Grants:APG/Proposals/2018-2019 round 1/Wikimedia Argentina/Progress report form

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Purpose of the report[edit]

This form is for organizations receiving Annual Plan Grants to report on their progress after completing the first 6 months of their grants. The time period covered in this form will be the first 6 months of each grant (e.g. 1 January - 30 June of the current year). This form includes four sections, addressing grant 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.

Metrics and results 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 Grant Metrics. We understand not all Grant or grantee-defined 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/results 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 Grant Metrics.

Metric Achieved outcome Explanation
1. number of total participants
2. number of newly registered users
3. number of content pages created or improved, across all Wikimedia projects
4. please report here on your grantee defined metric(s)
5. please report here on your grantee defined metric(s)

Education Program[edit]


During 2018, the Education & Rights Program strengthened its alliances in order to address the existing education gaps, with a regional and comprehensive work perspective.

During 2019, we continued working in the same direction promoting our projects with three clear goals:

  1. Engaging educators and students in the creation of relevant knowledge that addresses the existing content gaps.
  2. Promoting a learning community for educators and organizations linked to the education world in order to foster exchange and creation of knowledge.
  3. Consolidating and expanding the WikiDDHH Project (violations of Human Rights,  LGBT+ rights and excluded communities) as an education proposal at a local and regional scale.

The Education Program in Argentina[edit]

Success: What does “knowledge as a service” mean in our program?[edit]

The new Strategic Direction of the Wikimedia Movement has presented new opportunities for us:

  1. Diversity: apart from creating diverse content, developing projects that represent the diverse ways of teaching and learning in Argentina.
  2. Innovation: designing innovative proposals beyond Wikipedia, such as new training opportunities for educators and new online platforms to guarantee access to open education resources.

These opportunities have turned into two large lines of work for 2019:

a) Guaranteeing access to resources and training courses according to the needs of educators and students

  • Even though educators promote collaborative work in the classrooms, they still do not know much about what free culture is and how it can contribute to their work.
  • Even though Wikimedia Commons provides free and open resources, it is not a friendly project yet. In fact, in most cases, the resources that educators demand are not considered to be relevant.

Based on this analysis, during 2019 we have worked the following way:

Aulas Abiertas: series of workshops on Education and Free Culture

What did we do?

  • A series of four workshops for the education community in general

How did we do it?  

  • New training courses: we organized the training in two parts. First, a panel in specific topics with experts. Then, a workshop lead by these experts with educators.
  • New topics: we worked on curricular subjects that are relevant for educators and related to open knowledge and digital culture: education & technologies, education & gender, education & human rights, and education & free culture.
  • New education alliances: we invited civil society organizations and education leaders as: Amnesty International, MINU, FLACSO, Faro Digital and Memory Park, Cecilia Sagol and Lala Pasquinelli.

Why is it innovative?

  • We offered original material for the education community and promoted debates in order to begin to incorporate free culture into the classrooms
  • Work was designed as open proposals, with the goal of understanding which issues are relevant to the education community.

OER: Open Educational Resources

What did we do?

  • We developed a website for open educational resources for educators

How did we do it?

  • We worked on the website design with Argentine specialists in OER websites
  • We allied with organizations of the civil society that produce educational content, so they can free their content in the website. This way, we promote access to free, high-quality OERs.
  • We generated a space within the website for educators to send their own proposals, promoting exchange within the education community

Why is it innovative?

  • We are making accesible open resources within the education community and organizations of the civil society.  
  • We contributed the access to Wikimedia projects through more accessibles platforms that respects the ideas of free culture.

Which have been the most important qualitative results and learnings?

  • Reach: 90 participants for the Aulas Abiertas workshops: 30% high school educators; 25% students of education degrees; 9% professionals working in counseling teams in schools; 36% mainly university professors. The diversity of professional profiles proves there is great interest and need of this kind of spaces.
  • Share learning: Workshops fostered knowledge and exchange among professionals, who shared specific experiences and designed proposals for the classrooms.
  • New resources: +25 OERs available online
  • New audiences: we involved new strategic partners which allowed us to reach new audiences within the education community and also to consolidate ourselves as a key organization on these subjects in the education world.

Side effect: Wikipedia as a means, not an end

Working on the promotion of free culture in education to make knowledge accessible implies looking for new ways to approach schools and to relate to the Wikimedia projects. For this reason, since 2018 we have worked on the development of a ludic proposal designed for elementary schools and based on the biographies of Argentine women scientists in Wikipedia. We chose to work on this subject because:

  • In Argentina, only 16% of students of scientific and technological degrees are women.
  • According to Unesco, girls lose interest in these degrees during elementary school.
  • Even though Wikipedia is the source to design the project, the goal goes beyond it: to build and approach knowledge through OERs to promote the debate about the gender gap in science and technology.

