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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.

Global metrics overview - all programs[edit]

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

  1. Next to each required metric, list the outcome achieved for all of your programs included in your proposal.
  2. Where necessary, explain the context behind your outcome.
  3. 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

For more information and a sample, see Global Metrics.


Grantee-defined metrics are:
  • 4: Diversity: Number of new or improved articles on women's biographies on Wikipedia Bokmål, Nynorsk or Northern Sámi and number of Sámi-related items added to Wikidata
  • 5: Community hours: Hours community members spend on organizing activities or helping staff organize activities (not included are hours spend adding content)
Metric Achieved outcome Explanation
1. number of total participants 2,170
  • Program Supporting communities: 700
  • Program Content pages: 180
  • Program Building diverse communities: 1120
  • Program Raising awareness of free, trusted knowledge: 170
2. number of newly registered users 200 The number reflects an education partnership that ended and our focus on diversity in all programs.
  • Program Supporting communities: 50
  • Program Content pages: 65
  • Program Building diverse communities: 65
  • Program Raising awareness of free, trusted knowledge: 20
3. number of content pages created or improved, across all Wikimedia projects 25,200
  • Program Supporting communities: 15,300
  • Program Content pages: 8,600
  • Program Building diverse communities: 800
  • Program Raising awareness of free, trusted knowledge: 500
4. Diversity 15,030
  • Program Supporting communities: 1,000
  • Program Content pages: 12,200
  • Program Building diverse communities: 1,800
  • Program Raising awareness of free, trusted knowledge: 30
5. Community hours 1,595
  • Program Supporting communities: 500
  • Program Content pages: 345
  • Program Building diverse communities: 120
  • Program Raising awareness of free, trusted knowledge: 130

Projected outcome from proposal 2017–2018:

  1. Number of total participants: 1,350
  2. Number of newly registered users: 310
  3. Number of content pages created or improved, across all Wikimedia projects: 21,250
  4. Diversity: 10,930
  5. Community hours: projected outcome: 1,000

Telling your program stories - all programs[edit]

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.

Impact of Wikimedia Norge’s work funding period 2018–2019

Strategy and impact

Wikimedia Norge began to align our strategy with the Wikimedia Strategic direction in 2018 by increasing our focus on diversity, especially gender and language diversity. Norway is a country where gender issues and the rights of indigenous people are supported on a government level and by different structures in society such as national institutions, organizations and by a large part of the public press. This provides Wikimedia Norge great opportunities to align our work to the international strategic direction and focus on knowledge and communities that have been left out by structures of power and privilege. Being involved in the Diversity Working Group for the Wikimedia 2030 strategy we have learned a lot about the conditions for diversity and representation work for other parts of the Wikimedia movement. Wikimedia Norge, both board and staff members, would like to explore any possibility for how we can share our learnings on this our take on a responsibility for this work for the wider movement.

Our emphasis on gender diversity is reflected in both our organization’s culture and our evaluation plans. The emphasis on gender diversity extends from the board leadership level, through to program design, implementation and partnerships. For the next year we have cut from 4 to 3 programs, because it does not make sense to have a separate Program 3: Building diverse communities, as long as diversity is integrated in all our programs.

Wikimedia Norge considers language an important aspect of content diversity, as our Sámi project shows. Being recognized as a civil society partner in the Year of Indigenous languages led by UNESCO has been very important for our work the last 6 months. The work on our Sámi project gives us more recognition as a partner in civil society within Norway, but also opportunities to secure external funding through partnerships in this area.

Wikimedia Norge has worked on 4 programs this last year:

  • Program Supporting communities
  • Program Closing content gaps
  • Program Building diverse communities
  • Program Raising awareness of free, trusted knowledge

We are above target on all Global metrics except 2. number of newly registered users. The reason we did not reach target on #2 is that an education partnership ended. We have increased external funding to 29 % of our total revenues. Due to external funding we can scale some of our programs.

External funding and scaling programs

Just in September 2019 Wikimedia Norge was awarded 200,000 NOK from the Sámi parliament in Norway. This is a very important milestone for Wikimedia Norge, both in terms of funding but also as a recognition of our work. We would like to flag the need for improving our fundraising capacities further for the 2020-2021 funding period so we can build on the results from this year. Most likely there are more funding options available for Wikimedia Norge, but it will require resources to explore them.

