Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Alliances Fund/各地街景踏查團 2022 Group for capturing Street-level Images in Taiwan 2022/Final Report

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Final Learning Report

Report Status: Draft

Due date: 2023-07-31T00:00:00Z

Funding program: Wikimedia Alliances Fund

Report type: Final

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General information[edit]

This form is for organizations, groups, or individuals receiving Wikimedia Community Funds or Wikimedia Alliances Funds to report on their final results. See the midpoint report if you want to review the midpoint results.

  • Name of Organization: OpenStreetMap Taiwan
  • Title of Proposal: 各地街景踏查團 2022 Group for capturing Street-level Images in Taiwan 2022
  • Amount awarded: 12218 USD, 340512 TWD
  • Amount spent: 202485 TWD

Part 1 Understanding your work[edit]

1. Briefly describe how your proposed activities and strategies were implemented.

I am kind of surprised that some participants have already bought a 360 camera or sports camera. When they knew that you could use the photos with geo-coordinates tags to upload to streetview images gathering websites like Mapillary, and even could upload to Wiki Commons. For the total results, even though there are only two people updating OpenStreetMap map data according to the captured details in those streetview images, we have many participants upload their images taken using their own mobile phone lens or digital camera, using their own time to contribute to Wiki Commons. In the second half of our projects, we still drove hundreds of kilometers to explore those unfamiliar places in Taiwan, but we focused on taking photos for Wiki Commons, and adding multilingual descriptions.

2. Were there any strategies or approaches that you felt were effective in achieving your goals?

We thought that after Taiwan was in the post-COVID19 situation, everything was back to normal, but at least in civic tech or open source community, it is not the case. We have to recruit a new generation of contributors from scratch. Even though Taiwan has relieved its COVID19 prevention restriction, and finally totally abandoned the COVID19 restriction, the community activities are not the same. We might have to focus on basic workshops in the future, and not expect the new members to do any intermediate or advanced contributions. But for the core participants, that quickly made a huge contribution that I might not have expected, like uploading many Wiki Commons photos and linking to Wikidata items or inserting Wikipedia articles.

3. Would you say that your project had any innovations? Are there things that you did very differently than you have seen them done by others?

After we finished each survey tour and came back to our home, we might not have expected everyone could contribute right away editing OpenStreetMap data and uploading meaningful images to Wiki Commons. But using Dashboard to count the results of each streetview tour, it seems many particpants upload so many images. Even though Wiki commons support for 360 images is not perfect, at least we have a good platform like Mapillary which has good UI to view those processed images and make it usable on contributing to OpenStreetMap.

4. Please describe how different communities participated and/or were informed about your work.

It takes much longer to process the images after each streetview survey, and we all have day jobs to do. In the long term, we might get tired and frustrated. However we found during each streetview survey trip, that engaging the local communities is quite important, they give us guidance when we are outsiders and not familiar with the local community, which is quite useful while many of the places we visit are not all detailed recorded on an online platform like Wikipedia.

5. Documentation of your impact. Please use the two spaces below to share files and links that help tell your story and impact. This can be documentation that shows your results through testimonies, videos, sound files, images (photos and infographics, etc.) social media posts, dashboards, etc.

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In our proposal, we mentioned that we want to add descriptions to Wiki Commons media files in Taiwan’s underrepresented languages, like Taiwanese Hokkien. it is quite hard due to we lack of people familiar with Taiwanese Hokkien writing system. In Taiwan, some aboriginal tribes working very hard to revive their own languages, and do not have spare resources to participate in our project.

6. To what extent do you agree with the following statements regarding the work carried out with the support of this Fund? You can choose “not applicable” if your work does not relate to these goals.

Our efforts during the Fund period have helped to...
A. Bring in participants from underrepresented groups Disagree
B. Create a more inclusive and connected culture in our community Agree
C. Develop content about underrepresented topics/groups Agree
D. Develop content from underrepresented perspectives Agree
E. Encourage the retention of editors Strongly agree
F. Encourage the retention of organizers Strongly agree
G. Increased participants' feelings of belonging and connection to the movement. Disagree

7. Is there anything else you would like to share about how your efforts helped to bring in participants and/or build out content, particularly for underrepresented groups?