After a pilot test and getting the sponsorship of the company Intive-FDV, the project will be implemented in 24 institutions. Even though the results of this project cannot be measured in number of editions, Wikipedia is at the core of it. Apart from the game, the project implies a series of activities in which children must work with the encyclopedia to find more information. This way, we are creating new ways to work with Wikipedia in the classrooms and guaranteeing access to free, open, non-gender biased, quality knowledge.

B) Promoting access to information that is locally relevant for educators and students

The new strategic direction of the Wikimedia movement considers education to be key, similar to the current Goals of Sustainable Development. In this sense we continue:

  • Working with universities allows the critical analysis of Wikipedia and the generation of high-quality information about topics that are locally relevant and currently missing.
  • Working with schools contributes to the use of Wikipedia as an educational tool.
  • Also, with Wikipuentes -our online proposal for educators- we trained educators from across the country to contribute to reduce the existing content gaps at a local scale.

How did we do it?

Wikipedia at the University
  • We developed a website specifically for the project, in order to foster its identity and continue expanding it across the country.
  • We took the project to 8  universities at a national scale, to the provinces of Santa Fe (Rosario), Cordoba, Buenos Aires province and the City of Buenos Aires.
  • We worked on diverse themes: journalism, sexual education, educational video games, illustrations, films, history of architecture, sports.

Editing Clubs

  • We launched an open call for schools from the entire country
  • We trained 17 high school educators
  • We carried out an online workshop for students, so the Editing Clubs could reach the provinces

Wikipuentes online course

  • We carried out the 9th edition of the Wikipuentes online course.
  • We made changes to the proposed activities, according to the educators’ needs
  • We opened a unit designed for the presentation of cases of study about the use of Wikipedia in higher education
  • We generated new course dynamics so educators could delve into Wikipedia’s editing tools
  • We developed material so educators get to know other ways to implement the use of Wikipedia in the classroom.

What results did we obtain?

  • Over half of our partners for Wikipedia at the University are new.
  • We continue expanding the topics contributing to reduce the existing gaps in diverse fields.
  • With online trainings courses, we reached 5 provinces: Mendoza, Corrientes, Chaco, Buenos Aires province and City of Buenos Aires.
  • In Wikipuentes, we expanded our recipients, beyond school teachers, aiming to diversify and engage new educational profiles.
  • After 9 editions, Wikipuentes continues to have a great number of people enrolled, which proves this project has become a trademark of Wikimedia Argentina.

Main results:

Target Last year (if applicable) Progress (at end of Q2) End of year Comments
600 teachers 716 289 Teachers from Editing Clubs+ Wikipedia in the University+Wikipuentes+Aulas Abiertas+ Quién es esa científica
500 students 909 592
1000 articles 815 Editing Clubs, Wikipedia in the University and Wikipuentes
70% high quality articles 73%
70% diverse content n/a
70% girls and women confortable 80%
25 new partners n/a 20
Resources designed 8 5
Volunteers involved 35
% of satisfaction 100%

Challenges so far: why are we below in terms of content creation?

As we explained previously, during the first part of the year, we worked on the development of innovative proposals that reflect the diversity of the ways to teach and learn in  Argentina, proposals that go beyond Wikipedia. This proposal entails qualitative results that are highly relevant to continue reflecting on ways to position the Education & Rights Program, but they do not translate into content created. Even though all other projects continue progressing, the focus of new activities caused quantitative results to grow less than expected in this first part of the year. During the second semester, we will work on improving these results with the goal of achieving our quantitative objectives.

Gating factor: Working with alliances[edit]

Expanding the Editing Clubs project represents a challenge for us. The goal of this project is to offer students and educators all over the country tools to use the encyclopedia in an educational way. For this, it is key to scale the proposal to a national level and to increase the number of schools that participate in the project.

As we have explained previously, the economic crisis in Argentina implied the reduction of the budget of provincial Ministries of Education, which makes it more difficult for us to reach the provinces. On the other hand, these latest years, our alliance with the national Ministry of Education has been complex, and it is not easy to match the development of our project with their methods and interests. During 2018 and 2019 Wikimedia Argentina invited schools to participate without a liaison, but it is clear that limiting ourselves to our own outreach reduces the scale of our goals.

The situation forces us to continue working on the implemented dynamics and particularly on finding the alliaces that we need to reach school across the entire country and in a greater scale, but with a high-quality proposal.

Education as a Human Right[edit]

Success: Making historically excluded groups more visible [edit]

After taking the Wiki Human Rights projects to a regional scale during 2018, we set two main goals for 2019:

  • Going deeper into our work with Human Rights organizations in the creation of content about violations of human rights in Argentina and the region.
  • Expanding the WikiDDHH project to work with communities that have been historically excluded, like the LGBT+ community.

In order to achieve these goals, we established two different work strategies:

a) Creating and improving content about the LGBT+ community and violations of human rights, with local organizations

During the first part of the year, we developed editing workshops and edit-a-thons in Argentina and Paraguay to improve content about crimes against humanity perpetrated during the military dictatorships in both countries. On the other, we decided to continue working with LGBT+ organizations to update content about their history in our country.