We have monetized our in-kind donations as part of our budget planning and grant request for 2019–2020. This is a key measure of the contributions our partners are making to Wikimedia. In-kind donations are budgeted at 380,000 NOK for the next funding year.

In total 480 000 NOK was awarded in external funding this year, not included in-kind donations. In last year’s Impact Report, we wrote that Wikimedia Norge is aiming at having 30 % of our total budget from external funding, a goal we have almost reached now. 29 % of our total revenues 2018-2019 is external funding. Last year 19 % of our total revenues was external funding, the year before 13 % was external funding.

The Wikimedia Norge staff changed 1 April 2019 from having a 30 % FTE as education manager to a 30 % FTE as diversity manager. Founded by the Sámi parliament our Sámi educational program for universities are starting 1 October 2019 with Sabine Rønsen, former intern from Oslo Met – Oslo Metropolitan University, as project manager. Wikimedia Norge has over the 2 last years worked on establishing pipelines of candidates for both, staff and board positions in Wikimedia Norge. Diversifying does not happen overnight, but we know see the results of several years of work in investing in possible candidates for different organizational roles.

For more detailed infomation about our work these links are useful:

Program Supporting communities

This program will strength and support the work done by and the collaborations between a diversity of communities, partner organizations and Wikimedia Norge


Wikimania 2019
Wikimania this year was special, because it happened in our own back yard. Wikimedia Norge contributed to the program in several ways – Jon Harald Søby was the initiator of and one of the "space leaders" for the language space, soliciting and curating submissions for that space (track) before Wikimania started, and helping moderate the space and taking notes from the sessions during Wikimania. The first spotlight session, from Liv Inger Somby, was invited to Wikimania by Wikimedia Norge to talk about the importance of indigenous languages with a Sámi perspective. In addition, Kimberli Mäkäräinen from Wikimedia Finland held two sessions on Sámi issues, one with Astrid Carlsen. In addition to this, staff and volunteers from WMNO held three more sessions during Wikimania.

Midjiide, sápmelaččaide, leat digitála vuogádagat nu go Wikipedia hui dehálaččat. Mu niehku livččii ahte sámi mánát gulahallet daid iešguđet sámegielaiguin riikkarájiid rastá. Wikipedia vuogádagaid oktasaš ealáskahttin doaimmat livčče buorit reaiddut dán ulbmila joksat.
For us, the Sámi people, digital platforms like Wikipedia are very important. My dream is that Sámi children across national borders communicate in Sámi languages, and common revitalization projects on the Wikimedia platforms are a great tool to reach that goal.

— Liv Inger Somby, Sámi educator, writer, and journalist, blog post wikimediafoundation.org, 29 July 2019.

Online editing contests
At end of last year, the community on the Norwegian Wikipedias decided to turn the weekly contests into monthly contests, starting January 2019. This was mainly due to the administrative overhead involved in setting up a new contest every week. While it's too early to draw conclusions, it seems like the monthly contests get more participants, and it's easier to prepare resources for the organizers when they have more time. During this year Wikimedia Norge has been granted organization of three of the contests – one for cultural heritage in connection with Wiki Loves Monuments in September, one for Sámi topics in October and one for the Women in Red project in November. We are supplying extra prizes for these contests, and will consider doing so for other contests as well if requested.

In February we organized an international contest about Uralic peoples. More about that can be read under the heading "Closing content gaps". We are organizing Wiki Loves Monuments again this year, the ninth year in a row. This year we are including a special Sámi category in the contest, to try to get more pictures of Sámi monuments.

Leassons learned[edit]
  • Wikimedia strategy 2030: Working with the international strategy and having one member in in the Diversity Working Group, we have seen this last year the gap between the discussions on strategy on an international level and the interest on a national level. For many Norwegian community members, it’s not interesting to get involved on an international level. They are engaged in their online activities and projects and this is where they want to have their focus. To bridge this gap Wikimedia Norge, both staff members and board members, tries to communicate very clearly to our community members our strategic focus on language and gender diversity. Using a diversity lens in all our programs is mostly accepted by community members and this a strength Wikimedia Norge has compared to many others Wikimedia affiliates.
  • Travels: The first half of this funding year, July–December 2018, Wikimedia Norge staff members spent approximately 1/3 of our working days travelling. This was too much, and the possible risks are that we don’t have the time to follow up community members and activities and partnerships, community members and partners would often find an empty office if they stopped by and burn out among staff members. From January–July we cut down on travels and also invited more community members to take part at international conferences instead of only staff and board members. The summer months are still a challenge for us. The Wikimedia Norge board is currently working on environmental guidelines for our organisation which also will have consequences for how we plan our travels in the future.

