Time Periods, whereas the editors have been editing articles for the events happened in certain time period such years and centuries. The topic was primarily chosen with the goal to improve most of the existing articles about years and centuries but which scarcely contain text and information.

Some considerations

Considering the fact that we have to maintain the quality of the content of the articles existing on Wikipedia, this time by this activity we did not aimed for increasing the number by creating new articles as a primal goal but to improve as much as possible existing articles about years, centuries and millenniums broadening their content with text and information. This editing competition was attended by 6 participants, one of whom came after attending the Wiki Camp, who have edited mostly improved over 150 articles on Macedonian Wikipedia.

Editing weekends

Goals met by this activity

With our editing weekends, we encouraged Wikipedians to devote more of their free time in writing on relevant topics for the duration of a given weekend. Considering that and having in mind the aim to reach the number od 100.000 articles on Macedonian Wikipedia this second quarter we had 3 editing weekends where 11 users (5 different editors) participated creating 54 new articles and improving 2 existing articles which indicates that we met the goal.

Some considerations

Considering our aim to reach the number od 100.000 articles on Macedonian Wikipedia and improving their quality (to be as much close to the other most developed and numerous Wikipedia's language editions) and to be linked to current events in the world we decided the topics to be: "Macedonian Cuisine", "Art paintings" and "Volleyball".

Editing days

Goals met by this activity

With our editing days, we encouraged Wikipedians to devote more of their free time in writing on relevant topics for the duration of a given day. Considering that this second quarter we had 3 editing days where 12 users (10 different editors) participated creating 57 new and improving 5 existing articles by which we met the goal.

Some considerations

Considering our aim to reach the number od 100.000 articles on Macedonian Wikipedia and improving their quality (to be as much close to the other most developed and numerous Wikipedia's language editions) we chose the topics to be linked to current events in the world with a lots of materials that can contribute towards as much as possible new articles, thus the topics where chosen as follows: "FIFA World Cup 2018 Managers", "Churches of the Holy mother of God" and "Archeological sites in Delčevo region".

Edit-a-thons

Goals met by this activity

The edit-a-thons aim to increase community spirit in working towards a common goal on a certain topic that has been agreed as being of importance. Quality is improved both by covering missing topics and by extending existing articles. Moreover, through the edit-a-thons organized with different group of participants who share same interests we are expanding the knowledge and skills of Wikipedia, increasing the community and establishing contacts for possible further cooperation in the future. In this second quarter we held 1 edit-a-thon on the topics of Business administration and accounting

Some considerations

Considering the aim to reach the number od 100.000 articles on Macedonian Wikipedia on this third quarter we had fairly sucessful results having 1 edit-a-thons where 6 users participated creating 17 new articles. Same as in the previous edit-a-thons the majority of the participants, exactly 5 users on the this edit-a-thon where female editors, which continues the trend of increasing the number of new female editors and female editors on Macedonian Wikipedia in total.

Wiki Camp

Goals met by this activity

Wiki Camp is a project of Shared Knowledge which is organized as a weekend outdoor seminar where participants from all around Macedonia attend lectures and workshops on Wikipedia and Commons Wikimedia, training and instruction of creating and editing articles, uploading and licensing photographs and other type of media and the means and methods of conducting expeditions such as Wikiexpeditions , Geoexpeditions, Agroexpeditions, Archaeoexpeditions and all other types of field research. Also another aim of the camp is to get acquainted and contribute to growth of the community by recruit new volunteers, members and editors familiar with the Wikipedia and Wikimedia projects.

Some considerations

On this Wiki Camp which has a three day program of activities we had 20 participants who contributed by creating 53 new and improving 13 existing articles articles, uploading 124 images and creating or improving 32 items on Wikidata. Moreover, another indicator of success of the Wiki Camp meeting its aims and goals in prospect of growth of the community is the fact in the following period of this third quarter of the year a quarter (1/4) of the participants or exactly 5 users from the camp have already joined our other activities and projects: 1 user participated in the editing contest, 1 user conducted a photohunt and has so far uploaded 65 pictures of religious objects, 3 users participated on the editing day for archaeological sited creating 38 new and improving 1 article.

Wiki City

Goals met by this activity

With this activity we aim to provide a chance for a groups to visit a city in Macedonia and take photographs of its landscape, main streets, squares, city center, important buildings, institutions such as municipal buildings, schools, churches, museums, courts, neighborhoods, notable landmarks etc. that are not covered with pictures on the Commons Wikimedia neither on our expeditions.

