Grants:APG/Proposals/2019-2020 round 2/Wikimédia France/Proposal form

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Overview[edit]

1. In order to support community review, please provide a brief description of your organization's work in the upcoming funding period.

After a year 2019-2020 which allowed the development of new association's programs to integrate the new strategic plan, the new impacts and some major reflections initiated at the level of the 2030 strategy, the year 2020-2021 will be devoted to the consolidation of achievements but also to the experimentation of new projects that we think relevant for the association, the volunteers but also the Wikimedia movement.

2. Name, fiscal year, and funding period.
  • Legal name of organization: Wikimédia France, association pour le libre partage de la connaissan
  • Organization's fiscal year: 01st July - 30th June
  • 12-month funding period requested: 01 July 2020 - 30 June 2021
  • Currency requested: €
  • Name of primary contact: Rémy Gerbet


3. Amount requested.

Table 1

Currency requested US$
Total expenses for the upcoming year €1,189,100 2
APG funding requested for the upcoming year €425,000 4
Amount of funding received from WMF for the current year €450,000 6


4. How does your organization know what community members and contributors to online projects need or want? Does your organization conduct needs assessments or consult the contributors and volunteers most involved with its work?

In order to prepare this 2020-2021 annual plan, a specific working meeting bringing together the board and the staff was organized in January 2020 after huge preparatory work by the staff in December 2019. Several discussions took place within some locals groups also helped to collect the expectations of volunteers in France. This phase ended with the publication on French-speaking projects of a survey intended for the communities in order to collect, opinions, ideas and other proposals. Some results and proposition have been collected and published on the annual plan page on Meta-Wiki :

5. Please provide a link to your organization's strategic plan, and a link to your separate annual plans for the current and upcoming funding periods if you have them.
  • Strategic plan WMFr 2019-2022 (fr) (en)
  • Annual plan WMFr 2019-2020 (fr) (en)
  • Annual plan WMFr 2020-2021 (fr) (en)
  • Annual report 2018-2019 (fr)


Annual plan summary[edit]

Strategic context[edit]

Wikimedia France would like to apply for an APG of €425,000 from the Wikimedia Foundation for the period 1st July 2020 to 30st June 2021. Wikimedia France supports the free sharing of knowledge and recognizes a fundamental right to information. We share the idea of a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. We are committed, within the Wikimedia movement, to breaking down the social, political and technical barriers that prevent people from accessing and contributing to Wikimedia's project. Wikimedia France supports the strategic direction and participates in the process of developing the 2030 strategy. We will welcome people from every background to build diverse communities, and we are fully committed to making the Wikimedia movement the essential infrastructure of the ecosystem of free knowledge.

The values of Wikimédia France are :

  • Transparency
  • Openness
  • Mixity
  • Diversity
  • Accessibility

Our operating principles are as follows:

  • We recognize that the contribution of volunteers is central to our activities.
  • We promote the values inherent in the concept of free knowledge.
  • We support the use of licenses and formats that allow the free sharing of knowledge.
  • We encourage diversity in our community.
  • We learn, share and exchange with the entire Wikimedia movement.
  • We are transparent in all our operations.

We share with the entire Wikimedia movement this desire to build a sum of knowledge that is comprehensive, reliable and of high quality. A knowledge that is collected collaboratively, openly and accessible to all. Wikimedia France is committed to achieving the following outcomes:

  1. Supporting access and contribution to free and open knowledge
  2. Promoting the values of the Wikimedia movement in France
  3. Changing the uses and practices of professionals and institutions
  4. Working to improve Wikimedia projects by fighting against participation and content bias.

Our strategic aims for 2019-2022 are to :

  1. Increase the quality and quantity of knowledge available on Wikimedia projects by supporting projects of openness and free sharing of data and contents.
  2. Ensure a fair representation of human, cultural or social diversity in the chapter and on Wikimedia projects.
  3. Advocate for a change in practices in public or private organizations to support the free sharing of knowledge.

