Grants:APG/Proposals/2018-2019 round 1/Wikimedia Argentina/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.

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.


Metric Achieved outcome Explanation
1. # of active editors involved
2. # of new editors
3. # of individuals involved
4. # of new images/media added to Wikimedia articles/pages
5. # of articles added or improved on Wikimedia projects
6. Absolute value of bytes added to or deleted from Wikimedia projects

Education & Human Rights Program[edit]


During 2019, the Education & Human Rights Program decided to promote alliances with key institutions and organizations of the national and regional scene in order to pursue the following objectives:

  1. We consolidated education projects in which educators and students created relevant quality knowledge from their local perspective in order to reduce current content gaps.
  2. We promoted and established a learning community among educators and organizations linked to the education field. This community fostered the exchange and dissemination of educational experiences using Wikipedia in the classrooms.
  3. We consolidated and expanded the WikiDDHH project as an education proposal by strengthening the alliances created during 2018 and we generated new allies at a local and regional level.

The Education Program in the classroom[edit]

Success: XXXXX[edit]

During 2019, we worked to strengthen our educational projects in the classroom by:

  • Continuing promoting our education proposals at a national scale.
  • Promoting, scaling up and adapting our proposals to other regional contexts.
  • Designing new innovative education proposals to promote new learning communities among organizations and educators.

For these purposes, we have worked in the following way:

a) Onsite learning: Wikipedia in the University & Editing Clubs

We carried out our onsite learning program by strenghtening our two projects for the Argentinean classrooms: Editing Clubs and Wikipedia in the University. Both proposals have a similar objective: getting educators and students involved in the construction of missing and locally relevant quality knowledge.

How did we develop the project during 2019?

Wikipedia in the University

What did we do in 2019?

  • We developed the project in 20 higher education institutions at a national scale. We took the project to the provinces of Santa Fe, Córdoba, Entre Ríos, Río Negro, Buenos Aires y the city of Buenos Aires.
  • We worked on diverse themes: journalism, sexual education, illustration, women engineers, nutrition, sports, international law, Argentine districts, natural science, among others.
  • We improved the quality of existing content and created new articles related to the themes of research or study of each group.

How did we do this in 2019?

  • We launched an open call for higher education institutions from the entire country, which remained active the whole year.
  • We developed editing workshops with educators, students and researchers. Each workshop consists of two moments: one focused on getting to know the foundation of the Wikimedia projects and the editing tools; the second moment focuses on improving content.
  • The activities were both online and in-person, according to the possibilities of each institution, and the program offered continuous mentoring.

Editing Clubs

What did we do in 2019?

  • We carried out 9 Editing Clubs together with public and private high schools in the provinces of Mendoza, Buenos Aires, the city of Buenos Aires, Misiones, Corrientes, Formosa, Chaco, Salta, Tucumán and Jujuy
  • We worked on diverse topics: communication, biochemistry, problems of access to water, translation of articles about women and sports, human rights, history of districts, among others.

How did we do this in 2019 ?

  • We launched two open calls for high schools from the entire country, one at the beginning of the school year and another during the winter break.
  • We trained, with both online and in-person courses, the educators who were interested, adapting to their schedule and needs.
  • Wikimedia Argentina was summoned to join UNICEF’s local campaign  #UnlimitedGeneration, to develop the project in the provinces of Tucumán and Misiones bringing our project to rural high schools for the first time.

B) Remote learning: Wikipuentes in Argentina and Venezuela

During 2019, we continued offering our online course designed for educators in Argentina and Venezuela.

What did we do 2019?

  • We carried out two editions of the online Wikipuentes course, in our virtual campus.
  • We designed two new classes, focused on topics of interest for the education context that were also a novelty for the format of the course: one focused on university needs and another on misinformation.  
  • We adapted and carried out the project in Venezuela for the first time.

Wikipuentes in Venezuela

During 2019, we carried out an edition of the online course for Venezuelan educators, designed by Wikimedia Argentina and Wikimedia Venezuela together.  

Why is this proposal important in Venezuela?

  • Given the political and social reality that Venezuela is going through, it is difficult for the local chapter to carry out face-to-face activities in schools and universities.
  • University teachers have few training opportunities within the country and are potential allies for Wikimedia Venezuela and its educational projects.
  • It allows the members of Wikimedia Venezuela - who are all volunteers - to be directly involved in the design, implementation and monitoring of the project.

How did we do it?

  • Together with Wikimedia Venezuela, we designed a Wikipuentes for university teachers in their country that was taught in our virtual campus.
  • We assessed the Venezuelan context and designed a 5-week edition the course for university professors, with content curated together with referents of Wikimedia Venezuela about misinformation and Fake News.

Which have been the most important qualitative results?

  • The course that involved 45 professors, was carried out with the development of a joint tutorial, making sure there were tutors who were familiar with the course and also tutors that were experts in the local context.
  • 100% of the participating teachers were very satisfied with the proposal and shared the importance of accessing to opportunities that also allows them to diversify tools on access to information in a context of such high conflict.
  • 90% of the content added - XXXX articles- was quality content due to the fact that the participants were professors and experts in the selected topics.
  • It allows us to transfer both technical and financial knowledge and resources to another community so that they can continue to grow.
C) Developing our education community

Developing and strengthening our educational community is an arduous task that we have been carrying out within the program since its inception with the aim of supporting the growth of our educational community. To this end, during 2019 we have strengthened our objective through two strategies:

What did we do 2019?

a) Mentoring

Our program's main goal is to keep strengthening the motivation of teachers as the lead the project in their localities and institutions. In order to respond to this demand, we accompanied teachers with their consultations and projects, developing specific materials and implemented a one-to-one follow-up, to give them the necessary support and leadership in their proposals.

