Grants:APG/Proposals/2016-2017 round 2/Wikimedia Armenia/Progress report form
Purpose of the report
This form is for organizations receiving Annual Plan Grants to report on their progress after completing the first 6 months of their grants. The time period covered in this form will be the first 6 months of each grant (e.g. 1 January - 30 June of the current year). This form includes four sections, addressing global metrics, program stories, financial information, and compliance. Please contact APG/FDC staff if you have questions about this form, or concerns submitting it by the deadline. After submitting the form, organizations will also meet with APG staff to discuss their progress.
- 1 Purpose of the report
- 2 Global metrics overview - all programs
- 3 Organization changes
- 4 Telling your program stories - all programs
- 5 1. Taking wiki deep into education
- 6 2. Sustain WikiCamps with renewed content
- 7 3. Establish WikiClubs within reach of every student
- 8 4. Engage and grow community through meaningful participation
- 9 5. Establish Western Armenian as distinct wiki language
- 10 6. Increase and diversify funding sources
- 11 7. Exposing value of publicly available content to the development of GLAM institutions
- 12 8. Turn digitization into fun and enriching experience
- 13 9. Hack the expansion of wiki movement with wiki-hackathon
- 14 10. Become hub for knowledge and innovation exchange
- 15 Revenues received during this six-month period
- 16 Spending during this six-month period
- 17 Compliance
- 18 Signature
- 19 Resources
Global metrics overview - all programs
We are trying to understand the overall outcomes of the work being funded across our grantees' programs. Please use the table below to let us know how your programs contributed to the Global Metrics. We understand not all Global Metrics will be relevant for all programs, so feel free to put "0" where necessary. For each program include the following table and
- Next to each required metric, list the outcome achieved for all of your programs included in your proposal.
- Where necessary, explain the context behind your outcome.
- In addition to the Global Metrics as measures of success for your programs, there is another table format in which you may report on any OTHER relevant measures of your programs success
- Participants: The number of people who attend your events, programs or activities, either in person or virtually. This definition does not include people organizing activities, social media followers, donors, or others not participating directly.
- Newly registered: The number of participants that create new accounts on a Wikimedia project. These include users who register up to two weeks before the start of the event.
- Content pages: A content page is an article on Wikipedia, an item on Wikidata, a content page on Wikisource, an entry on Wiktionary, and a media file on Commons, etc. This metric captures the total number of content pages created or improved across all Wikimedia projects.
- A: Editors survived after 6 months the registration
- B: Bytes (NET sum)
Program Participants Newly registered Content pages A B Taking wiki deep into education 213 49 80 - 848,981 Sustain WikiCamps with renewed content 87 5 2139 - 4,780,185 Establish WikiClubs within reach of every student 177 106 5311 - 34,698,522 Engage and grow community through meaningful participation 436 118 223 - 2,935,438 Establish Western Armenian as distinct wiki language 15 43 794 - 1,480,273 Increase and diversify funding sources - - - - - Exposing value of publicly available content to the development of GLAM institutions 2 0 0 - 0 Turn digitization into fun and enriching experience 0 - 69+ - - Hack the expansion of wiki movement with wiki-hackathon 0 - - - - Become hub for knowledge and innovation exchange 86 - 1788 - ? TOTAL FOR ALL PROGRAMS 1016 321 10,404 - 44,743,399
The Bylaw of the organization should be revised based on the revisions of the Law on Non for Profit Organizations adopted in December 16, 2016 by the Parliament of Armenia and also on the need to revisit the governance structure, necessity to clearly indicate the roles and responsibilities of the Board of the organization and the executive body, to clarify who are the beneficiaries of the organization and etc. WMAM Board has started discussions on the necessary changes and the legal partner “Legal Lab” is currently drafting the new bylaw of the organization.
On October 2017 Executive Director Arthur Khalatyan resigned and a new ED Gayane Vardanyan was appointed by the Board.
Mher Bekaryan will be contracted by WMAM for implementation of APG from January 2018. He was involved in Western Armenian program funded by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation with part time contract. We are not sure if Gulbenkian Foundation will continue funding our project with the same scope from January 2018. Besides, Mher was very much involved in implementation of our APG. He carries out all responsibilities of the cashier, logistics, procurement, provides administrative support to all staff members. Thus, the Board decided to move Mher from Gulbenkian’s funding to Wikimedia Foundation’s funding with 0․75 FTE contract.
Due to changes in tax legislation WMAM has to revise staff contracts and the gross salaries. From January 2018 the income tax will increase from 26% to 28%.
To host more events in the office, to run a WikiClub in Yerevan, Wikimedia Armenia enlarged its premises, renovated and opened it for the community in the end of December 2017. Initially we were negotiating for 2 more rooms, but later we were given 5 rooms in total, which enabled us to have larger space with seperate spots suitable for edithatons, hackathons, community gatherings and discussions.
Accounting system and Human resource management
On October 2017 Wikimedia Armenia hired an accounting company Taccount to conduct its accountancy and HR related activities. The company analyzed the available documentation and the accounting system and now works towards filling the gaps and making necessary changes based on the Armenian legislation and the comments received by the experts of the Wikimedia Foundation during the site visit.
Together with Taccount, WMAM prepared missing staff contracts, paid employees vacation liabilities for 2017, thus ensuring less burden on our annual budget. In order to clearly differentiate each employees responsibilities, to avoid overlaps and also to see the capacity building needs, WMAM staff is currently recording their all daily activities. After analysis of records of 3 months we will come up with revised job descriptions in mid March, 2018.
In the end of the reporting period WMAM initiated change of the bank. The reason for this was the lack of online and other services required by our accounting system and the service fees. WMAM requested service description and price quotes from three banks and decided to start cooperation with Ameria Bank.
WMAM regulated its documentation flow by setting a system of registration and tracking of incoming and outgoing letters.