What have we done so far?

Buenos Aires and Entre Ríos
  • we organized edit-a-thons and workshops in Buenos Aires and the province of Entre Ríos
  • we work along with the main Human Rights organizations such such as Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo, Asociación HIJOS de Detenidos-Desaparecidos and national universities, such as the National University of Entre Ríos.
  • we update and create new content linked to the process of memory and justice that our country is going through.

Tucuman and Santa Fe

  • we continued expanding the WikiDDHH LGBT+ projects in alliance with Agencia Presentes
  • we worked with organizations of the civil society and journalists who are referents of LGBT+ issues to update and create prejudice-free, quality content that follows Human Rights standards.


  • we carried out an activity in Paraguay related to the edition of content on Crimes against Humanity.
  • we generated alliances with the General Administration of Truth, Justice and Reparation, providing them with a two-day training course and an editing workshop.
  • we trained the main referents of Human Rights in the country, researchers, lawyers, governmental authorities and social leaders in the use of Wikipedia

b) Diversity and participatory approach

This second strategy proposes to continue expanding our work method with a human rights, diverse and inclusive approach for Wikipedia to:

  • create knowledge together with historically excluded communities of our country, such as the LGBT+ community.
  • developing interdisciplinary workshops in which participants can learn diverse tools that help democratize the access and creation of content with a human rights perspective, from their own reality and community.

How did we diversify the WikiDDHH workshops?

We approach the following themes to diversify the content of our workshops:

  • The importance of knowing about open licenses regarding human rights content. For this, in the training of local Human Rights organizations, we worked not only in the importance of creating content in the encyclopedia but also in the value of all Wikimedia projects to make the history of excluded groups visible.
  • The development of good practices of communication. Our experience has taught us that, when dealing with sensitive content, we need to make experts our allies. That is why we decided to offer workshops for human rights advocates and organizations about communication strategies for themes related to diversity and Human Rights, to promote the creation and update of information with a diverse and inclusive perspective.

Which have been our results, so far?

  • 60 journalists and 70 activists were trained on good practices of communication regarding LGBT+ issues.
  • 72 experts, researchers and Human Rights activists were trained on the edition of content regarding processes of justice and violations of Human Rights in the region.
  • 70% of the content edited so far is quality content.
  • 100% of participants are advocates and experts on Human Rights in their contexts and they supported the proposal by disseminating the activities locally.
  • 80% of participants had never edited Wikipedia before.
  • 80% of participants surveyed affirmed that the edition of Wikipedia on Human Rights helps make their contexts and realities more visible.
  • For the first time, we organized edit-a-thons on LGBT+ content in the provinces of Tucuman and Santa Fe: 44 articles about the history of the local LGBT+ community were updated
  • Both in Paraguay and in Argentina, activities were organized together with institutions and organizations that are benchmarks in the Human Rights issues that we address.
  • Main results:

Side effect: High level partners

Since its beginnings in 2016, Wiki Human Rights has proven to have the potential to be carried out and replicated at a regional and global scale. As WikiDDHH has grown, we have realized that this project goes beyond the Wikimedia Movement. This project can become a tool to generate alliances with institutions and benchmark organizations at a national and international level. In fact, during 2019 we have partnered with high-level organizations such as the United Nations and the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, with the goal of expanding the WikiDDHH project so it can be carried out all over the world. Also the program has been recognize at the international level. During June 2019, we participated in the 40th Human Rights International Program for Human Rights leaders, organized by the Equitas Foundation and with the support of the Global Affairs Canada. 103 leaders were selected from different regions of the world to share strategies and innovative projects and WikiDDHH was among them!

Gating: The constant search for funds[edit]

Our experience has taught us that disseminating and carrying out a project like Wiki Human Rights requires an active search for funds to scale the proposal to a regional and global scale. So far, we have applied for 6 international funds and we got funding from 2 of them: Open Society Foundation and the Embassy of Canada. This allowed us to carry out, during 2018 and beginning of 2019, the WikiDDHH edit-a-thons in 7 countries of the region and also cover the expenses of human resources and necessary materials in each country where we carried out the encounters.

Even though our main objective is to carry out these activities with local liaisons, together with chapters and UG of each country, the search for funds is usually very wearing for our team since it entails a double task: on the one hand, the design of a project according to the requirements of each fund; on the other, preparing the applications, which take place in different moments of the year and, in many cases, we find ourselves writing proposals while we organize our activities.

Besides the aforementioned issues and the effort of searching for funds, the results achieved have proven that this is one of the projects that have better engaged us in collaborative work in the region and it resulted in a valuable exchange of experiences. The great challenge is, year after year, to get the funds to sustain these activities that offer great contributions and generate alliances with organizations and historically excluded communities of our region.