What results did we achieve in 2019?

  • +20 teachers from different locations in the country, lead and carry out educational projects.
  • We carried out XXXX one to one trainings to support and guide their work.
  • Besides trainings we provided them with resources such XXX
  • Today X% leads their project autonomously and helps us to amplify the work of WMAR.

b) Thematic trainings

We carry out a new cycle of trainings aimed to generating a meeting space to connect, expand and strengthen our educational community. These trainings' main focus was to reflect on the role of free culture and open knowledge in schools. For it, we invited different civil society organizations to discuss with the participants how to bring technologies, human rights, gender and free culture into the classroom. 

What results did we achieve in 2019?

  • It allowed us to identify teachers' perceptions and interests regarding the Wikimedia projects, how much they use them and how.
  • This input has allowed us to strengthen our educational community by offering projects that respond to their needs and teaching contexts.
  • To position the role of WMAR as a key player in the education field among diverse organizations and teachers.

In terms of numbers, XXX participated and XXXX remained active part of our educational community in 2019.

Which have been the most important qualitative results and learnings?

  • Offering and continuing to improve our educational proposals in a sustained manner over time allows us not only to continue to strengthen our projects but also to add new partners each year. As an example, in 2019 we worked with 25% more institutions.
  • The 1:1 follow up allows us to address the challenges of teachers and strengthen their confidence in the classroom, as well as their sense of belonging to the Wikimedia community. In this sense, during 2019, 20% of activities were carried out by educators in a more autonomous way.
  • The online course is much more than a teaching project where teachers learn how to bring Wikipedia into the classroom. It is a learning project that can be adapted to each context, to the needs of the teachers, and to a large extent to any political and social situation. Having a proposal of these characteristics, open and free, is fundamental within the Latin American context.
  • Expanding our alliance and work to other social organizations in the field of education has been crucial to expand the scope of our program and position it in new diverse educational communities. As an example, we incorporated UNICEF as an ally to our program and we are currently part of the Advisory Council of its National Education Program.
  • Understanding the difficulties and needs of teachers is fundamental to our work, not only to continue adapting our proposals but to continue incorporating more teachers as part of our community.

Main results:

Gating factor: Innovating with Wikimedia projects in the classroom[edit]

During 2019 we carried out two new projects to continue promoting the development and use of open educational resources (OER) in education:

  • Recursos Abiertos para enseñar, a repository of open educational resources (OER) designed to facilitate teachers' access to open and diverse pedagogical resources.
  • The educational game "Who is this scientist?", aimed to make visible the role of women in science for primary school students.

How did we do it?

  • We partnered with the greatest civil organizations in Argentina and we released under CC licenses a lot of their educational resources.
  • We also approached teachers to encourage them to share and open their own educational resources, however the respond wasn't that successful.
  • Regarding the game, we managed to got it sponsored by a IT company but due to the economical crisis the sponsorship didn't covered all the costs. Despite the situation, we carried out the project in 11 schools, reaching 26 teachers and +700 students.

In both cases the scope of the projects remained relatively small to what was initially planned.

What have been the main challenges and learnings?

  • It has been difficult to adapt to the time and resources of primary schools, even with more shortages. We must continue to strengthen the accompaniment of these teachers with needs that are very different.
  • The development of educational resources is still considered an undervalued part of the teaching work in our context. We need to continue working with teachers on the importance of not only sharing resources but doing so in an open manner so that they can be reused by their peers.
  • Converting an educations resource into an OER requires many instances of work and exchange with the teacher who creates it. We must rethink the follow-up strategy and better asses the accompaniment needed.

Next steps?

Education & Human Rights[edit]

Success: The consolidation of Wiki Derechos Humanos[edit]

Wiki Derechos Humanos (Wiki Human Rights) project aims at training experts, researchers and university students on how to edit Wikipedia according to international Human Rights standards, and on how to create, document and update content in Wikipedia on Human Rights violations that have taken place in their countries.

Since the beginning of the project we have achieved the following:

  • To promote the importance of the Wikimedia projects to make visible Human Rights content from historically excluded communities.
  • We carried out the project in 7 countries of the region, offering over 25 training courses on Human Rights for experts, local organizations and institutions.
  • Accompany and mentor at a global scale to consolidate of an agreement between the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Wikimedia Foundation. This agreement allows chapters and user groups to strengthen Human Rights projects with the support of the United Nations at a local, national and global scale.

In this sense, during 2019 we reached the following milestones:

a) Promoting the debate on Human Rights on Internet & the Wikimedia movement in the region.


I Conference on Human Rights in Digital Environments

In September 2019, we organized the I° Conference on Human Rights in Digital Environments with the main objective of gathering people and generating a debate on the role of the Wikimedia projects and Human Rights in digital environments. For this purpose, we summoned leading organizations related to digital rights and leaders of affiliated groups from the region.

Why was this project needed?

  • To open and consolidate the debate around access to free knowledge and Human Rights in Internet.
  • To establish regional networks with organizations and key allies for the promotion and protection of Human Rights
  • To foster contextualized projects with local organizations in each context.

