Grants:APG/Proposals/2021-2022 round 1/Wikimedia Serbia/Impact report form

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Purpose of the report[edit]

This form is for organizations receiving Annual Plan Grants to report on their results to date. For progress reports, the time period for this report will the first 6 months of each grant (e.g. 1 January - 30 June of the current year). For impact reports, the time period for this report will be the full 12 months of this grant, including the period already reported on in the progress report (e.g. 1 January - 31 December of the current year). This form includes four sections, addressing global metrics, program stories, financial information, and compliance. Please contact APG/FDC staff if you have questions about this form, or concerns submitting it by the deadline. After submitting the form, organizations will also meet with APG staff to discuss their progress.

Global metrics overview - all programs[edit]

We are trying to understand the overall outcomes of the work being funded across our grantees' programs. Please use the table below to let us know how your programs contributed to the Global Metrics. We understand not all Global Metrics will be relevant for all programs, so feel free to put "0" where necessary. For each program include the following table and

  1. Next to each required metric, list the outcome achieved for all of your programs included in your proposal.
  2. Where necessary, explain the context behind your outcome.
  3. In addition to the Global Metrics as measures of success for your programs, there is another table format in which you may report on any OTHER relevant measures of your programs success

For more information and a sample, see Global Metrics.


Participants Newly registered Content pages Usage of multimedia files Organizers
Education Program
Wikipedia in schools
Accredited seminars
Edu Wiki camp
742 (out of 2,200 planned) 700 (out of 1,400 planned) 2,317 (out of 1,500 planned) 70 (out of 50 planned) 48 (out of 40 planned)
GLAM Program
Wikipedian in residence
Wiki Loves GLAMers
194 (out of 400 planned) 31 (out of 70 planned) 11,083 (out of 5,000 planned) 1,379 (out of 1,600 planned) 12 (out of 12 planned)
Community Support Program
Competitions on Wikipedia
Other activities
448 (out of 400 planned) 55 (out of 100 planned) 20,200 (out of 34,000 planned) 7,469 (out of 4,500 planned) 102 (out of 100 planned)
TOTAL FOR ALL PROGRAMS 1,384 (out of 3,000 planned) 786 (out of 1,570 planned) 33,600 (out of 40,500 planned) 8,918 (out of 6,150 planned) 162 (out of 152 planned)

In terms of metrics, it is necessary to point out certain deviations and lessons learned. Out of six quantitative metrics that WMRS measures and tracks, metrics related to file usage and number of organizers were met and exceeded. When we talk about the number of organizers, it is important to emphasize that the presence of the Wikipedia community in the organization of WMRS projects and events has increased. When we look at the number of pages created on Wikimedia projects, the number deviates only for the reason that the campaign Wikipedia Pages Wanting Photos did not have a response like the one in 2021, when over 20 thousand articles were illustrated. However, looking at this metric individually by program, it is clear that it was exceeded within the Education Program, and even doubled within the GLAM Program. On the other hand, due to the impact of the pandemic in the first part of the year, the impossibility of reaching metrics regarding new editors and participants is still noticeable. The beginning of the year was more challenging due to the oversaturation of online events, which is why it was decided not to organize them, because there is not enough response from the community. The number of participants is smaller due to the lower general attendance at various events and conferences where WMRS presented programs and thus introduced people outside the community about projects and activities. Looking at the overall table, together with the implemented activities described in the report, as well as qualitative indicators, WMRS can say that it had a successful year, but that certain lessons can be learned from the mentioned deviations. First of all, it is necessary to be more realistic in setting targets. It is also necessary to invest greater capacities in campaigns that can potentially bring more success in terms of new editors, and to be ready to adapt projects if certain models are no longer fruitful. And finally, it should be noted that the amount of content uploaded during 2022 was created by a smaller number of editors, which speaks of greater commitment and prioritization of quality over quantity of content.

In addition to quantitative, qualitative indicators show an increase in the organization's reputation, which further influences not only the establishment of cooperation, but also the realization of long-term partnerships. WMRS received support from the Ministry of Culture and Information within the GLAM program, the Institute for Improvement of Education awarded a teacher who applied Wikipedia in her teaching after an accredited seminar, and the network of partners within diversity projects was also expanded, so partner organizations supported numerous actions and projects. The organization is significantly more present in the global movement, which was explained above.

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) End of year (projected or actual) Comments
Example Example Example Example Example


Wikimedia Serbia (WMRS) implemented three programs during the 2022 - Education Program, GLAM Program and Community Support Program. The beginning of the year was still under the influence of the pandemic, which is why live events were not organized. It has been challenging to organize new online events, as community members have lost interest in them. However, as the year progressed, conditions were improved for the realization of numerous offline activities. The most important among them is Wikilive (local Wikipedian conference), but also Wikipedia editing workshops and accredited seminars within the Education Program. One of the highlights is the emphasis on quality over quantity. There is a noticeable trend towards the creation of more substantial material, as well as an increase in the self-sustainability of the teams leading the projects. Also, one of the aims of WMRS is to strengthen the sister Wikimedia projects in the programs. Thus, we had a greater presence of Wikidata, Wikibooks, Wikisources, and Wikiquote through various activities. The Serbian Wikipedia community is more active in WMRS activities, through greater participation in events and conferences, but also through organizing competitions, supporting and participating in actions and edit-a-thons.

WMRS got a new staff member at the beginning of the year. The position of Diversity Project Manager was taken by Nevena Rudinac. Within this position, Nevena started working with marginalized groups in order to better represent them through Wikimedia projects, but also to create opportunities for them to contribute to projects. At the end of the year, it was decided that Nevena would take the position of Diversity Program Manager, within which community support activities would also be implemented.

During the year, the work of WMRS was very noticeable in terms of not only greater presence in international campaigns, but also in launching them. In this respect, WMRS has cooperated with Wikimedia Germany within the Wikimedia Accelerator UNLOCK, actively shared successful education project models within the EWOC group, was the coordinator of the 1lib1ref campaign at the CEE level, presented models that can be applied in other communities at the Wikimedia conferences, and at the end of the year, it was decided that the international Edu Wiki conference will be held in Belgrade in May 2023. Apart from such initiatives, the focus is on cooperation and thus achieving greater results through joint efforts.

  Education Program

Wikipedia in schools

Goal: Introducing Wiki-projects to academic circles

Description: Students write their papers on Wikipedia or other Wiki projects, and in return receive points within their subject exams in school or university.

Accredited seminars

Goal: educating teachers to work independently in order to implement Wiki-projects in their institution

Description: project involves organization of accredited seminars Application of online wiki tools as a didactic means in teaching throughout Serbia. The seminars are accredited by the Institute for Advancement of Education (State Institute for professional development of the teachers) and teachers gain 8 points for professional development by attending it. These seminars are all-day workshop on how to edit Wikipedia and implement it in class. The seminars are designed exclusively for teachers.

