Grants:APG/Proposals/2017-2018 round 2/Wikimédia France/Impact report form

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Purpose of the report[edit]

This form is for organizations receiving Annual Plan Grants to report on their results to date. For progress reports, the time period for this report will the first 6 months of each grant (e.g. 1 January - 30 June of the current year). For impact reports, the time period for this report will be the full 12 months of this grant, including the period already reported on in the progress report (e.g. 1 January - 31 December 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.


In 2018-2019, Wikimédia France took a major programmatic shift. (redefinition of impacts and indicators, reorientation of actions, end of governance reforms after the 2017 crisis). We are particularly proud to present our results of a year of hard work carried out jointly by the volunteers of the association, the Board of trustees and the staff. These activities conducted throughout this year inaugurated a rich programmatic period with a common goal: Allow everyone to have free access to all human knowledge.

In order to really focus on the global impact of Wikimedia France's actions, we have decided to adapt the presentation and organization of this report. That's why the three sections of this report address the three key impacts of Wikimedia France. This allows us to highlight actions that are not very classifiable thematically because they are too transverse but whose impact is interesting, relevant and important for the association. It also allows us to split actions that can have several direct impacts and be more precise about the objectives set.

The association aims at three main impacts:

  • Improve access, understanding and use of Wikimedia projects
  • Support production and dissemination of free content
  • Act on the policies and practices of public institutions.

Global metrics overview - all programs[edit]

Because of this new presentation format, we do not include metrics by axes directly in this report. To access it, we invite you to use this specific link:

Exceeded Target has been exceeded
Achieved Target has been achieved
Target has not been reached Target was not achieved because of predictable programmatics choices or not
Impact report 2017-2018
Indicator 2018/19 Target
Progress (at end of Q2) Impact (end of year) Comments
Picto Half Year - Parties prenantesParticipants 14.075 3.877 7.770 As anticipated during the progress report, the abandonment of several programs like Ma Commune Wikipedia or the partnership with Signes de Sens has strongly impacted participation. Similarly, we had planned a communication campaign for Lingua Libre which was delayed by the technical developments.
Picto Half Year - Nouveaux comptes créésNewly registered editors 2.180 562 1.867 We achieved this goal overall. We still lack accurate feedback from local groups. This crucial work for the cooperation between the association and the local communities started in May 2019.
Picto Half Year - Articles ajoutés et ou modifiésPages added/improved 131.100 90.767 222.261 We have largely exceeded this goal, especially because of Lingua Libre. Without necessarily having made communication, Wikimedians around the world have seized the project and have made many recordings. Much more than we had planned.
Picto Half Year - Heures bénévolesVolunteer hours 4.155 2.306 5.424 We achieved this goal and succeeded to engage more volunteer in our actions.
Picto Half Year - Satisfaction des partenairesPartners satisfaction 85% - 81% Results of the annual survey with 25 participants, 83% of whom gave a rating of over 8/10 to their collaboration with Wikimedia France
Activities indicators
Picto Half Year - Parties prenantes Contribution activities to reduce the gender gap on Wikimedia projects 25 11 43 This indicator is explained by the excellent work done by the association of the Sans PagEs and the good collaboration between our two structures.
Picto Half Year - Parties prenantes Contributing activities organized within a GLAM partnership 25 11 55 We have succeeded in strengthening our collaborations and launching an increasingly active GLAM network.
Picto Half Year - Parties prenantes Numbers of volunteers granted 60 25 86 The changes made inside the micro-grant committee have already produced interesting effects in terms of mobilization and the number of funded projects. We expect that requests for support will continue to grow in the coming months.