Program Overview[edit]

After the year 2019-2020 which allowed a redefinition of the association's programs to integrate the new strategic plan, the new impacts and some major reflections initiated at the level of the 2030 strategy, the next year will be devoted to the consolidation of achievements but also to the experimentation of new projects that we think relevant for the association, the volunteers but also the Wikimedia movement. The three main programs remain unchanged but some internal projects within these programs will be merged or redesigned:

In program A, a clear place is given to the development of e-learning. With the experience of WikiMOOC, the current development of specific modules dedicated to archives and the board members training but above all our desire to develop a MOOC dedicated to Wikidata, we will launch in September 2020 a MOOC and SPOC platform which will aim to collect and bring together all the training modules developed by Wikimedia France or in cooperation with other actors. This desire is fully in line with recommendation number 7 of the Wikimedia movement's 2030 strategy. Program A also brings together two other strong ambitions for Wikimedia France. First, the GLAM project with our desire to inaugurate a national Observatory of open content and open data in collaboration with other associative actors and cultural partners. This Observatory will also be a certifying organization which will be able to award a label recognizing the commitment of cultural institutions in favour of the free sharing of knowledge. On the education aspect, we will strengthen our support model by launching an educational platform dedicated to teachers in order to streamline conversations and exchanges between peers but also in order to provide them with the necessary support. We will also develop online educational courses for students thanks to the expertise of a key partner.

Program B continues to revolve around the fight against content and participation gap (gender, languages, territories). We will put particular emphasis on the structuring of WikiFranca in partnership with all the French-speaking affiliates of the movement. The objective is to build an organization capable of effectively supporting the emergence and development of new French-speaking wikimedian communities around the world by providing these communities with the resources and tools necessary for their structuring. We will continue to work closely with the User group of les Sans PagEs for the reduction of gender gap on French-speaking projects and will also continue the work started this year around Occitania and on the graphic overhaul of the Lingua Libre tool in order to make it more user-friendly.

Program C should focus even more on the community than the previous year with the extension of the training program initiated in 2019-2020, the development of more precise procedures for welcoming new members, the creation of a program mentoring and regional coordination, but also through the development of new volunteer committees aimed at fostering engagement, skills development and the growth of the Wikimedian volunteer base in France.

Priority projects[edit]

Development of an e-learning platform[edit]

Wikimedia France has successfully developed a MOOC around Wikipedia. The three editions of this MOOC have given us valuable experience in the field of e-learning within the Wikimedia movement. Wikimedia France is already recognized for this work and provides advice to other affiliates of the movement. Wikimedia France has even already committed to supporting the production of other MOOCs (MOOC Tamazight, WikiMOOC Arabic). If the MOOC project has faced many technical and human challenges, we have also learned from our mistakes and many of these challenges and problems are now behind us. The Wikimedia movement is resolutely turning to e-learning to strengthen the capacities of the community but also to increase our training potential. Recommendation number 7 “Invest in Skills Development” refers to this need to develop e-learning for the movement. This is why, Wikimedia France must respond at least partially, to these challenges for the movement. Thanks to an external service provider, Wikimedia France has developed its own MOOC instance, on which the WikiMOOC will be hosted, as well as the other distance learning projects dedicated to Wikimedia projects or training sessions dedicated to the volunteers. The integration of other languages is already planned within this platform which is already developed and on which several programs are in progress or will be installed in the coming months:

  • WikiMOOC (Wikipedia)
  • Why should archivists work with Wikimedia projects? (SPOC)
  • What are the roles and responsibilities of a board member?
  • WikiMOOC Arabic
  • MOOC Wiktionary Tamazight

Strengthening the French-speaking community within the Wikimedia movement[edit]

Although the cooperation of French-speaking affiliates officially started from the Wikimania of Washington, the informal organization Wikifranca took an important turning point with the organization of the first French-speaking WikiCon in Paris in 2016. In addition to the month of the French-speaking contribution, this international meeting allowed for the first time many French-speaking wikimédiens to meet and exchange. During the previous edition in Brussels in 219, the addition of learning days for French-speaking affiliates marked an additional step towards more cooperation and also made it possible to note the strong will of the participants to move towards an increasingly close collaboration. Because the language barrier is an important obstacle to the development of a structured community within our movement, all of the French-speaking affiliates are committed to strengthening WikiFranca. This future organization would be responsible for ensuring cooperation between French-speaking affiliates. It would oversee the organization of the Wikiconvention and it would support all the emerging national French-speaking structures. It would offer tools and resources to its members so that French-speakers can easily interact with the other linguistic communities of the movement. Wikifranca would actively support isolated Wikimedians seeking to build affiliated groups. It would support them in project management, it would support them in their skills development. Wikimedia France, in close collaboration with Wikimedia CH, wishes to actively engage in the development of Wikifranca and put human and financial resources in favour of the development and strengthening of new Wikimedian communities.