Telling your program stories - all programs
Please tell the story of each of your programs included in your proposal. This is your chance to tell your story by using any additional metrics (beyond global metrics) that are relevant to your context, beyond the global metrics above. You should be reporting against the targets you set at the beginning of the year throughout the year. We have provided a template here below for you to report against your targets, but you are welcome to include this information in another way. Also, if you decided not to do a program that was included in your proposal or added a program not in the proposal, please explain this change. More resources for storytelling are at the end of this form. Here are some ways to tell your story.
- We encourage you to share your successes and failures and what you are learning. Please also share why are these successes, failures, or learnings are important in your context. Reference learning patterns or other documentation.
- Make clear connections between your offline activities and online results, as applicable. For example, explain how your education program activities is leading to quality content on Wikipedia.
- We encourage you to tell your story in different ways by using videos, sound files, images (photos and infographics, e.g.), compelling quotes, and by linking directly to work you produce. You may highlight outcomes, learning, or metrics this way.
- We encourage you to continue using dashboards, progress bars, and scorecards that you have used to illustrate your progress in the past, and to report consistently over time.
- You are welcome to use the table below to report on any metrics or measures relevant to your program. These may or may not include the global metrics you put in the overview section above. You can also share your progress in another way if you do not find a table like this useful.
|Target||Last year (if applicable)||Progress (at end of Q2)||Projected (end of year)||Comments|
1. Taking wiki deep into education
|Target||Progress (at end of Q2)||Projected (end of year)||Comments|
|Sign Memorandum of Collaboration with the Ministry of Education by July 30, 2018.||In progress...||Wikimedia Armenia prepared the draft Memorandum of Collaboration where highlighted the main directions of cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Science. The Memorandum includes provisions ensuring teachers and lecturers participation in creation of wiki tools for education, incorporation of wiki editing in school curricula, as well as use of wiki projects in teaching as one of the criteria for teachers' annual evaluation․ In the end of January, 2018 WMAM representatives will meet the Deputy Minister of Education and Science David Sahakyan to discuss the Memorandum and process with signing.|
|At least 1 editathon organized at major Armenian university with the Ministry of Education support and official representation, with 100 participants, creating at least 100 articles (800K bytes)||Relisted||Will be organized within the frames of the “I create a vital article campaign” in May 2018.|
|Ministry of Education high rank officials participated in at least 3 WMAM events.||In progress...||3 officials||We hosted one of the heads of National Institute of Education of the Ministry of Education and Science in our Teachers' Wikiweek in October 2017. She participated in the seminar with the aim to get acquainted with wikimovement, its ideology and further discuss the possibility of including a wikiediting workshop in teachers’ obligatory training programs of the Institute.|
|20 letters of appreciation were sent to schools were active wiki-contributors work by July 1, 2018||Done||At the end of December all active teachers - participants of different years Teachers’ Wikiweek - received appreciation certificates from Wikimedia Armenia for their contribution on Wikipedia and for supporting the increase of the educational resources in the Internet. The schools principals also received a corresponding letter where WMAM thanked them for encouraging their teachers to participate in the Wikipedia Education Program and Teachers’ Wikiweek. This included 41 active Wikipedia education program teachers from the schools of all regions of Armenia. Wikimedia Armenia received positive feedback for this initiative both from the teachers and principals who felt appreciated for the work done and ensured to continue working towards enlargement of wiki movement in their communities.|
|New advanced program designed for teacher training covering teaching and learning opportunities with Wikimedia projects by September 30, 2017||In progress...||Wikimedia Armenia will organize a meetup with experienced wiki teachers to discuss the ways of using wikiediting in their lessons. As a result of facilitated group works, teachers will later design a handbook for teachers on using wikitools in school education.|
|Have teachers create educational resources (textbook, lesson plan) with Wikimedia projects.||On hold||One of the sessions of Teachers’ Wikiweek was devoted to the discussion of the possibility of creating educational resources and lessons plans’ with Wikimedia projects. Wikimedia Armenia’s Education Program coordinator facilitated the discussion where the majority of teachers found this idea not appropriate at the moment as the Wikimedia projects are not convenient for the lessons plans and there is not enough experience of using Wikimedia projects in educational process.|
|At least 1 module with 10 lessons created for online teaching and tested with a remote audience of 20 people.||In progress...||1 module||We are doing a research on other chapters' experience in creating such modules. We would either adapt and translate already existing modules or create our own module.|
|At least 50 interconnected wiki articles (400k bytes) are created covering concepts and ideas of one given chapter of high school subject - by June 1, 2018||In progress...||More than 50||During the Teachers' Wikiweek the teachers have already created 46 interrelated articles on Physics, Mathematics, Biology, Informatics, History, Literature, Psychology and Medicine.|
|Schools in all 11 marzes (administrative regions of Armenia) participate in various WMAM education programs||Done||We have Wikipedia education program participants from all the 11 marzes of Armenia.|
|Increase number of good and featured articles in sum from 9 to 12 by July 1, 2018||In progress...||More than 3||During this reporting period our education program participants have created 2 good articles so far - Holocaust denial, Aktion T4|
|Increase percentage of surviving participants of our educational programs (in total 1233 participants of WikiCamps, WikiClubs, School and University Wiki Workshops) from 25-40||In progress...||Unknown||The Wikipedia Education Program has 1625 participants in total with the 316 active participants in average, which is 19.4% of the total participants. In this reporting period there were 382 new education program participants.|
|Increase percentage of WMAM educational programs participants who organize events disseminate and promote wiki-movement from 8 to 12.||Done||During this reporting period we had 12 education program participants - both teachers and students - who have organized workshops in different institutions spreading wikimovement in their regions. The workshops were dedicated to the Wikipedia reading as well as teaching wikiediting tools.|
|90 teachers participating in 2 wiki seminars with 50 teachers surviving 6 months after seminar.||In progress...||Less than 90||The first Teachers’ Wikiweek of this program took place in October 29-November 3, 2017 and the second one will be implemented during May-June school holidays. According to the metrics of November and December we have had 19 active teachers out of 28. We will be able to evaluate teachers’ half year survival in April 2018.|
|At least 1 WikiClub is established at one of the biggest universities in Armenia.||Done||A WikiClub has been established in the American University of Armenia (AUA) by an experienced wiki editor, participant of WikiCamp, who entered AUA in 2017.|
|At least 2 professors give assignments that include editing, translating or creating Wikipedia articles.||In progress...||2 proffessors||One of the professors at AUA has incorporated Wiki editing into her class program and usually gives tasks to her students to write articles in English and Armenian Wikipedias as a part of their homework.|
Wikimedia Armenia organized its 6th Teachers’ Wikiweek which took place from October 29 to November 3, 2017. The total of 86 teachers have applied online to be part of the seminar and only 28 were selected. A selection committee usually consists of experienced Wikipedian teachers and WMAM staff. They evaluate new teachers’ applications anonymously and make their final decision based on careful evaluation. The experienced teachers are being chosen based on their editing activity in different wiki projects throughout the year. Some of the experienced teachers have become wiki assistants by forming groups and helping the newcomers. Our agenda was packed with lots of editing activities. There were also discussions regarding the use of Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects in the school curriculum and education process. The teachers used the school textbooks and have separated those articles (related to their own field of specialisation) that are missing or are incomplete on the Armenian Wikipedia. This list will be used for other projects as a recommendation list for creating and editing articles. Teachers have created and improved more than 75 articles.