Telling your program stories - all programs[edit]

  Improve access, understanding and use of Wikimedia projects

List of activities included[edit]

  • Wikiconcours in high school
  • WikiMOOC
  • Club WikiSevran & QRmedia
  • Wiki4Women
  • Photograph the Overseas 2018
  • WikiClub RFI
  • Lingua Libre SignIt


Wikimedia France has also developed actions supporting the contribution of priority audiences for the Wikimedia movement with two key objectives :

  1. Develop a better understanding of Wikimedia projects by a wide audience, especially young people, in order to promote a different, more participative and contributory web
  2. Facilitate access and participation in the development of new content

  • young audience

In this context, the long collaboration initiated in 2013 between Wikimedia France and the CLEMI (Center for Media and Information Education), especially for the organization of Wikiconcours in high school is particularly important to develop a critical mind of young people by practising and contributing to Wikimedia projects. The 2018-2019 edition of the Wikiconcours brought together 68 high schools throughout France. Nearly 2,000 high school students who, through participation in Wikimedia projects, discovered their ability to produce encyclopedic content, but also their rights as authors. They also learn how content is distributed and evolves online.

  • general audience

In keeping with this idea of giving access to Wikimedia projects, a new edition of WikiMOOC, exceptionally spread over the entire school year, enabled 467 new people to discover the contribution rules on Wikipedia and to publish their first article. In addition, in collaboration with a Francophone wikimedian, Reda Kerbouche, Wikimedia France supported the production of a WikiMOOC in Tamazight language, a Berber language of Algeria. Wikimedia France also supports the production of the second edition of WikiMOOC in Arabic, which brought together nearly 20,000 participants in 2018. Distance training via MOOCs or web-conferences is an important development axis for our association for the years coming. Wikimedia France is currently studying offers to outsource WikiMOOC management to other free platforms but proposing new opportunities in terms of animation and follow-up of participants much larger than the current one (FUN). We will quickly include in this platform e-learning and e-training modules for professionals and volunteers of the association.

Wikimedia France has also developed activities using Wikipedia as a tool for cultural and digital mediation or inviting populations, until now excluded, to make their voices heard in the galaxy of Wikimedia projects. Doing this, we fit perfectly in the spirit of the strategic direction of the movement: "We will break down the social, political, and technical barriers preventing people from accessing and contributing to free knowledge."

  • audiences affected by the digital divide

Since 2016, Wikimedia France is engaged in a partnership with the municipality of Sevran. In 2018 and 2019, this joint action allowed the training of residents to contribute, the organization of editathon around local themes but also to the implementation of urban walks, led by students, on the history and personalities of the city through the installation of QR codes redirecting to Wikipedia articles created or improved by the people of Sevran. The success of this project is spreading to other cities in the northern suburbs of Paris, with a very strong ethnic, social and linguistic mix but also suffering from structural economic problems. “The widespread failure of the QRpedia system, used by our partner has forced Wikimedia France to develop its own QR codes generation instance redirecting to the French Wikipedia Qrmedia.”The same type of activity is organized by our partner, the Didac'resources association, in the Estaque, a neighbourhood in Marseille.

  • Priority audiences to reduce participation gaps to the Wikimedia projects

In collaboration with the Sans PagEs association, Wikimedia France supported the organization of activities dedicated to women to reduce the gender gap on Wikimedia projects. On March 8, 2019, for the International Women's Rights Day, for the second year and in partnership with the UNESCO, Wikimedia France organized the Wiki4Women. During this day, nearly 150 people created 50 biographies of women and improved 200 articles on the encyclopedia in a dozen languages.

Overseas populations are also part of our priority public. We have been working for one year to promote and develop the contribution within these French territories spread over all the oceans of the world. In fact, these territories, with nearly 3,000,000 inhabitants, are under-represented on Wikimedia projects whether at the heritage, cultural or linguistic level. We have chosen to join the Ministry of Overseas to launch an initiative of awareness and production of content but we hope soon to train local people to empower them to participate in Wikimedia projects. This partnership enabled 70 people to take their first step on Wikimedia projects.

In order to support participation in Wikimedia projects from all French-speaking countries, Wikimedia France, on behalf of Wikifranca (the cooperation of French-speaking members of the Wikimedia movement), has entered into a partnership with RFI (Radio France International). The purpose of this collaboration is to train Wikimedia RFI volunteer clubs established in all countries where this radio is broadcast. These clubs participate in the radio program by regularly reporting on local news topics. The WikiclubRFI project aims to involve these volunteers in the improvement of Wikimedia projects on local themes by developing a peer-to-peer exchange of experiences between French-speaking countries. If the project is still in its infancy, 5 trainings sessions have already taken place in Benin, Chad and Haïti.