What did we do?

The three day conference was organized along with globally iconic institutions: Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo and IPPDH MERCOSUR (Mercosur’s Institute for Public Policies on Human Rights) and consisted of the following:

  • 1 opening panel with the presence of leading figures in the analysis of the Wikimedia projects, digital media and Human Rights in the Internet.   
  • 6 thematic panels with experts and representatives of the Wikimedia movement regarding topics such as internet safety, misinformation, gender, diversity etc. and its relationship with the Wikimedia projects.
  • 2 workshops on education and Human Rights in the Wikimedia movement.

Which were the qualitative results?

  • 24 speakers participated were involved conference. They belonged to different Human Rights organizations and Wikimedia affiliates from Latin America, Spain and the Caribbean.
  • 20 Latin American and Caribbean organizations actively participated in the panels and workshops
  • 9 of the participating organizations consolidated projects and activities with WikiDDHH thanks to alliances established within the frame of the #DHConf.
  • +200 Latin American and Caribbean participants were present in the three-day conference.
  • 80% of participants were academics, researchers, educators specialized in Human Rights and technologies applied to education.
  • 100% of participants emphasized the importance of the diversity of the selected themes and of the participants that attended the conference.
  • When asked about the collaborative workshops, 100% of participants highlighted the importance of generating networks and connections with other organizations and experts.
  • 100% of those who participated in the collaborative workshops stressed the importance of creating playful and educational dynamics with a participative and Human Rights-oriented approach.
  • 100% of participants found the conference to be an open, safe and looked-after environment in which it was comfortable to debate on Human Rights and sensible topics.

B) Strengthening Wiki Derechos Humanos through strategic partnerships at local, regional and global level.

Taking the WikiDDHH project to a regional scale implies reinforcing key alliances at a local, regional and global level. In this sense, during 2019, we fostered the following strategic alliances with the objective of consolidating the project:

a) At the local level

We consolidated our local alliances with universities and national organizations. We carried out a WikiDDHH edit-a-thon in three provinces of the North of Argentina. In 2019 the number of local alliances grew to 26 meaning XXX content improved.

However, we want to highlight our alliances with the UN and with LGBTIQ+ organizations that were key to expand the local content from underrepresented communities and topics:

What did we do?

  • For the first time we forged an alliance with Spotlight Initiative and UN Women to organize a joint training session and an edit-a-thon to create and improve content related to the elimination of violence against women.
  • With Ciclo Positivo and the LGBT+ agency Present as allies, for the first time we organized a training course and an edit-a-thon in the framework of the fight against HIV/AIDS, with activists and journalists who belong to the LGBT+ community.

b) At the regional level PARAGUAY

We have established alliances with large Human Rights institutions of the region, such as  Colombia’s Museum of Historical Memory and the Karisma Foundation, with whom we implemented a joint project led by the Museum of the City of Cali. The project had the objective of discussing the importance of generating collective reflections about Human Rights in digital environments, especially taking into account the conflict in Colombia, in which context digital platforms are great allies to make visible the demands for justice.

What did we do?

  • We trained Human Rights and digital rights organizations in the use of the Wikimedia projects.
  • We established alliances and worked in coordination among Wikimedia Argentina, Wikimedia Colombia, the Karisma Foundation and Movilizando, organizing a WikiDDHH edit-a-thon about armed conflict and environmental damages in Colombia.
  • We mentored Wikimedia Colombia in the consolidation of alliances and joint work agendas.
  • In collaboration with Wikimedia Colombia, we mentored the organizations involved in the use of the Wikimedia projects.

c) At the global level

After two years of work, in 2019 WikiDDHH gained global relevance within the Wikimedia movement. In August 2019, within the frame of Wikimania, an agreement between the UN’s OHCHR and Wikimedia was signed. This implies:

  • XXXX
  • Mentoring the development of a movement aligned with the SDGs.
  • Incorporating a Human Rights perspective as part of Wikimedia’s global movement.

What did we do?

  • We led the pilot project in Argentina.
  • We contributed to the signature of the agreement with the UN in Wikimania, where we also organized the first encounter of organizers and volunteers who work on this topic
  • We mentored and supported communities of the entire movement in the implementation of a Human Rights perspective to their projects.
  • Together with the Wikimedia Foundation, we led the first campaign of Human Rights editions with a global outreach.

Which have been the main qualitative results?

  • 60 journalists and 70 activists were trained on good practices of communication related to LGBT+ topics.
  • 187 experts, researchers and activists of Human Rights were trained on how to edit Wikipedia. 70% of participants were new editors.
  • 80% of the incorporated content can be considered as of quality.
  • 100% of participants are experts and promoters of Human Rights in their contexts and they disseminated the activities of our projects at a local level.
  • 80% of participants replied that editing Wikipedia on Human Rights makes their contexts and realities more visible.

Main results:

Culture and Open Knowledge Program[edit]


During 2019 we managed to consolidate a flexible and contextualized program, which has allowed us to continue strengthening new projects and alliances in pursuit of the following objectives:

  • Reducing the existing content gaps guaranteeing the access and creation of diverse quality knowledge
  • Strengthening, consolidating and positioning the work and development of diverse cultural communities in Argentina.
  • Promoting the role of Wikimedia Argentina in advocating for free knowledge.