Why do we do the things we do?[edit]

  • To develop innovative proposals, we need to understand educational community needs: for that reason, we generate new strategies and dinamics to think with the educational community how to introduce free culture in their classrooms.
  • There are still significant content gaps regarding locally relevant knowledge: for that reason, we continue developing our key projects in universities, schools and remote teacher trainings to encourage the creation of diverse and relevant content.
  • Information about historically excluded communities needs to be improved in Wikipedia. Training Human Rights defenders in the creation of information about their specific context contributes to generate quality and diverse content on these issues.

What have we learnt?[edit]
  • Continuous follow-up according to the needs of each educator helps see the proposal through. This is so for both the Editing Clubs and the Wikipuentes experiences.
  • Consolidating a learning community is very important to generate a network of educators that become replicators of experiences in their contexts.
  • Opening the debate about the limitations and potentialities of the Wikimedia projects as educational resources allows educators to reflect on possible strategies to put free culture into practice in schools and universities.
  • Quality content generated from the articulation with national universities allows us to legitimate the use of Wikipedia as a reliable tool for the academic world.
  • The importance of working with local Human Rights organizations allows us to meet the needs and demands of each particular social and political context.
  • Diversifying the workshops for the LGBT+ community and strengthening alliances with experts on these issues allowed us to offer quality workshops that provided tools for communication and production of content in Wikipedia, following prejudice-free and inclusive standards.
  • Addressing Wikipedia as a tool to make the history of historically excluded communities visible generates greater commitment and social responsibility in the creation of quality content.

What's next?[edit]
  • Developing 4 WikiDDHH edit-a-thons in Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Cordoba and San Pablo
  • Developing 1 pilot edition of Wikipuentes in Venezuela
  • Developing 1 Mooc Wikipuentes in Argentina
  • Developing the 1st Conference of Human Rights and Digital Rights of the Wikimedia Movement in Buenos Aires.
  • Developing at least 8 Editing Clubs in Corrientes, Buenos Aires province, City of Buenos Aires and Chaco
  • Carrying out the Wikipedia at the University project in at least 8 universities
  • Call for projects to expand the website of Open Educational Resources
  • Carrying out the Who is that woman scientist? project in 24 schools

Culture and Open Knowledge Program[edit]


The objectives on which we worked during the first half of the year in the Culture & Open Knowledge Program are the following:

  • To increase the diversity and bridge the gaps regarding content within the Wikimedia projects.
  • Creation and release of quality open knowledge that represents the sum of local and regional diversity.
  • Strengthening, consolidating and positioning the work and development of diverse cultural communities in Argentina.

Diverse content[edit]

Success: Reducing content gaps within Wikimedia projects[edit]

One of Wikimedia Argentina’s goals is to promote the improvement and creation of quality content that is representative of the cultural heritage of Argentina and Latin America. In order to achieve this, we worked in the following way:

a) Training diverse cultural communities to diversify content

During 2019, we continued training different cultural spaces on the use of the Wikimedia projects in the following way:

1.Mentorship and training:

  • Workshops of awareness: we trained xx cultural  institutions and civil associations (meaning xx people) with the purpose of incorporating free cultural processes to their work spaces.
  • Content release workshops: support to different areas of government and the civil society to they can incorporate the use of free licenses. As a result of 9 institutions released 1010 files under creative commons licenses.
Partner Topics Activities, so far
SEDRONAR Current Issues Workshop
Fundación Espigas Latin American Art Workshop
Dirección General de Verdad, Justicia y Reparación Human Rights Workshop + Material Release
Subsecretaría de las mujeres de Neuquén Gender Edith-a-ton + Material Release
Secretaría de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación de la Nación Gender and Sciencie Edith-a-ton
CAREF (Comisión Argentina para Refugiados y Migrantes) Local culture Workshop and Edith-a-ton
Secretaría de Cultura de la Nación Culture and Gender Edith-a-ton + Material Release
CAICYT Current Issues Workshop + Material Release
Museo Estación Cultural Lucinda Larrosa Local culture Material Release
Universidad Nacional de la Plata Current Issues Workshop + 1bib1ref
Directorio Legislativo Current Issues Data Release

2. Taylor-made activities

This allows us to:

  • Work according to the opportunities and particularities of each institution.
  • Meet their needs appropriately.
  • Reduce false expectations and base work on the reality of each institution.

Thus, we organized:

  • Edit-a-thons with experts: in order to solve content gaps we focus on training specialists; so, the experts themselves are who improve specific articles. In this way we made 4 edit-a-thons..
  • Trainings for librarians: we carried out the 1bib1ref campaign to train librarians across the entire country. This year, the main activities took place in the provinces of Cordoba and Neuquen, and in the cities of La Plata and Buenos Aires. As a result, we trained 200 librarians and improved 518 Wikipedia articles.
  • Wikidata & databases: In the first half of 2019 we conducted XXX workshops with XXXX people with the aim that they can start to make and release their databases. So far we have released databases of politicians, sports, scientists etc. meaning 12155 items created and updated in Wikidata.