  • audiences with a disability

In addition to contributing in French, Wikimedia France also supports participation in Wikimedia projects in all languages ​​of the world. To this end and in order to break down the barrier of the writing to the contribution, the association developed since 2016, the tool Lingua Libre which allows saving words, expressions or texts in all possible languages, except, sign languages. To remedy this situation, and thanks to the skills of a member of the association Antoine Lamielle, a new option called Lingua Libre SignIt was developed. It now enables people who are deaf or hard of hearing to participate in Wikimedia projects. This extension, which can be activated from your browser, also displays videos in sign languages ​​on Wikipedia for easy reading and comprehension. The tool was developed between January and June 2019. These are nearly 4,000,000 people to whom we gave the opportunity to share their knowledge on Wikimedia projects. Intensive collaboration with the associations of the deaf and hard of hearing should enable us, in the coming months, to improve the tool, in particular, to adapt it to the different possible uses. The work done on sign language has resulted in a slight delay in the other initiatives concerning the regional languages of France. But, we will resume the thread with the organization of a convention dedicated to Wikimedia projects in Occitan in January 2020. The objective will be to define with the community a program of development of content in Occitan on Wikimedia projects.

We take action so that everyone can participate in Wikimedia projects. We have opened the contribution to Overseas Territories and to deaf and hard of hearing people. We act in cities, known by the media for their great social difficulties, to train the inhabitants, to promote meetings and intercultural exchanges thanks to the Wikimedia projects. We take action to ensure that this contribution is valued and recognized by public stakeholders. We act to support the contribution throughout the French-speaking world through our participation in Wikifranca. And finally, we act with future citizens to give them keys of understanding and that they can become actors of the web of tomorrow.

  Useful links

  Support the production and the dissemination of free content

List of activities included[edit]


Wikimédia France is committed to the production and free distribution of quality and representative content of all human diversity on Wikimedia projects in particular by targeting the different gap of content:

For this, Wikimedia France has developed and supported, in the past years, various contributive actions to reduce these gaps but also to ensure the free sharing of quality cultural and educational content.

  • Improve linguistic diversity on Wikimedia projects

Firstly, in the area of linguistic diversity, the Lingua Libre tool, already mentioned in the case of its sign language extension, facilitated the production of 137,961 audio files made by 200 speakers in 63 different languages. These contents enrich the French Wiktionary but also Wikipedia, Wikidata and in several language versions. The production of audio content is a valuable resource for the Wikimedia movement and beyond. Lingua Libre workshops are flourishing from Cameroon to Quebec and we hope to continue this work in the coming years to bring greater linguistic diversity on the Internet and on Wikimedia projects, starting with the extraordinary linguistic wealth present on all the French territory (metropolitan and overseas).

  • Improve content related to under-represented geographic areas on Wikimedia projects

Regarding the overseas territories, Wikimedia France organized in 2018, the first edition of the contest "photograph the Overseas" in partnership with the Ministry of Overseas Territories and AFD. Beyond developing participation in these territories, already seen above, Wikimedia France also wants to increase the quality content related to these regions. The 2018 competition brought together 107 participants and 906 photographs were uploaded on the Wikimedia projects. This first edition has enabled us to build effective working relationships with the Ministry of Overseas with which we will continue to work in the coming years, first on the 2019 edition of the competition, but also on the development of contribution activities in the field and in all the languages of these territories. After a year of discovery, the year 2019-2020 should allow us to increase the content in the languages of the Overseas. We are banking on the emergence of a new Wikimedia project in a language of overseas territories in the next 3 years. We will continue this effort, particularly by setting up partnerships with local universities. With 76 contribution actions spread over 17 countries, the 2019 Francophone contribution month brought together nearly a thousand contributors around the world to improve the content on the encyclopedia. This international event is a long-term event and the association is proud to have supported the organization of contribution activities in Benin, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Haiti. Nearly 2500 pages were created or improved on Wikimedia projects during this period. In addition, the involvement of Wikimedia France in WikiFranca has facilitated the emergence of Wikimedia communities in several French-speaking countries working to improve and diversify the content of the encyclopedia.