(October 29 - November 3)
|Number of participants||Wikipedia|
|bytes (net sum)||848,981|
In this period Wikimedia Armenia has organized several workshops for different educational centers and institutions. The most important of them are listed below:
Workshop at Armavir Development Center, 17th of October - Armavir Development Center is a socio-economic NGO with the missionto promote the collaboration of public, private and business sectors aimed at ensuring socio-economic development of Armavir region.  WMAM has been askedto conduct a workshop for the centers’ young members - school and university students. Yurik Mkrtchyan and Mher Bekaryan presented the participants Wikimedia Armenia’s mission and its programs. The latters learned also wikiediting tools, and Wikipedia main guidelines. WMAM representatives are in touch with the Center to follow up with the wiki editing process.
Workshop at the American University of Armenia (AUA) - The American University of Armenia is a private independent university in Yerevan, Armenia. Mher Bekaryan, Wikimedia Armenia staff member, conducted a workshop in the Engineering Faculty of the American University of Armenia (AUA) (College of Science and Engineering, Introductory Level General Education Course, AUA) on December 6th, 2017. The AUA students were given tasks of translating and editing articles on English Wikipedia. As a result, the students has worked in groups and created 5 articles on English Wikipedia.
Workshop for Yerevan State College of Informatics students - On December 21st, 2017 Wikimedia Armenia organized a workshop in its new premises for the members of the media team of Yerevan State College of Informatics. Lilit Tarkhanyan and Yurik Mkrtchyan taught the participants how to edit Wikipedia who collaboratively worked on a medium size article.
Workshop for L.Tolstoy School N128 students - On the 27th of December, 5th grade students from L. Tolstoy School N128 had an exciting opportunity to visit Wikimedia Armenia office. Susanna Mkrtchyan, the President of Wikimedia Armenia, welcomed almost forty children and spoke with them about Wikipedia and the work of Wikimedia Armenia is doing to promote development of Wikimedia Projects.
Workshop for Arshaluys school students - Wikimedia Armenia has organized a workshop for high school students of Arshaluys community on the 29th of November, 2017 which took place in Wikimedia Armenia office. Students learned about WMAM as an organization, its activities, projects, future directions and also watched an exciting film dedicated to WikiCamps.
2. Sustain WikiCamps with renewed content
|Target||Progress (at end of Q2)||Projected (end of year)||Comments|
|Sustain the participation of 400 students in all camps, of which 360 students participation funded through WMAM various projects and 40 students individually paid participations||In progress...||Less than 400||One of the proposed four Wikicamps was already organized in October-November 2017, having 61 participants funded through WMAM and 5 individually paid. Three other Wikicamps will be organized in Winter and Summer 2018.
While planning this objective we did not take into account the number of staff members. So the original number of 360 budgeted participants includes both the campers and staff members (in average 25 staff members - team leaders, support staff, wiki team members in each camp).
|Increase percentage of retained contributors from 25 to 40||In progress...||We will be able to measure this objective after the Summer camps.|
|Organize at least 4 WikiCamps by July 1, 2018||In progress...||4||The Autumn Wikicamp was organized 28 October - 5 November. We expect to organize 1 Wikicamp in Winter and 2 in Summer.|
|5,000 articles created or improved in Armenian Wikipedia mostly translated from Russian or English Wikipedias.||In progress...||Less than 5,000.||244 Wikipedia articles were translated at the Autumn Wikicamp. Our lessons learned is that when we strive for more number of articles we gain less quality, that's why we encouraged editors to concentrate on the quality of the articles thus we ended up with large articles but few in numbers.|
|10,000 entries created in Armenian Wiktionary.||In progress...||Less than 10,000.||1,699 Wiktionary entries were created at the Autumn Wikicamp.|
|250 new articles in Western Armenian.||In progress...||Less than 250.||WMAM is negotiating with the Caluste Gulbenkian Foundation regarding the Western Armenian project. After finalization of the proposal we expect to have Western Armenian participants in Summer 2018 who will create articles in Western Armenian.|
|1000 pages proofread in Armenian Wikisource.||In progress...||Less than 1,000.||196 Wikisource pages were proofread at the Autumn Wikicamp.|
|28,000,000 bytes added to wiki projects.||In progress...||28,000,000.||4,780,185 bytes added to wiki projects at the Autumn Wikicamp.|
|1000 files uploaded in Wikimedia Commons (Armenian words pronunciation).||In progress...||1000 words||As the technical conditions at the Wikicamp venue are not appropriate for the recording, we plan to record the Armenian words' pronunciations out of the Wikicamp.|
|Introduce at least 3 new modules on personal development and learning skills||Done||Already done last year.|
|Advanced website is designed to promote WikiCamps and opportunity for paid participation, as well as, to create and maintain relationships with interested individuals||Done||Already done last year - http://wikicamp.org|
Fall WikiCamp 2017
Wikimedia Armenia has organized its first 2017 Fall WikiCamp which started on the 28th of October and ran through 5 November. A total of 147 participants were registered to attend the Wikicamp camp free of charge and only 61 were chosen to participate (based on their active participation in Wikimedia projects and their editing in Wikipedia and its sister projects).