Program A : Raising awareness and training to Wikimedia projects[edit]

A.1 GLAM Project[edit]

Wikimedia France pursues its ambition to unite all of the cultural players wishing to move towards a policy of free sharing of data and content. After the overhaul of the training plan and the organization of Culture and Digital Days at the National Archives, a new step will have to be taken in 2020-2021 with the creation of an open content observatory bringing together the key players in the field in France in order to act jointly, through the production of studies and reports on political decision-makers and on cultural institutions still reluctant to open up cultural content.

  • Activities :
    • Creation of an Open Content observatory in France
    • Development of a certification program for good practices in favor of the free sharing of knowledge (label)
    • Training professionals from cultural institutions to contribute to Wikimedia projects
    • Organization of Culture and Wikimedia Days

A.2 Wikipedia in the classroom[edit]

The Education project is entering a restructuring phase. The high school Wikiconcours is starting to run out of steam and we also have to face an increasing demand for personalized support requested by the teachers. This is why we have launched an exchange platform dedicated to educational staff. We are also in the process of relaunching the doctoral program by extending the successful trial of the University of Lille to other universities in France and in particular in Paris. We also plan to make a connection with Vikidia, the encyclopedic project dedicated to children in order to develop activities in middle schools.

  • Activities :
    • Organization of the High school Wikiconcours 2020
    • Launch of the education platform around the educational uses of Wikimedia projects.
    • Training of teachers and education professionals in Wikimedia projects
    • Vikidia

A.3 E-learning project[edit]

Since the first launch of WikiMOOC in 2016, Wikimedia France has developed expertise in the construction and deployment of e-learning materials around Wikimedia projects. Being limited by the previous platform in terms of monitoring learners, but also for the development of new supports, the construction of learning paths or on the development of training for target audiences, the association has chosen to set up its own e-learning platform. This platform will welcome the initial WikiMOOC but also new media such as a Wikidata MOOC, SPOCs for archivists or a skills upgrading program for affiliate administrators. This platform was built to accommodate formats in various languages and can be used by other affiliates if the need arises.

  • Activities :
    • Multilingual e-learning platform online (September 2020)
    • Creation of a Wikidata MOOC
    • Cooperation with other affiliates to pool resources

Summary[edit]

  • What we continue doing this year and why?

We will continue our training program for our target audiences (teachers, cultural professionals). Our new training catalog, backed by a succession of increasingly efficient indicators, allows us to visualize the impact of our work at the national level. The organization of professional days will also be continued as they allow to unite all the public and cultural actors around Wikimedia projects. We will continue to support content and data release projects, particularly in the context of the partnership with Paris-Musée.

  • What we intend to do that is new and why?

Several new features are planned in this program next year, including the creation of an open content and open data observatory in France. The launch of a certification program for leading cultural institutions in the free sharing of knowledge. In the educational field, we are going to launch a platform for exchanges and discussions around teaching practices including Wikimedia projects. Finally, we will inaugurate an e-learning platform which will host a MOOC dedicated to Wikidata.

  • What we wish to discontinue and why?

The program of public conferences, presented last year in addition to e-learning, will be redesigned for donors. E-learning becoming a project in its own right. Similarly, the open data project, which could also target public authorities, is mainly refocused on cultural institutions, which concerns Wikimedia projects much more.

Program B: Diversify participation in the Wikimedia movement[edit]

B.1 WikiFranca[edit]

Since the first French-speaking Wikiconvention in 2016, linguistic cooperation within the French-speaking world has been strengthened and has enabled the emergence of new French-speaking affiliates within the Wikimedia movement. As a common language, French allows the development of a joint program in favor of increasing the skills of user groups in Africa. Today, Wikimedia France and Wikimedia Switzerland collaborate closely to finance, support and assist French-speaking users. However, given the challenges facing our French-speaking partners and in the spirit of the 2030 strategy, we will devote the year 2020-2021 to build, with all of our partners, a strong French-speaking linguistic hub which will act in favour of diversity within the Wikimedia movement.

  • Activities :
    • Building a Wikifranca organization
    • Develop a common French-speaking knowledge base
    • Support the development of Wikimedian communities in the Francophonie
    • Organization of the month of the French-speaking contribution
    • Support for the organization of the FrenchWikicon 2020

B.2 Gender gap[edit]

In 2020, the Sans PagEs association was officially recognized as an affiliate of the Wikimedia movement. Wikimedia France will continue and intends to deepen its close collaboration with Sans PagEs. A partnership agreement uniting the two organizations was signed during the Wikimedia France General Assembly on November 16, 2019. We will also support other initiatives aimed at reducing gender bias on Wikimedia projects.We will also work to reduce gender bias within our association by ensuring a better distribution of roles and responsibilities between genders, by creating safe and welcoming places, by implementing internal processes aimed at fighting against harassment and more directly supporting women wishing to invest in the Wikimedia movement.