Diverse Partners[edit]

Success: Diversifying partnerships to access to local culture[edit]

One of main goals in 2019 has been guaranteeing the access and creation of content that is representative of the Argentine and Latin American cultural diversity.

For this purpose, we have worked in the following way:

a) Forging long-term alliance to gain access to local cultural heritage

2019 was the year of incorporation of large cultural institutions to our program. We signed agreements with long-standing Argentine organizations, that house Argentina's recent history: the University of La Plata, the National Academy of History, the Library of Argentina’s National Congress, the National Academy of Fine Arts and the Memory Park.

How do we work with them?

We work in four main stages:

  • Joint analysis of their cultural heritage: we analyze together the cultural heritage they posses. We prioritize either heritage that requires urgent preservation or what is more significant for the institution and the Argentine society.
  • Provide trainings on open access policies: we train the staff in charge of the archives in open access, free licenses and digitalization processes. During 2019 we held 10 workshops in these institutions for +30 archivists.
  • Provide technical resources & mentoring: through our WIR we evaluate the resources of the institutions and provide them with technical resources on loan. We also mentor their digitization processes. In 2019, thanks to these alliances, we have released 96559 pages of content regarding our local culture.
  • Adapt, monitor & evaluate: we define what cultural heritage we are going to work on with each institution in a joint way, adapting ourselves to their possibilities. As soon as they start releasing content, we make monthly reports on the visualizations and use of their heritage in the Wikimedia projects.

Highlight: Incorporating free culture to the academic world in the National University of La Plata

One of our greatest achievements during 2019 was our agreement with the National University of La Plata (UNLP), not only because this is the first agreement of its kind in Latin America, but also because it opened us the doors to several other cultural institutions such as the Museum of La Plata, the UNLP Radio Station, the Historical Archive and the Public Library.

In this sense, the agreement has allowed us to:

  • Work both with the cultural heritage of a historic institution and with the academic knowledge that it currently produces.
  • Generate a work schedule with long-term goals that are suitable for each work area.
  • Incorporate the Wikimedia projects beyond Wikipedia as part of their daily work.

What did we do during 2019?

  • WIR: We incorporated a new WIR in charge of promoting free culture as a policy in the institution.
  • Reduction of content gaps: We have incorporated local knowledge related to Argentine science, history and literature that is relevant for the Wikimedia projects, especially in Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons.
  • Mentoring and Training Courses: We organized the I OPEN GLAM event that involved 60 cultural referents to discussed the way in which the Wikimedia projects could be part of their workflows. We also offered customized training courses in the Museum of Dental Science, Museum of Agricultural Science, Museum of Physics, Museum of La Plata, Museum of Musical Instruments and one in-person course for librarians of the UNLP Library, meaning 40 experts trainned.
  • Edit-a-thons: We organized edit-a-thons with different academic units in order to incorporate specific content. Among the institutions with which we worked were the Museum of La Plata, the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Exact Sciences, the UNLP’s Network of Museums.

Which have been our results, so far?

  • We trained 210 people, including academics, librarians and researchers.
  • Over 10.567 pages have been created and improved in Wikidata, Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons.

b) Making available cultural content through archives and libraries

We continued strengthening our alliances with archives and libraries with a triple purpose:

  • making their local cultural heritage accessible
  • protecting the work related to heritage at risk and making it a priority
  • strengthening and mentoring the work of those communities

What did we do 2019?

a) Digitization project

During 2019, the digitization project expanded aimed to:

  • Prioritizing and expanding the project to archives and institutions that have limited resources
  • Making available unique content of the Argentinean history.

What actions have we taken?

  • Expanding our outreach: Our alliances increased by 25% during 2019. We have actively worked with the Argentine Academy of Letters, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Library of the Legislature of Buenos Aires Province, Circe Library, and we have incorporated two new counterparts: the National Academy of History and the National Academy of Fine Arts.
  • Providing necessary resources: we mentored and provided resources for more institutions than ever. In this sense, we have trained 30 people in digitization and we have provided 3 scanners on gratuitous loan.  
  • Incorporating unique content: We focussed our efforts in digitizing damaged and unkempt local heritage from the institutions with the purpose of safeguarding it. +90% of the digitized content can be classified as local culture at risk.
  • Creating quality content: We have created and improved 6405 articles for the Wikimedia projects.
  • Positioning the digitization project beyond Argentina: we trained 30 archivists in Paraguay. As a result, the final report of Paraguay’s Commission for Truth and Justice has been released. Its 8 volumes are now available in Wikimedia Commons. Also, we began to release part of its photographic archive, in particular the May 14 collection that exhibits the movement that attempted to overthrow the dictatorship of General Alfredo Stroessner.

b) Libraries

During 2019, our work with libraries has grown more than ever. We incorporated new counterparts and we continued strengthening our work at a regional scale, with the following purposes:

  • Generating and strengthening the community of allied librarians at a local level.
  • Making accessible and disseminating the libraries’ collections, cultural heritage and the work of Librarians in Wikipedia in Spanish.

What actions have we taken?