We had 5 non-experienced participants who paid to attend the Wikicamp. The participants were both from Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh).
During the camp students learned to edit and contributed to Wikipedia, Wiktionary, and Wikisource․ Besides editing process, campers were actively engaged in sports games including Fort Wiki, Sportlandia, table tennis, tug of war, basketball, volleyball, football and chess. Apart from this they participated in intellectual games like brain ring, various puzzles, time management games and more.
As a change we have decided to allocate more time for cultural activities in order to boost cultural development. During these 8 days campers learned Armenian national song and dance, staged musicals and have performed ethnic dances from around the world on the last day of the camp. Children contributed to the creation of costumes and stage props which they had fun making.
|Number of participants||Wiktionary||Wikipedia||Wikisource|
|bytes (net sum)||2,817,686||1,004,522|
3. Establish WikiClubs within reach of every student
|Target||Progress (at end of Q2)||Projected (end of year)||Comments|
|Establish 10 new WikiClubs by July 1, 2018||In progress...||7||WMAM has written a grant proposal to AGBU for establishing 5 WikiClubs in different regions of Armenia where we have active wiki teachers. The result of the grant will be known on March-April. The establishment of another two WikiClubs is in the process.|
|Maintain activity of 14 running WikiClubs||In progress...||As of December 31, WMAM has maintained all its 11 WikiClubs (at the time of writing the APG proposal WMAM had 10 active WikiClubs. The number 14 is a typo). After the grant proposal until July 1, WMAM has established 2 WikiClubs (Ddmashen and Vanashen WikiClubs) and closed the Artashat WikiClub due to its ensufficient activeness.|
|Design at least 10 sessions led by WikiClub coordinators on skills and habits of success||In progress...||Will be emplemented during the professional development workshop of WikiClubs coordinators.|
|Implement at least one professional development brainstorming and workshop with WikiClub coordinators||In progress...||It is planned to have the WikiClubs' coordinators meeting in February-March.|
|Collect WikiClub membership monthly/annual fee from at least 5 sponsors||In progress...||5||WMAM has discussed this issue with WikiClubs sponsors who have agreed with paying monthly/annul fee. Official letters are planned to send the sponsors in mid-January.|
|Organize at least one event for WikiClub sponsors to discuss growth opportunities and community building||In progress...|
|Help at least 5 sponsors develop interaction and mentoring with WikiClub students||In progress...|
In September Wikimedia Armenia Education team reshaped the WikiClubs statistics based on the sponsors’ request. Previously we were counting the active users and their contribution in Armenian Wikipedia, Wiktionary and Wikisource. In the new metrics we also included new users index, female/male ratio, active users/population ratio, new users/population ratio. Below you can find the statistics of the WikiClubs from September-December.
|Wikiclub Name||Community population (1)||Active users (2)||Active users index (3)||New users||New users index (4)||Female/male ratio||Bytes NET sum (5)||Bytes index (6)|
1 - Permanent population according to the population census (RA - 2011, NKR -2015)։
2 - Users who has done 1 edit in average per month.
3 - Active users/population ratio expressed in %.
4 - New users/population ratio expressed in %.
5 - NET sum bytes added in Wikipedia, Wiktionary and Wikisource.
6 - NET sum bytes/active users ratio.
7 - Includes also Education program other users.
* - WikiClub established in a city.
Wikipedia learning lab at TUMO Stepanakert
On October TUMO center in Stepanakert has proposed to the Stepanakert WikiClub Coordinator Irina Safaryan to run a Wikipedia learning lab for 10 TUMO students. It was decided that the students will write 10 articles about Askeran Region’s 10 villages in 10 days!
Before the launch of Wikipedia learning lab at TUMO Stepanakert Irina started conducting her research to find more information about the above mentioned villages. She met with historians and linguists and had discussions on many topics concerning those villages. As a result she collected lots of books and materials which helped the students to write the Wikipedia articles. The students also drove through all 10 villages to gather photos which they used to illustrate the articles.
During the workshops students have learned Wikipedia editing tools, uploading media files to Wikimedia Commons, analyze facts, improve Armenian typing skills, and how to prepare a complete and final report on all the work done during the 10 days.
In the end the students who created 10 articles about 10 villages of Askeran Region in Armenian Wikipedia, became Stepanakert WikiClub members.
On November 21, a meeting took place with Arsen Stepanyan, the manager of "Bridge for CSOs" program carried out by Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) in Armenia. Parties discussed collaboration directions, the grants opportunity provided by the program and AGBU support during organization of Wikimania 2019 in case Armenia was selected to host it. After the meeting WMAM has applied to AGBU’s Innovation for social impact grant proposing to establish 5 WikiClubs in different regions of Armenia where we have active teachers editing Wikipedia.
4. Engage and grow community through meaningful participation
Wikipedia logo under the Sevan Lake
A large Wikipedia concrete sculpture was submerged to the bottom of Sevan Lake on the 29th of September with the purpose of creating an artificial reef for the resident fish. This unusual and interesting idea was proposed by the divers from ArmDiving club! Before diving the sculpture was located at the UWC Dilijan during the Wikimedia CEE Meeting 2016. Wikimedia Armenia invited editors, Wikimedians and friends for this community event.