The different kind of community support we give have been the same over the past 2 years. This is support we will continue to offer over the next years as well. The Commons photographers have by now covered so many concerts and festivals that they often can apply for press accreditation themselfs, only CC-ing Wikimedia Norge in the emails. Volounteers running the weekly editing contests decided to switch to monthly editing contest. During the Biographies contest in March the volounteers who set up the contest added red link-lists of women biographies and several biographies were improved or written on the Northern Sámi Wikipedia during the contest. This is a sign that Wikimedia Norge's work on diversity has ownerships among volounteers also.

Wikimedia Norge staff organized the general assembly, a wikgap event, a wiki meetup and a guided tour at a museum for volounteers (focus on the international women's day) in the city of Tromsø in northern part of Norway in 4 hectic days in March, 2019. The monthly editing contest in March was about biographies with red link lists from our Women in Red projcet. This as an example of how we try to connect events, contests, staff travels and partnerships around a thematic area to have impact. Moving our office to Tromsø for 5 days was a good oppourtunity to connect with volunteers and develop connections to GLAM and educational institutions in this region.

In general the numbers in the table belove shows a slightly drop in our activities. The explanation for this drop is that our targets are now more aligned to focus on diversity. This again is a result of how we have align the Wikimedia Norge strategy with the Wikimedia Strategic direction. Focusing on one thematic area gives Wikimedia Norge more impact even with somewhat less, but better planned out, activities.

Target Last year (if applicable) Progress (at end of Q2) Progress (end of year) Comments
Award 12 wiki scholarships and travel grants 15 6 14 Project page for wikigrants
Award access (done twice a year) to online resources through the Wikipedia Library 12 5 10 Projcet page for Wikipedia Library
Apply for 10 press accreditations for volunteers 14 12 20 Accreditation applied for by WMNO or by Commons photogtaphers for taking pictures at concerts and music festivals
Share 10 stories on our blog about community initiatives, 5 of them in English 13 (6 in English) 7 (one in Northern Sámi and one in English) 18 (3 in Northern Sámi and 4 in English) Wikimedia Norge blog
Do a social media campaign to get a 20 % increase in WMNO memberships New 9,3 % increase Was planned for January–July 2019. The campaign used the same design as the Wikimedia Sverige campaign, showing different faces of people involved in the Wikimedia projects or Wikimedia Norge's work + quotes. Example from Instagram.. The repons on the 3 first post was low, so we ended the campaign in March. Tracking of memberships can be seen on this page
Help community members organize 3 wiki meetups for volunteers and 2 editing trainings for newbies 8 3 5 Project page for wiki meetups
Organise 2 technical wiki meetups 3 1 2 Project page for wiki meetups
Provide streaming of 2 events 2 1 3 We streamed the Researchers' Days in September 2018, our general assembly in March 2019 and a wiki meetup May 2019
Send out newsletters 4 times a year 4 2 4 Newsletters
On a daily basis give support per email and phone, be the connector between volunteers and partners Done Done Done Emails, phone calls to WMNO staff continue to increase
Organize or co-organize 6 online editing contests 5 3 4 Project page for weekly online editing contests. The weekly online editing contests are since February 2019 monthly editing contests
Award 5 prizes in contests sponsored by WMNO or partners 7 2 4 Project page for monthly online editing contests
Share swag and info material at events and with volunteers New Done Done Postcards and stickers made for Sámi project and Women in Red project
Get 3 partners as coorganizers for online editing contests 3 1 1 Project page for monthly online editing contests
Get 5 venues to use for events as in-kind donations 11 3 6 Venues were provided for free for the Researchers' Days at Kulturhuset in Oslo, #wikinobel at The Nobel Peace Center and Wikidata workshop at The Sámi House of Oslo, IYIL meeting at The Sámi House of Oslo, Hålogaland theater for Wikigap event, venue in Oslo for Oslo Freedom Forum.

