Grants:PEG/WM BE/WLM BeLux 2016/Interim

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Interim report accepted
This interim report for a Project and Event Grant has been reviewed and accepted by the Wikimedia Foundation.
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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]

List of activities[edit]

1. Preparations
  • Backup website - Done
  • Updaten software website - Done
  • Updaten website - Done
  • Writing texts for our newsletter + translations - Done
  • Announcing events on Wikipedias - Done
  • Announcing events on mailing lists - Done
  • Writing invitation for photo walks - Done - See: here
  • Getting translation in Dutch - Done
  • Getting translation in French - Done
  • Sending out invitation to photo walks - Done
  • Creating routes for photo walks - Done
  • Having infrastructure for uploading - Done
  • Having CentralNotice banner - Done
  • Promotion in Wikimedia Foundation blog - Done - See: here
  • Promotion events on social media - Done
  • Organising 4 photo walk events - Done

2. Photo contest itself
  • Welcoming participants at events and giving them instructions - Done
  • Guiding participants through the program of events - Done
  • Having a closing drink after the photo walks - Done
  • Sending instructions how to upload and reminders to upload before end of contest - Done

3. Judging
  • Finding judges - Done
  • Preparing images for judges - Done
  • Organising judging session - Done
  • Supporting judges in judging - Done

4. Award ceremony
4.1 Preparing award ceremony
  • Arranging location - Done
  • Creating invitation - Done
  • Getting invitation translated to English and French - Done - See: here
  • Inviting all partners and relations - Done
  • Inviting all participants Wiki Loves Monuments - Done
  • Inviting volunteers in our communities - Done
  • Meeting with sponsors - Done
  • Arranging prizes with sponsors - Done
  • Purchase some prizes - Done
  • Purchase some gifts for jury members - Done
  • Collecting prizes from the various institutions - Done
  • Collecting gifts for jury members - Done
  • Buying backs for prizes - Done
  • Packing prizes - Done
  • Arranging posters of winning pictures - Done
  • Hanging up posters of winning pictures at venue - Done
  • Preparing presentation + basic text - Done
  • Arranging small prizes for all present - Done
  • Arranging and instructing speakers for ceremony - Done
  • Getting standing banners at venue - Done

On the day it was by law not allowed to publish this photo
The day after Freedom of Panorama came into force in Belgium thanks also to our efforts (with event & party) and we could publish the photo.
4.2 Award ceremony
  • Welcoming all people who come to the ceremony - Done
  • Giving presentation - Done
    • With special attention to change in Freedom of Panorama during event
  • Distributing prizes - Done
  • Taking photos of ceremony - Done - See: here
  • Distributing gifts to jury members - Done
  • Having drinks and snacks prepared - Done

4.3 After ceremony
  • Cleaning up venue - Done
  • Getting all leftover stuff to WMBE office - Done
  • Creation overview page with all winners - Done - See: here
  • Creation page with jury report - Done - See: here
  • Updating website - Done
  • Announcing winners on various places - Done

5. Monuments Edit-a-thon
  • Organisation edit-a-thon - Needs updating to do in 2017

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

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.


  • Photos uploaded
    • 2988 photos of Belgium
    • 13 photos of Luxembourg + 6 non-monuments
    • 3001 photos of monuments in total, 3007 photos in total
  • Participants
    • 116 participants with photos from Belgium
    • 7 participants with photos from Luxembourg
    • 121 participants with photos
  • Award ceremony
    • 76 people at ceremony
    • 9 winning photos from 4 photographers in Wiki Loves Monuments
    • 3 of the 4 winning photographers were present


All Wiki Loves Monuments contests in Belgium and Luxembourg from 2011 to 2016 have led together to the cumulative results:

  • 18570 photos of Belgium
  • 1021 photos of Luxembourg
  • 19591 photos of monuments in total

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?
Photo contest went well, we had great results.
What did not go well, or is not going well?
Internal communication was a bit hard as result of not enough moments to meet face to face. It is often underestimated, but physical meetings are highle needed to be able to collaborate with each other.

