List of activities included
- Lingua Libre
- Photographic competitions
- Wiktionary in residence
- Reduce gender gap on Wikimedia projects
Part of the Wiki4women team (an editathon to reduce the gender gap at UNESCO)
Part of the Lingua Libre team
Winning picture of Wiki Loves Monuments
Winning picture of Wiki Science Competition
Banner used for the the Wikidata competition
Wikimédia France is committed to the production and free distribution of quality and representative content of all human diversity on Wikimedia projects in particular by targeting the different gap of content:
For this, Wikimedia France has developed and supported, in the past years, various contributive actions to reduce these gaps but also to ensure the free sharing of quality cultural and educational content.
Wikimedia France is actively engaged in the production and distribution of quality content. It also takes care to reduce the biases present within the encyclopedia and other Wikimedia projects (gender, languages, territories).
During this year, 3 dedicated contribution contests were organized. First, a new edition of the Wiki Loves Monument which took place in September 2019 and which brought i8,300 photos of historical monuments. As the fire of Notre-Dame de Paris a year and a half ago reminded us, or the more recent one of the cathedral of Nantes, documenting heritage in a free and accessible manner is essential and the association works actively in this direction. Other competitions aimed at more scientific audiences such as the 2020 edition of 1lib1ref (1 librarian, 1 reference) with nearly 2000 references added, the “Wiki Science Competition” and the Wikidata competition concerning cultural works conserved in museums in 5 European countries (France, Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland) have made it possible to improve the Wikipedia encyclopedia and other Wikimedia projects. Thanks to its action, the association provides access to high quality sources, images and data.
The project, Lingua Libre, to develop and support regional and minority languages, crossed the symbolic mark of 300,000 recordings with nearly 112,000 new recordings made in the year 2019-2020 alone. The graphic redesign of the site and the switch from .fr to .org demonstrate our desire to continue developing this tool, which proves, day after day, tthat developing new avenues of contribution is essential to include new people in Wikimedia projects. Opening doors to allow everyone to join the movement is part of our ambition and Lingua Libre has shown that it meets this objective.
New promising partnerships were signed during the year, in particular with Paris-Musées, an institution bringing together 14 heritage sites in the city of Paris which has chosen to open nearly 100,000 photographs of works in high definition. and licensed under CC-0.
In this context, Wikimedia France and the DGLFLF (Department dedicated to the French language at the Ministry of Culture) have joined forces to co-finance a job position of Wiktionary in residence at the International Institute of La Francophonie as part of the "Dictionary of Francophones" project. The work carried out in the design of this new dictionary will be reused to improve the Wiktionary and thus improve the quality of the information contained therein.
Finally, Wikimedia France has partnered with the Sans PagEs association to improve content about female personalities. An official partnership was signed and Wikimedia France is committed to supporting humanely, financially and logistically the essential work carried out by the Sans PagEs association. With more than 2,000 new articles created during the year, the collaboration between the two associations will continue into the next year, together committed to reducing gender bias on Wikimedia projects.
Wikimedia France continues to "focus its efforts on the knowledge and communities that have been left out by structures of power and privilege". We have developed competitions and training to improve the quality of content on Wikimedia projects through partnerships with cultural institutions, contribution workshops on specific themes and by supporting the production of content that reduces the bias of Wikimedia projects (oral contribution with Lingua Libre, financing of the activities of Sans PagEs and the Women and Feminism Workshops in Nantes). However, some activities had to be postponed because of the confinement such as a conference dedicated to people speaking Occitan.
Act on the policies and practices of public institutions
List of activities included
- Wikipedia in classroom
- Professional training
Wikipedia in classroom website
Interview with Perrine, a teacher for the Wikipedia in classroom website
Round table on the overhaul of the e-commerce directive
Round table on the overhaul of the e-commerce directive
The association acts to sustainably transform the practices of public institutions by campaigning for a free and contributory internet model, by acting for open data and open content, but also by transforming professional practices, in particular through the training of professionals.