Program Closing content gaps

This program will add high quality content to close content gaps on the Wikimedia projects by partnerships between Wikimedia Norge, volunteers and major Norwegian institutions


Sámi knowledge
2019 is the UNESCO International Year of Indigenous Languages, and Wikimedia Norge has been recognized as a Civil Society Partner by UNESCO, which has been a boost for our Sámi knowledge project. We have participated in several events during the year: In February we went to a Sámi language conference in Tromsø, in July we went to the Riddu Riđđu and Márkomeannu Sámi festivals, and we attended Celtic Knot where we held a session about the situation for Sámi languages – as well as the previously mentioned Sámi sessions during Wikimania. We have partnered with Wikitongues to create videos of people speaking Northern Sámi, a collaboration we will build upon later in the year with recordings of more Sámi languages.

In January we organized a meeting at the Sámi House in Oslo between representatives from many of our partner institutions in Norway to chart what Sámi-related material they have that might be suitable for Wikimedia projects.

We have reached a point where we are seeing that a lot of the "preparatory" work we have done is paying off – more and more institutions, both in Sápmi and elsewhere, are aware of what we are doing, and are willing to partner with us.

The National Library
The National Library of Norway continues to be an important partner for us. As covered in our previous report, we had a project focused on female authors whose works had fallen in the public domain in the last decade. One part of this was marking these works as public domain in the National Library's databases, making them freely available for everyone. The intricacies of copyright law mean that this has to be a manual task. In due process, many of the works were uploaded to Wikidata, Wikimedia Commons and Wikisource, and articles were written about the authors on Wikipedia. More information about the project can be found here.

Additionally, in the spring we assisted the Språkbanken (Language Bank) section of the National Library with extracting plain text versions of all Wikipedia articles in Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk and Northern Sámi, which can then be used for corpus analysis and other language-technological uses. The results have been uploaded to Språkbanken. There are also plans to supply Språkbanken with plaintext versions of talk pages and forums (like the Village Pump), which constitute a different type of text in that the writing is more communicative in style than encyclopedia articles are.

«The National Library's Language Bank contributes to developing language technology services for Norwegian. Wikimedia has data which is linguistically and thematically diverse. By sharing data with the Language Bank, Wikimedia contributes to the realization of important language policy goals in Norway.»

— Jon Arild Olsen, senior advisor, Språkbanken at the National Library of Norway

Women in Red
Project page with progress report and action plan for the Women in Red project can be seen here. The project position at the National Library was finished on 31 March 2019, and we are continuing our collaboration with The National Library in other interesting ways. After the bachelor’s degree elective subject at Oslo Met – Oslo Metropolitan University related to our Women in Red project was evaluated by the university, it was decided to continue the collaboration in the fall of 2019. This time also archivist students will take part. The cooperation with OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University and the National Library regarding the Women in Red started up again with 9 students 26 August 2019. Staff from Wikimedia Norge, The National Library, and also volunteers will guide the students. They will focus on biographies of women from the women's rights movement (with help from the The Norwegian Association for Women’s Rights), Sámi women and authors of children and youth books. These categories ties in nicely with the rest of our work. Writing about Sámi women was suggested by one of the students and shows how this topic is central in the public debate in Norway.

At Oslo Metropolitan University we are proud and pleased to be working with Wikimedia Norway on a collaboration in relation to the Women in Red-campaign. Our students in library and information science, as well as students in archivistics, have for the last two years been offered the chance to do project work with Wikimedia as part of their bachelor’s education. The project has been very well received by students and staff, and we hope to continue collaborations with Wikimedia Norway on this and other ventures in the future.

— Terje Colbjørnsen, Associate Professor at OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University.
Leassons learned[edit]
  • Uralic online editing contest: Our first activity to mark the International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019 was to organize an international editing contest for Uralic Languages. A lot of work went into setting up articles lists in different languages. There were not many participants because we didn’t have time to promote the contest, and our target group (primarily indigenous Uralic language communities) was probably too narrow. We see that for the most part it will be active editors who sign up for online editing contests. In the future we will plan for more information work to get people to take part. In October we are organizing a month-long online editing contest about Sámi subjects and many of the article lists from the Uralic contest will come to use in this contest also.
  • Translations to Sámi: The work on our Sámi knowledge online project requires many off wiki translations. Mostly to Northern Sámi language, but sometimes also to Skolt Sámi and Lule Sámi. It’s translations of event texts, text for contest pages, text for the wikimedia.no site, blog posts, merch and info material. We have underbudgeted the costs for translations. Working in partnerships with UNESCO on The Year of Indigenous Languages have thought us the importance of making sure indigenous languages are digitally included and visible online. We will need to increase the budget for translations next funding year.