This event was running in parallel with Wiki Loves Science editathon. The participants of the WLS editathon also joined this event and after their trip to Lake Sevan they were given an amazing opportunity to tour and visit Hayravank, Kecharis and St. Harutyun churches in order to take photos for the Wiki Loves Monuments contest.
Wiki Loves Science edit-a-thons
Wiki Loves Science project is aimed at further developing the professional articles in Armenian Wikipedia with the help of Wikimedia community members and other interested specialists.
Three WLS edit-a-thons were organized in this reporting period. The third WLS was included in the “I create a vital article” campaign.
See below the metrics of the WLS edit-a-thons.
|WLS (September 29-October 1, 2017)||WLS (November 3-5, 2017)||WLS (December 24-26, 2017)|
|Bytes (positive and negative sum)||1,451,362||438,262||1,045,814|
“I create a vital article” campaign
Wikimedia Armenia continues to support the creation of quality content on the Wikipedia, this time through the "I create a vital article" campaign. The campaign aims at the improvement of the articles from "1000 articles every Wikipedia should have" list with the help of professionals. The project will be accompanied with different events and will end on May 14, 2018 with a 24h editathon dedicated to the 5th anniversary of Wikimedia Armenia.
To make this project happen the list of 1000 articles were refreshed and revised in order to provide it to the potential editors. The list was divided into more detailed sections taking into account the potential fields of interest. Also, the corresponding language articles were studied to find the best language version to translate from. The project page was created to support the participants more effectively.
On November 23 WMAM representatives met with the Senior Adviser to the Prime Minister of Armenia on Education Gevorg Muradyan. The topic for discussion was the campaign initiated by WMAM aimed at creation of 1000 vital articles in Armenian Wikipedia. Gevorg Muradyan gave several valuable advices on how to spread the word and how to engage really valuable editors in the campaign.
Wikimedia Armenia has launched the “I create a vital article” campaign on November 28th, 2017. The campaign started with a 2 day introductory workshop in Aghveran.
All the interested participants had one week to register for the event. The announcement of the campaign was shared using various media channels: WMAM official website, Facebook, Armenpress and Armacad. The latter became the information supporter of the initiative.
Wikimedia Armenia received 196 applications out of which 80 applicants were selected to participate in this event. Fifty applicants have managed to attend the workshop physically and the other ten have participated online. Fifteen participants were experienced Wikipedians who formed various groups and taught the newcomers all the editing techniques. Wikimedia Armenia staff has contacted all participants in advance regarding the articles to be edited based on their individual professional background. This made the process much easier to manage as workshop participants came with their selected articles and started working on them without delay.
As of the end of December 73 articles were assigned to be improved. So far 21 articles are completed.
- Media links
- Wikimedia Armenia will support the development of the Armenian content
- “I create a vital article” campaign. Wikimedia Armenia
Every Saturday Wikimedia Armenia continues to organize open workshops at the WM AM office where new editors are taught how to edit different wiki projects and the experienced editors participate in workshops dedicated to different themes. Anyone interested in Wikimedia projects, Wikipedia, Wikimedia Movement who need assistance, as well as experienced editors, who want to edit in pleasant atmosphere, participate in these workshops. We have about 15-20 participants in each workshop. o Experienced wiki editors of Wiktionary, Wikisource, Wikimedia Commons, and Wikidata help WMAM staff members to conduct the workshops.
One of the workshops - the one on the 23rd of December was not only a usual workshop day but also the day when editors gathered together to decorate Wikimedia Armenia office and Christmas tree. Some of the editors brought ornaments which were given to WMAM office as presents!
Wiki Loves Monuments 2017
2017 was the third time that Wikimedia Armenia joined the Wiki Loves Monuments, an international photo competition. Armenia has participated in this initiative in 2013 and 2015.
Wikimedia Armenia has suggested a list of registered monuments in Armenia and Artsakh (more than 25,000 monuments in Armenia and more than 5,000 monuments from Artsakh). Invitation to participate in Wiki Loves Monuments competition has been announced on Wikipedia and Wikicommons, Twitter and Facebook and other social media channels in order to attract larger and non-wiki audience.
Prior to this we have organized Wiki Loves Monuments photo expeditions and have teamed up with WikiClubs to organize the same in their respective towns and surrounding areas. We have organized such expeditions in Gyumri, Ddmashen, Vanashen, Mrgavan and Lernapat.
Wikimedia Armenia has organized a separate Wiki Expedition during which ten participants have attended and took photos of various monuments located in Kotayk and Gegharkunik provinces (seven neighboring communities). As a follow up a series of workshops have taken place during which photographers were taught how to edit and upload photos in Wikimedia Commons.
As a result of this initiative Armenia had 151 participants from different parts of the country who have uploaded 34,848 photos 243,554 MB in total. 28 photographers have uploaded more than 100 and 4 participants more than a 1000 photos.
The authors of the 10 best photos of the WLM 2017 Armenia and Artsakh photo contest will be awarded during the Wikipedia 17 event in January 15.
