Grants:PEG/WM FI/WMFI 2015 H1

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WM FI/WMFI 2015 H1
This is annual plan funding for Wikimedia Suomi ry that covers the activities until the association becomes eligible for the APG grants.
targetFinnish, Swedish and Sámi Wikipedias, Wikimedia Commons, Wikidata
strategic priorityImproving quality, Increasing Participation
start dateJanuary 1
start year2015
end dateJune 30
end year2015
budget (local currency)32,655 €
budget (USD)37,713 USD
grant typeOrganization
non-profit statusYes
contact(s)• tommi(_AT_)• info(_AT_)
organization• Wikimedia Suomi ry


This is a 6 month grant application for the activities of the WIkimedia Finland chapter. It will include an assortment of GLAM and organisational collaboration activities, and support for the Wikimaps project during the 6 months. We partner with other open knowledge actors in a common work space. In the end of the project we will apply for APG funding in the Round 2.


  • Personnel: 0,7 Project manager and a 0,15 FTE Assistant position shared by several people
  • Office: A shared office rent on a per use basis in a shared space
  • Outreach events
    • Interactive Technology in Education event has WMFI presentation booth accepted.
    • New project: 3 Wikidays full-day events in a public library space for continuing Wikipedia editing and collaborating with GLAMs with their materials.
  • GLAM/ORGANISATIONAL COLLABORATION program: 3 editathons, content donations and data imports
  • DATA/TECH program: A weekly Wikidata volunteer meeting to prepare for further outreach activities
  • Community support: Support for literature and meetups
  • Projects: Wikimaps

Planned activities[edit]

Staff and contractors[edit]

Wikimedia Finland will employ a 0,7 FTE Project Manager / Administrator to run projects and take care of the administration. We continue our contracts with the assistant that have been working for WMFI, taking care of technical development, events organizing, documentation, metrics and administrative assistance. They will be compensated altogether with 0,15 FTE of equal pay with the Project Manager.

Shared office[edit]

We are renting 50 days in a shared space in a collective of open knowledge actors. The rent is paid on a pay per use basis.

Participation in Wikimedia events[edit]

Participating in Wikimedia events is by far the most effective means of engagement for Board members and wikipedians alike. According to these guidelines we must cover our own costs. The cost for 2 participants is included in the budget. Participants from WIkimedia Finland will apply for funding separately for Wikimedia Hackathon (2 people).

Outreach events[edit]

Wikimedia Finland has 2 activities planned for this spring. The first one is participating in the Interactive Technology in Education seminar (April 15–17), where WMFI's booth has been accepted in the program. The event is an intensive 2-day period, and requires the participants to either lodge at the event site or travel back and forth. For the sake of saving costs, we have budgeted for the travelling option.

The second one is a new plan. Wikiday is planned to be carried out approximately once a month at a central location in Helsinki. The site will be Kaupunkiverstas, an open fabrication lab and an open meeting space in the center of Helsinki. We are inviting the Tuo Kulttuuri Wikipediaan editathon participants to continue editing, teaching Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons. We continue hacking the GLAM materials and connecting them to Commons and to other projects, as a follow up of the Wiki Loves Maps project. We team up with projects like OpenStreetMap and Maptime to generate enthusiasm in working towards common goals.

Interactive Technology in Education[edit]

Goal Interactive Technology in Education (ITE) -conference is the largest conference in Finland related to information and communication technology in educational use. WMFI has been accepted to the program with a booth.
Target readership All Wikimedia platforms
Fit with strategy Increasing reach, increasing participation

Number of volunteers involved in the event 4

Number of contacts At least 500 teachers learn about the possibilities of using Wikipedia in educational assignments.

New initiatives as a result of presenting At least three.