In our proposal, we mentioned that we want to add descriptions to Wiki Commons media files in Taiwan’s underrepresented languages, like Taiwanese Hokkien. it is quite hard due to we lack of people familiar with the Taiwanese Hokkien writing system. In Taiwan, some aboriginal tribes working very hard to revive their own languages, and do not have spare resources to participate in our project.

Part 2: Your main learning[edit]

8. In your application, you outlined your learning priorities. What did you learn about these areas during this period?

We have done well for the number of photos we took. After we adjust are methods of using our own device to capture meaningful pictures for reuse on Wikidata after uploading to Wiki Commons. But for the numbers of participants, we fall to reach the goad due to COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 situations. We already expect a low number of participants, but the reality is much worse than we expect.

9. Did anything unexpected or surprising happen when implementing your activities?

We kind of underestimated the total time and manpower we need, especially during the post-processing steps, need special software and knowledge. We also need people to manually pick up meaningful photos for Wiki Commons, which we find out quite stressful. So we adjusted our process to use our own camera for photos for Wiki Commons.

We also lack language experts who are able to write in common Taiwanese Hokkien languages like POJ or Hanji. They can help us write photos or common category descriptions on Wiki Commons, and also items on Wikidata.

10. How do you hope to use this learning? For instance, do you have any new priorities, ideas for activities, or goals for the future?

Our two survey tours which involved local communities, one in Kaohsiung and one in Tainan, are quite good. They just guide us to the destinations we might find interesting, like temples, churches, and tourist attractions. We took so many photos worth uploading to Wiki Commons, and during the process, we heard stories about the locals.

We have listed many organizations that might be interested in joining our events. Unfortunately due to the post-COVID19 situation, other organizations have their own mission and not be able to join our events. Hope in the future that these new organizations will establish and flourish, and have the manpower to help us during our survey trips.

11. If you were sitting with a friend to tell them one thing about your work during this fund, what would it be (think of inspiring or fascinating moments, tough challenges, interesting anecdotes, or anything that feels important to you)?

Both OpenStreetMap and Wikidata are small groups in Taiwan, even though OpenStreetMap contributors have grown in recent years due to the flourishing of online communication channels, most of the contributors are not fond of going out to participate in events. It seems it is reasonable to shift tasks to an online collaboration platform, and then gather like-mind in small groups to do the survey trips and capture street-view images for post-processing during workshops. We hope to focus on basic workshops and street-view survey post-processing workshops to get in touch with new-comers and hope one day they will join the community.

12. Please share resources that would be useful to share with other Wikimedia organizations so that they can learn from, adapt or build upon your work. For instance, guides, training material, presentations, work processes, or any other material the team has created to document and transfer knowledge about your work and can be useful for others. Please share any specific resources that you are creating, adapting/contextualizing in ways that are unique to your context (i.e. training material).

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Dashboard:

Articles: 4/24 Event:

7/2 Event:

With the newly established Ministry of Digital Affairs in Taiwan, it is possible to pursue them to release the government's own content to the public domain, or at least with a CC-compatible license. Wikimedia Taiwan has good connections with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, which collaborated on Wiki Loves Monuments, and recently has workshops to teach GLAM institutes’ staff how to compose Wikipedia articles or edit Wikidata.

Part 3: Metrics[edit]

13a. Open and additional metrics data

Open Metrics
Open Metrics Description Target Results Comments Methodology
N/A N/A N/A 80 # participants

We added up all the signup numbers from our event pages. we expected to have 210, but due to COVID19 and post-COVID19 situations in Taiwan, it is quite hard to achieve. And we have observed other similar situations in our friendly open-source ecosystem in Taiwan. One of the series biggest open source events and hackathons in Taiwan g0v Hackathon. They have trouble retaining not only old contributors but also newcomers. We had already expected a low participants' number, but it is quite lower than our expect that not many participants of workshops.