Moreover, during the French Wikiconvention of Grenoble in October 2018, an extension of the scope of activity of the micro-grant committee of Wikimedia France has been decided in order to support Francophone volunteers more effectively. With 86 projects funded between July 2018 and June 2019 across the French-speaking world, nearly 7 projects per month, the micro-grant committee took on a new dimension this year. It has been reinforced by new members in early 2019 and is constantly working to improve these processes in particular on the reports provided by the grantees.

  • Disseminate quality cultural content

As in previous years, Wikimedia France has organized two new editions of the photographic competitions dedicated to heritage and biodiversity, Wiki Loves Monument and Wiki Loves Earth. These two editions have made it possible to collect 10.561 photos of historical monuments and quality regional natural parks which will illustrate the Wikipedia encyclopedia. The 2019 edition of Wiki loves Earth took another dimension thanks to active support from WWF and the inscription of the contest in the calendar of the Fête de la Nature. Professional photographers gave their support to the contest by participating in the jury like Alexandre Deschaumes and Laurent Baheux

Our work also focuses on cultural institutions with data and content of high cultural and scientific value. In 2018 and 2019, 10,000 files were freely shared by our partners on Wikimedia projects and 55 contribution workshops were organized in prestigious cultural institutions such as the Museum des Beaux-Arts in Lyon, Museum Saint-Raymond de Toulouse or the Quai Branly Museum in Paris. Moreover, as part of the Wikiconvention Francophone 2018, a global partnership was signed with the municipality of Grenoble for a release of all data and cultural content held by the city. Wikimedia France is also pursuing more direct support for contributors who wish to access quality content and disseminate it on Wikimedia projects as it was the case for the exhibition devoted to the Tutankhamun pharaoh which took place in Paris a large part of this year 2019.

  • Work to reduce the gender gap

Finally, Wikimedia France is fully committed to the contributors and contributors who act for the reduction of gender bias on Wikimedia projects. In collaboration with the association of Sans PagEs or the association "the second text", the association supported the organization of activity of formation and contribution on the whole territory. Inside the contributor's area, workshops brought together dozens of participants every month to digitize and promote works by others on Wikisource. Moreover, the association has resumed this year the hosting of a tool developed by a contributor and active member of the association, Envel Le Hir. This tool, Denelezh, allows measuring the "gender gap" on all Wikimedia projects.

Wikimedia France continues its activities to improve and diversify the content of Wikimedia projects. It is committed to the free sharing of knowledge by deconstructing existing enclosures. We had "focus our efforts on the knowledge and communities that have been left out by structures of power and privilege". We are working to de-Westernize Wikimedia projects by collecting oral knowledge and using the Francophonie as a collaborative area facilitating the exchange of experience in order to support the emergence of new active communities around the world. Through their actions, they will help to rebalance knowledge on Wikimedia projects. We are acting in France to empower women and fight against the gap of participation and content on Wikipedia in partnership with the Sans PagEs. This year, the association supported or participated in the improvement of nearly 220,000 pages of content on all Wikimedia projects.

  Useful links

  Act on the policies and practices of public institutions

List of activities included[edit]

  • Public conferences
  • Wikipedia en classe
  • Advocacy
  • Wikimedia Residence at the Ministry of National Education
  • Wikimedia Days "Culture and Digital"


In 2018-2019, the association carried out an important outreach program with the cultural and educational actors. We have focused our efforts on building professionals networks who share our values and wish to improve their skills and knowledge on Wikimedia projects.