Schedule ITK Conference 15.-17.4.2015
What is the outcome of participation in an event like this? Wikimedia Finland will make contacts with educators on various educational levels to initiate joint projects for editing Wikipedia as part of the study processes.
Documentation and links ITK Conference 2015


Goal We plan to arrange 3 Wikidays events in collaboration with other actors to learn editing hands-on in a full-day event.
Target readership Wikimedia Commons, Wikidata, Wikimaps
Fit with strategy Increasing reach, increasing quality
Metrics per event

Number of new editors 10

Number of articles affected 10

Number of media uploaded 10

Metadata quality at least GOOD (see metrics section)

Number of participants 20

Number of partners involved 6

Other outcomes Reports on cross-project linking

Surveys after events

Images and documentation

Documentation blog posts (in English to reach international audiences)

Best practices document

Resources Finnish experts, staff or volunteers
Partners Current and future GLAM partners, Wikipedia community, public sector offices, research institutions, OpenStreetMap, Maptime
Schedule H1
This is an event requiring much human effort. This is an opportunity for collaborative learning, since there is no other way to adopt and disseminate information about developing Wikimedia products.
The strategy is to be available where people are. The space is very centrally located, and operated by the City of Helsinki Library for hands-on fabrication and outreach. The use of space is for free.
How can the impact on Wikimedia projects be evaluated distinct from all activities that deal with different platforms? We see that collaborating with likeminded actors in the creation of open knowledge is the basis of our activities. We will produce knowledge into environments other than Wikimedia as well. Linking across projects should be supported and also reported.

GLAM / Organisational collaboration program[edit]

We are budgeting for 3 GLAM events, and we already have more planned. The following ones have been initiated by the organisations themselves:

  • The Gallen-Kallela Museum hosts a hackathon on February 21.
  • The Kiasma Museum of contemporary art arranges a Wiki Triathlon as a continuation to the famous Wikimaton, March 28.
  • The Maritime Museum Vellamo in Kotka arranges a Wiki event in March.

We are connecting more and more with the academic programs especially around digital humanities. We hope to turn this into practical work in editing Wikipedia as study assignments. An example of a nice collaboration was the Saturday morning walk around Aleksanterinkatu with Laura Kolbe, a Finnish professor of European history. This was part of the Wiki Loves Maps hackathon program.

Cultural datasets to Wikidata[edit]

Wikidata is catching up slowly. We see that we need to invest a lot in our own capabilities as well as connect with others' to be competent regionally in dealing with Wikidata. We address the issue by meeting virtually in a study group, make uploads and disseminate our skills in Wikidays and related events.

Content uploads[edit]

We have been working on finding the best possible way for GLAMs to engage with content uploads to WIkimedia Commons. We are testing out a combination of two stages in the upload process. In the first phase the metadata of the upload batch are brought to an environment, where the GLAM together with an extended community work to refine the raw export with corresponding Wikidata entries, format dates, refine location information. In the second stage the GLAM staffer or volunteer, the Commons expert does the actual upload. Having this pipeline ready will allow us to work with extensive datasets. We expect to have it ready in H1, but will be conservative with goals.

(Cultural) datasets to Wikidata[edit]
Goal We will start transferring cultural datasets to Wikidata. This will act as a door-opener for other kind of datasets in the future.
Target readership Wikidata, Wikimedia projects as a result
Fit with strategy Increasing reach, increasing quality
Metrics Number of dataset imports At least 3

Number of volunteers involved with the activity At least 2

Resources Possible first datasets:
  • Finnish artists database
  • Finnish artworks database
  • Helsinki public art database
People Data/tech volunteers, project assistant(s)
Partners Possible partners, based on possible datasets:
  • National Board of Antiquities
  • The Helsinki Art Museum
  • Finnish Artists' Association, the National Gallery
Schedule Ongoing
Finding dataset We start with datasets that we know to exist.
Continuity after the first efforts We must seek to collaborate with other actors of the open knowledge to investigate release and storage mechanisms to tap into. Participate in the Sum of all paintings project.
Dissemination Must find the proper channels to publicize the activities.
Content uploads[edit]
Goal We expect to complete 10 new content uploads to Wikimedia Commons with the help of the GLAM-Wiki Toolset and/or associated tools.
Target readership Wikimedia Commons
Fit with strategy Increasing quality
Metrics Amount of images 1500

Amount of partnerships 10

Amount of quality images 1500

Metadata quality at least BETTER (see metrics section)