Wikimedia France continued its awareness and training program with cultural, educational and public actors with the aim of promoting the Wikipedia model but also of changing practices. Several trainings on Wikimedia projects have been organized with stakeholders such as the National Library of France, the network of media libraries in the city of Strasbourg or the national network of museums and technical collections.
The development of our own distance training platform should allow us to increase our offer and our audience, in particular by reaching out to isolated players who would like to get involved in contributing to Wikimedia projects. Several training modules are in development and the WikiMOOC will be switched to this new platform in the coming days. The training catalog has been streamlined and redesigned to meet the needs of professionals.
A website dedicated to teachers using Wikimedia projects in the classroom was developed during the year. The idea is to bring together good ideas, promote mutual aid and exchange between professionals, particularly in the context of actions such as the high school Wikiconcours. The association has thus joined or formed networks of professionals likely to bring within their institution a change in practices and a more open and contributory approach.
But the association, thanks to the action of the chair Pierre-Yves Beaudouin and Willie Robert, has also been very involved in advocacy activities promoting and defending the Wikipedia model. This resulted in several open letters and forums aimed at alerting the public authorities published on the association's blog but also by the participation of board members and the operational director in various hearings within the framework of the preparation of draft laws.
Wikimedia France has notably made an external contribution to the Constitutional Council to contest several devices deemed dangerous in the law aimed at combating hate content which was partly censored by this council. The association now sits on the online hate observatory, attached to the CSA (Superior council of audio-visual). Finally, Wikimedia France is still active with the Free Knowledege Advocacy Group of Brussels by organizing, on the occasion of the French-speaking Wikiconvention 2019, a round table on the overhaul of the e-commerce directive initiated by the new European commission (Digital services Act) and which will question in the coming months the role of the legal liability of hosts.
Wikimedia France act to transform institutional practices. We bring together and federate all the cultural, educational and scientific actors who share our values while training and accompanying those who wish to join us. We gather beyond Wikimedia projects, all actors who act for the free sharing of knowledge. In this, we fit perfectly in the strategic direction of the Wikimedia movement by "becoming the essential infrastructure of the ecosystem of free knowledge, and anyone who shares our vision will be able to join us". We represent the movement and defend its model with public actors in France and at the European level by working closely with the FKAGEU.
The association is built on an active volunteer community without whom none of the association's activities would be possible. A reflection process was initiated during the year on the integration and support of new members of the association. Moments of friendly exchanges but also of work have made it possible throughout the year to maintain and preserve the energy of the association although it has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wikiconvention francophone 2019
The 2019 Francophone Wikiconvention took place from September 6 to 8, 2019 in Brussels and brought together around a hundred volunteers to exchange, train, learn and share. This edition saw for the first time the organization of a learning and training day dedicated to contributors and contributors from French-speaking countries that do not yet have an official organization (funding, action plan, communication, team leadership ). These days, which will be reproduced in various formats within the Francophone community, allowed an exchange of beneficial skills for members of the community who wish to organize themselves.
Feedback, discussion time, presentation and other workshops allowed the French-speaking community for three days to come together and reflect together on its future as part of the Wikimedia movement's 2030 strategy.
Unfortunately, the health situation forced the Tunisian organizing team for the 2020 edition to postpone the French-speaking Wikiconvention to 2021.
In 2020, the association initiated a special training program dedicated to these volunteers. The first two training sessions took place at the start of 2020 and covered two important themes: how to manage your volunteer investment and how to promote the skills acquired as a volunteer in the job market. Its two promising experiences, carried out in partnership with the EIHD (European Institute of Humain Developement), paved the way for a comprehensive training program for members of the association to accompany and support them in their volunteer commitment.
* With the various changes undertaken during the financial year, the statement of expenditure could only take place from January for the whole semester. So we know how much was spent on axis 1 on December 31, but not on September 30. This is why you will find on Q1 and Q2 the same amount. From Q3 we resume the usual calculation.
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