The impact in this program comes from community activities and partnerships with Glam institutions that Wikimedia Norge has been involved in now over 4 years. The shift to a diversity focus has helped us deepening the partnerships and also approach new ones for our Sami project. We have reduced the number of partnerships we engage in to increase our possible impact (doing more activities with fewer partners) and we also try to be a “matchmaker” between our partners. For example, the Bodil Biørn letters was digitalized by The National Library, even though they are part of The National Archive’s collection. We have drastically scaled down editathons, because the editor retention was low. This is reflected in the Global metric: Newly registered. The key program for newly registered is education programs. We are exciting to start a Sámi educational project for universities.

Target Last year (if applicable) Progress (at end of Q2) Progress (end of year) Comments
Apply for press accreditations 8 x for volunteers 14 12 20
Organise 2 photo contests: Wiki Loves Monuments and Wiki Loves Earth 1 1 1 Wiki Loves Monuements 2018 contest page. We decided not to organize Wiki Loves Earth beacuse the participation in 2018 was low.
Organise an online editing contest on Wiki Loves Monuments 1 1 1 Contest page for 2018. In 2019 the contest will run for 4 weeks
Teach two new volunteers to operate the WMNO drone New Our old drone was lent to Open Foundation West Africa in October 2018. The insurance for the drone does no longer cover the possible damages we would like it to cover, so we have ended our drone project.
Continue our collaboration with Wikimedia Armenia on adding content Ongoing Ongoing Ongoing Project page for the Bodil Biørn-project. Second phase of the project in Norway started in February 2019.
Do a month-long international Sámi online editing in February 2019 New 1 2 Contest page. We did a week long contest in August 2018. The February 2019 contest was part of our The International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019 activities.
Continue 3 established Glam partnerships and establish 1 new with a Sámi Glam institution 5 5 6
Encourage and help with mass uploads with a focus on Sámi cultural heritage New Started Ongoing As part of The International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019 mass uploads from two cultural heritage institutions are done. More will happen in 2020.
Organize 3 online writing contests with topics relevant for Glam institutions 5 1 2 Starting February 2019 the weekly editing contest was changed to a monthly editing contest.
Give Wikipedia lecturers at 4 higher education institutions, including one Sámi higher education institution 5 2 3 One education program ended in 2019. Funding for the education program for Sámi higher education institution was approved in September 2019 and can start im 2020.
Welcome two interns from a higher education institutions to our office in January and May 2 1 2 The January intern did interviews with different national and international stakeholders in the Women in Red-project. The May intern worked on the Women in Red project.
Establish a joint multi year program for university interns together with a higher education institution and a Glam partner New Started September 2018 and ended December 2018 Will continue in September 2019 This is a collaboration between WMNO, The National Library and the univeristy OsloMet.
Organize #faktajakt/#1lib1ref - - - #faktajakt/#1lib1ref is dependig on the intern we get each January and hers or his interests. The January intern preferred to work on the Women in Red project.
Announce all higher education Wikipedia lectures on the village pump so active editors can help out online Done Done Done
Train two volunteer leaders to have skills to do Wikipedia editing lecturers at higher education institutions New 1 With change in WMNO staff work in spring 2019m we will continue working on this in 2019–2020.

Program Building diverse communities

This program will rise awareness of whose knowledge is shared on the Wikimedia projects and welcome new voices to contribute.


Várdobáiki: Place names
During the Márkomeannu festival in July, we met with employees of the Várdobáiki Sámi Language Center, which is located at the same place as the festival. We initiated an on-wiki project in collaboration with them, about documenting Sámi place names on-wiki in connection with Hålogalandsvegen, a new 159-km road being built in the Hålogaland area. Várdobáiki already has an ongoing project of mapping Sámi place names near the road, and this project aims to bring their work into the Wikimedia projects.

Our collaboration with Wikimedia Norga is very valuable and important for us in making Sámi place names used and available online.