During the Wikiconvention francophone 2018, which took place in Grenoble from 5 to 7 October 2018, a conference, intended for the general public, opened this third edition of the convention on the theme: "developing its critical spirit to detect fake news "with the participation of the Youtuber Hygiène Mental and the blogger Simply Correct. Hosted by the Museum of Natural History, with the support of the municipality of Grenoble, this conference has demonstrated the importance for the association to be involved in this hot topic, for promoting or defending the Wikipedia model in a society where the institutional word is strongly discredited.

  • Policies

The association, through its chairman, Pierre-Yves Beaudouin, was auditioned several times by public actors during the year on this theme (April 2, 2019 in the context of the bill against fake news by the Superior council of audio-visual, or by the Commission of the laws of the National Assembly for the bill against the hate speeches on the Internet on May 19, 2019 ...). This year was particularly marked by the numerous debates on the copyright directive adopted by the European Parliament on March 2019

  • Teachers and professionals of the Ministry of National Education

At the level of national education, several pedagogical projects based on Wikipedia were conducted in 73 schools and we will continue this work in the coming years, including by disseminating more widely the educational kit. Built by and for teachers, it aims to facilitate the exchange of experiences and find models of practical exercises to do with Wikipedia. As part of this collaboration with Wikimedia projects, the association organized a two-day residency at 110 bis, the Innovation Lab of the National Education. These days have brought together professors using Wikipedia as a teaching tool to facilitate the establishment of a professional network but also to perfect their training Wikimedia projects.

  • cultural professionals

The association has provided several training courses to Wikimedia projects with important cultural actors. These courses are provided by volunteers of the association as the Museum of Fine Arts in Nancy or by employees of the association as in the case of the Departmental Archives of Herault.The association promotes the use of free Creative Commons licenses, such as the CC-BY-SA license, and empowers cultural actors to interact with Wikimedia projects as part of their preservation, promotion, dissemination and valorization of the content they host. Over 2018-2019, nearly 300 professionals benefited from training on Wikimedia projects. The association also participates in professional forums such as the archivist's forum which took place in Saint-Etienne from April 3rd to 5th, 2019 during which, training courses and presentations of Wikimedia projects could be realized. It also forges links with other associations such as the ADBGV (Association of libraries directors of cities of France)

In this context, Wikimedia France organized in the month of May 23 to 25 at the National Archives and in partnership with CLIC France, The Wikimedia Days "Culture and Digital". These two days have brought together a hundred cultural professionals for moments of exchange and training. It was also a time for all those actors who advocate for the free sharing of knowledge to come together to bring a common message to public decision-makers. We will continue this work in the months to come, in close collaboration with our partners, with the aim that the human knowledge accumulated for centuries and preserve can circulate freely throughout the world and thanks to the Wikimedia projects. These discussions and exchanges led to the decision of Paris Musées to open all of these collections (nearly 100,000 reproductions of works) under free licenses and even CC-0.

  • Researchers and scientists

Transforming practices also means supporting university research, especially that targeting Wikimedia projects, because it is often at the origin of future directions decided by public administrations. That is why the association took part in the study day organized by the National Center of Arts and crafts by Lionel Barbe, lecturer in information sciences and communication at the University Paris Nanterre, 18 June 2019 and entitled "Wikipédia and wikis, objects of mediation and transmission of knowledge" and whose acts will be published soon.

Wikimedia France act to transform institutional practices. We bring together and federate all the cultural, educational and scientific actors who share our values while training and accompanying those who wish to join us. We gather beyond Wikimedia projects, all actors who act for the free sharing of knowledge. In this, we fit perfectly in the strategic direction of the Wikimedia movement by "becoming the essential infrastructure of the ecosystem of free knowledge, and anyone who shares our vision will be able to join us". We represent the movement and defend its model with public actors in France and at the European level by working closely with the FKAGEU.