Other reporting Sharing best practices in learning patterns, web resources and presentations
Partners There are several partners ready for content uploads. Thematic projects, such as Historiallinen Aleksanterinkatu, may include content from a variety of actors.
Schedule H1
Continuity of the opening efforts We prepare for different work flows. Releasing to Flickr has become a standard practice among GLAMs in Finland, and we will cater for transfer from there alongside tapping into the existing systems of the GLAM. We work to assist with GLAM-WIki Toolset uploads, direct Wikidata/Commons uploads as they become feasible and uploads with other tools.
Standardized practices Best practices publication for the Finnish actors.
GLAM events[edit]
Goal 3 GLAM events
3 GLAM events are arranged with partner GLAM organizations. Later in the APG we will expand to natural sciences and digital humanities. More events will be welcomed based on resources.
Target readership Finnish and Swedish Wikipedias
Fit with strategy Increasing participation, increasing reach.
Metrics per event Number of new editors 10Number of articles affected 10

Number of media uploaded 10

Amount of quality images 10

Metadata quality at least BETTER (see metrics section)

Number of participants 20

Number of partners involved 1

We aim to find and establish a sustainable balance for inputs and outputs, a metrics ratio, and vary that according to strategic importance.

Additional reporting Tracking use of resources by WMFI, partner and volunteers

Post-editathon surveys. We aim to be able to also prepare for pre-editathon surveys, but for that we would need much more time to work collaboratively in the preparations.

Media coverage

Resources The GLAM invests staff time, location and refreshments and in most of the cases is willing to pay for the lecturer.
WMFI provides coordinating and teaching resources. WMFI may assist in participation support for wikipedians.
People The Project Manager if needed, Project assistant, 1-6 additional volunteers in each editathon
Partners Gallen-Kallela Museum, Kiasma, Finnish Comics Museum. More to follow.
Editathons are resource-intensive in relation to contributions. Each event must also be evaluated in terms of advocacy and outreach. Currently engaging the GLAM sector in the Wikimedia projects is our broader goal. Future events must be made more economic.
The events involve too much paid staff Meeting and working with the volunteers has been the most inspiring takeaway from the events. We hope to create the framework for this to happen, and wish to use our resources in organizing the events.
Getting participants is tough We must always emphasize the role of the GLAM's own community and make connecting with it the responsibility of the GLAM itself.
Documentation and links Kiasma 24-hour Wikimaraton February 2013Rupriikki Media Museum editathons

Tuo kulttuuri Wikipediaan editathon series autumn 2014

DATA/TECH program[edit]

WMFI has a weekly Wikidata volunteer meeting to prepare for further outreach activities. This is much too weak to prepare for the demand. We try to find ways during this spring.

Community support[edit]

We will offer the Finnish Wikipedia community help with access to online repositories. This includes joining the WIkipedia Library program and negotiating with Finnish actors about access to closed resources. Additionally we offer micro grants for photocopying or otherwise getting access to relevant material.

Another form of community support is support for local meetups in the form of covering costs for catering or local transport to join the events.


Wikimaps Nordic project has been extended until June in the Nordic Culture Fund. We expect to finalize the development tasks we set out to do. The development is a continuing effort, and we will be adding more elements and connections in the environment in the future. We are not applying for additional funding for development for this spring.

We request funding for travel to the State of the Map event in New York for the Project Manager in this grant application. As the Project Manager is employed by the chapter, this is the only possible channel in the Wikimedia context.

Budget 2015[edit]

Project budget table[edit]

from to FTE amount unit unit price subtotal costs PEG
Staff and contractors 71,06%
Project manager / Admin 1.1.2015 30.6.2015 0,70 6 months 3 500,00 € 14 700,00 € 30% 19 110,00 €
Project assistant(s) 1.1.2015 30.6.2015 0,15 6 months 3 500,00 € 3 150,00 € 30% 4 095,00 €
23 205,00 €
Shared office 10,80%
Office rent 1.1.2015 30.6.2015 50 days 10,00 € 500,00 € 500,00 €
Running costs, accounting, financial docs 1 777,40 €
Board participation support 300,00 €
Annual meeting costs 1 meetings 600,00 € 600,00 €
Equipment 350,00 €
Office costs 3 527,40 €
Participation in Wikimedia events 4,05%
Wikimedia Conference 1 322,60 €
Participation in Wikimedia events 1 322,60 €
Outreach events 7,58%
ITK conference 1 events 1 200,00 € 1 200,00 €
Wikidays 3 events 425,00 € 1 275,00 € 1 275,00 €
Outreach events 2 475,00 €
Organisational collaboration 2,07%
GLAM events 3 events 225,00 € 675,00 € 675,00 €
Content donations 0,00 €
Data imports 0,00 €
Org collab 675,00 €
Community support 4,44%
Library and photocopy support 1 000,00 €
Meetups 3 meetups 150,00 € 450,00 € 450,00 €
Community support 1 450,00 €
Total 32 655,00 €
Total cost of project
32 655,00 €
Total amount requested from the Project and Event Grants program
32 655,00 €