3.High-level partnerships

In the beginning of 2019, we signed agreements with two very important cultural institutions: the National University of La Plata and Argentina’s National Academy of History.

Why is it important?

Both agreements represent engaging with new that were out of reach for us until now. The National Academy of History is one of the most important Argentina’s centenarian cultural organizations, and regarding the Universidad Nacional de la Plata means the 1st agreement with a university with a national outreach, and this is the first agreement of its kind in Latin America.

What did we do?

Incorporating a WIR: both cultural organization have involved a Wikipedian in Residence to digitize part of its cultural archive.

Reducing content gaps: we will include heritage related to the beginnings of science in Argentina. We will upload publications by the Buenos Aires Zoo and prints of the first maps of Buenos Aires.

Training cultural referents: we offered a cultural training course for 60 cultural leaders, belonging to Biblioteca Central de La Plata, Museo de Odontología, Museo de Ciencias Agrarias, Museo de Física, Museo de La Plata, Museo de de Instrumentos Musicales etc. that were taught about the different projects of Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata.

Results: So far, 8886 Wikidata items have been improved. Three activities were organized and 108 people were trained.

What results did we achieve, beyond the numbers?

  • Strengthening alliances: 1bib1ref campaign became a space for the betterment of librarians and opened the doors for us to offer training in strategic spaces such as the National Congress of Librarians, the Argentine Center of Scientific and Technological Information (CAICYT), which belongs to Argentina’s National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), the degree of Library Science of the National University of La Plata and the School of Librarians of the city of Buenos Aires.
  • New Alliances: both high level partnerships have opened us doors for us to establish new strategic partners as per example the Museum of La Plata, one of the greatest science museums in Latin America.
  • Incorporation of new profiles to the program: During 2019 not only we have worked with governmental offices related to the cultural world, but also we decided to strengthen our bond with civil society organizations, bodies linked to scientific journals and spaces that work with excluded communities.

Main results

Target Last year (if applicable) Progress (at end of Q2) End of year (projected or actual) Comments

a) Content gaps: Local culture & current issues and Science

One of our main objectives is to create and improve content specifically those locally relevant, currently missing and that are of interest to Argentinean society. To achieve these goals during the first semester of 2018 we have worked to improve 3 main topics because:

  • Local culture: improving the missing content related to the cultural heritage of Argentina adds value to the Wikimedia projects.
  • TopicaI Issues: the public agenda impacts directly in how culture is built within the Argentinean society and so in how we organize and define our work.
  • Science: one of the biggest content gaps in the Spanish Wikipedia is about science and gender.

Who have we partnered with?

Partner Topics Activities, so far
Ministerio de Desarrollo Urbano y Transporte de CABA Local culture 1 Training
1 Edit-a-thon
Quality content released
Open House Rosario Local culture Photo contest
National Institute of Technology for Agriculture and Livestock (INTA) Science Quality content released
Red Argentina de Ciencia, género y tecnología Science Quality content released
Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Science Quality content released

2 Trainings 2 Edit-a-thons

Ministerio de Justicia y Derechos Humanos Current issues 1 Trainings
Satellogic Current issues Quality content released
Defensoría del Pueblo Current issues Quality content released
Crisalida NGO Current issues 2 Trainings
Amnistía Internacional Argentina Current issues Quality content released

How did we worked with them?

  • Training: we have trainned 258 experts in 4 institutions and 103 new editors in specific edit-a-thons
  • Tailor-made activities: we defined tailor-made activities with each institution according to their heritage, possibilities and capabilities.
  • Promoting free culture: 75% understand what free culture means and 6 institutions have started to release local content.

Highlight: Science and gender

During 2018 we based our gender-related work on the public demand regarding one of the most important gender movements today that deals with the role of women and girls in the STEAM disciplines, with two objectives:

  • Reaching very active communities in this topic and so engaging new women as editors.
  • Represent in the Spanish Wikipedia one of the most invisible group: women scientists.

What have been our activities and our results, so far?

  • Quality content: 100 articles regarding argentinean scientists created and improved, 80% by new participants.
  • Release databases: focusing on Science and Technology has allowed us to release the database of Aves Argentina (Argentinean Birds) and the Dr. Grierson’s Scientific Directory (Argentinean scientists) meaning +1300 items created in Wikidata.
  • Build community: in partnership with our community program we have generated bi-monthly editing spaces for women on gender, science and technology to continue strengthening a new community of editors.
  • Partners: we have partnered with the greatest STEAM institutions and communities in Argentina: Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Argentinean Network of Gender, Science & Technology, EconomiaFeminita, LasdeSistemas, GeoChicas, among others.
  • Federalization: we have promoted the activities in Buenos Aires, Rio Negro (south of the country) and Tucumán (in October, north of the country)
  • Recognition: the project has been recognized as of provincial interest by the Province of Rio Negro

What have been our results?