5. Establish Western Armenian as distinct wiki language
|Target||Progress (at end of Q2)||Projected (end of year)||Comments|
|Establish Western Armenian as a separate language on Wikimedia projects and separate Western and Eastern (general) Armenian content||In progress...||The proposal to request for ISO 639-3 Language Code change was submitted to the SIL international on August 16, 2017. See the full proposal here.|
|Organize WikiCamp in France in August with 54 participants||Done||The Wikicamp in France was organized on 12-19 August in La Bourboule, France with 54 participants (43 campers and 11 staff members).|
|Open at least 1 Western Armenian WikiClub||In progress...|
|Recruit at least 1 coordinator to build up relationship with Western Armenian WikiCamp participants||Done||Sevan Danielian, the participant of the Western Armenian teacher's training, helped Wikimedia Armenia to build up and maintain the contact with the Lebanese-Armenian community, supporting the growth of Wikimedia Movement in Lebanon and development of Western Armenian project.|
|Involve 35 new active Western Armenian students by July 2018||In progress...||About 35||31 new editors were involved in editing in Western Armenian (29 new editors through the Wikicamp in France, 2 new editors through the individual workshop at Wikimedia Armenia office, Yerevan).|
|1500 new Western Armenian articles created by July 1, 2018||In progress...||About 1500||541 articles created on the Armenian Wikipedia in Western Armenian by December 31.|
|Integrate WikiCamp activities in at least one Armenian Diaspora gathering organized by third organization||In progress...|
|At least 10 participants (teachers and journalists) from Diaspora, participate in summer seminars||Done||On 10-17 July a training for 10 teachers and journalists took place in Aghveran.|
Summer WikiCamp 2017 France
WikiCamp Summer 2017 was held on the 12-20th of August in La Bourboule, at François et Suzon, France. There were a total of 43 participants from 6 different countries, including USA, Lebanon, Turkey, Greece, Armenia and France. The goal of this camp was to teach Western Armenian speakers to edit Wikipedia, Wikisource, and encourage them to join the global Wikimedia Movement. Campers also had an opportunity to read and discuss various books, analyze linguistic issues and address challenges of translating process.
- During the WikiCamp the following activities were carried out:
- 2 workshops per day, total workshop hours - 4,5 hours per day
- Translation corner which included fun translating activities
- Reading corner that allowed participants to read the assigned literature (three titles)
- Sharing each day activities on social networks
- They wrote articles about their country's sights, as well as in [ http://bourboulog.blogspot.am/ educational upbringing and didactic topics.]
- A trip to the lake Pavin and La Besse was organized for the participants as an exciting outing
- Student's opinions and their suggestions․ A questionnaire was prepared by some of the participants and distributed among all attendees so they could make comments on the camp itself, provide suggestions, recommendations and challenges. These comments will be taken into consideration and used where applicable during the next camp.
During 7 days of the WikiCamp, 206 articles were edited thanks to the efforts of Western Armenian students (see stats below).
See WikiCamp metrics here.
Photo gallery please
Wiki Training in Armenia
The second Western Armenian WikiWeek was held from 10th till 17th of July, in Aghveran, Armenia. Training was organized for 10 participants from different countries and professional backgrounds including teachers, journalists, school principals, skilled professionals and others interested in the field of Wikipedia. During the WikiWeek the participants were introduced all wiki editing tools and learned to create and improve articles in Western Armenian.
After the Wikiweek: one of the school principals from an Armenian school in Istanbul introduced wiki editing skills and shared her own experience with the teachers.
During 7 days of the WikiWeek, 253 articles were edited thanks to the efforts of Western Armenian participants.
Meeting in Cairo, Egypt
Azniv Stepanian, Wikimedia Armenia Western Armenia Program Coordinator has attended the WikiArabia/2017 conference during which she had an opportunity to talk about the Western Armenian Wikicamps organized in different countries (Lebanon, Portugal, France). She particularly stressed the importance of Wikicamps and their role in bringing ethnic and religious minorities together in terms of language preservation by the Diaspora communities from all over the world. It is important to note that this is the first time that WikiArabia conference had a guest speaker from Armenia․
It was a wonderful opportunity to also present Wikimedia Armenia programs to the Armenian community in Cairo since there was little or no awareness about the actual projects implemented by Wikimedia Armenia. After the presentation the participants discussed the opportunities to be engaged in Wikimedia Armenia projects, particulary the Western Armenian program.
Meeting in Aleppo, Syria
Azniv Stepanian had a meeting in Aleppo with Vahe Ghazarian and Hakob Kilejian, Principals of Kare Jeppe Armenian College (Syria), on November 29th, 2017. During the meeting a discussion was held on Wikimedia Armenia, its vision, purpose and projects, Wikipedia, role of volunteers (what they gain from volunteering for Wikimedia), Wikiediting, etc.
As a result of this discussion on December 1st, 2017, Kare Jeppe Armenian College invited Azniv to introduce Western Armenian programs to 10 and 11 grade students and to share her working knowledge and experience. The participants had an interesting talk on Wikipedia and Wikimedia Armenia projects, Western Armenian clubs and Wikicamps. College teachers, moderators and administrative assistants have also attended the meetup. After the meetup the participants expressed a great interest in joining the organization's programs.
Overall this was a very exciting and informative event which laid foundation for further collaboration and cooperation between Kare Jeppe Armenian College and the Wikimedia Armenia.