Outcomes and impact[edit]


Provide the original project goal here.
We want to encourage and facilitate the capturing and uploading of photographs of Belgian and Luxembourg heritage sites or monuments in September 2016 (goal I). On an organisational level, we want to strengthen our organisation (goal IIa); achieve a high media coverage (goal IIb); further develop our relationship with the different collaborating organisations (goal IIc); ensure continuity in our activities towards the user community (goal III).
Do you expect to reach your project's goal? Why or why not?
I: yes; IIa: limited but yes (due limited time to meet); IIb: not reached at all (not much done on this due time constraints and also no high expectations that media would cover edition five of something "simple"); IIc: yes, we have met with multiple; III: yes, very successful seeing the enthusiasm of participants/volunteers in our community.

Progress towards targets and goals[edit]

Measures of success[edit]

Project metrics

Project metrics Target outcome Achieved outcome Explanation
Get 3.000 new uploaded pictures of Belgian and Luxembourg heritage sites in 2016 We got 3001 photos of monuments in total. Successful!
Get 40 new contributors 121 participants, mainly new Successful!
Achieve a high 'diversity' of the uploaded pictures and contributors (eg. professional photographers vs hobby photographers, Dutch/French/German contributors) Less diversity than intended, but there was reasonable diversity. Likely less because most monuments in Brussels and Walloon have most of the monuments already covered with photo, while the Flemish monument lists are at average 10x longer and thus much more work and more space to participate.
Develop a broader professional volunteering organising team We gained experience by working together. Successful!
Improve the media impact in comparison with the last edition in 2014 Zero Not successful, not reached at all: not much done on this due time constraints and also no high expectations that media would cover edition five of something "simple". But towards partner organisations Wiki Loves Monuments is a good project to mention to get interest and appreciation.
Get a commitment from the partners for Wiki Loves Monuments 2016 during the Award Session More than expected. Successful!
Have a considerable number of participants at the award prize giving session 76 people at ceremony Very successful!

Provide an overall assessment of how your project is going according to these measures.
We had more photo walks, but with less time available, we managed to get great results, more than expected.
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.
Volunteer motivation is more important then any of the other metrics. We had great enthusiasm among the participants and they like to do more!

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Remember that you will need to report on your project's impact on WMF's mission and strategic goals in your final report.

Reporting and documentation of expenditures[edit]

This section describes the grant's use of funds


Remember that you will need to send receipts or documentation of all project expenses to WMF at the time your final report is submitted.


Please list all project expenses in a table here, with descriptions and dates. Review the instructions here here.
These expenses should be listed in the same format as the budget table in your approved submission so that anyone reading this report may be able to easily compare budgeted vs. actual expenses.
Note that variances in the project budget over 10% per expense category must be approved in advance by Project and Event Grants program staff. For all other variances, please provide an explanation in the table below.

The first project of the project in 2016 was done: the photo contest, judging and the award ceremony.

The focus of 2015 was to get most of the brochures and other printing materials designed and printed.

Number Category Item description Unit Number of units Actual cost per unit Actual total Budgeted total Currency Notes
Part 1: Pre-contest events Travel expenses 51.70 150.00 Euro
Part 2: Events Travel expenses for 6 events 118.89 500.00 Euro
Part 3: Judging sessions Travel expenses 14.80 120.00 Euro
Part 3: Judging sessions Gift packages for the judges 150.00 170.00 Euro
Part 4: November Award Session Award prices 217.74 600.00 Euro
Part 4: November Award Session Travel expenses 116.01 450.00 Euro
Part 6: Project Management Costs Meals and drinks with meetings and events 181.10 400.00 Euro

The economic value of the sponsoring of the venue and catering of the award ceremony was for an amount of EUR 2750. Additional also prizes were sponsored with unknown economic value.

Total amount spent on this project so far (with currency)
EUR ...
Total amount of WMF grant funds spent on this project so far (with currency)
EUR 850.24
Based on your spending, will you need to request any changes to your budget? If you do, please see the guidelines for requesting changes to your budget.
Answer NO.