  1. of editors

Due to COVID19 and post-COVID19 situations in Taiwan. we failed to achieve the 90 figures, And for the newcomers, most people are from our friendly organizations like MozTW. The numbers of newcomers is 20.


  1. workshop participants

Total 46

  1. Survey participants

We have a 6+1 survey event. 6 are listed on our signup pages, one is an affiliated event under the Open Data Day Taiwan 2023, in which we captured streetview images at National Taipei University, and totally of 3 people joined. Total 34

The first workshop is a kind of warm-up for the organized team. No one signed up for the first workshop but we had 3 core team members discussing matters.

31 from our signup pages, 3 from the affiliated event Open Data Day Taiwan 2023.

N/A N/A N/A 1815 # of new content contributions per Wikimedia project: Wiki Commons

Goal: 60

It is quite easy to aggregate many photos per survey trip. And for the Open Data Day 2023 event, there are hundreds of event-related photos.

Count the number from dashboard pages
N/A N/A N/A 60 It is quite hard to use Dashboard to track Wikidata pages edits. According to our survey trips situations and the post-trip workshops, we can assume we meet our goal. We have manually recorded the Wikidata items created and mass-improved in our last 3 survey trips. Let us have a better idea of the figures
N/A N/A N/A 30 # of new content contributions per Wikimedia project (2)

Hard to calculate, but the planned figures are quite reasonable and I believe we have made it.

N/A
N/A N/A N/A 4 # of new content contributions per Wikimedia project (3) Wikipedia

Goal: 12

Composing a Wikipedia article is time-consuming, and we had to teach Wikidata and OpenStreetMap, not enough time to teach participants to write articles. We might have improved some articles by inserting newer images or adding photo to non-photo arciles.

N/A
Additional Metrics
Additional Metrics Description Target Results Comments Methodology
Number of editors that continue to participate/retained after activities N/A N/A 5 We have some people from MozTW or other open source events, 4 people totally. There is one person attended our street view survey and then to our workshop event. Signup pages
Number of organizers that continue to participate/retained after activities N/A N/A 7 We have a small organized team, but we have frequence communication on different channels. The total number is 7 Signup pages and our chat groups
Number of strategic partnerships that contribute to longer term growth, diversity and sustainability N/A N/A 4 We have a connection with the local Tainan for the survey trip in Tainan mountainous area. And during the Wiki Loves Earth period, we also held a streetview survey with three local groups joining us to act as guides with the help from Wikimedia Taiwan. chat group
Feedback from participants on effective strategies for attracting and retaining contributors N/A N/A N/A We got feedback that the editing tools are not easy to use. The post-procession of street view images is time-consuming. private conversation
Diversity of participants brought in by grantees N/A N/A N/A We fail on this due to the aboriginal tribes are far from the main cities. And for the language diversities, we lack people familiar with Taiwan Taigi, and Taiwan Hakka N/A
Number of people reached through social media publications N/A N/A N/A It is hard to tell how much, due to the main social media channel in Taiwan is Meta's Facebook. For our events, the impression figures of fan page's posts are low. N/A
Number of activities developed N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Number of volunteer hours N/A N/A N/A For the streetview surveys and workshops, we held on a monthly base. The main workhours are on the post-procession of streetview images N/A

13b. Additional core metrics data.

Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target Results Comments Methodology
Number of participants 6 on-site survey

On-site survey: total 15, new participants 10

6 meetup Meetup: 20, new participants 15

210 77 Due to the COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 situations, it is very hard to attract people to our event. There is a 5% new-comers Use the Signup page https://osm-tw.kktix.cc/

For the first workshop, there are 3 core members in charge of organizing the series event