  • Activities :
    • Support for the activities of Sans PagEs
    • Develop partnerships and actions to reduce gender bias on Wikimedia projects (AFF)
    • Set up an internal support program for women volunteers

B.3 Linguistic and territorial diversity[edit]

Diversifying participation and content on Wikimedia projects also involves pursuing and improving two projects initiated several years ago within the association: the “Languages ​​of France” project since 2015 and the “Overseas project ”since 2018. After two photographic competitions which took place on all the overseas territories, we will start a closer collaboration with the University of Guyana, in particular with the aim of developing the participation of young people on this French territory in Latin America. Regarding the languages ​​of France, an effort was made last year towards the Occitan community, several preparatory meetings led to the decision to organize an Occitan Wikimedia convention at the end of the summer 2020. Supporting oral contribution, in order to diversify the types of content on the projects but also to break down the writing barrier on Wikimedia projects, remains one of the axes of work of Wikimedia France. After a year of developing and redesigning Lingua Libre, the next year will be devoted to opening discussions within the movement on orality and the needs of minority language communities.

  • Activities :
    • Support for contribution activities in the overseas territories
    • Occitan Wikimedian Community Development Project
    • Development of the oral contribution on Wikimedia projects (Lingua Libre)

Summary[edit]

  • What we continue doing this year and why?

We are going to deepen several projects this year. The collaboration between French-speaking affiliates in favor of building Wikifranca should deepen. Likewise, the relationships established with the Sans Pages will allow us to continue the work undertaken in the fight against gender bias on Wikimedia projects. Finally, on linguistic and territorial diversity, we will continue the initiatives launched last year and around Occitania and the overseas territories. Finally, we will continue the reflection started this year on the future of Lingua Libre

  • What we intend to do that is new and why?

The launch of a monitoring process on the presence and activity of women within our association will be something new for us. Similarly, we are engaged in a new approach within WikiFranca which, in our opinion, will bring many benefits to the movement?

  • What we wish to discontinue and why?

We do not intend to stop specific projects this year in this program

Program C: Support, animate and strengthen the community[edit]

Last year, Wikimedia France engaged in an important voluntary plan in order to respond to the needs expressed by the community and the members of the association but also to respond to certain issues raised during the exchanges around the 2030 strategy. Wikimedia France has a volunteer program that wants to answer the following three questions detailed in program C :
  1. How can we better welcome, orient and hire new volunteers?
  2. How to strengthen the dynamics and effectively support voluntary initiatives?
  3. How to facilitate the development of skills of Wikimedians?

During 2019, several tests helped to structure our vision of volunteering, in particular by developing a complete volunteer plan ranging from the reception, renewal, promotion and training of volunteers. A new training program was initiated in early 2020 within particular the organization of two training courses dedicated to volunteer time management and the professional enhancement of skills acquired as part of a Wikimedian commitment. After this year of testing, we are now ready to roll out this voluntary program more widely.

C.1 Welcoming new volunteers[edit]

  • Activities:
    • Develop a welcoming policy for new members
    • Support the taking of responsibility for volunteers with the creation of regional coordination missions.
    • Develop clear and precise volunteer missions to facilitate engagement.
    • Organization of an annual hosting event
    • Develop a mentorship program within the association

C.2 Support and strengthen volunteer dynamics[edit]

  • Activities :
    • Support and accompany the development of local groups of contributors.
    • Strengthen the micro-finance commission
    • Improve interactions with the online community
    • Support voluntary contribution initiatives (WLM)

C.3 Capacity building for volunteers[edit]

  • Activities:
    • Train a group of volunteers and staff members specializing in conflict management
    • Train a group of volunteers specialized in welcoming and supporting newcomers.
    • Strengthen the association's governance committees with suitable programs
    • Regularly offer training to ensure the well-being of volunteers and the promotion of skills acquired in the context of their Wikimedian activities.

Summary[edit]

  • What we continue doing this year and why?
  • What we intend to do that is new and why?
  • What we wish to discontinue and why?