6. Increase and diversify funding sources
|Target||Progress (at end of Q2)||Projected (end of year)||Comments|
|Design at least 5 fundraising products either for general purpose funding or funding specific WMAM projects that pursue common goals and objectives with funding organization||In progress...||Fundraising products will be designed when we will have a donation system in Wikimedia Armenia official website. We are going to change our service bank in mid January and one of the reasons is having a proper working donation system.|
|Design new website and other media allowing for dissemination of the clear messages about our various activities and easy and diverse ways to donate or support specific projects||In progress...||On November WMAM staff began working on the [[:wmam:|official website]] of the organization. As a result of several discussions the draft of the website was created. The website was an essential priority because with the ongoing activities carried out by WMAM the organization did not have a place to announce and keep all the records of its projects. It is planned to review the content of the website and finalize it on February.|
|Attract at least 30,000 USD from various sources, either through direct general purpose funding or sponsorship of special projects, (excluding current sponsorship initiatives, e.g. Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation)||In progress...||We have applied for AGBU’s Innovation for social impact grant with the amount of 18 million AMD (~37 000 USD)․|
|Organize fundraising event around Wikimedia Armenia 5th anniversary celebration events||In progress...|
7. Exposing value of publicly available content to the development of GLAM institutions
|Target||Progress (at end of Q2)||Projected (end of year)||Comments|
|Establish collaboration with at least 3 new GLAM institutions by July 1, 2018 and continue to work with at least 3 current partners (National Library, Matenadaran, History Museum of Armenia and smaller museums)||In progress...||We are working on collaborating with several museums in Yerevan in the frames of Yerevan 2800 anniversary which is on September, 2018. As a result of this cooperation, we hope to have access to the enormous content about Yerevan which have museums and make it available for our editors. Based on these materials the editors of Armenian Wikipedia as well as of other language Wikipedias will create and improve articles.|
|Create and improve 200 articles on the base of materials given by GLAM partners.||In progress...|
|Have at least 20 participants at 6 workshops organized for GLAM institutions||In progress...||Depends on the final results of the collaboration with museums (see the first section).|
|Release at least 2 books under free licenses||Done||As a result of WMAM and Western Armenian author and public speaker Toros Toranian collaboration, the latter published his 52 books under free license which are now available in Wikimedia Commons and Armenian Wikisource.|
|2 participants in GLAM conference||In progress...|
8. Turn digitization into fun and enriching experience
|Target||Progress (at end of Q2)||Projected (end of year)||Comments|
|Digitize at least 50 Armenian books by July 1, 2018||Done||More than 80 books digitized||69 books were digitized by Wikimedia Armenia. These books are either public domain books, or they were shared under Creative Commons license.|
|Maintain 60 active editors of Armenian Wikisource||Done||More than 60 active editors||As of January 1, 2018 Armenian Wikisource had 82 active editors.|
|Scan at least 11,000 average pages||Done||More than 14K pages||13,602 pages were digitized by Wikimedia Armenia in this reporting period.|
|Introduce a web page and online form, where volunteers can mention their availability for the work, their interest in listening to particular audio content||In progress...||1 online form for the community||An online form will be designed and shared via social media, so community members can mention their will to volunteer in the digitization project, or the free books/works they would like to see digitized or recorded.|
9. Hack the expansion of wiki movement with wiki-hackathon
|Target||Progress (at end of Q2)||Projected (end of year)||Comments|
|Organize 1 wiki hackathon with at least 120 participants||In progress...||We are currently discussing with the Board and interested parties to find out possible topics and ways to organize the hackathon.|
|Have at least 2 supporting corporations||In progress...|
|At least 2 new projects initiated to spread accelerate wiki movement||In progress...|
10. Become hub for knowledge and innovation exchange
CEE Meeting 2017 Warsaw
The CEE Meeting 2017 was hosted by Wikimedia Poland, in Warsaw for wikimedians and the user-groups representatives from Central and Eastern Europe. Armenia was represented by 5 participants: Susanna Mkrtchyan, Avetik Yesayan, Hasmik Mailyan, Siranush Ohanyan and Artur Yengoyan.
Siranush Ohanyan who attended this meeting for the first time has especially been impressed with Asaf Bartov’s 4 hour long presentation about human facilitation skill. It was very useful for wikipedians and wikimedians to gain some theoretical and practical knowledge about group discussion and decision making in real life situations. The other participant Hasmik Mailyans an English teacher in one of the schools in Armenia. She liked the Wiki workshops and learned useful teaching methods and techniques. She also learned how to edit wiki projects and use wikipedia as a powerful educational tool. Hasmik was particularly impressed with the following sessions: Wikidata and Wikidata related projects, GLAM and photo contest tools, Wikimedia's strategic direction, endorsement process and next steps. Artur Yengoyan mentioned that this is the first time for him to attend a meeting of this kind taking into account the magnitude and the format of this event. Artur felt that this meeting was productive, because so many opinions were expressed and experiences shared by participants from different countries.
WikidataCon Berlin 2017
Wikidata Con is a conference dedicated to the Wikidata community, organized for and with the help of the community. The first WikidataCon took place on October 28th-29th, in Tagesspiegel, in Berlin. 200 people from all around the globe have attended this conference to celebrate Wikidata’s 5th birthday and to share their knowledge and experience with the like minded community. From the Armenian community Karen Hakobyan and Armine Aghayan attended the event. During the conference they learned about new wikidata tools. After the conference, Karen Hakobyan and Armine Aghayan have shared their experience and invaluable knowledge with the rest of the Armenian community at Wikimedia Armenia office during our Saturday workshop on the 11th of November.
Read their personal reports:
After the Wikimedia CEE Meeting in Warsaw this September the CEE community has decided to launch a CEE Newsletter. The aim of the newsletter is to collect in a more consistent, reachable, reusable way stories and good practices developed in the region. Wikimedia Armenia regularly shares its ongoing events and projects in the CEE Newsletter. So far we have contributed to the November and December issues.
Wikimedia Armenia in collaboration with Wikimedia Austria has launched an article writing contest on Armenian and German Wikipedia from 1-30th of November. The aim of this contest was to create and improve articles about Armenia and Austria on both Wikipedias. Wikimedia Armenia modified the criteria of the articles thus guaranteeing better quality. The editors were informed that only those articles which had at least 8000 bytes size and 5 references would be given points.
Wikimedia Armenia and Wikimedia Austria have finalized the results of the contest and announced the winners. In Armenian Wikipedia we had 19 participants who have created 270 articles and improved 2. In German Wikipedia the contest had 7 participants who created 49 articles and improved 2. From the Armenian side the winner was user:Gardmanahay who alone has created around 150 high quality articles. User:Matthias Süßen who participated in Wikimedia Austria contest has been announced as the winner. The winners will be given a wonderful chance to travel to the country they created an article about.
Wikimedia Armenia has organized several contests like this in the past. These initiatives help to foster relationships between different Wikimedia chapters and to create diverse quality content.