  • Reduce content gaps: we uploaded missing content regarding Argentinean cultural heritage, current issues as national strikes, human rights documents and images and databases of women scientists.
  • Source of information: share new and updated information regarding current issues with the society.
  • Positioning WMAR as the organization to build knowledge regarding current issues, minority and underepresented groups and popular and local culture.

Main results:

Target Last year (if applicable) Progress (at end of Q2) End of year (projected or actual) Comments
Promote the free culture in 10 institutions 6 10 Above target n/a
200 cultural leaders trained 660 258 Above target n/a
4 institutions publish their heritage in free licence 11 6 Above target n/a
70% understand the importance of open culture New objective 75% Above target n/a
Articles created (science, current issues, local culture) 3059 3348 On target 1946 in Wikipedia+ 1402 images
Number of editors involved (500) 251 328 On target Women editors: 90

b) Wikipedia as a reliable source of information

One of the greatest objectives of the Culture and Open Knowledge Program during the first half of the year has been to consolidate Wikipedia as a reliable source of information in Argentinean society. This is due to the following facts:

  • Argentinean society increasingly demands more reliable sources of information.
  • Traditional media are in crisis.

With this in mind, WMAR has launched a new pilot projects that is having very good reception in the local community:

Wikipedia in the public debate

In WMAR we consider that Wikipedia is a project to democratize the Argentinean society as it promotes the construction of an informed society .

During 2018, we have launched a new pilot project: #Wikipediaendebate (Wikipediaondebate) where we use Wikipedia as a fact-checking tool. The first implementation was within the framework of the debate about the Abortion Act that lasted 27 hours and in which we used Wikipedia to:

  • Analyze the concepts of the representatives’ speeches (+190)
  • Analyze which concepts used during the debate were missing in Wikipedia.

How did we do this?

  • We worked in alliance with other fact-checking organizations
  • We watched the debate live and analyzed it through twitter using the hasthtag #Wikipediaendebate.
  • We analyzed the traffic of visits during the after the debate (+250.000)
  • We organized editing activities to improve/create articles.

Gating factors: Sources & Community[edit]

When in WMAR we decided to work on current issues on the public agenda, we found great allies willing to work in the creation of new content, but we also found several challenges:

  • Finding reliable sources: some themes, specially those focused on gender and science, don’t have reliable sources in Spanish to back the content of the encyclopedia. Thus, we often have to resort to articles or research material where they don’t mention the progress made in Ibero America on certain subjects.
  • Local community: our community is still reluctant to accept certain subjects as relevant for the encyclopedia. Many of those subjects are part of local agendas but are difficult to explain as relevant for the Wikipedia until they have been picked up by international media.  

Thus, our challenge is to continue redefining the concepts of culture to promote the importance of these new topics as part of our program. According to this, our alliance with expert civil organizations and associations is essential to provide reliability to the content added to Wikipedia. 

Success: Strengthening cultural communities

Another of WMAR’s great objectives is to build, strengthen and support the development of traditional and emerging cultural communities to continue expanding and consolidating our program.

For that purpose, we are working in the following way:

Large cultural institutions

We continued to work with our long-term partners; the Argentinean Academy of Letters, the Fine Arts National Museum, the Library of the Legislature of the Province of Buenos Aires and we partnered with one new institution, The Circe Library.

Through our WIR we have digitized 170 books - meaning +30,000 pages in Commons- and 198 new articles in Wikidata and Wikipedia (see results here).

However we still face some challenges:

a) Material released: the cultural heritage we have access to are mainly historical books. Unlike images, their use is more restricted. Therefore, we measure the impact on the number of visualizations. During the first semester, the new books reached +50,000 visits.

b) Resources: cultural institutions face certain challenges, specially regarding economic resources, that have an impact on our work. In this sense, during the first half of 2018, we have introduced changes in our work to be able to face and cover the lack of resources in the institutions and be able to speed up our objectives:

How did we work on this?

1. Fundraising for cultural organizations

We began to forge alliances to obtain financial resources. We made an alliance with the Book’s General Administration to have access to private funding for a digitizing project in the Cirse Library. The project has been approved for 170.000 Argentinean pesos (+7000USD), which is allowing us to:

  • Supply the Library with equipment and technical resources
  • Desing a long-term digitizing plan: 54 books so far.
  • Mentoring and training the work team regularly

What results are we obtaining?

  • Greater institutionalization of the project: being a state-funded project, it is subject to certain objectives and results
  • Greater exposition for our digitization project in the cultural circles of the City of Buenos Aires.

2. Human Resources

Another big restriction inside cultural institutions are human resources.

In light of this situation, and within the framework of our training program for librarians, we began to incorporate new volunteers to an internship program, with the aim of activating the digitizing project inside cultural institutions.

The pilot project is being carried out at the Fine Arts Museum in the following way:

  • We trained, mentored and supported a new volunteer as a leader of the digitizing project at the Museum.
  • We worked together with the Museum on the material to be released.
  • We institutionalized the project in the long-term inside the institutions

Librarians community

A way to prevent the projects with great cultural institutions from becoming obsolete was to diversify our actions by getting the community of librarians actively involved.