  • Consolidating alliances: we consolidated our alliances with the Institute of Superior and Technical Training, the Public Library of the University of La Plata, the degree of Library Science of the UNLP and the CAICYT CONICET (local office of ISBN).
  • Training Librarians: we offered training courses for librarians on free culture, digital archives and the use of the Wikimedia projects in their work spaces. We organized activities in the provinces of Córdoba, Neuquén, the cities of La Plata and Buenos Aires. As a result of these  activities, we trained 202 librarians. This is a 100% increase, with respect to 2018.
  • Consolidating projects: we have consolidated the 1bib1ref project, at a national and regional scale. Apart from that, we have established our work with metadata in libraries.
  • Creating quality content: our work resulted in 522 articles created and improved by librarians.

c) Creating locally relevant content through alliances with governmental and civil society organizations

During 2019, we continued working to reduce content gaps in the Wikimedia projects and making locally relevant content visible for the following reasons:

  • It allows us to adapt the program to our context and engage local communities as part of Wikimedia Argentina
  • We reduce content and information gaps that are important to the Argentine society.

What did we do 2019?

We worked with a diverse range of cultural, civil and governmental partners on very diverse topics:

Partner Activity Topics Impact
Fundación Espigas Workshop Latin American Art Involve a community of experts as editors
Dirección General de Verdad, Justicia y Reparación Workshop + Material Release Human Rights Quality content improved
Secretaría de Cultura de la Nación Edith-a-ton + Material Release Culture and Gender Involve a community of experts as editors.

Quality content improved

SEDRONAR Workshop Current Issues Involve a community of experts as editors
CAICYT Workshop + Material Release + Webinar Current Issues Involve a community of experts as editors.

Quality content improved

Universidad Nacional de la Plata Workshop + 1bib1ref Current Issues Involve a community of experts as editors.
Directorio Legislativo Data base release Current Issues Involve a community of experts as editors.

Quality content improved

Médicos sin Fronteras Webinar Current Issues Involve a community of experts as editors.
Subsecretaría de las mujeres de Neuquén Edith-a-ton + Material Release Gender Involve a community of experts as editors.
Secretaría de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación de la Nación Edith-a-ton Gender and Science Involve a community of experts as editors.
Universidad General Sarmiento Edith-a-ton and Material Release Gender and Science Involve a community of experts as editors.

Quality content released.

UTN - Regional Campana Edith-a-ton Gender and Science Involve a community of experts as editors.

Quality content released.

CONFEDI Edith-a-ton Gender and Science Involve a community of experts as editors.

Quality content released.

L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Material Release Gender and Science Involve a community of experts as editors.

Quality content released.

Museo Estación Cultural Lucinda Larrosa Material Release Local culture Quality content improved
CAREF (Comisión Argentina para Refugiados y Migrantes) Workshop and Edith-a-ton Local culture Involve a community of experts as editors.
Open House Buenos Aires 2 Trainings + photo contest Local culture Involve a community of experts as editors.

Quality content improved.

Open House Rosario 2 Trainings + photo contest Local culture Involve a community of experts as editors.

Quality content improved.

As a result, we partnered with 11 cultural, civil and governmental institutions, we trained 511 people on free licenses and open access process and 10 institutions released locally relevant content for the first time- 2239 files.

Highlight: Reducing gender gap regarding Women Scientists' content

In 2019 we have continued working on the science & gender line for two main reasons:

  • Women scientists are one of the most underrepresented groups on Spanish wikipedia
  • The topic that has been on the public agenda throughout 2019 and has allowed us to create new and quality content

What did we do during 2019?

  • Engage our online community: we organized several contests with the purpose of improving content related to Latin American women scientists that resulted in over +500 created and improved articles.
  • Create educational projects: we designed an online platform with educational and statistical resources regarding the situation of women scientists in Wikipedia, for the use of schools, organizations and institutions outside the community of editors.
  • Positioning WMAR in strategic spaces:  we organized 6 edit-a-thons in different cities, we offered 4 talks and we mentored XXXX different communities of women.
  • Strengthening partnerships: RAGCYT, CONFEDI,

Which have been our results, so far?

  • We created and improved 717 articles, meaning a 18% of content increase in Wikipedia
  • We engaged 310 editors in 2019, 70 new.

What results did we achieve, beyond the numbers?

  • Community growth: Establishing long-term alliances that allow us to institutionalize free culture as a policy inside institutions that have been very conservative historically.
  • New communities: We work with very diverse communities -librarians, scientists, archivists, academics- with which we define appropriate workflows and organize activities according to their needs and demands.
  • Positioning Free Culture:: incorporating free culture and the Wikimedia projects as part of the inner work and processes of a diverse kinds of cultural organizations.
  • Reducing knowledge gaps: gaining access and releasing locally relevant cultural content that is currently missing in the Wikimedia projects, especially regarding Argentine and Latin American history, Latin American art, sciences and Human Rights.

Main results:

Gating factor: Partnerships during the electoral period[edit]

2019 was a year marked by Argentina’s electoral calendar. This circumstance is key to understand the development and performance our cultural program which has been affected by the following challenges:

  • End of a government period: many teams in the government know they won’t continue working after the elections, regardless of the result, so they decide not to innovate in their work.
  • Lack of budget and human resources: the governmental spaces that do decide to work on projects of free culture suffer from lack of budget and human resources to carry them out, because all resources are set aside for the electoral campaign.