Edu Wiki camp

Goal: recruit new Wiki ambassadors and education volunteers and strengthen connections between them

Description: The purposes of this camp are attracting new Wiki ambassadors, additional training of current ones, as well as strengthening the network of education volunteers. Camp program has many different topics, which involves editing Wikipedia training, manners of cooperation with educational institutions, technical skills regarding realization of Education program etc…

  Wikipedia in schools

The Wikipedia in schools project, which includes the Wiki Gymnasium, the Wiki Student, the Wiki-Scholar and other activities in educational institutions, involves training elementary, high school and university students to edit Wiki projects and write seminar papers on Wikipedia. Wikimedia Serbia also:

  • Participated in the online State Seminar of the Society of Mathematicians of Serbia in Belgrade. The presentation was about Wikipedia as a tool for evaluating learning outcomes in mathematics and computer science classes. In December 2022 the topic How can Wikipedia be used in mathematics and computer science classes? has been approved for the State Seminar of the Society of Mathematicians of Serbia in 2023.
  • Participated in the meeting of the user group Wikipedia+Education with the presentation about the educational program and the experience of participating in the mentoring program.
  • Organized an edith-a-thon on Wikipedia on the topic of Education in Serbia as part of the Global Edu Wiki Week. 30 articles were written and edited by 8 participants.
  • Participated in Edu Wiki affiliation meetings in order to promote activities and connect with other collaborators. Participation in such activities is important for Wikimedia Serbia because of sharing experiences with others, adopting new models of cooperation that we can apply in our country, but also because of networking that could bring numerous opportunities in the form of international cooperation.
  • Actively participated in the meetings of the EWOC group, which is significant for positioning Wikimedia Serbia as a leader in educational activities in the CEE region. Within the EWOC group, representatives of different regions transfer experiences and knowledge about educational activities within their regions.
  • Took part in the improvement of the Dashboard tool through communication and participation in meetings with the administrators of this tool.
  • Participated in an event organized by the Community of Wikimedians in Valencia as part of the Reading Wikipedia in the Classroom project. The event served to show examples of good practice implemented in schools in Morocco, Serbia, Portugal and the Basque Country.
  • Expanded cooperation with the Faculty of Mathematics in Belgrade.
  • Renewed cooperation with the Faculty of Organizational Sciences.
  • Continued cooperation with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering on the preparation of a chapter for the textbook for the faculty course Analysis of Social Networks.
  • Participated in the second cycle of the mentoring program organized by the user group Wikipedia & Education.

External projects:

  • Wiki Junior Books: Project is completed and Wiki Books page for the project is made. The project leader, Sanja Ječmenica, applied with this project to the competition "Learned at the seminar, applied in practice 2022". The continuation of the cooperation is planned in 2023.
  • Physical geography for pupils and students: The project leader abandoned the project activities due to inadequate equipment. With the equipment assigned to him, he was unable to create the content presented in the project proposal, which is why he returned it. The project did not have a high rate of risk, because no financial resources were invested.
  • wikiELTeC: The introductory lecture, promotion and gathering of interested parties was done among students and members of the Jertex society. The paper "Serbian ELTeC Sub-Collection in Wikidata" about the first results of the project was published in the magazine Infoteka, as part of the Serbian ELTeC sub-collection. A project page was created on Wikipedia, where all the results can be found. A meeting was held to agree on the method of connecting the Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons and during that meeting first records were entered. On that occasion, the results of the project were also presented to Dr. Olja Perišić, who is a lecturer at the Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures University of Turin. The last workshop that was open to the public was held during the last quarter of 2023.

Table with metrics per school year:

School year # of institutuions # of participants # of wiki pages
Wikipedia Wikidata Wikibooks Total
2021/2022 15` 742 742 1307 52 2101
2020/2021 15 895 886 143 / 1029
2019/2020 10 515 664 960 / 1624
2018/2019 20 1185 1026 393 / 1419
2017/2018 18 830 686 6 / 692
2016/2017 11 765 516 / / 516
Volunteering in the Education Program is a space for personal growth and development.
"For years, Wikimedia has been connecting people with the world's knowledge from the safety of our homes. I want to live in a world where everyone has equal chances as much as possible. If my small contribution to the Wikimedia community brings anyone closer to the same chances, that's enough. As someone who values knowledge and the written word, volunteering at Wikimedia was a natural step. I see the opportunity to volunteer at the Education Program as a space for personal growth and development"

Aleksandra Stojićević, volunteer at the Education Program and student at the Faculty of Philology

  Аccredited seminars

During the first quarter of 2022, no activities related to accredited seminars were held due to the fact that it was decided not to hold online seminars. The decision was made because of  the cancellation of the registered teachers and major challenges regarding the motivation of seminar participants. It was agreed to try to hold an in-person seminar, at least one by the end of the semester, which is why continued cooperation with the Institute for Modern Education. The aforementioned seminar was held in May 2022. By the end of the year, two more seminars were held, one more at the Institute for Modern Education, and the other at the Elementary School "Olga Milošević" in Smederevska Palanka.

During 2022, Wikimedia Serbia received a confirmation of acceptance of a new accreditation for professional training seminars for teachers, for the school years 2022/2023, 2023/2024 and 2024/2025. Of particular importance is the fact that Sanja Ječmenica, a teacher at the elementary school "Jovan Sterija Popović", received the second prize in the contest Learned at the seminar - applied in practice, which was published on the website of the Institute for the Improvement of Education of the Republic of Serbia. The award was won for the project "Wikijunior books" that Sanja realized during the previous school year.

  Edu Wiki camp

The organization of the Edu Wiki camp included numerous preparatory activities of a logistical type, especially bearing in mind that the camp was held in-person again after two years. In order for the camp to run smoothly, it was necessary to:
  • create a camp program, design topics and coordinate lecturers
  • create an event page on Wikipedia
  • organize the transportation of the participants and create a travel route
  • come up with materials and prizes for the winners of the games that are planned
  • prepare presentations

The largest number of activities was realized during July and August 2022, which included contacting participants, logistical tasks related to implementation (transportation, accommodation, food, etc.) and promotional material. The camp was held on Fruška Gora, in Hotel Norcev, from July 25 to July 28.

The beginning of the camp was reserved for participants getting to know each other and presenting the activities and projects of Wikimedia Serbia. In addition to the Education Program, which was presented in detail to the students, the participants were able to see in which fields they can still be actively involved when it comes to free knowledge. During the planning of the camp, lectures and workshops were meaningfully connected into larger units, which focused on three projects - Wikipedia, the Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata, and the fourth unit consisted of interactive workshops on the topic of writing projects, creating partnerships with educational institutions and assertive communication. Since the Edu Wiki Camp was designed with the idea that after the end of the camp the participants work on spreading information about free knowledge and presenting Wiki projects in academic circles, during all the workshops the participants' interactivity was encouraged. They could also propose solutions that will lead to the spread of the Wikipedia Educational Program in Serbia.