In 2018 we have consolidated and expanded our relationship and work in the following ways:

  • Training & partnerships: we have trained 247 librarians and we have partnered with 4 new strategic alliances; Aprender3C, Superior Institute of Technical Training # 13, System of Libraries and Information, General Administration of Books and Reading of the City of Buenos Aires.
  • Promoting projects together: we have carried out 2 specific Webinars with regional scope, 1 regional campaign and 4 workshops.

Highlight: #1bib1ref at a regional scale

During May 2018, we promoted the #1bib1ref campaign. Even though the global campaign is carried out in January, it is impossible for libraries in the Southern hemisphere to implement it in that month because most libraries are closed.

The campaign lasted three weeks and obtained the following results:

Target Last year (if applicable) Progress (at end of Q2) Comments
Participants 9 70 n/a
Editions n/a 522 n/a
Articles improved 26 371 729 counting #1lib1ref. The campaign was re-activated
Countries involved 1 5 Spanish speaking countries 14 countries world-wide
Libraries involved 4 12 7 are from Argentina. 4 offline actvities

After a pilot test in 2017, the project was a great success thanks to the following:

  • We adapted the contents to our local and regional reality; even the tutorial videos were edited with different linguistic idioms.
  • We worked together through Iberocoop and the project was led by different chapters in each context.
  • We fostered webinars on the campaign for librarians who helped us take the project to a regional scale.
  • We offered in-person training courses at local libraries.

Side effect: the campaign was reactivated in 14 countries, mostly in the southern hemisphere, with +700 articles improved.

New cultural communities: #OpenGlam & new cultural influencers

Since 2017 we have been working to improve the reach and diversity of the program to meet the following needs:

  • Build a national network to promote free culture in Argentina.
  • Involve new cultural influencers at the national scale.

To achive these goals we have carried out two new pilot projects:

OpenGLAM community

We have started to organize the 1st #OpenGlam community:

What have we done so far?

  • Meetings: we held two meetings involving +200 cultural leaders from Buenos Aires and beyond.
  • Discussions: we positioned the discussion regarding Open Glam and the Argentinean cultural policies and their impact in the cultural scene.
  • Network: we started to build a national network of organization advocating for free culture. So far, 4 great institutions are actively involved.

Main results:

  • We have partnered with three of the most important museums in Argentina (MNBA, Museum of Modern Art, MALBA)
  • We are positioning Wikimedia Argentina as a leader organization regarding free culture and open GLAM policies.


  • Consolidate the network with an own agenda.

Webinars: online training to reach new cultural profiles

We have fostered new online training sessions to reach and diversify our program.

What have we done?

  • 5 webinars about free culture, Wikipedia as a reliable source and its impact within cultural institutions.

Results so far:

  • Engagement: 172 participants and + 1200 subsequent views. The participation grew in each webinar.
  • Outreach: we managed to take the proposal to a national scale. Even local libraries broadcasted the webinars, the Public Library of Misiones and the University of Cuyo among them. Abroad, benchmark institutions from Ecuador, Spain, Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia and Chile participate.


  • Impact: we found it complicated to measure the change of opinion/impact of participants as it is an online proposal.
  • Build a network: build a network beyond these trainings.

Main results:

Target Last year (if applicable) Progress (at end of Q2) End of year (projected or actual) Comments
A national OpenGlam - 5 institutions involved n/a 4 On target n/a
8 leaders involved n/a 5 On target n/a
Involving 200 new cultural in online trainings n/a 172 Above target n/a
60% modify their perception on Wikipedia as a reliable source n/a n/a n/a Re-defining this metric.

What have we learnt?[edit]
  • Working on current issues allows us to generate new strategic alliances and to position WMAR in new cultural spaces.
  • Defining our activities according to social demands improves participation and engagement.
  • Wikipedia is a great ally as a source of reliable and quality information in Argentina, especially in the presence of a credibility crisis in traditional media.
  • Consolidating alliances with great cultural institutions with the aim of improving their resources generates long-term alliances and helps defines our work inside the organizations.
  • Remote trainings have allowed us not only to take the program outside Buenos Aires but also to approach new cultural profiles in the region, expanding the outreach and diversity of our proposal.

What´s next?[edit]
  • Continue promoting #Wikipediaendebate in alliance with other fact-checking organizations in Argentina.
  • We’ll begin to establish relations with the National Council of Technical and Scientific Research (Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas|CONICET) to continue working on science-related subjects.
  • We’ll continue organizing webinars related to other subjects: checking information, gender and diversity.
  • We’ll organize LGTB+-related activities
  • We’ll continue working to incorporate wiki culture in the public agenda by organizing activities in different governmental offices and civil organizations.
  • We’ll organize a second Open Glam encounter in which different cultural organizations can submit their projects and challenges inside their work spaces.