Correlation table[edit]

This correlation table allows us to show the connections that we establish between our programs, our strategic plan, the 2030 strategic recommendations to which our projects respond and the expected impacts.

Annual Plan 2020-2021 Strategic aims 2019-2022 Wikimedia 2030 strategy WMFr's impacts
A.1 GLAM Project 1. Increase the quality and quantity of knowledge available on Wikimedia projects by supporting projects of openness and free sharing of data and contents

3. Advocate for a change in practices in public or private organizations to support the free sharing of knowledge

Strategic direction: Service and Equity Impact 2: Support and conduct the production and dissemination of free content.

Impact 3: Act on the policies and practices of public institutions.

A.2 Wikipedia in the classroom 3. Advocate for a change in practices in public or private organizations to support the free sharing of knowledge Strategic direction: Service and Equity Impact 1: Develop access, understanding and use of Wikimedia projects.

Impact 3: Act on the policies and practices of public institutions.

A.3 E-learning project 1. Increase the quality and quantity of knowledge available on Wikimedia projects by supporting projects of openness and free sharing of data and contents

2. Ensure a fair representation of human, cultural or social diversity in the chapter and on Wikimedia projects

R7: Invest in skills development Impact 1: Develop access, understanding and use of Wikimedia projects.
B.1 WikiFranca 2. Ensure a fair representation of human, cultural or social diversity in the chapter and on Wikimedia projects R5 : Ensure Equity in Decision-Making

R6: Foster and Develop Distributed Leadership

R8: Manage Internal Knowledge

R11: Innovate in Free Knowledge

Impact 1: Develop access, understanding and use of Wikimedia projects.

Impact 2: Support and conduct the production and dissemination of free content.

B.2 Gender gap 2. Ensure a fair representation of human, cultural or social diversity in the chapter and on Wikimedia projects Strategic direction: Service and Equity Impact 1: Develop access, understanding and use of Wikimedia projects.

Impact 2: Support and conduct the production and dissemination of free content.

B.3 Linguistic and territorial diversity 2. Ensure a fair representation of human, cultural or social diversity in the chapter and on Wikimedia projects Strategic direction: Service and Equity

R11: Innovate in Free Knowledge

Impact 1: Develop access, understanding and use of Wikimedia projects.

Impact 2: Support and conduct the production and dissemination of free content.

C.1 Welcoming new volunteers 2. Ensure a fair representation of human, cultural or social diversity in the chapter and on Wikimedia projects R1: Promote Sustainability and Resilience

R7: Invest in skills development

Impact 1: Develop access, understanding and use of Wikimedia projects.
C.2 Support and strengthen volunteer dynamics 1. Increase the quality and quantity of knowledge available on Wikimedia projects by supporting projects of openness and free sharing of data and contents

2. Ensure a fair representation of human, cultural or social diversity in the chapter and on Wikimedia projects

R1: Promote Sustainability and Resilience

R4 : Provide for Safety and Security

Impact 1: Develop access, understanding and use of Wikimedia projects.

Impact 2: Support and conduct the production and dissemination of free content.

C.3 Capacity building for volunteers 2. Ensure a fair representation of human, cultural or social diversity in the chapter and on Wikimedia projec R6: Foster and Develop Distributed Leadership

R7: Invest in skills development


Budget 2020-2021[edit]

INCOME Euro US dollars
Annual Plan Grant 425 000 468,661
Donations 500 000 551,046
Project Grant 227 000 250,175
Memberships 10 000 11,021
Financial income 27 100 29,871
TOTAL PROJECTED INCOME 1 189 100 1,310,675


EXPENDITURE Euro US dollars
Programme A : Raising awareness and training to Wikimedia projects 177 776 195,796
Programme B : Diversify participation in Wikimedia projects 138 855 152,929
Programme C: Support, animate and strengthen the community 100 118 110,287
Fundraising cost (processing fees) 21 760 23,970
Governance (Board of trustee and General assembly) 23 000 25,336
Premises 85 000 93,637
Other Office costs 56 463 62,200
Audit & Accountancy 29 500 32,497
Staff salary and cost 551 000 600,967
Unexpected expenditure 5 628 6,200
TOTAL BUDGETED EXPENDITURE 1 189 100 1,310,675


Evaluation and Metrics[edit]

Programme Participants Newly registered Content pages Volunteer hours Partners satisfactions
Programme A : Raising awareness and training to Wikimedia projects
Programme B : Diversify participation in the Wikimedia movement
Programme C : Support, animate and strengthen the community
Total for all programmes :

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