Working in groups made it possible to strengthen team spirit and see the different environments they come from. They were presented with real challenges that Wikimedia Serbia faces in educational projects, and the participants had the freedom to choose how they would overcome these challenges. It is particularly significant that during the camp, Sara Horvath, participant of the online Edu Wiki Camp 2021 and Wiki Ambassador of Wikimedia Serbia, took an active part. More information about the camp is available on the WMRS blog, and photos from the camp can be viewed in the camp category on the Wikimedia Commons.

Successful stories[edit]

The project of using Wikibooks in teaching had a notable success

The Central Commission of the Institute for the Improvement of Education awarded the second prize to Sanja Ječmenica for the project "Wikijunior books". The Institute is a body established by the decision of the Government of the Republic of Serbia for the purpose of monitoring, ensuring and improving the quality and development of the education system. Once a year, the Institute publishes a competition called Learned at the seminar - applied in practice with the aim of developing and promoting the culture of applying knowledge and skills of employees in educational institutions. Wikijunior books in class is a project whose goal is to create a digital book for children on the Wikibooks website. The Wikijunior book created by students contains texts about 50 countries that are located on the territory of Europe or are considered part of Europe for socio-political reasons. This book is child-friendly and illustrated with photographs and maps. The book presents factual information that can be verified, and the texts were created by the 6th grade students of the Elementary School "Jovan Sterija Popović" from Belgrade. As a reminder, at the competition of the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications in 2018, entitled Digital lesson, Sanja won the third prize for the application of Wikipedia in teaching. The award is given to those professors who skillfully use modern information technologies in their teaching practice.

A chapter on Wikipedia could soon be found in a Social Network Analysis textbook

Wikimedia Serbia has been cooperating with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering in Belgrade for many years. The collaboration began with the creation of articles on Wikipedia by students, and later expanded to Wikidata and the project of creating a Tutorials on editing Wikipedia, which was particularly significant. The school also supported Wikimedia Serbia in organizing the 2019 CEE Conference by providing their human and other resources to produce a video about the conference. Recently, the possibility arose for Wikimedia Serbia to contribute to the creation of a textbook on the faculty course of Social Network Analysis. Education program manager participated in the preparation of the text for a special chapter on Wikipedia. The chapter will contain the theoretical part, the history of the creation of Wikipedia as well as other things important for the development of Wikipedia, but also the practical part of creating articles on it. This is one example of how long-term cooperation with an educational institution can contribute to the achievement of long-term goals, because one of the efforts of Wikimedia Serbia is to include Wikipedia in the teaching curriculum. This has already been done once, when Wikipedia was included in the Informatics book for the second grade of high school, published by Klett.

Challenges and lessons learned[edit]

How to overcome the lack of Wiki ambassadors

The Education program of Wikimedia Serbia is greatly influenced by the help of volunteers and Wiki ambassadors who are recruited from the interested students. In the period of almost three years when the workshops were mostly held online, it was impossible to have a more personal contact with the students, which had an impact on the capacity to implement the activities. This made it difficult to assess the participants' motivation to engage more actively in projects and contribute with their work. In order to increase capacity, Wikimedia Serbia encouraged the existing Wiki ambassadors to continue cooperating with us and called them to hire additional capacities, which was done, and thanks to our collaborators, three more students were hired who now support educational activities. In this sense, the conclusion is that clear communication and expression of needs is necessary in order to achieve goals.

 GLAM Program

Wiki Loves GLAMers

Goal: Achieving cooperation with cultural institutions in order to increase the corpus of free knowledge, to create and improve the access to the cultural and historical heritage on the Internet, i.e. on Wiki projects.

Description: Release of materials by the institutions and individuals, digitization of content, organization of edit-a-thons and other similar activities.


Goal: Increasing the content on Wikipedia on certain topic, in collaboration with culture institutions, that provide quality literature, or sources for creating articles.

Description: Joint work of volunteers and GLAM employees who edit articles on Wikipedia on a particular topic within one or more days. Cultural institutions provide literature and release materials for the illustration of written and improved articles.

Wikipedian in residence

Goal: Establishing various forms of cooperation with cultural institutions, digitization and release of different types of files, education of employees on free knowledge and free culture.

Description: One month engagement of a Wikipedian in one of the GLAM institutions. That person is working on digitizing, promoting the Wikimedia mission among employees, training staff for working on Wiki platforms etc.


Goal: The goal is to motivate librarians to become successful editors of Wikipedia, to enable the expansion of a network of libraries and other cultural institutions and their acquaintance with the activities of Wikimedia Serbia, as well as the upload of quality and more informative content on Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons.

Description: Organizing Wikipedia editing workshops designed for librarians who, for a successful course, receive legally required points for advancement in the field of librarianship.

  Wiki loves GLAMers

1Lib1Ref January 2022 participants srWiki
#1lib1ref campaign - For the second year in a row, Wikimedia Serbia is the coordinator of the #1Lib1Ref campaign for the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. In 2022, also for the second year in a row, Serbian Wikipedia won the first place in the #1Lib1Ref campaign at the global level with 10,080 entered references in 2,263 articles, thus achieving better result than the second-placed participant of the Catalan Wikipedia. The place of the best editor of the campaign was taken by the editor of the Serbian Wikipedia Nikolina Šepić, and four editors of Serbian Wikipedia were placed in the ten best editors of the campaign at the global level. Wikimedia Serbia participated in the campaign in cooperation with the University Library "Svetozar Marković", the Belgrade City Library and the Wikimedia Community of the Republic of Srpska. One online workshop was held for organizers from the CEE region, as well as a workshop in cooperation with the "Svetozar Marković" University Library and in cooperation with the Wikimedia Community of the Republic of Srpska where 27 editors participated.
1Lib1Ref January 2022 results
New edition of the GLAM brochure was presented at the Wikilive conference. With the new edition, our existing and future partners, as well as all anyone interested, have the opportunity to be informed in a unified place about the GLAM program of Wikimedia Serbia, achieved results, models of cooperation and impressions of project participants. With this brochure, we also wanted to highlight the statements of our partners about the importance of cooperation between cultural institutions and the Wikimedia movement, about the importance of content release, the application of Creative Commons licenses, but also the realization of numerous projects whose goal is free knowledge and the increase of digital cultural heritage.

The project "Wikipedian in residence" was accepted as part of the grant of the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia entitled "Grant for financing or co-financing of projects in the field of digitization of cultural heritage and contemporary creativity in 2022". Funds were approved for the implementation of the project for three months. The support of the Ministry of Culture and Information and the fact that the Ministry recognized the importance of this project is very important, given that most cultural institutions in Serbia are under the jurisdiction of the Ministry, and therefore this support provides easier access to cultural institutions for cooperation. Wikimedia Serbia, with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Information, is increasing its reputation in the field of contributing to the digitalization of the cultural heritage of the Republic of Serbia, as well as the importance of its activities all over the world.