Some considerations

The first tour of the WikiCity project has been conducted in Kočani and Vinica, two close cities in the eastern part of Macedonia. Considering the main idea of this project to take photographs of the cities, their historical landmarks, important and notable buildings which are home of institutions as well as part of the cultural heritage, we came up with the idea to organize a joint tour with the bicycle crew "Milton Manaki" which regularly make tours visiting cultural and natural sites attended by cyclists who are also amateur and semi-professional photographers sharing a lot of decent quality images on the social media


Photohunt

Goals met by this activity

The aim of this project is to enrich articles or create new ones by participants who will visit a place such a geographical location, venue of a concert or cultural happening in order to take photographs that will be used to enrich the content of Macedonian Wikipedia. On this third quarter we had 2 photohunts granted and conducted by 2 different participants with 106 images uploaded so far.

Some considerations

Considering that the participants on this projects are on different level of skills on working on Wikimedia projects the pace and the results of the outcome and usage of the images taken my vary by a different user. However, the number of images uploaded is very significant in prospect of the participants who are included in the project. Also, photohunts in this quarter for the first time included a open-air concert and different kind of religious objects in Macedonia.

Wikisketch Lessons

Goals met by this activity

Wikiskatch lessons have started as a new kind of activity intended to grow up the knowledge of Wikipedia by providing quick and fast training for working on Wikipedia by creating and editing articles, uploading images, doing a research on highly skilled individuals who are not yet contributing users on Wikipedia. The participants who have been instructed for editing and working on Wikipedia are carefully chosen primarily from the acquaintances known to have a higher degree of knowledge on a certain topic in business, sciences and professions such as economy, marketing, informational technology, banking, journalist, printing, transport etc. which lack or are scarcely covered with articles on Macedonian Wikipedia.

Some considerations

he instructions are given directly and individually with a person in a time span between 30 minutes and hour where the participants are given a sketch of a Wikipedia articles which they follow as a pattern in creating and editing new articles by their own choice with the support of skilled editors who show them editing with the three main tool editors: coded, visual and the translation tool with mandatory embedding image, hyperlink and references. So far within a week we had attracted 10 new users who have contributed with creating 26 new articles and improving 4 already existing articles.

PartnershipsEdit

Wiki Beer

Goals met by this activity

The activities of the Wikibeer project are set to be oriented towards documenting the country's history and culture in producing beer by partnering with local breweries and pubs. The project members previously experienced from the Wikiwine and Wikirakija projects made two visits to the beer festival with the longest traditions and two breweries and documented the production process as well as the different types of beer produced. We met the goals by enriching Wikipedia on Macedonian language with 12 newly created and 3 improved articles by 48 images uploaded.

Some considerations

This quarter we have continued with the practice of visits of beer festival in Prilep which is first established with the longest tradition and two of the Macedonian biggest breweries whereby we have photographed and documented several brands of Macedonian beers and their different types.

Wiki Industry

Goals met by this activity

The principal goal of Wiki Industry project is to make visits to industrial capacities and document the manufacture and production process in different industries as well as the final products, equipment, machinery. Additionally, the aim of this project is also people involved and employed in the industries to be familiarized with Wikipedia and Wikimedia projects in informational and educational, non-commercial and non-marketing purposes.

Some considerations

Having in mind the developing economy of Macedonia the outcome and impact of this project providing information and knowledge about specific industries, production process, machinery and notable enterprises gives support for the industries, education and incentive to entrepreneurship.

Macedonianess

Goals met by this activity

Macedonianess (Macedonian: Македонство) is a project by Shared Knowledge and the Wikimedian-in-Residence at Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts that seeks to cover all or as many significant books and works by gathering and documenting, digitising and processing the content of the works that attest to the historical development of the Macedonian national awakening, the Macedonian national identity and consciousness, uniqueness and originality and the process of creation of the modern Macedonian nation through the 19th and 20th centuries. After two years since the begging of the project "Мacedonianess" this month was renewed with a new works and content provided on its thematic scope.

Some considerations

This quarter after we have provided the book Macedonian matters published in 2013 as a collection of works at the 60th anniversary of the work of academician Blaze Ristovski, the projcet Macedonianess was revisited with creation and improvement of several articles on the Macedonian Wikipedia. Moreover, this project has been enriched by two other newly created articles about the books Sociology of the Macedonian national consciousness published by 1992 and Stories of Great Alexander published in 1845, which was provided for scanning by our partner institution National and University Library "St. Clement of Ohrid" in Skopje, late in September.