Free Knowledge Awareness[edit]

Sucess: Advocacy & Movement strategy[edit]

One of the greatest objectives of the Culture & Open Knowledge Program is to begin to work on advocacy, specially on those that have an impact on Wikimedia’s projects such as changes in copyright legislation or bills that regulate access to public information. Our objectives on this matter are the following:

  • Promoting and guaranteeing that Argentinean society knows and understands the impact of public policies on internet..
  • Establishing an Advocacy regional network.
  • Positioning WMAR globally as a benchmark organization of culture and open knowledge.

In order to achieve this, during 2018 we have promoted the following strategies:

a) Local level: Laws about Copyright in Argentina

For the last few years there has been a debate over a possible change of the Copyright Act, which would be very harmful for free culture in Argentina. In order to help prevent that new bill from progressing, we have:

  • Get organized with other organizations that specialize on copyright
  • We designed and participate in 2 debate spaces to discuss issues related to copyright with law experts and representatives of the most important museums of the country.

What have we achieved?

  • We have generated a united front of organizations on free culture against a restrictive bill.
  • We have identified allies for advocating for free knowledge in Argentina.

b) Regional level: Iberocoop & strategy

Iberocoop actively participated in the Phase I of the Wikimedia movement’s strategy. For the first time, we worked beyond the projects to consolidate new ideas, demands and recommendations for the process. With the purpose of continuing working on this line, WMAR along with Wikimedia Chile and Wikimedia Mexico led the initial implementation of Phase II inside Iberocoop, which consisted on:

  • Organizing regular meetings-4 so far- to present and discuss the process
  • Identifying Iberocoop's expertise and how can it be used to strenghtening the Wikimedia movement's strategic process
  • Identifying the needs to make sure that anyone interested can participate.

What have we achieved?

  • Defining the methodology of work to involve the network as a whole.
  • Encouraging the participation: 13 people applied.
  • Generating engagement of the different chapters, user groups and volunteers with the process.

c) Global level: Wikimedia Argentina & Women20

Argentina will be President of the G20 in 2018. With the aim of establishing guidelines for the politicians involved, different work commissions have been set up. In one of them, Women20, WMAR has had a relevant role. In alliance with Mujeres en Igualdad and the Argentinean Network of Science, Gender and Technology, we were invited as Knowledge Partner for the Digital Inclusion line of work. Together we organized a network of +30 organizations to design recommendations that have been the matter of international discussions.

This opportunity has also allowed us to:

  • Position ourselves as a benchmark organization regarding digital inclusion in the country.
  • Position the voice of the Wikimedia movement and Wikimedia Argentina internationally.

Gating factors: The thin line between Advocacy and Activism[edit]

Strengthening Wikimedia Argentina’s profile in relation to public policies is a chance not only to position ourselves at a local level but also to deal with issues that have a direct impact on the work we do. We still had to face certain challenges that could be summarized in the following way:

  • Definition of neutrality: we can’t deny there is certain tension and disagreement within the Wikimedia movement regarding the meaning of neutrality. While our community agrees that Wikipedia content is and should be neutral, we are still defining if the Wikimedia projects -that seek to guarantee rights- are indeed neutral and how the chapters should work on them.
  • Definition of “support”: working on public policies implies taking a stance on a specific subject. It is essential to be able to define our vision without “doing activism” for a cause, so we can maintain an open view on different subjects, specially in an extremely politicized country like Argentina.

In this sense, we have worked and will continue working to defend our mission, guaranteeing and respecting the different opinions of our community regarding our decisions. It is essential to work together with Iberocoop to create a united front on subjects that affect us all.

What have we learnt?[edit]
  • By consolidating appropriate alliances, Wikimedia Argentina can and will continue working to have an impact on the defense of digital rights in internet at a loca, regional and global scale.

What´s next?[edit]
  • To continue promoting the work of Iberocoop in Phase II of the strategy.
  • Through the #OpenGlam community, we will generate two new debate spaces on the Copyright and Access to Public Information Bill, at a local level.

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.
Target Last year (if applicable) Progress (at end of Q2) Projected (end of year) Comments
Example Example Example Example Example

Revenues received during this six-month period[edit]

Please use the exchange rate in your APG proposal.

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

* Provide estimates in US Dollars

Spending during this six-month period[edit]

Please use the exchange rate in your APG proposal.

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
A B C D E F G H I J J2 K

* Provide estimates in US Dollars


Is your organization compliant with the terms outlined in the grant agreement?[edit]

As required in the grant agreement, please report any deviations from your grant proposal here. Note that, among other things, any changes must be consistent with our WMF mission, must be for charitable purposes as defined in the grant agreement, and must otherwise comply with the grant agreement.

Are you in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations as outlined in the grant agreement? Please answer "Yes" or "No".

Are you in compliance with provisions of the United States Internal Revenue Code (“Code”), and with relevant tax laws and regulations restricting the use of the Grant funds as outlined in the grant agreement? Please answer "Yes" or "No".


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Resources to plan for measurement[edit]

Resources for storytelling[edit]