— Ann-Mari Thomassen, Director, Várdobáiki Language Center/ Várdobáiki giellaguovddáš jođiheaddji

On 7 March 2019, as a vorspiel to The International Women's Day, we held a WikiGap event in the city of Tromsø, in cooperation with the Swedish Embassy, Hålogaland Theatre and CatCollective, about the gender gap in the cultural sector and on Wikipedia. One of the presenters was Project Manager Anna Jungner-Nordgren, from The Nordic Councilwho spoke about #metoo in the cultural sector in the Nordic countries and The Nordic Council's ongoing work on this subject.Our partners from the theatre and embassy were interviewed on national radio the morning of the event and the venue was packed. Once again, we see the benefits of working closely with partners in doing events.

Bodil Biørn project
page with progress and action plan can be read here. The digitizing part of the project (digitizing letters by Bodil Biørn) has been agreed upon with the National Archive. The work with uploading the letters to Wikimedia Commons/Wikisource and then translated into English will happen during June–August 2019. Wikimedia Armenia has made a photo book with Biørn's pictures. In November 2019 we will hold an event at the National Archive with an employee from Wikimedia Armenia taking part as our guest.

Wikimedia affiliates, as in the case of Wikimedia Norge and Wikimedia Armenia, can be a bridge between GLAM organizations separated by geography. (...) The success of this collaborative project has allowed Wikimedia Norway and Armenia to expand its scope to include Biørn’s letters written during this time period. From a historical perspective, the opening up of her letters to interested readers and researchers is extremely valuable as a contrast to the male-dominated sources, both primary and secondary, available from and about this region and time period.

— David Saroyan and Aleksander Grønnestad, blog post wikimediafoundation.org, 16 September 2019
Leassons learned[edit]
  • Diversity and representation: Our work with this program has taught us that working on rising awareness of whose knowledge is shared on the Wikimedia projects and welcome new voices to contribute needs to be a long-term commitment. We have to challenge our own way of thinking, our privileges and power structures in the Norwegian society we are not always aware about. Our network of external partners are very valuable discussions partners in this work. Having a diversity lens on all our programs means that we always have to question and challenge how we frame our work, but also that we use the power we have as an affiliate in a good way. For example, by making sure that a blog post like this one on wikimediafoundation.org website is published both in English and Northern Sámi.

Next funding period this program will not be a separate one, as the focus of the program: rise awareness of whose knowledge is shared on the Wikimedia projects and welcome new voices to contribute, is part of all our programs.

Some of the activities and partners in this program is relatively new for Wikimedia Norge, like Wikigap and Art&Feminism. We have had great response and many participants at these events on gender gap issues and we will continue doing them the next funding period. The Sámi activities in this program have e now been awarded funding (in September 2019) and they will start up in October 2019 and be part of our Content Gap program in the next funding period 2019–2020. Our experience from Glam and educational partnerships are essential for establishing these partnerships with Sámi Glam and educational institutions.

Target Last year (if applicable) Progress (at end of Q2) Progress (end of year) Comments
Host or co-host two events with partner institutions about the lack of diversity and underrepresented groups on the Wikimedia projects 3 2 4 Researcher Days in September 2018 and wikigap + wikinobel in November 2019, Art&Feminism workshop January 2019, wikigap in March 2019.
Organise an online editing contests 8 March online editing contests 8 March 2018 online editing contest March 2019 The monthly online editing contest was about biographies and Women in Red-redlists were part of the resources available.
Do a 2019 #wikigap event with The Swedish embassy in Oslo March 2018 November 2018 March 2019 November 2018 #wikigap event was in Oslo organized together with The Swedish Embassy and The Nobel Peace Center. March 2019 #wikigap event was in the city of Tromsø, organized by WMNO and The Swedish Embassy with Cat Collective and Hålogaland Theater as partners with a focus on women in performing arts.
Host an Art+Feminism workshop together with partner institution In March 2118 at Norwegian Society of Composers March 2019 in the Public Library in the city of Bergen WMNO provided a training session and training materials
Visit two Sámi festivals in July New Márkomeannu festival and Riddu Riđđu festival 2018 WMNO took part at Márkomeannu festival and Riddu Riđđu festival 2019 WMNO took part at Márkomeannu and Riddu Riđđu in July 2019, national funding was approved for these travels
Do a full day Wikipedia workshop at The Sámi University in September 2018 in the city of Karasjok New Funding for this activity was approved September 2019 and will take place next year (2019–2020)
Continue our collaboration and with The Sámi House in Oslo Started in 2018 Ongoing Ongoing
4 meetings with state institutions handling Sámi politics and the upcoming state Truth commission on the Norwegianization policy New 1 4 Becuase of our UNESCO Civil Society Partnership we changed the angle from Sámi politics and Truth commission on the Norwegianization policy to the Year of Indigenous Languages 2019.
Organize a month long international Sámi online editing contest New Took place in February 2019 Contest page
Do an editathon at The Sámi University in the city of Karasjok New This activity depends on national funding. Funding was approved in September 2019 and the activity will happen next year (2019–2020)
Upload Sámi place names to Wikidata New This activity depends on national funding, applied for in September 2019