Color Media Communications donated 63 photos to illustrate the articles written after the Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons editing workshop. Four employees attended the training. The continuation of joint activities is planned.

In cooperation with the Society for Culture, Art and International Cooperation “Adligat”, 314 photos were uploaded to the Wikimedia Commons. In the coming period, it is planned to upload more photos, as well as to achieve cooperation for the promotion of digitized content.

A Memorandum of Cooperation was signed with the "Serbian Treasure" Foundation and the National Museum of Zrenjanin.

This project is a continuation of the successful project Cultural heritage of Serbia from the previous year. Through the establishment of cooperation mainly with cultural institutions and other important institutions located on the territory of Serbia and the digitization and release of the content of the cultural and historical heritage that is in their possession throughout the year, activities were dedicated to the digitization of cultural heritage and the increase of content on Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons. Total of 1915 photos were uploaded, while 150 articles were written and improved. This project was realized in cooperation with 13 cultural institutions.

List of institutions where the material was collected:
GLAM brochure
  • Krajina Museum in Negotin
  • The National Museum in Leskovac
  • The Memorial room dedicated to Branko Miljković
  • The Homeland Museum of Knjaževac
  • Museum of Mining and Metallurgy Bor
  • Memorial room Toplica Uprising
  • The Native Musem in Paraćin
  • Museum of Republic of Srpska
  • The National Museum of Kruševac
  • Museum of Naïve and Marginal Art, Jagodina
  • Archaeological site Mediana
  • Museum house of Bora Stankovic
  • National Museum of Vranje

The competition on Wikidata regarding International Museum Day lasted from May 4 to 18. This competition was organized by Wikimedia Switzerland and Wikimedia Austria, and as many as 27 affiliates participated. Information about museums in Serbia on Wikidata was increased by 1,474,841 bytes, 196 items were changed, and 15 new ones were created.

Wikimedia Serbia organized a thematic activity to promote cultural heritage on Wikidata. During Cultural Heritage on Wikidata 4, 6 editors participated and almost 3,750 properties were added to almost two thousand items. The reliability of Wikidata has been improved with 218 references added. By organizing occasional activities, workshops, introducing Wikidata into regular projects and creating guides for editing Wikidata, Wikimedia Serbia is working on a better implementation of Wikidata in the GLAM program and bringing the use of this free database closer to GLAM institutions.

A meeting of GLAM coordinators was held in Prague from September 14 to 16. During this event, numerous ideas, contacts and experiences were exchanged. On this meeting GLAM activities of Wikimedia Serbia were presented, as well as the #1Lib1Ref campaign for the region of Central and Eastern Europe. A total of 30 participants attended.

At the CEE Meeting in Ohrid, which lasted from October 14 to 16, the Wikipedia in residence project was presented.

  Wiki librarian

The project of the University Library "Svetozar Marković", Wiki librarian, received the support of Wikimedia Serbia this year, for the eighth time in a row. The goal of the project is to train librarians to become successful Wikipedians, as well as to expand the network of libraries and other cultural institutions and introduce them to the activities of Wikimedia Serbia, as well as to place high-quality and informative content on Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons

  • Wiki librarians participated in the #1Lib1Ref Campaign.
  • The Wiki edit-a-thon: Award-winning writers and their works was organized from March 15 to March 31 and achieved exceptional results. As far as 11 editors participated, a total of 54 articles were posted, 53 new and 1 improved. On Wikimedia Commons 26 files have been uploaded under fair use.
  • During March, training for students of the Department of Library Science and Informatics of the Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade was held that was contained from 2 workshops. The first workshop, a lecture and practice in the sand,  was held online through the Zoom; the second workshop was held combined, live and via the Zoom, students posted articles.
  • Wiki edit-a-thon: Serbian printing of the 19th and 20th centuries was organized for 18 days and very good results were achieved. Overall 10 editors participated, a total of 48 articles were uploaded, 46 new ones and 84 files have been uploaded to Wikimedia Commons.
  • Numerous lectures, round tables and workshops were held at the Wikilive conference. Oja Krinulović participated in a lightning talk on the first day, with a lecture on the topic Student practice in the University Library - creating Wiki articles, Aleksandra Popović participated in a round table, also on the first day. On the second day, Aleksandra Popović and Milica Buha presented a paper on References as a reliable source of information: 1Lib/1Ref campaign.
  • The Wiki edit-a-thon: Streets of Serbia and the World was organized for 11 days and very good results were achieved. During this edit-a-thon 9 editors participated, a total of 31 articles were posted, 31 November and 122 files were uploaded to Wikimedia Commons (90 of them were newly taken).
  • The practice of librarianship students at the Faculty of Education in Sombor, University of Novi Sad was held on November 29 and 30. A lecture was held on the first day, and a workshop on the second day. Totally 11 students attended, 7 new articles were written and 1 new file was uploaded.
  • Total of 15 publications whose copyrights have expired were digitized from the University Library's collection and uploaded to the Wikimedia Commons.


As one of the activities in cooperation with the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SANU), an edit-a-thon was organized from March 25 to April 1. Total of 10 participants joined the edit-a-thon and wrote 60 new articles about SANU members, branches, the Day of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts and numerous other related topics.

The edit-a-thon on contemporary art lasted from August 8 to 14. During the edit-a-thon, 6 editors wrote 47 articles. Among the written articles are biographical articles of important contemporary artists, artistic trends, biennials, books and performances.

In order to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the GLAM program of Wikimedia Serbia, a one-month campaign called GLAMurous October was organized. As part of this activity, an edit-a-thon and an thematic two week activity to edit Wikidata were organized. The first part of the campaign, an edit-a-thon dedicated to cultural heritage, produced great results. Total of 7 editors participated, who wrote 82 articles, while 8 articles were improved. The second part of the activity was dedicated to the editing of cultural heritage on Wikidata resulted in 40 new items, almost 8,000 changes made to 1,190 itemd, 924 added references and 7 editors.

  Wikipedian in residence

Ilija M. Kolarac Endowment

During 2021 cooperation with the Ilija M. Kolarac Endowment was achieved in 2021, when preparatory activities began. The Wikipedian in residence project lasted from February 1 to April 30, 2022. The focus of this project was on the digitalization of content, among which there are numerous programs of the Ilija M. Kolarac Endowment from the pre-war and interwar period. In this way, the music scene, not only of Belgrade, but of the entire Balkans, was presented, considering that numerous artists from the region performed in Ilija M. Kolarac Endowment. Total of 10 new articles were written, 111 were illustrated, and 527 files were uploaded to the Wikimedia Commons.

Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SANU), as the most important scientific and cultural institution in Serbia, has become a very important associate of Wikimedia Serbia. Cooperation with SANU was realized during 2021, while the Wikipedian in residence project started on March 1 and lasted until April 30. During this project, 21 new articles were written, 25 articles were illustrated, and 73 files were uploaded to the Wikimedia Commons, many of them bibliographies, as well as video biographies.