Armenian-Norwegian cross-chapter project - Bodil Biørn project
In 2016 Wikimedia Armenia and Wikimedia Norge organized a joint writing contest where participants were editing articles on both countries. The winners of the contest had a chance to visit the country about which they were writing about. After the Armenian winner user:Gardmanahay visited Norway, the Oslo National Archive offered to start a joint project - transcription of Bodil Biørn’s photo descriptions.
Bodil Biørn was a female missionary from Norway who traveled to Armenia and was a witness of the Armenian Genocide. The photos of Biørn preserved in The National Archive in Oslo are essential documentations of Armenia and Armenian History as they demonstrate the life, culture, and customs of Armenian people living inthe Ottoman Empire. Among these documents there are photos of the Armenian Genocide - the atrocities committed against the Armenian people of the Ottoman Empire during W.W.I, they will be valuable in the further recognition of the Armenian Genocide by different states and communities all over the world.
Wikimedia Norge and National Archive in Oslo with the endorsements and support from Wikimedia Armenia, Armenian Genocide Museum-institute applied and successfully received the Arts council project grant to transcribe descriptions of Bodil Biørn’s photos taken in 1905-1920 and digitized by The National Archive in Oslo.
As Wikimedia Armenia has a strong network of Armenian volunteers with their help we will facilitate the translation of received content into Armenian, making it available for other Armenian speakers. In addition, WMAM will assist the usage of the images, content, as well as descriptions in the Armenian Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects, thus promoting the dissemination of these documents in the Armenian environment. Finally, we will support the transfer of the digitized content to the research institutes, archives and museums of Armenia, especially to The Armenian Genocide Museum-institute.
The project will be carried out in the second half of WMAM APG.
Revenues received during this six-month period
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- Please also include any in-kind contributions or resources that you have received in this revenues table. This might include donated office space, services, prizes, food, etc. If you are to provide a monetary equivalent (e.g. $500 for food from Organization X for service Y), please include it in this table. Otherwise, please highlight the contribution, as well as the name of the partner, in the notes section.
Revenue source Currency Anticipated Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Cumulative Anticipated ($US)* Cumulative ($US)* Explanation of variances from plan Wikimedia Foundation AMD 151,207,564 84,984,908 84,984,908 302,415 169,970 Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (in-kind contribution to Western Armenian WikiCamp project) AMD 25,000,000 25,000,000 25,000,000 50,000 50,000 Other revenues AMD - 4,592,447 4,592,447 - 9,185
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Spending during this six-month period
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- (The "budgeted" amount is the total planned for the year as submitted in your proposal form or your revised plan, and the "cumulative" column refers to the total spent to date this year. The "percentage spent to date" is the ratio of the cumulative amount spent over the budgeted amount.)
Expense Currency Budgeted Q1-Q2 Q3 Q4 Cumulative Budgeted ($US)* Cumulative ($US)* Percentage spent to date Explanation of variances from plan 1 Taking wiki deep into education AMD 7,703,000 2,950,018 2,950,018 15,406 5,900 38.30% 2 Sustain Wikicamps with renewed content AMD 40,294,500 19,542,300 19,542,300 80,589 39,085 48.50% 3 Establish Wikiclubs within reach of every student AMD 1,820,000 0 0 3,640 0 0.00% 4 Engage and grow community through meaningful participation AMD 12,464,000 4,349,717 4,349,717 24,928 8,699 34.90% 5 Establish Western Armenian as distinct wiki language AMD 41,132,000 1,840,254 1,840,254 82,264 3,681 4.47% 6 Increase and diversify funding sources AMD 1,500,000 0 0 3,000 0 0.00% 7 Exposing value of publicly available content to the development of GLAM institutions AMD 1,340,000 0 0 2,680 0 0.00% 8 Turn digitization into fun and enriching experience AMD 200,000 27,520 27,520 400 55 13.76% 9 Hack the expansion of wiki movement with wiki-hackathon AMD 1,200,000 0 0 2,400 0 0.00% 10 Become hub for knowledge and innovation exchange AMD 6,350,000 2,583,415 2,583,415 12,700 5,167 40.68% 0 Operations (excludes staff and programs) AMD 12,683,200 6,733,768 6,733,768 25,366 13,468 53.09% 11 Upcoming staff total expenses AMD 76,020,864 22,256,493 22,256,493 152,042 44,513 29.28% TOTAL AMD 202,707,564 60,283,485 60,283,485 405,415 120,567 29.74%**
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** 1. One of the major expenses of the current budget are related to WikiCamps which will be spent during the second half of the APG. 2. Budget planned for the ED’s salary is spent less now, as the salary of the new ED is 3 times less than of the previous one. WMAM has communicated some reallocation of the remaining funds to WMF.
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Resources to plan for measurement
- Global metrics are an important starting point for grantees when it comes to measuring programmatic impact (Learning Patterns and Tutorial) but don’t stop there.
- Logic Models provide a framework for mapping your pathway to impact through the cause and effect chain from inputs to outputs to outcomes. Develop a logic model to map out your theory of change and determine the metrics and measures for your programs.
- Importantly, both qualitative and quantitative measures are important so consider both as you determine measures for your evaluation and be sure to ask the right questions to be sure to capture your program stories.
Resources for storytelling
- WMF storytelling series and toolkit (DRAFT)
- Online workshop on Storytelling. By Frameworks institute
- The origin of storytelling
- Story frames, with a focus on news-worthiness.
- Reading guide: Storytelling and Social change. By Working Narratives
- The uses of the story.
- Case studies.
- Blog: 3 Tips on telling stories that move people to action. By Paul VanDeCarr (Working Narratives), on Philanthropy.com
- Building bridges using narrative techniques. By Sparknow.net
- Differences between a report and a story
- Question guides and exercises.
- Guide: Tools for Knowledge and Learning. By Overseas Development Institute (UK).
- Developing a strategy
- Collaboration mechanisms
- Knowledge sharing and learning
- Capturing and storing knowledge.