Additional funding[edit]

Additional sources of revenue that may fund part of this project, and amounts funded
We are currently only planning to reallocate the remaining resources from 2014. We start finding additional resources now that the basics are covered.

Breakdown tables[edit]

See the Google Spreadsheet

Non-financial requirements[edit]

See a description of non-financial assistance available. Please inform the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) of any requests for non-financial assistance now.

Requests for non-financial assistance, if any


Global metrics[edit]

Following the foundation guidelines, Wikimedia Finland will track global metrics relative to all active projects. Metrics tracked depend on individual project parameters, as not all metrics are valid in all instances. In addition to the global metrics, local ones will be added to further clarify and visualize the actual content and activity generated by Wikimedia Finland projects.

Preliminary breakdown of global metrics:

  • Number of active editors involved and number of new registered users
    • All projects may track active editors and new users, although the metric will not show all relevant activity. In case of underrepresentation in a project, local metrics are added to show the true number of activity.
    • Target: upkeep of current number of editors, and increase new editors by 5% locally
  • Number of individuals involved
    • All projects will track the number of individuals involved. In addition, see the GIS metrics.
    • Target: upkeep of current levels, increase of 20% in number of individuals involved in projects.
  • Number of new images/media added to Wikimedia articles/pages
    • All projects will track media added.
    • Target: 20% increase in media added in relation to 2014.
  • Number of articles added or improved on Wikimedia projects and number of bytes added to and/or deleted from Wikimedia projects
    • Relevant projects will track articles added and improved, but as some projects mostly work with Wikimedia Commons, the bytes added/deleted will be a more relevant metric.
    • Target: 30% increase in data added in relation to 2014. Articles added and improved upkeep of current level and increase of 5% locally.

Local metrics[edit]

The following local metrics will track the progress of Wikimedia Finland projects more closely than the overarching global metrics. We add these metrics in order to increase our own awareness of the progress we are making and to help visualize and disseminate information about these projects. A brief description of each local metric follows:

Metadata quality metrics[edit]

Uploaded image metadata will be evaluated according to these principles. The uploaded metadata will be compared to metadata in the original source.

  • Metadata is GOOD if all the original information can be represented in Wikimedia Commons.
  • Metadata is BETTER, if the same information can be represented in a structured format in Wikimedia Commons (usage of advanced templates such as Artwork, Photograph, Map etc, information described in separate fields)
  • Metadata is EXCELLENT, if when in Wikimedia Commons, it has been enriched with additional information compared to the original source.

General GIS metrics[edit]

The projects followed will track the global metrics, but to understand the impact, additional metrics are needed. As some of our projects mainly deal with location-based information, we propose to use a geographical information system (GIS) to visualize and represent this data in an accessible format. The GIS program used will be the open-source QGIS platform. We also feel that using GIS metrics will give a more thorough insight into the true added coverage of both data and participants

  • Editor location coverage
    • We will track users and articles by location where possible. As this data is personally sensitive, tracking will not store any identifying information, only numbers and IP addresses. This metric will also enable us to more accurately follow the work of IP editors. In addition to editor coverage, we will look into the possibility of visualizing article coverage by GIS.

Map uploads[edit]

  • Spatial coverage added and temporal coverage added
    • Added coverage of maps in relation to total project area and in relation to previously existing maps. Visualized as thematic maps showing total coverage and added coverage, with the temporal coverage as the thematic layer. This kind of visualization will more accurately show the information value of the data added

Metrics summary[edit]

In conclusion, our projects will track their progress by both global and local metrics to ensure an up to date and accurate measure of their success. Of course, the numbers, maps and data generated by these metrics will not describe the full extent of the work, and descriptive additions will be needed in the reports.


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