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Wikipedia Weekend Tirana 2015
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Group photo during Wikipedia Weekend in Tirana 2015

Project status

Did you comply with the requirements specified by WMF in the grant agreement?


Is your project completed?


Activities and lessons learned





  • June: Preliminary planning with organizers. Contacting governmental institutions. Establishing team leader.
  • Septmember-November: Follow up with governmental institutions. Booking accommodation and the event venue.
  • October-November: The Grant request on Meta has been finalized.

Day 1 & 2


Workshops and editathons


Subjects: Folklorist data. History of Municipality of Tirana. Open Source/Free Software articles. We've contacted different governmental institutions to send us open data materials, which should be published, but weren't at that point. We managed to get printed information and resources from both governmental institutions to use it on our editathons.



Presentations where mainly about from our guest talking about their experience and from the organizers which where mainly about how to get started with Wikipedia and how to go on according to the rules on wiki.

Lighting Talks

Recording voices from participants reading numbers or the alphabet.



Categories where the documentation can be found.

Lessons learned

What worked well?
  • Gathering the Albanian speaking community together: Although none of the participants from Kosova where funded by us, 7 were able to come on their own budget. With over 150 unique attendants for both days there is a good chance it might have been even more.
  • 3 Wikipedia Administrators from the Albanian speaking community met for the first time in an offline event. We were able to have various productive discussions on how we can facilitate future projects of the Wikimedians of Albanian Language User Group and generally how to approach long-term plans of improving Wikipedia in Albanian.
  • The format we choose for the event. Ranging from 2 Tracks, to Side Activities and the logistics at the venue, it all tied in very well together. The format we choose was perfectly tailored for the impact we were planning to achieve.
  • The computer lab which worked as a workshop room. It is a big plus which removes barriers from attendants, especially for those who have no laptops (which is not rare in Albania). People could just come and start right away.
  • Printed resources. We gave out various materials received from the governmental institutions also as hardcopy. In this way, no one would work twice on the same article. This was also useful for participants who didn't want to/could not translate from English or Italian, as said materials were already in Albanian.
What didn't work?
  • 2 Participants working on the same computer. We have noticed that problem even when we organize small workshops. From around 150 participation almost half on the newbies open an account. We tried to put them into work but in the next editathon they did the same.
  • We were late on sending for review the grant request and we received the money after the event, we spent too much time on convincing companies that we needed service(catering, printing resource material) to send the money after the event.
  • The editathon at the end of a conference day when attendees were tired had fewer attendees than the lunchtime or mornings editathons. We thought since the resource material was in Albanian and they just needed to rewrite it online would be ok, but the last editathons had less participants even those who were in the lab not everyone was working.
  • Because of too many registration on the same day we had problem with new user using the same IP. We fixed that using hotspot from different devices but for some participants they start working later than the others.
What would you do differently if you planned a similar project?
  • Make sure that all the new user to register themselves some days before event, so we avoid the IP block problem.
  • More printed resource materials into Albanian Language. The participants are more productive to write resource materials that are already in Albanian that to translate from English.

Learning patterns


We endorsed planning effective conference sessions and Calculating global metrics.

Outcomes and impact



Provide the original project goal here.

The event aims to bring people interested in the Wikipedia community together and show them how to get involved in a Wikimedia project. Increasing participation and quality content. We expected 100 articles created or improved, and 100 participants.

Did you achieve your project goal? How do you know your goal was achieved? Please answer in 1 - 2 short paragraphs.
Yes, we achieve it. We had 201 articles created/improved. And 150(unique) participants. 3 Albanian administrators from 3 countries(Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia) participated in the event. All planed editathons happened and all the source material planed to be written on Wikipedia was written by participants.

Progress towards targets and goals


Project metrics

Project metrics Target outcome Achieved outcome Explanation
Total # of participants expected: 100; 150
Number of articles expected to be created or improved: 100 201
Total # of newbies expected: 50; 17 17 new accounts were registration, but were at least 40̟ participants who didn’t had an account on Wikipedia. But because of IP and 2 people working in the same PC only 17 were registration during those 2 days.

Global Metrics


We are trying to understand the overall outcomes of the work being funded across our grantees. In addition to the measures of success for your specific program (in above section), please use the table below to let us know how your project contributed to the Global Metrics. We know that not all projects will have results for each type of metric, so feel free to put "0" where necessary.

  1. Next to each required metric, list the actual outcome achieved through this project.
  2. Where necessary, explain the context behind your outcome. For example, if you were funded for an editathon which resulted in 0 new images, your explanation might be "This project focused solely on participation and articles written/improved, the goal was not to collect images."

For more information and a sample, see Global Metrics.

Metric Achieved outcome Explanation
1. # of active editors involved 31
2. # of new editors 17
3. # of individuals involved 48
4a. # of new images/media added to Wikimedia articles/pages 41 Articles where improved during the Wiki Loves Monuments workshop, and pictures added to articles were from Wiki Love Monuments Competition.
4b. # of new images/media uploaded to Wikimedia Commons (Optional) 9 We are not sure for this number because some of the participants who were part of the small tour that we did to take pictures during the second day, didn't upload the pictures in the same day.
5. # of articles added or improved on Wikimedia projects 201 52 first day and 149 second day.
6. Absolute value of bytes added to or deleted from Wikimedia projects 134,386
Learning question
Did your work increase the motivation of contributors, and how do you know?

-This was not measured during the event.



What impact did this project have on WMF's mission and the strategic priorities?

Option A: How did you increase participation in one or more Wikimedia projects?

  • UserːHenriBalla is participating at European Science Photo Competition 2015. He was a speaker at the event and we suggested him to talk about this competition, he accepted and he took part at the competition as well.
  • Wikimedia Education Program and Wikiversity where to other projects that participants were interested also. We had questions about these 2 project both days. And 2 girls are interesting volunteering if we plan to do a tour in schools and universities for Education Program.

Option B: How did you improve quality on one or more Wikimedia projects?

  • 201 articles added and improved during 2 days at Wikipedia Albania.

Option C: How did you increase the reach (readership) of one or more Wikimedia projects?

Reporting and documentation of expenditures


This section describes the grant's use of funds


Did you send documentation of all expenses paid with grant funds to grants at wikimedia dot org, according to the guidelines here? Answer "Yes" or "No".


Please list all project expenses in a table here, with descriptions and dates. Review the instructions here.

SEE INSTRUCTIONS AT Grants:Index/Create financial report.

Project expenses
Number Category Item description Unit Number of units Total Cost(ALL) Total cost (EUR) Notes
1 Travel and transportation costs Travel and transportation costs total for all participants from abroad -
2 Accommodation Accommodation total 3 410
3 Dinner Dinner participant + organizing team 37009 268
4 Catering Coffee breaks participant × break 2 22,000 159.20
4A Venue Hall Rent day 2 54500 394.043
5 Promotional Materials and Gifts Design, printing and materials, Visual ID 683.36
6 Documentation Photographer of the event 200
7 Administrative Item Administrative Item 290 Chairs, one extra mice, table, model 3g portable
8 Accountant 180
9 Other Milk, coffee, water 60.87
10 Transaction bank 109.58 The bank account was in EUR and the money were sent in USD so we lost 109.58 EUR
Total Cost 2836.71

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