Number of editors We will predict that people who join our meetup will bring their computers, and if they are new to Wikimedia projects, they will register by our guide 120
Number of organizers We will have drivers, meetup speakers for on-site surveys and meetup events. And also planners for whole year events. 3
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target Results Comments Methodology
Wikimedia Commons 10 attractions or viewpoints photos upload to Wikimedia Commons per on-site event. 60 N/A N/A N/A
Wikidata Add Wiki Commons photo links to Wikidata correspond items, 5 per on-site event 30 N/A N/A N/A
Wikipedia Update or add photos to correspond Wikipedia articles, 2 per on-site event 12 N/A N/A N/A
Wikivoyage Update or add photos to correspond Wikivoyage articles, 2 per on-site event 12 N/A N/A N/A
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

14. Were there any metrics in your proposal that you could not collect or that you had to change?

Yes

15. If you have any difficulties collecting data to measure your results, please describe and add any recommendations on how to address them in the future.

It is quite hard to figure out the Wikidata item's edit counts, like inserting photo links or changing descriptions.

16. Use this space to link or upload any additional documents that would be useful to understand your data collection (e.g., dashboards, surveys you have carried out, communications material, training material, etc).

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N/A

Part 4: Organizational capacities & partnerships[edit]

17. Organizational Capacity

Organizational capacity dimension
A. Financial capacity and management This has grown over the last year, the capacity is high
B. Conflict management or transformation This has grown over the last year, the capacity is high
C. Leadership (i.e growing in potential leaders, leadership that fit organizational needs and values) This has grown over the last year, the capacity is high
D. Partnership building This capacity has grown but it should be further developed
E. Strategic planning This has grown over the last year, the capacity is high
F. Program design, implementation, and management This has grown over the last year, the capacity is high
G. Scoping and testing new approaches, innovation This has grown over the last year, the capacity is high
H. Recruiting new contributors (volunteer) This capacity has grown but it should be further developed
I. Support and growth path for different types of contributors (volunteers) This capacity has grown but it should be further developed
J. Governance This has grown over the last year, the capacity is high
K. Communications, marketing, and social media This capacity has grown but it should be further developed
L. Staffing - hiring, monitoring, supporting in the areas needed for program implementation and sustainability This capacity has grown but it should be further developed
M. On-wiki technical skills This has grown over the last year, the capacity is high
N. Accessing and using data This capacity has grown but it should be further developed
O. Evaluating and learning from our work This has grown over the last year, the capacity is high
P. Communicating and sharing what we learn with our peers and other stakeholders This has grown over the last year, the capacity is high
N/A
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17a. Which of the following factors most helped you to build capacities? Please pick a MAXIMUM of the three most relevant factors.

Peer to peer learning with other community members in community/ies of practice* (structured and continuous learning and sharing spaces), Peer to peer learning with other community members (but that is not continuous or structured), Using capacity building/training resources onlinee from sources OUTSIDE the Wikimedia Movement

17b. Which of the following factors hindered your ability to build capacities? Please pick a MAXIMUM of the three most relevant factors.

Lack of knowledge of available capacity building opportunities, Lack of staff time to participate in capacity building/training, Lack of volunteer time to participate in capacity building/training

18. Is there anything else you would like to share about how your organizational capacity has grown, and areas where you require support?

How to attract new-comers or retain old contributors.

19. Partnerships over the funding period.

Over the fund period...
A. We built strategic partnerships with other institutions or groups that will help us grow in the medium term (3 year time frame) Agree
B. The partnerships we built with other institutions or groups helped to bring in more contributors from underrepresented groups Disagree
C. The partnerships we built with other institutions or groups helped to build out more content on underrepresented topics/groups Disagree

19a. Which of the following factors most helped you to build partnerships? Please pick a MAXIMUM of the three most relevant factors.

Permanent staff outreach, Staff hired through the fund, Volunteers from our communities

19b. Which of the following factors hindered your ability to build partnerships? Please pick a MAXIMUM of the three most relevant factors.

Difficulties specific to our context that hindered partnerships, Lack of staff to conduct outreach to new strategic partners, Lack of staff capacity to respond to partners interested in working with us

20. Please share your learning about strategies to build partnerships with other institutions and groups and any other learning about working with partners?

Most of the partners lack man-power and time, it is easy to let them know what are we doing, but hard to recruit them to participant.