Historical Archive of Negotin

In cooperation with the Historical Archive of Negotin, the Wikipedian in residence project was realized during the month of August. The Wikipedian in residence, Suzana Jovanović Mihajlović, wrote 15 new articles, improved 10 and illustrated 88. Total of 200 files have been uploaded to the Wikimedia Commons, among which numerous interesting books, photos and documents can be found.

Faculty of Dramatic Arts, University of Arts in Belgrade

In cooperation with the Faculty of Dramatic Arts of the University of Arts in Belgrade and with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, Wikipedian in residence was realized. During this project, 71 new articles were written, 12 articles were improved and 30 articles were illustrated on Wikipedia. During this project 408 files have been uploaded to the Wikimedia Commons, of which 5 are books. A workshop on editing Wikipedia and the Wikimedia Commons was held for four employees of the Faculty.

National Museum of Zrenjanin

During November, the Wikipedian in residence project at the National Museum of Zrenjanin was realized. This project was supported by the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia. During this project, 28 articles were written, 9 articles were improved while 20 articles were illustrated. Total of193 files have been uploaded to the Wikimedia  Commons, two of which are books. A workshop on editing Wikipedia and the Wikimedia Commons was also held for two employees of the Museum.

Successful stories[edit]

#1Lib1Ref Campaign

#1Lib1Ref brought Serbian Wikipedia to first place in the campaign in 2022 as well. The editors were interested in participating, making suggestions to improve the campaign and helping to track the added references. In addition to coordination at the local level, Wikimedia Serbia retained the role of regional coordinator. It has been shown that interest for this campaign is growing and that the campaign has great potential, both on Wikipedia in the Serbian language and in the CEE  region. Coordination with this campaign also gave us a better insight into the perspective of the community, their wants and needs, as well as how we can improve it.

Grant of the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia

After a two-year break, the Wikipedia in residence received financial support from the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia. With the support of the Ministry, Wikimedia Serbia managed to point out the importance of this project in the digitization of the cultural heritage of the Republic of Serbia. Thanks to this support, a Wikipedian in residence was realized at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts of the University of Arts in Belgrade and the National Museum of Zrenjanin.

Challenges and lessons learned[edit]

Attracting new editors

Despite the effort in the organization of activities that differ in terms of topic, dynamics, time of holding, there was a problem of attracting new editors. The existing editors showed interest in our activities by their participation in the activities, but it was difficult to attract new editors and interest them in our activities.

 Community Support Program


Goal: Enabling members of Serbian Wikipedia community to get to know each other, networking and strengthening the connections between them by team problem solving and new project creation.

Description: WikiLive is a local annual Wikipedian conference, which is conceived with the idea of ​​strengthening the spirit of the community, interconnecting participants and involving them in the WMRS programs. The conference consists of a two-day program covering various topics from Wikipedia.

Competitions on Wikipedia

Goal: Increasing the motivation and active participation of the community in Wiki projects.

Description: Competitions on Wikipedia are organized several times a year. They usually last for a month (except CEE Spring) during which participants write and improve articles on various topics. Members of the jury evaluate the articles, after which winners are proclaimed and rewarded. Contests are a good way to reduce the gap between Wikimedians and Wikipedians.

Community motivation

Goal: Establishing better communication with the community and reducing the gap between Wikipedians and Wikimedians.

Description: Within the project, activities such as community gatherings, microgrants, birthday celebrations, support for individuals in relation to the realization of activities and informing the community about various events through various communication channels are being realized.


After a survey conducted at the end of 2021, in which community members expressed their desire to organize Wikilive live and after considering the epidemiological situation, Wikimedia Serbia decided to organize the conference after a three-year break.

Organization started in March, the dates were determined, and the support from the SKIP center (Serbian-Korean Information Access Center) was established. WMRS had an open call for scholarships, which were intended for those who are not from Belgrade, but also for lecturers, volunteers and participants from the region. In order to refresh the event, a new logo was created, as well as an event page that served to provide information about the program, time and place of the event and logistics.

Wikilive 2022 was held on May 28 and 29. On the first day, part of the program was related to the new working conditions that the pandemic has put us in, activities and adapted projects that were implemented in the previous period. There were some slots dedicated to technical news introduced on Wikipedia, but also  presentations on strategic developments in the movement and the most recently launched forum. In parallel with these lectures, two round tables were held on GLAM and the Education Program. The second day was more focused on workshops, where participants had the opportunity to participate more interactively and learn about useful resources for writing articles, Wikidata and critical thinking. The program itself was attended by lecturers from the community, as well as partners with whom WMRS cooperates and colleagues from Wikimedia affiliates in the region (Wikimedia Community of Republika Srpska, GLAM Macedonia, Shared Knowledge Macedonia).

The program was losed with the announcement of the "Branislav Jovanović" award, which Wikimedia Serbia awards to Serbian-language Wikipedia editors for their contribution to the spread of free knowledge. The winner of the award in 2022 is Milica Buha, leader of the Wiki Senior project, long-term editor of Wikipedia in Serbian, but also a participant in many actions and edi-a-thons on Wikipedia. Impressions from the conference were presented in a blog post, and photos are available on Wikimedia Commons.

  Competitions on Wikipedia

In the first half of the year, the CEE Spring 2022 was organized. Cross-collaboration with Wikimedians of the Republic of Srpska was renewed, with whom joint promotion was agreed, as well as work related to list of topics and gathering a jury.  During February, the Wikipedia page and all the necessary templates were created, and the participation was also visible on meta. The competition was announced and started on March 21, and lasted until May 31. 509 articles on various topics were written and improved, through which Serbian Wikipedia was enriched by 13,066,083 bytes. 10 contestants joined the competition and 3 editors supported it, but their articles were not graded. Winners were announced via blog post, which is shared through communication channels. Below you can see the comparative results by year, which refer to CEE Spring.

Wikipedia Pages Wanting Photos (WPWP) is an annual campaign in which Wikipedians on all language versions of Wikipedia add photos to Wikipedia articles that lack illustrations. The goal is to promote the use of digital multimedia files collected during various photo contests, photo tours organized by the Wikimedia community, in Wikipedia articles. This year, the campaign was organized from August 5 to 31. On a global level, this competition brought photos to over 33,000 articles on 257 projects, and 256 editors participated. The Serbian Wikipedia community edited 4,301 article on 19 projects. The interest for this competition was smaller compared to the year before.

Wikimedia Serbia supported the Wiki Loves Monuments competition in the third quarter of 2022. The competition was organized by a group of Wikipedians, and the goal was to increase the visibility of Serbia's protected cultural heritage. In Serbia, the competition lasted from September 1 to 30, and over 30 new and existing users took part in it. There were especially active users from the northern and central part of Serbia, but also from the capital. The most common photos are from Belgrade, Novi Sad, the central parts of Šumadija, Stari Vlah and Raška. 1170 photos were collected as part of the competition. The exhibition was opened on Saturday, November 5 at the SKIP Center and on that occasion 10 photographs of cultural monuments were presented, which will be a part of the global competition. The exhibition was also shown at the WMRS birthday, held in December.

