Grants:PEG/WM BE/Public facing Activities 2016 S1/Report

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Project status[edit]

Are you complying with the requirements specified by WMF in the grant agreement?
Do you expect this project to be completed by the date specified in the approved grant submission?
Did you use any of the grant funds?

Activities and lessons learned[edit]

In the past period (January-December 2016) we organised 19 open edit-a-thons, 8 workshops for closed public, had 2 education collaborations, gave 45 presentations about Wikipedia/Wikimedia, organised/participated in 13 other open events, organised 12 wikimeets, had 2 general assemblies, 4 board meetings, 88 organisational meetings with external partners or internal meetings as part of a project, published 2 newsletters (each in 3 languages), published 17 reports, 26 other publications (press releases, announcements, official letters), 4 times a volunteer followed a training, 27 people participated in/presented at 14 conferences or conference like events, organised 2 photo contests, had 21 photography sessions, and 1 double writing week. This resulted in (registered, among more output) implementation of Freedom of Panorama (FOP) in Belgium, 1737 previously deleted files restored on Commons thanks to FOP, in 6027 new files, 418 new articles in 15 languages and 52 largely improved articles (photo contests + Brussels writing weeks). Another outcome is the addition of 30,000 artworks from 8 Flemish museums to Wikidata + a whitepaper being written about how to do so, another 456 PIDs added to Wikidata, as well as the almost entire collection of one museum in Brussels in Wikidata. Other projects and activities also had output, but those output is not registered or project is still ongoing.

List of activities[edit]

For an overview of all activities done by Wikimedia Belgium on location are available at Activities.

Some remarkable activities were:

  • Two Public Domain Day events
  • Brussels writing weeks (info)
  • Multiple edit-a-thons
  • Freedom of Panorama event on first day it came into force (info)
  • Dutch Wikipedia printed in Ghent (art project)
  • Two classes of students in colleges/universities in the education program

Other activities[edit]

The brochure created as part of Wiki Loves Art has, besides in communication with cultural institutions, also been used towards members of the parliament of Belgium. After campaigning for about a year now, on 16 June 2016 the parliament of Belgium voted in favour of the adoption of Freedom of Panorama in Belgium.


Fragmented or unavailable

Lessons learned[edit]

What lessons were learned that may help others succeed in similar projects, or that may change the way you are doing this project?
What went well, or is going well?
Collaborating went well, reaching out to GLAMs started to grow, education program started, done great activities, were sponsored and we started to make a difference in Belgium.
What did not go well, or is not going well?
Administration was a mess when it was taken over in the 2nd half of 2016, as well as issues with how funds have been spent in first half of 2016.

Outcomes and impact[edit]

Measures of success[edit]

Project metrics

Project metrics Target outcome Achieved outcome Explanation
Wikipedia 15 event
  • 20 people present, including 10 members
  • at least two peope organising the event
  • at least three people presenting during the event
  • press coverage
Not Nothing was organised
Communications to community and general public
Send out 6 newsletters (1 per month) Not In 12 months time we published 2 newsletters, available in 3 languages. We intend to publish 3 newsletters a year, next one to come in January. The measure of success of a newsletter a month is completely unrealistic in a country with multiple official languages and communities that often do not speak the other languages, as well as that we do not have staff and are doing our work in our free time (after work/school/etc).
Update the website at least 18 times Not Estimated about 4 updates took place
1x paper communication to our members Yes At the end of 2015 or beginning of 2016 a Christmas card has been sent to our members.
implementation of the agenda in our website Not Currently not visible on website
Presence during Wikimania with 2 board members
Support our members to send in a Wikimania scholarship. Our goal is to get support for 7 WM BE members Not 2 members were present, only one funded through WMBE budget Costs were high, budget was too low
Document the event in a report Not Not happened
Set up a list of 25 people that are valuable for our organisation, and add them to our mailinglist or membership list Not Not happened Besides nobody took this up, it is not sure if this would have been a good approach.
Follow-up the communication to the 25 people by sending them an email / chatting with them (Q3 2016) Not Not happened
  • on average 8 people present during the events
  • 2 of the 5 WikiSaturdays combined with a board meeting
  • on average 4 new people per event (new to Wikimedia Belgium, or new to the Wikimedia projects)
Not No WikiSaturdays took place WikiSaturdays are a good idea, but very impractical for a chapter without suitable office/meeting space that can be used.
General Assembly
15 members present Yes 13 members present Close enough
6 new board members elected Yes In January a new board with 6 members was elected.
prepare the board functions with a clear responsibility Yes The board functions are clear
Outreach efforts to our community
Well organised General Assembly (January 2016); Yes Was well organised
Redesigned website (June 2016) Not ???
Organisation of a WMBE Training Day
  • Get 5 board members and 8 interested volunteers to the event
  • Increase the level of involvement of 5 board members
Not No training day took place

Provide an overall assessment of how your project is going according to these measures.
According to these measures the project was very little successful.
While doing this project, have you decided to track any other measures of success not listed in your grant submission? If so, please list them here.
If we ignore the original listed measures, and look at what we did and what for impact it had, we were successful. ...

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Reporting and documentation of expenditures[edit]

This section describes the grant's use of funds


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Number Category Item description Unit Number of units Actual cost per unit Actual total Budgeted total Currency Notes
Running general and administrative costs
Website maintenance, hosting costs, email hosting 72.07 725 Euro
Communication (postal mail, telephone) 382.97 215 Euro
General Administrative expenses 577.50 400 Euro
Programmatic activities
Wikipedia 15 event 0 200 Euro
Organisation of 5 Wiki Saturdays 0 1053 Euro
Organisation of general Assembly 224.42 406 Euro
WM BE Training Day: for board members and for volunteers 0 562 Euro
Presence of two board members at Wikimania Event 632.33 600 Euro
Not budgeted costs
Edit-a-thons 349.96 0 Euro
GLAM program 481.92 0 Euro
Education program 141.38 0 Euro
Training for volunteer(s) 108.90 0 Euro
Freedom of Panorama event & preparations 56.04 0 Euro
Public Domain Day event 32.80 0 Euro
Wikipedia Printed 80.73 0 Euro
Internal audit 29.10 0 Euro
Board meetings 175.98 0 Euro
Conferences local 408.54 0 Euro
Expenses unaccounted for 228.56 0 Euro
Total amount spent on this project by others (sponsored) (with currency)
above EUR 6000

Remaining funds[edit]

The funds remaining from this grant in the amount of 516.80 EUR were deducted from another grant payment for Grants:Project/WM BE/Public facing activities 2017.
Are there any grant funds remaining?
Total amount of WMF grant funds spent on this project (with currency)
EUR 3983.20
Please list the total amount (specify currency) remaining here. (This is the amount you did not use, or the amount you still have after completing your grant.)
EUR 516.80
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Returned to WMF or used as part of Grants:Project/WM BE/Public facing activities 2017, depending what is most suitable for WMF.