However and despite the situation we managed to strengthening new projects and alliances through strategies such as:

  • Establish long standing partnerships : signing agreements can be key to maintaining the pace of work during an election year. Although in Argentina and in many Latin American countries work is done with a certain amount of informality, in election years, formalizing relations is a good strategy to guarantee the continuity of the work.
  • Establish long-term working agendas: working on long-term goal oriented working in election years helps to keep some of the work active during the months of change.
  • Make the work done visible more than ever: generating reports on the work done is essential to be able to continue it when there is a change at the management level.
  • Involve more references in the project: generally, cultural projects have a reference that leads and coordinates them within the institutions. Expanding and involving more cultural references is key in an election year to ensure project continuity, especially in Argentina, where a change of government is always accompanied by a change of management.
  • Expand the diversity of partners: extending the concept of GLAM to various other cultural organizations is fundamental to furthering our cultural projects.

Free Knowledge Awareness[edit]

Success: Promotion & access to free knowledge[edit]

During 2019, continued working to design and position a local and regional agenda on digital rights, as well as generating innovative projects that promote access to free knowledge for all, with the following objectives:

  • to position Wikimedia Argentina as a legitimate actor in the defense and promotion of digital rights at a local and regional level.
  • to promote the access to free knowledge in an equitable way for all the Argentinean society.

To this end, during 2019 we have worked as follows:

a) Advocate for free knowledge

During 2019 we continued our work on advocacy with local and regional scope with the following goals:

  • to promote WMAR as a respected interlocutor regarding public policy at a local and regional level.
  • to promote the role of the Wikimedia projects as allies on matters of Human Rights in Internet.

What did we do during 2019?

  • Strengthen local alliances: we kept working with CC Argentina and Fundación Via Libre, organizing regular encounters regarding a common agenda. Together we worked with national representatives as senators that lead changes on intellectual property and copyright laws, particularly regarding the new European Directive.
  • Develop new strategic partnerships: we worked with the Spanish collective Akelarre Ciberfeminista, R3D (Mexican Network for the Defense of Digital Rights) and Uruguay’s Artica Online, TEDIC in Paraguay and Linterna Verde and Karisma from Colombia in matters related to the European Copyright directive that might affect us as a region.
  • Accessing to new communities: we have continued to boost digital rights trainings locally and regionally. We carried out 6 webinars about internet safety, Digital Rights and Access to culture in digital environments. Over +200 people enrolled in the series of webinars. 200 were in-person participants and 700 were subsequent views, from Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico and Spain.
  • Participate in strategic forums: 2019 was the year in which we participated in more advocacy spaces both locally and outside Argentina, such Argentina Abierta the Internet Day or the regional meeting on the European directive at the IGF in Berlin, were we got full scholarship to assist to the encounter.

b) Promote access to free knowledge

We have realized that as important as to advocate for free knowledge is to promote access to that knowledge, ensuring as much as possible, that Argentine society as a whole has the possibility to enjoy it, regardless of its resources. This is important because:

  • although access to culture is a human right, it is not equitable for the whole of Argentine society.
  • the possibilities of access to culture in Argentina are largely determined by where you live and the resources you have.
  • this limits the access to the Argentinean history and culture for a part of the society.

Therefore, during 2019 we developed a pilot project with the aim of bringing culture and free knowledge to those communities in provinces with limited access to the Internet

What did we do during 2019?

  • Alliance with UNESCO: we decided to carry out a project -The Archive in the classroom- of filling pendrives-that can be used offline- with content related to Argentine culture and released by Wikimedia Argentina, to disseminate it in educational spaces.
  • Design of educational proposals: we selected appropriate content according to the curricular programs of elementary schools and high schools, so it can be used in the classrooms. Also, we designed an activity book to use the content by the educators of all levels.
  • National reach: we have managed to reach 90 rural schools from Argentina.
  • Participate in strategic forums: we participated in different conferences to promote the potential of working with free cultural heritages. We were present at the National Conference of Librarians organized by ABGRA, the Conference about University Digital Libraries, the Training Sessions for School Librarians.

What results did we achieve, beyond the numbers?

  • Connect with diverse new partners: our advocacy work has opened us the possibility to work with partners outside the traditional cultural spectrum, dealing with present-day issues.
  • Consolidating high level partnerships: working in advocacy and access to free knowledge has given us the possibility to consolidate great partners. Beyond regional digital rights organizations, working with UNESCO opens up the possibility of scaling up our project beyond Argentina, an opportunity we are currently working on.
  • Meet potential allies: designing, implementing and scaling up a project like The Archive in the Classroom to a national level has allowed us to meet potential allies such 90 schools to work in the program.

Main results

Gating factor: Wikipedia en debate & media crisis[edit]

The election year impacted on our culture program and this made it impossible for some programmed activities to be carried out for the following reasons:

  • The public agenda prioritized a number of issues affecting free knowledge that we had to incorporate into our program
  • Argentina is an ideologically divided country. As a consequence we suffered a lot of media pressure from different political tendencies accusing us of bias in the content of Wikipedia. This situation lasted at least 6 months.

For these reasons one of our major projects for 2018 - Wikipedia in debate - was postponed. We also postponed activities on disinformation and fake news, a line of work that we have been promoting since 2017. While these were complex decisions, we believe that they were correct because of the way the conflict was escalating in some mass media in Argentina.

Still, it was a great learning process and we strengthened even more the relationship with our partners at the local and regional level. As a results, during 2020 we will continue developing this line of work rethought as trainings for citizens on the use of Wikipedia as a source of information along with other Wikimedia affiliates and regional partners.