Program Raising awareness of free, trusted knowledge

This program will raise the awareness of free, trusted knowledge on the Wikimedia projects and beyond by partnering with others in the knowledge ecosystem


Oslo Freedom Forum 2019
Volunteers from Finland and Iran, our intern from Oslo Met – Alexander Stave Grønnestad and staff members participated at the conference in the end of May 2019. The backdrop for out booth was designed by the Oslo Freedom Forum and the text was inspired by The Year of Indigenous languages. This page on Meta was set up to track the coverage of speakers in Wikipedia.

Girl Geek Dinners event with the Minister of Research and Higher Education
12 June 2019 Wikimedia Norge was invited to speak at Girl Geek Dinners Oslo's event, titled: How to overcome gender biased data and technology. The event was held at Google's office in Oslo, with 70 participants. Staff member Åsa Paaske Gulbrandsen was one of five invited speakers and held a 20-minute talk about gender imbalance in Wikipedia and how we can work to change it. Minister of Research and Higher Education, Iselin Nybø, was present and talked about the challenges of underrepresentation of women in computing and technology.

By editing Wikipedia I can help making women in art, culture, businiess and academia visible.

— Vigdis Lian, initiator of a Wikipedia editing workshop in February 2019 for The Norwegian Association for Women’s Rights.
Leassons learned[edit]
  • Communication: Wikimedia Norge has since April 2017 had a communication plan. We worked out this plan for three reasons: Community members gave us feedback that they didn’t know what programs we were working on or how to get involved, the staff members felt they spend a lot of time on communication work but were not sure if the time was spend on the right activities, and Wikimedia Norway needed some guidelines for communication. Since many of us have two or more roles in the organization we needed to establish guidelines for the different roles we have. For example, doing a media interview as a staff or board member is something else then doing an. Interview as an active editor on Wikipedia. The communication plan has helped us a lot in this work, but we are still looking for ways of doing this work with more volunteers involved, for example as writers of blog posts, taking photos at Wikimedia Norge events etc.

We see the results of how Wikimedia Norge has worked in communication this program by the response we get in social media and how our Facebook events creates interest and a good turnout at events. This program leverages high profile partnerships Wikimedia Norge have with different organizations and annual conferences to spread access and awareness around free knowledge, and the relationship between free knowledge and civil society. This program has its impact in contributing to idea of building the infrastructure of the ecosystem of free knowledge.

Target Last year (if applicable) Progress (at end of Q2) Progress (end of year) Comments
Regularly update social media channels with stories from community members and our national and international work Started reports in September 2017 Quarterly communication reports that reflects our work The communication reports are based on our communication plan and gives an overview of our communications work from July 2018 till August 2019.
Have photo documentation from events to use in social media Done on a regular basis Done on a regular basis Category on Commons
Get national press coverage x 2 12 4 8 See quarterly reporst on communication work (in Norwegian)
Send out 4 newsletters during the year to all WMNO members and regularly update social media 4 2 4 See quarterly reporst on communication work (in Norwegian)
Participate at 4 national and 4 international conferences New 5 8 WikiNem in Stockholm October, GLAMwiki in Tel Aviv November, 15th Image and Research International Conference in Girona November, IIIF Conference at The National Library Oslo December, Sámi Language Conference, Wikimedia Summit, Celtic Knot Conference. See our annual plan 2018–2019
Increase memberships in WMNO with 20 % during the next funding year New 9,3 % increase The campaign was designed as the Wikimedia Sverige campaing, showing different faces of people involved in the Wikimedia projects or Wikimedia Norge work + quotes. Example from Instagram. The repsonse was quite low, so we ended the campaign in April 2019.
Work in partnerships with two annual national events on science, open knowledge and open access 3 1 2 We take part at Oslo Freedom Forum 2019 and The Researcher Days 2018, organized by The Reasearch Council in Norway
During these events use social media actively to advocate for knowledge equity and questions on open access News article written by WMNO staff Done Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
Use the annual event #wikinobel, a collaboration between WMNO and the Nobel Peace Center, to advocate (press coverage, social media) for the importance of free knowledge and freedom of speech Done Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
Support the Free Knowledge Advocacy Group EU Supported in June 2018 New support approved by the board in January 2019 and transferred in June 2019 Free Knowledge Advocacy Group EU