In September, a competition dedicated to award-winning films was held by a group of Wikipedia editors, with the support of Wikimedia Serbia. The focus of the competition was on the missing feature films awarded with the biggest world, regional and national awards, such as Golden Bear, Palme d'Or, Golden Lion, Caesar, Oscar and others. The competition brought 206 articles on Wikipedia. During the competition, more than 4.5 million bytes were uploaded.

The last competition in 2022, organized by Wikimedia Serbia, was on the occasion of the World Cup in football, but the response of the participants was somewhat lower than expected. Through this action, the organizers wanted to convey the sporting spirit that is nurtured in the community of Wikipedia editors, as well as to increase the content about football. The competition was held from November 5 to December 5. During this period, five contestants participated in the competition, while four supported the project by writing articles that were not graded. Participants wrote 66 new and added 10 Wikipedia articles. A total of 2,226,825 bytes were uploaded.

  Community Motivation

Community motivation includes microgrants, organization of gatherings and celebrations, edit-a-thons, as well as projects by individuals who make significant contributions to Wiki projects.

Microgrants - During February and March, Wikimedia Serbia had an open call for the realization and financing of volunteer projects in the field of education, cooperation with cultural institutions and volunteering. The call was dedicated to small-scale projects that have the possibility of growing into long-term and sustainable ones. Interested individuals, representatives of organizations, cultural and educational institutions were eligible to apply. Six projects were accepted and implemented during the year. Within them, a total of 492 articles, 3197 multimedia files were uploaded to Wikimedia projects, and over 30% of files were used in articles.

Wiki Senior - Milica Buha (City Library of Belgrade) - The project is a continuation of Wiki Senior from previous years, with the primary goals of involving older citizens in expanding and enriching the content on Wikipedia and enabling this category of the population to participate in the active use of new technologies and through them share their knowledge. Although live workshops were not possible at the beginning of the year, they were held when the epidemiological situation was improved. Three edit-a-thons were held, and the project was promoted, both in Serbia at the annual Biblionet scientific and professional gathering, and regionally, at the CEE conference in Ohrid. Cooperation was established with the library in Sombor, and the project leader also made contacts with Wikimedians from the Czech Republic who implement similar activities.

The living world of urban ecosystems - NIDSBE "Josif Pančić" - The project is also a continuation of cooperation with NIDSBE "Josif Pančić". As part of the activities, the team worked on increasing the amount of free information about the types of urban habitats in Serbia, in order to increase awareness of their importance. In addition to fieldwork, the team organized Wikipedia editing workshops.

Dragonflies of Serbia 2 - Biological Society "Dr. Sava Petrović" - This project consists of increasing the free content about the species of dragonflies of Serbia (male, female, juveniles and larvae) through photo tours and writing and improving articles on Wikipedia. Although small in scale, this project contributed to the management of the area where the dragonflies were photographed in terms of paying more attention to its protection in the future. Such agreed cooperation for the coming period can be of great importance for the protection of dragonflies and the preservation of species and their habitats.

Streets of Kovin - Pansej - Project aimed to collect photo-material of buildings in populated areas on the territory of the municipality of Kovin and make them available to the general public under a free license. In addition to the photo tours, two promotions of the project in secondary schools were also carried out as part of the activity.

On the trail of ancient volcanism - Stefan Mitić - The realization of this project aimed at increasing and spreading free knowledge in the field of volcanology and on the topic of landforms of volcanic origin and everything natural and anthropogenic that exists on them, as well as on the topic of post-volcanic processes.

[[File:info.jpg]] - Branka Vučićević Vučković - These are the additional activities to the project that the project leader is already implementing, which concerns tombstones and roadsides. A large number of photographs were taken in the municipalities of Lucani, Ivanjica, Čačak and Gornji Milanovac. Apart from the area of Moravica district, individual settlements in the municipalities of Mladenovac, Topola, Knić, Kragujevac, Jagodina, Ćuprija and Paraćin were also photographed.

To the Mother around us - Habiprot - This is the the project of Habiprot organization, now with the theme of may bugs. As part of the project, several field trips were made during which new species were found and quality photographs were collected.

In addition to these, Wikimedia Serbia has supported the projects of individuals who significantly contribute to Wiki projects:

  • We are revealing the paths of the homeland - Eastern Serbia
  • The hinterland of the Danube and Đerdap
  • Dragačevo and Moravica epitaphs

The mentioned projects are ventures of already active individuals whose work is focused on their own interests / hobbies and who share knowledge through Wikimedia projects. Activities are aimed at covering the content gap, both on Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons - uploading photos and writing articles on specific topics or geographic area. Not only did they reach the desired goals, all volunteers continued their work in 2023. Within them, a total of 401 articles and 8,439 multimedia files were uploaded to Wikimedia projects, and 1,755 were used.

Thematic weeks and edit-a-thons

Thematic weeks and edit-a-thons are important, especially when it comes to connecting volunteers of Wikimedia Serbia and the Serbian Wikipedia community. Those events are also aimed at increasing the community's motivation to take part in projects and events organized by Wikimedia Serbia. As can be seen below, in 2022. Wikimedia Serbia organized 7 edit-a-thons and 1 thematic week. Additionally, one campaign was organized on Wikiquote.

  1. WikiGap Edit-a-thon
  2. International Roma Day Edit-a-thon
  3. WikiForHumanRights Edit-a-thon
  4. World Refugee Day Edit-a-thon
  5. Wiki Loves Europride Edit-a-thon
  6. World Mental Health Day Edit-a-thon
  7. International Day of Persons with Disabilities Edit-a-thon
  8. Improving the Articles about Prominent Women - thematic week.
  9. SheSaid campaign

Wikipedia edit-a-thons resulted in 356 articles, while a thematic week brought 50 improved ones. Additionally, as part of the SheSaid Campaign, 202 pages with 1781 citations were created or improved on Wikiquote.

In 2022, Wikimedia Serbia collaborated with Belgrade-based German peace organization, ForumZFD, and Youth Initiative for Human Rights on a project "Women in the Anti-War and Peace Movement".  This project was focused on writing biographies of women peace activists who advocated for an end to war conflicts in the 1990s, as well as writing about anti-war initiatives in the former Yugoslavia. As part of this campaign, 25 editors wrote 120 articles on Serbian Wikipedia, and 40 on English Wikipedia. The project "Women in the anti-war and peace movement" is an example of successful cooperation between Wikimedia Serbia and organizations from civil society to promote diversity on Wikipedia.

Celebrations and meet-ups

The celebration of the Wikipedia Day was canceled due to the unfavorable epidemiological situation, while the birthdays of Serbian Wikipedia and Wikimedia Serbia were held in the premises of Wikimedia Serbia.