Community Building Program[edit]


During 2019 the community program focused on strengthening and growing the local community based on three objectives:

  • Expanding and building a motivated community as part of WMAR.
  • Defining new volunteer opportunities to build a more diverse and inclusive community.
  • Reaching out expert communities with the aim of creating of new content, locally relevant to the Argentine society.

Building communities[edit]

Success: expanding, supporting & strengthening local and regional communities[edit]

During 2019 we have continued to work to incorporate new members as part of our community and to provide the necessary support to those who are already part of it both locally and regionally. In order to do so, we have implemented the following strategies:

a) Expanding themed communities

2019 has been the year in which our themed communities consolidated. This implies the continuity of work groups, and also it translated into the challenge of thinking about our role when supporting and mentoring communities. Also, our communities have not been unconnected from the local context and agenda, which has forced us to rethink activities and strategies along the year. Despite these challenges, working with themed communities has allowed us to:

  • Generate stable bonds among volunteers with similar affinities.
  • Engaging relatively new volunteers to become established members of the community
  • Position communities as referents in their areas of expertise.

In this sense, during 2019 we worked with themed communities in the following way:

What have we done in 2019?

Community Activities Results
Photographers community
  • Online & offline encounters for the design of new projects.
  • Economic & technical support.
  • Training workshops
  • Collaborative photographic coverage
77 volunteers involved

6854 new images

4 projects mentored and supported

Gender Community
  • Monthly encounters to edit Wikipedia with a gender  perspective
  • Photo campaigns.
  • Trainings on gender and technologies
161 participants

293 articles improved or created

Litoral Community
  • Photographic coverage of the women's movement in Santa Fe and Paraná
  • Collaborative communication workshops for journalists.
  • Collaborative photography workshops.
  • Projects mentoring and support
17 volunteers involved

1564 articles improved or created

  • Participation in conferences
  • Editing meetings
  • Workshops
  • Elaboration of materials in Spanish.
  • Support to the Spanish Wikidata Telegram
28 volunteers involved

1713 articles improved o created

7 offline meetings

88 participants in the Spanish Telegram group

What have we learnt after four years of working with themed communities?

Even though this strategy was born as an answer to the needs of our community, it has also allowed us to create a sense of belonging for long-standing and new members and generate direct impact on the construction, not only of equitable bonds among groups members, but also of self-sustainable communities.

How have we achieved this?

These last years, we have worked in the following way:

  • Decentralization of leadership: we established equitative bonds, identified new leaders and decentralized power and decision-making processes. This has allowed us to provide support to communities while also mentoring and strengthening new leaders.
  • Co-creation of strategies: we have worked with each group in the definition of their strategy. We have adapted our work to the interests and demands of each community and we have guaranteed access to the needed resources.
  • Flexibility: keeping our schedule open, flexible and adaptable has been essential. Argentine society, and therefore our community as well, moves to the rhythm of the social agenda. In order to maintain interest in our mission, it is key to regularly evaluate, support new projects and mentor changes, even if in some cases this represents a change in our goals.
  • Contextualizing our support: it is important to define what we want to do, with whom we are going to do it, for what and how. This evaluation allow us not only to design projects according to the context of the communities involved but to evaluate the local context in advance in order to obtain the expected results.

b) Supporting our long-standing community

In the activities organized by Wikimedia Argentina and by our communities, 80% of participants are new editors. This is essential to incorporate diversity, new roles and profiles, but it is also a challenge regarding our long-standing community of editors. They are a priority community for the program: their work is fundamental for the growth and quality of the Wikimedia projects. For this purpose:

  • We designed specific activities that boost their work in the Wikimedia projects
  • We guarantee access to resources and support.

What did we do during 2019 to support this community?

  • Call for projects: We launched a call for projects, to support and give room to their projects and ideas. In 2019 we supported 4 projects lead by our long-standing community.
  • Activities that suit their interests: during 2019 we organized 9 activities, engaging 45 editors.
  • Community getting-together: we organized 3 encounters, in which 123 editors participated. This also helps reduce the gap between long-standing and new editors.
  • Acknowledgement: we present the work they do and we incorporate it to our designs and merchandising as a way to acknowledge and appreciate their efforts.

Why are these actions important?

  • To strengthen the sense of belonging to WMAR.
  • To reduce the gap that in many cases separates the online community from the members of Wikimedia.
  • To generate spaces for the transfer of knowledge among long-standing and new editors.

c) Strengthening bonds with communities of the region

During 2019, we worked at a regional scale with two objectives:

  1. Supporting the creation of new communities and boosting existing ones;
  2. Strengthening bonds with communities of the region.

Accompanying a newly formed community in Paraguay

We continued working to promote the development of a community of editors in Paraguay, a project that began two years ago and has progressed hugely during 2019.

Why have we undertaken this project?

  • Paraguay is the only country in the Southern Cone without an active community of editors
  • The current content gap on Paraguay and particularly on Paraguayan women is very big in Wikipedia. Paraguayan women represent 7% of the content vs 18 % of Argentine women, for example.
  • There is a strong and organized feminist movement with which we can work to make the history of Paraguayan women visible in Wikipedia.
  • Paraguay’s official language is Guarani, so promoting the development of a community of women editors can boost the growth con Paraguayan content in its native language.

What action did we take in 2019?