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. Exchange rate: 0.127 USD

Table 2 Please report all spending in the currency of your grant unless US$ is requested.

  • 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
Membership fees and privat donations NOK 80,000 954 4,750 17,100 350 23,154 10,160 2,941
National funding NOK 70,000 0 100,000 9,950 0 109,950 8,890 13,964
National project funding NOK 80,000 25,000 104,745 25,000 221,416 376,161 10,160 47,772
Glam partner, matching funds for Women in Red-project NOK 70,000 0 70,000 0 0 70,000 8,890 8,890 Matching fund from The National Library
Inkind donations NOK 50,000 30,000 5,000 80,000 120,000 235,000 6,350 29,845 Venues and food at events, conference admissions etc. Inkind donations were underbudgeted
APG from Wikimedia Foundation NOK 1,970,000 492,500 492,500 492,500 492,500 1,970,000 250,190 250,190
Total revenues NOK 2,320,000 548,453 776,995 624,550 834,266 2,784,264 294,640 353,602 Increase in revenues beacuse of national project funding approved and higher inkind donations

* Provide estimates in US Dollars

  • 29 % of our total budget is external funding. Last year 19 % of our total budget was external funding, the year before 13 % was external funding. In last years Impact Report we wrote that Wikimedia Norge is aiming at 30 % of total budget being external funding, a goal we have almost reached.

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

Please use the exchange rate in your APG proposal. Exchange rate: 0.127 USD

Table 3 Please report all spending in the currency of your grant unless US$ is requested.

(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
Payroll expenses NOK 1,451,137 343,304 394,590 467,552 275,070 1,480,516 184,294 188,026 102 %
Rental cost NOK 131,000 33,776 15,803 39,439 40,988 130,006 16,637 16,511 99 %
Leasing machinery etc. NOK 10,000 0 3,160 3,438 5,028 11,626 1,270 1,477 116 %
Tools, furniture, movables etc. NOK 15,000 179 0 55,016 9,370 64,565 1,905 8,200 430 % New office / office furniture
Repair and maintenance NOK 13,000 3,172 3,175 444 0 6,791 1,651 863 52 %
Foreign services NOK 155,000 0 63,407 43,544 0 106,951 19,685 13,583 69 %
Office supplies NOK 10,000 580 48,220 11,205 762 60,767 1,270 7,717 608 % Moved offices in December 2018. Extra spending on moving and fixing up new office space
Telephone and postage NOK 11,000 24 427 2,176 2,284 4,911 1,397 624 45 %
Travel expenses NOK 147,000 75,985 47,350 47,090 40,818 211,243 18,669 26,828 144 %
Sale, advertising and representation NOK 30,000 3,668 4,377 15,015 916 23,976 3,810 3,045 80 %
Project Community Support NOK 150,000 46,922 56,364 19,209 6,295 128,790 19,050 16,356 86 %
Project Content Gaps NOK 30,000 84,155 0 0 8,333 92,488 3,810 11,746 308 % The Bodil Biørn project was awarded funding from The Arts Council of Norway.
Project Diverse Communities NOK 60,000 50,932 13,966 21,903 17,536 104,337 7,620 13,251 174 % The Sámi project has been awarded funding from UNESCO Norge and Fritt Ord Foundation.
Project Free Knowledge NOK 30,000 15,961 491 0 14,450 30,902 3,810 3,925 103 %
Other expenses NOK 15,000 2,008 1,909 13,424 1,728 19,069 1,905 2,422 127 %
TOTAL NOK 2,258,376 660,666 653,239 739,455 423,578 2,476,938 286,814 314,571 110 % N/A

* Provide estimates in US Dollars


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