  Useful links

  Major lessons learned

  • WikiMOOC and the bus factor
  • Ma Commune Wikipedia : The poorly defined project
  • Elix/Wikipedia project: Back on the partnership with Signes de Sens
  • Outstanding fundraising campaign with Qwant.
Partenariat Qwant-WMFr

In January 2019, Qwant, the European search engine, offered us collaboration and financial support for our projects. We had already been able to collaborate with Qwant last year, especially for adding a link to WikiMOOC videos, under all the search results displayed by the search engine. Drawing on their expertise and the common values ​​that we shared, we have agreed to conduct a dedicated fundraising campaign with them. Originally, we were going on a smaller project but we have been convinced by their enthusiasm and decided to launch a campaign to fund the Wikimedian program in a residence that is struggling to hatch in France. Our contact at Qwant had promised one month of campaign posting on the search engine homepage and the organization of a press conference based on their press contact base. Unfortunately, it turned out that our contact had made promises that he could not keep. The campaign was only displayed 7 days out of 30 and the press conference relied only on our contacts and not those of the company. In the end, out of the 50.000€ announced, we only collected 7.500 €. Because it is dedicated funds, we can not reallocate them to other projects. We will soon have to make a decision: return the money to the donors, or find a way to honour the Wikimedian in residence program through our partners.

Revenues received during this period (6 month for progress report, 12 months for impact report)[edit]

Please use the exchange rate in your APG proposal.

Revenues received during this six-month period[edit]

Revenue source Currency Anticipated Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Cumulative Anticipated ($US)* Cumulative ($US)* Explanation of variances from plan
Various recipes Euro 0 736.67 € 250€ 986.67 € 0 1,075.42 N/A
Project Grants Euro 90 000€ 23 500€ 23 500€ 16 000€ 63 000€ 103,500 69,815.36 N/A
WMF Grant Euro 450 000€ 225 000€ 112 500€ 12 500€ 350 000€ 517,500 387,863.10 N/A
Financial Mécenat Euro 0 7 990€ 7 990€ 15 980€ 0 17,415.60 N/A
Memberships Euro 9 100€ 9 104€ 1 647.01€ 934,99€ 11 686,00€ 9,917 12,949.39 N/A
Donations Euro 465 000€ 50 000€ 314 111.10€ 68 790.52€ 9 913,38€ 442 815 € 506,769 490,688.33 N/A
Other products Euro 15 095€ 11.15€ 171.95€ 2 603,91€ 2 787.01 € 16,450 3,088.37 N/A
Resumption of outstanding commitments Euro 24 600€ 24 600€ 24 600€ 26,804.36 28,804.36 N/A
Load transfers Euro 0 8 883.98€ 7 998.34€ 16 882.32€ 0 18,396.35 N/A

Spending during this period (6 month for progress report, 12 months for impact report)[edit]

Please use the exchange rate in your APG proposal.

Expense Currency Budgeted Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Cumulative Budgeted ($US)* Cumulative ($US)* Percentage spent to date Explanation of variances from plan
AXE 1 - Partnerships and content development Euro 202 667,00 €  29 138.40€ 29 138.39€ 42 050.46€ 26 429,05€ 126 756.30€ 220,799 140,517.14 62,54% N/A
AXE 2 - Community animation Euro 261 167,00 € 65 034.81 € 65 034.81€ 53 750.04€ 55 091€ 238 910,66€  284,533 264,836.40 91,48% N/A
AXE 3 - education and formation Euro 167 667,00 €  44 589.36€ 44 589.37€ 30 048.06€ 22 429,05€ 141 655,84€  182,605 157,022.83 84,49% N/A
AXE 4 - Fundraising Euro 74 000,00 € 12 511.82€ 12 511.81€ 14 329.21€ 11 081,69€ 50 434,53€  80,587 55,905.73 68,15% N/A
AXE 5 - Overhead Euro 348 294,00 €  53 376.24€ 53 376.24€ 129 587.61€ 58 978,58€ 295 318,67 € 379,297 327,349.89 92,43% N/A
TOTAL Euro 1 053 795,00 €  204 650.62€ 204 650.63€ 269 765.38€ 174 009,37€ 853 076,00 € 1,147,669 945,603.40 80,95% N/A

* With the various changes undertaken during the financial year, the statement of expenditure could only take place from January for the whole semester. So we know how much was spent on axis 1 on December 31, but not on September 30. This is why you will find on Q1 and Q2 the same amount. From Q3 we resume the usual calculation.


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