  • Alliances: we consolidated alliances with 6 local organizations.
  • Outreach workshops: We carried out 3 talks for 74 participants on the Wikimedia projects and the gender gap in Wikipedia.
  • Edit-a-thons: We organized 5 gender edit-a-thons, engaging 23 editors and +40 new content.

Strengthening bonds with the region

During 2019, we continued working to strengthen bonds and communities in the region with a double purpose:

  • Disseminating and expanding the outreach of the projects we carry out at a regional level
  • identify potential new communities in the region

What did we do in 2019?

a) Training workshops: we organized 5 training workshops on how to work with the Wikimedia projects, involving Wikimedians from 5 different countries and training 67 people. The webinars came about in response to the need for training of the community. To do so, we carried out:

  • we surveyed training needs among those who organize events on the Wikimedia projects
  • we designed 5 meetings that respond to the common themes and problems as editing in Wikipedia, how to communicate with the online community, how to organize editing workshops etc.
b) Outreach workshops: we have held 4 outreach workshops in 6 Latin American countries in order to identify new communities interested in the Wikimedia projects. As a result, beyond Paraguay, today we are mentoring El Salvador, country that has a newly born community established.

What results did we achieve, beyond the numbers?

  • We generated specific exchange spaces for each community that allowed us to develop more stable bonds of belonging among the volunteers.
  • We position Wikimedia Argentina as a flexible organization willing to develop diverse activities according to the multiple interests of our volunteers.
  • We have worked to continue promoting the growth of communities in the region and -above all- of smaller groups and their leaders, so they gain leadership spaces within the movement.
  • We generated innovative proposals to expand our outreach to new counterparts, with the purpose of promoting the potential development of new communities in the region.

Main results:

Gating factors: Retention & Gender community[edit]

During 2019 we had two major challenges within our community program:

a) Adapting to the needs of the gender community

b) The challenge of retaining webinar participants

What did we do in 2019?

a) During 2019 we continue to hold our monthly editing meetings, and the edit-a-thons with a gender perspective. Unlike other communities, the gender community has the particularity that those who participate are not active editors within the Wikimedia projects, but are activists who seek to make visible the role of women in history and in the Wikimedia projects. In this sense, the monthly editing space gradually lost strength and the most powerful activities ended up being those that we coordinated together with civil society organizations to work on issues of the gender agenda beyond the biographies.

b) Webinars are a great tool for outreach but in the case of the community program - where our goal was to involve potential communities - it has been complex to retain participants actively. In this sense, webinars worked very well to strengthen the leadership and learning of established regional communities, while customized trainings have generated better results for new communities.

What are we going to do in 2020 to meet these challenges?

  • strengthen the links with gender organizations and their communities, to further develop activities according to our context.
  • expand the editing topics beyond women's biographies, according to the interests and expertise of the women involved.
  • promote more tailored training with potential communities at the regional level, to accompany them according to their pace and needs.

Expert communities & Wikipedia[edit]

Success: Reaching experts as community members[edit]

One of our greatest objectives for 2019 was to work with local expert communities on important subjects for the context and Argentine society, with the following purposes:

  • promoting and positioning Wikimedia projects as a useful tool for all citizens
  • engaging expert communities in the creation of locally relevant content

For these purposes, we have worked in the following way:

  • Identifying interests: we analyzed the context and Argentina’s social agenda and carried out activities and alliances with organizations that answer to the identified interests.
  • Prioritizing themes: we defined areas of interests according to WMAR’s strategic planning.
  • Strategic alliances: we generated alliances with civil society organizations and social movements.
  • New editors: we identified specific audiences for the themed areas, in order to engage them as new editors.
  • Customized activities: we developed projects according to each theme, audience and organization.

What did we do in 2019?

  • We trained 7 civil society organizations in the use of the Wikimedia projects: ACIJ, Fundación Huésped, MINU, Red de Comunicadoras del Chaco, PADF, Ciclo Positivo, Spotlight.
  • We mentored 3 civil society communities so they can put the Wikimedia projects into practic as part of their own projects.
  • We organized 11 activities with 175 experts and activists to improve articles on  themes that are key for the society.

Why is this work important?

Our current and future community participates in our activities if it feels implicated by a cause and thinks invested time has an impact. Even though this implies keeping a flexible and adaptable work schedule, this allows us to continue expanding our community and legitimizing the Wikimedia projects as a space to access local information that is of interest both for citizens and for our counterparts.

Main results:

Target Last year (if applicable) Progress End of year (projected or actual) Comments
250 people from outside the Wikimedia movement trained or participating in our community activities.
65% women/LGBTIQ+.
25 people get involved in new volunteer opportunities.
80% of the participants consider that the Wikimedia projects are a fundamental tool of citizen construction and / or the projects of the program respond to their needs and interests.

Learning: Why organizing activities even if they don’t produce great quantitative results in the Wikimedia projects?

We understand the wear and tear of organizing activities that in theory don’t produce great quantitative results, however, we believe that by doing it we highly improve the outreach of our projects. Leading this kind of projects opens doors to new people and organizations that we didn’t know before and at the same time it positions WMAR as a strategic ally to generate locally relevant and quality content.

As we have stated in previous reports, WMAR considers its community to be composed not only of people who edit, but also of those who articulate with us creating new connections, sharing ideas, those who share our ideals and stand for them in their own communities. This allows us to diversify our community with new profiles, just as important as the editors who create content, as was also pointed out in the WMF report on Movement Organizers.

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