The 27th General Assembly was held on February 20, 2022 via the Zoom platform. The session was attended by 10 regular members. Filip Maljković, Đorđe Stakić, Bojana Satarić and Miroslav Loci were relected for the Board members for the new two-year term. Bojana Satarić was appointed as Vice President of the organization. The General Assembly adopted the Report on the work of the Board, as well as the Financial Report for 2021. Detailed notes are available on WMRS website.

The 28th General Assembly was held on December 4, 2022, in the premises of the Wikimedia Serbia office. The session was attended by 8 regular members. At the meeting, Milena Milenković was elected as a member of the Board, for a two-year term. At this session, the Assembly adopted: general act on the manner of recording, classification, archiving and storage of archival material and documentary material; a list of categories of archival material and documentary material with retention periods; general act on the manner of recording, protection, and use of electronic documents.

It is an understatement to say that I am delighted with this unique award.
Milica Buha
"It is an understatement to say that I am delighted with this unique award. It can be said to be unique on a global level. But I also have to say that this is not the first time that Wikimedia as an organization and Wikipedia as a community have recognized my commitment, and I know that this is the case with other Wikipedians as well. So I can only say a big thank you!"

Milica Buha, winner of Branislav Jovanović award and leader of the Wiki Senior project

Successful stories[edit]

Wikimedia Serbia initiated several international campaigns

In 2022, Wikimedia Serbia initiated three international Edit-a-thons: International Roma Day Edit-a-thon, World Refugee Day Edit-a-thon, and Wiki Loves EuroPride.Those campaigns were supported by numerous Wikimedia chapters, and Wikipedia User Groups, both in the CEE region and across Europe. Moreover, local edit-a-thons were organized on various language versions of Wikipedia. Wikipedia Communities from the Balkan region provided the most significant contributions during those events, showcasing that editors from this region care a lot about topics related to human rights and diversity.

As part of the meeting organized by Queer Wikipedia, Wikimedia Serbia had the opportunity to talk about the organization of an international edit-a-thon, WikiLoves EuroPride, and share its’ experiences with Wikimedians and Wikipedians across the world.

Thanks to these activities, Wikimedia Serbia has positioned itself as a significant initiator of new events and cooperation at the international level.

Implementation of strategic recommendations through cross regional collaboration

Wikimedia Serbia was one of the partners in the Wikimedia UNLOCK Accelerator program, which was implemented for the first time in the Western Balkans. Wikimedia Germany was the initiator of this program, and it was implemented in cooperation with Wikimedia Serbia and Impact Hub in Belgrade. The program was focused on supporting innovative projects, through a series of training, as well as through grants.  The program was aimed at implementing the ninth strategic recommendation, Innovation in free knowledge. The collaboration enabled the mutual creation and development of projects, support for teams in terms of the necessary skills, and also the establishment of connections between innovators from different countries and regions. The cooperation was presented in Wikimedia's podcast WIKIMOVE, as well as at the CEE Meeting and WikiLive conference. As part of those presentations, the results and models which can be applied in other communities were showcased. Moreover, the model of innovation in free knowledge was described in the paper Driving Innovation in Free Knowledge with UNLOCK Accelerator, which was presented at the PSSOH conference.

Challenges and lessons learned[edit]

The importance of support and training for the new editors

A few participants of the "Women in the Anti-War and Peace Movement" project faced the problem that their articles had been deleted from Wikipedia due to irrelevant content or technical errors within the articles. This experience taught us that it is very important for new editors to have support and someone they can rely on for help and guidance when they encounter difficulties in order to stay motivated and continue editing Wikipedia. Additionally, it is very beneficial for new editors to undergo Wikipedia editing training in order to acquire knowledge about various rules, in terms of editing, and to avoid potential mistakes.

Stressful situations caused by an unhealthy environment at Wikipedia can be overcome by using other Wikimedia projects

An active editor who has had a project within the WMRS for years in 2022 wanted to give up the project due to the unfavorable working atmosphere on Wikipedia. In order to prevent this and to keep motivation at the same level, the editor did not give up, but expanded her work to other projects, until she felt safe enough to continue working on Wikipedia. This isn't a permanent solution, but it can certainly help prevent burnout and take care of editors who have been active for years. Positive outcomes were the later continuation of activities on Wikipedia, but also the enrichment of Wikiquote and Wikisource.