Part 5: Sense of belonging and collaboration[edit]

21. What would it mean for your organization to feel a sense of belonging to the Wikimedia or free knowledge movement?

Most of us will agree we share a common goal under the Wikimedia Movement. But it is quite hard to do due to geographic and language barriers. Just letting other people know what we are doing is quite important. Write something to record our doing in English, and we appreciate translation or story-telling support.

22. How has your (for individual grantees) or your group/organization’s (for organizational grantees) sense of belonging to the Wikimedia or free knowledge movement changed over the fund period?

Somewhat increased

23. If you would like to, please share why it has changed in this way.

I think it is quite hard for outsiders to know the Wikimedia or free knowledge concept. But however, at least they knew not only the Wikipedia projects but also Wikidata or other Wikimedia Movement-related projects when we spent time at events or promotional workshops.

24. How has your group/organization’s sense of personal investment in the Wikimedia or free knowledge movement changed over the fund period?

Somewhat increased

25. If you would like to, please share why it has changed in this way.

I think the funding from the Wikimedia Foundation helped us increase the number of events we held. And also more exposure to outsiders. They might not show up due to the COVID-19 or post-COVID-19 situations. We have increased our involvement and will increase our core members' time on the Wikimedia Movement.

26. Are there other movements besides the Wikimedia or free knowledge movement that play a central role in your motivation to contribute to Wikimedia projects? (for example, Black Lives Matter, Feminist movement, Climate Justice, or other activism spaces) If so, please describe it below.

The main workforce is the OpenStreetMap Taiwan, whose members are quite overlapped with the Wikidata Taiwan community. We not only increased the Wikidata, and Wiki Commons contributions, but also the massively improved OpenStreetMap data quality in our survey trips area.

Supporting Peer Learning and Collaboration[edit]

We are interested in better supporting peer learning and collaboration in the movement.

27. Have you shared these results with Wikimedia affiliates or community members?

Yes

27a. Please describe how you have already shared them. Would you like to do more sharing, and if so how?

During one of the biggest open source events in Taiwan, COSCUP 2022, we shared what we do during our survey trips and workshops.

28. How often do you currently share what you have learned with other Wikimedia Foundation grantees, and learn from them?

We do this occasionally (less than once a month)

29. How does your organization currently share mutual learning with other grantees?

We published blog posts and shared our event on social media posts. And of course Wikimedia Taiwan's community channels. So I think other Wikimedia Movements participants are aware of our events.

Part 6: Financial reporting and compliance[edit]

30. Please state the total amount spent in your local currency.

202485

31. Local currency type

TWD

32. Please report the funds received and spending in the currency of your fund.

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33. If you have not already done so in your budget report, please provide information on changes in the budget in relation to your original proposal.

N/A

34. Do you have any unspent funds from the Fund?


34a. Please list the amount and currency you did not use and explain why.

164,179 TWD

In most of our events, like workshops, we use free-of-use event places like MozTW community space.

34b. What are you planning to do with the underspent funds?

A. Propose to use the underspent funds within this Fund period with PO approval

34c. Please provide details of hope to spend these funds.

We could use these funds to have 4-6 streetview survey events and workshops. Due to the change of MozTW community space, if we want to hold workshop there, we might have to sponsor the space in 2024 due to Mozilla Foundation will cease to sponsor the space in Taipei.

35. Are you in compliance with the terms outlined in the fund agreement?


As required in the fund agreement, please report any deviations from your fund proposal here. Note that, among other things, any changes must be consistent with our WMF mission, must be for charitable purposes as defined in the grant agreement, and must otherwise comply with the grant agreement.

36. Are you in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations as outlined in the grant agreement?

Yes

37. Are you in compliance with provisions of the United States Internal Revenue Code (“Code”), and with relevant tax laws and regulations restricting the use of the Funds as outlined in the grant agreement? In summary, this is to confirm that the funds were used in alignment with the WMF mission and for charitable/nonprofit/educational purposes.

Yes

38. If you have additional recommendations or reflections that don’t fit into the above sections, please write them here.