  Media report

    • 1Lib1Ref campaign on Wikipedia from January 15 to February 5, 2022 — Danas, RTV, Tanjug, Rebelgrade.
    • In the “Catch the day” show of Radio Belgrade 1, Gorana Gomirac from Wikimedia Serbia spoke on the topic of the 1Lib1Ref Campaign.
    • Wikimedia Serbia opens a Microgrants Call — Omladinske novine, Startuj,, Oradio.
    • As part of the Daily show on TV Pirot, a report was broadcast about the implementation of the "Wikipedian in residence" project in the National Library of Pirot.
    • Wikitrivia, a game for history buffs — PC Press, Оradio.
    • Serbian Wikipedia won the first place in terms of contributing to the verifiability of Wikipedia — Тanjug, RTV, Еuronews Srbija, SRNA, Nezavisne novine, Poslovno jutro, Internet ogledalo,, Soutnik.
    • The guest of the show "News at 11" of Tanjug television, Gorana Gomirac, spoke about the success of the Serbian Wikipedia as part of the international #1Lib1Ref Campaign.
    • Young Nikolina from Pančevo is the best Wikipedia editor in the world — Тelegraf, 013 info.
    • Žana Gnjatović, librarian of the Sombor City Library, second in the world — Novi Radio Sombor.
    • Editor Žana Gnjatović spoke for Radio-Television Vojvodina about the success of the #1lib1ref campaign on Serbian Wikipedia.
    • The magazine "Infoteka" published an article about the project "ELTeC" on
    • In its new issue, the magazine "Jevrejski pregled" wrote about the cooperation between the Jewish Digital Library and Wikimedia Serbia (pages 12-14).
    • The creation of Wikipedia in the Serbian language in 2003 is mentioned in the column "It Happened on February 16" in the print edition of the "Vesti" newspaper.
    • International Wikipedia edit-a-thon on the occasion of World Roma Day— Beta, N1, Danas, Тanjug, Кrstarica, Srbija info.
    • The fifth Wikigap campaign on Serbian Wikipedia — Educational overview (page 17 of the printed edition).
    • Who controls Wikipedia and how 25 editors brought a team from Serbia to first place in terms of verifiability of articles — Еuronews Srbija, Blic.
    • International edit-a-thon on Wikipedia on the occasion of World Roma Day - N1, Danas, Krstarica, Tanjug, Beta.  
    • High school student from Vlasotince, Aleksandar Živković, the youngest lecturer at the sixth "Wikipedia" conference - Medija centar 016.
    • Wikipedia edit-a-thon dedicated to refugees - Politika.
    • In the show "150 minuta", diversity project manager Nevena Rudinac announced an edit-a-thon on the occasion of World Refugee Day - TV Prva.
    • As part of the "Digitalne ikone" show, Nevena Rudinac talked about the international edit-a-thon on the occasion of World Refugee Day. - Radio Belgrad, RTS.
    • Several portals published the news about "the biggest fraud in the history of Wikipedia" — B92, Original magazin, Nova energija, Vice, Telegraf, Republika Espreso, Luftika, Vojvodina uživo, Nova.
    • Aleksandar Živković, editor and administrator of the Serbian-language Wikipedia, spoke to Radio Beograd about the case of a Chinese woman who wrote a false history of Russia on Wikipedia for years.
    • "Wiki loves monuments" competition again in Serbia: Call for photo-Wikipedians — Dnevnik (page 7 of the printed edition on 09/01/2022).
    • On the occasion of the "Wiki loves monuments" photo contest, on September 7, Ivana Madžarević made a statement for the show "Good Morning" on Tanjug Television.
    • Grant for the realization and financing of volunteer projects of Wikimedia Serbia for the year 2023 —  Omladinske novine, Medija centar 016, RTV Biser.
    • Ivana Madžarević introduced the listeners of Radio Beograd 1's show "Korak ka nauci" to the Grant of Wikimedia Serbia for the implementation and financing of volunteer projects.
    • How to maintain the trust of the community and donors: Wikimedia Serbia reveals when is a "full hit" — Katalist Balkan.
    • As part of the youth exchange "Full Suitcase of Gender (In)equality" Wikipedia wokshop was held — Danas, Zaječar online, Radio Magnum, ZA media, Timok (page 6 of the printed edition on October 29, 2022).
    • Blic made a short video clip about Steven Pruitt, the editor of the English Wikipedia with the most edits.
    • Nikolina Šepić, citizen of Pančevo, achieved a great result in the competition "Wiki articles are looking for an illustration"— 013info.
    • Workshop on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities — Resurs centar.
    • The seminar "Application of online wiki tools in teaching and learning" was held in Elementary School "Olga Milošević" - TV Jasenica.
    • Edit-a-thon on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities - Ogledalce.
    • Project "Women's Peace Activism in Serbia" on Wikipedia - Rusko slovo (text in the Ruthenian language).
    • Aleksandar Živković, editor and administrator of Serbian Wikipedia, held a lecture entitled "Wikipedia as a relevant source of information - yes or no" on the occasion of the celebration of School Day and the six decades of existence of the "Stevan Jakovljević" Gymnasium in Vlasotinac - Medija centar 016.

  Next steps

Wikimedia Serbia submitted the annual plan for 2023 and within it emphasized the changes adopted by the organization for the following year. As part of the changes, a Diversity Program was created, while community support activities were distributed to other segments. The second change concerns the structure of employees - so Wikimedia Serbia has an Executive Director from 2023, and the team consists of the Education Program Manager, GLAM Program Manager, Diversity Program Manager and Office Manager. Apart from the mentioned changes, the plan presents the way in which Wikimedia Serbia will work on the implementation of strategic recommendations, but also on providing support to communities in the region.

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

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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
WMF Grant for 2022 EUR 119,500.00 115,800.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 115,800.00 126,347.35 122,435.34 Part of the budget intended for participation in international events was denied due to restrictions caused by the COVID pandemic.
WMF Grant for UNLOCK 2022 project EUR 13,800.00 0.00 13,800.00 0.00 0.0 13,800.00 14,590.74 14,590.74 Link
The Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia EUR 2,127.00 0.00 2,127.00 0.00 -149.36 1,977.64 2,248.88 2,090.96 The remained funds were returned to the Ministry.
WMF Grant for the EduWiki Conference 2023 EUR 84,500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 84,500.00 84,500.00 89,341.85 89,341.85 Link
Membership fee EUR 0.00 10.21 0.00 0.00 0.00 10.21 0.00 10.80 WMRS members are not obliged to pay membership fees.
TOTAL EUR 219,927.00 115,810.21 15,927.00 0.00 84,350.64 216,087.85 232,528.82 228,469.68

* Provide estimates in US Dollars

In-kind donations[edit]

Donator In-kind donation Value (in EUR)
Heliant d.o.o. Hosting service 156.00
Institute for Contemporary Education Space for two accredited seminars for teachers 1,000.00
SKIP Center Space for the WikiLive Conference 1,500.00
House of Human Rights Volunteer training space within the "Wiki Loves Pride" project 400.00
Wikimedia Deutschland Flight ticket and accommodation for WMRS representative at the Wikimedia Summit 600.00
GLAM Macedonia Accommodation for three WMRS representatives at the CEE Meeting 420.00
Psihopolis Prizes for the "Mental health" edit-a-thon 53.00
"Children's Center" Association, Zaječar Travel expenses for holding the Wikipedia workshop in Ivanjica 64.00
Elementary school "Olga Milošević", Smederevska Palanka Space for accredited seminar for teachers 500.00
TOTAL 4,693.00

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

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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
Office EUR 11,624.00 2,416.20 2,325.01 2,375.02 4,006.13 11,122.36 12,290.06 11,759.67 95.68%
Staff EUR 69,429.50 15,278.26 16,840.06 17,105.87 20,870.63 70,094.82 73,407.81 74,111.25 100.96% By decision of the Board, bonuses were given to employees at the end of the year.
Services EUR 3,581.50 1,603.23 663.65 687.34 676.71 3,630.93 3,786.72 3,838.98 101.38% The website maintenance service has become more expensive.
Other EUR 1,500.00 805.77 137.43 145.78 80.49 1,169.47 1,585.95 1,236.48 77.96%
Education Program EUR 6,170.00 0.00 2,283.93 820.41 2,705.00 5,809.34 6,523.54 6,142.22 94.15%
GLAM Program EUR 10,305.00 3,030.97 3,043.73 1,898.67 2,096.17 10,069.54 10,895.48 10,646.52 97,72%
Community Support Program EUR 13,190.00 1,267.81 5,897.66 2,154.18 3,750.81 13,070.46 13,945.79 13,819.40 99,09%
TOTAL EUR 115,800.00 24,402.24 31,191.47 25,187.27 34,185.94 114,966.92 122,435.34 121,554.52 99,28%

* Provide estimates in US Dollars

UNLOCK 2022[edit]

Spending of funds received for realization of the UNLOCK 2022 project can be seen on the following link.

Spending of donation from the Ministry of Culture and Information[edit]

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

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Expense Currency Budgeted Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Cumulative Budgeted ($US)* Cumulative ($US)* Percentage spent to date Explanation of variances from plan
Wikipedian in Residence RSD 250,000.00 0.00 11.00 0.00 231,990.59 232,001.59 92.80%

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

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  • There were no significant deviations from our original grant proposal.

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  • Yes.

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  • Yes.


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