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Boosting the Korean Wikimedia Community and Diversifying Editors and Contents on Wikimedia Movement
start date2022-01-012022-01-01T00:00:00Z
end date2022-12-012022-12-31T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)77400000 KRW
amount requested (USD)65538 USD
amount recommended (USD)65538
grant typeWikimedia Affiliate (chapter, thematic org., or user group)
funding regionESEAP
decision fiscal year2021-22
funding program roundRound 1
applicant and people related to proposalEun-ae Gu's Username: User:Motoko (WMKR) Jin Ju Wan's Username: User:Jjw
organization (if applicable)Wikimedia Korea
Midpoint Learning Report 
Final Learning Report

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Applicant details[edit]

Wikimedia username(s):

Eun-ae Gu's Username: User:Motoko (WMKR)

Jin Ju Wan's Username: User:Jjw


Wikimedia Korea

G. Have you received grants from the Wikimedia Foundation before?

Applied previously and did receive a grant

H. Have you received grants from any non-wiki organization before?


H.1 Which organization(s) did you receive grants from?

We have received grants from some anonymous donors since we established. This year, we secured 2-year funds from a pharmaceutical company with interest in creating educational contents for LGBT readers.

M. Do you have a fiscal sponsor?


M1. Fiscal organization name.


Additional information[edit]

R. Where will this proposal be implemented?

South Korea

S. Please indicate whether your work will be focused on one country (local), more than one or several countries in your region (regional) or has a cross-regional (global) scope:


S1. If you have answered regional or international, please write the country names and any other information that is useful for understanding your proposal.

T. If you would like, please share any websites or social media accounts that your group or organization has. (optional)


M. Do you have a fiscal sponsor?


M1. Fiscal organization name.



1. What is the overall vision of your organization and how does this proposal contribute to this? How does this proposal connect to past work and learning?

Our mission is to support and promote Wikimedia projects hosted by Wikimedia Foundation Inc. We will support and promote the collection and development of educational content under free license and in public domain. We will provide infrastructures and organizational system in coorperation with the foundation and individual volunteers, and we will contribute to making and keeping useful information from the Wikimedia projects available on the Internet free of charge, in perpetuity.

2. What is the change that you are trying to bring about and why is this important?

Two main challenges that Wikimedia Movement in Korea face are 1) Deteriorating “health” of the volunteer community and 2) Content and representation gaps for Korean wikimedia projects

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, we delayed most of our offline events and we stopped cooperative offline works and discussions. Now, Korean Wikipedia is experiencing unproductive conflicts. We need to resume our offline activities to increase opportunities to work together and build relationships.

According to our survey in 2020, some users left Korean Wikipedia because of long-term conflicts. Maintaining the healthy Korean Wikimedia community is important because a collaborative environment supports engagement and fosters a sense of belonging. This helps newcomers feel welcomed and remain; and experienced editors stay engaged and active. This is related to our intent to increase the membership base of Korean Wikipedians.

According to Wikimedia Foundation’s survey in 2018, only 9% of users were female and 1% of them were other. The Wikimedia movement still has a systemic bias. To solve this problem, we need to diversify user structure and engage women and LGBTQ users through partnerships with a variety of outer organizations. The Korean ​language​ ​Wikipedia is also localised,​ ​with​ ​most Korean​ ​contributors​ ​and​ ​readers​ ​living​ ​in South​ ​Korea. With other trending information platforms that are increasingly more ​localized​ (i.e. Naver, Namuwiki)​ ​that​ ​competes​ ​with​ ​Google​ ​and Wikipedia, we need to broaden our content so that users still look to Korean​ ​Wikipedia​ for information and we continue to remain relevant and reliable ​as​ ​one​ ​part​ ​of​ Korean ​users’​ ​network​ ​of​ ​information sources.

3. Describe your main approaches or strategies to achieve these changes and why you think they will be effective.

The main strategy to (1) improve the “health” of the Korean Wikimedia community by increasing opportunities for collaboration would be to resume and scale up offline activities that were well-received by the community before COVID-19. This includes a) Wikiconference Seoul (will put in a separate grant for this), b) supporting offline meetups and online edit-a-thons, c) providing opportunities to be engaged with the wider movement through Wikimania scholarships and d) awards to incentivize participation. We also plan to regularly share the importance of Universal Code of Conduct and uphold Friendly Space policy for all online and offline activities.

The main strategy to 2) reduce the systematic bias and gender gap by increasing the diversity of editors and contents will include a combination of a) Increasing content across different Korean Wikimedia Projects such as building up Hangul documents on Wikisource; Increasing content on Wikimedia Commons and Korean Wikipedia through WikiTambang (i.e. photowalk). b) Increasing diversity of editors by welcoming new editors through deepening partnerships with specific volunteering or interest groups working with women, youth (i.e. teenagers) from modest socioeconomic backgrounds and medical professionals. c) Improving LGBTQ content by working with a newly established LGBTQ archive in South Korea. We will host an online competition to move the archive’s resources over to Wikimedia projects. We envision holding a series of Pride online edit-a-thons and photo contests targeting experienced editors, and will encourage them to improve LGBT-related articles on Korean Wikipedia.

More details about these activities in the supporting document titled WMKR 2022 Activity Plan.

4. What are the activities you will be developing and delivering as part of these approaches or strategies?

The two main objectives of the proposal are 1) To improve the “health” of the Korean Wikimedia community by increasing opportunities for collaboration; and 2) To reduce the systematic bias and gender gap by increasing the diversity of editors and contents

5. Do you want to apply for multi-year funding?      


5.1 If yes, provide a brief overview of Year 2 and Year 3 of the proposed plan and how this relates to the current proposal and your strategic plan?


6. Please include a timeline (operational calendar) for your proposal.

7. Do you have the team that is needed to implement this proposal?

Name: Eun-ae Gu Role: Executive Officer (paid staff) Username: Motoko C. K. / Motoko (WMKR) Responsibilities: General management and coordination of all the project’s activities, staff, and volunteers. Generate the financial report and manage accountability. Write the final report in cooperation with team members.

Name: Jin Ju Wan Role: President (volunteer) Username: Jjw Responsibilities: Monitor staff and make a final decision of our organization.

Name: Kangcheol Lee Role: Project Manager (paid staff) Username: 이강철 / 이강철 (WMKR) Responsibilities: Train volunteers and promote proposed events on Wikimedia projects. Magane online edit-a-thons, and assist the Executive Officer.

This year, we employed two full timers. Wikimedia Foundations supported salaries of 1.5 full timers this year, and a half of salary of the Executive Officer came from our own funds. We hope that the foundation support salaries of 2 full-timers and raise them, because we will launch new LGBT-related activities next year and the salaries are very close to South Korean minimum wage.

More details about our staffing plan in the attached document titled WMKR 2022 Staffing Plan

8. Please state if your proposal aims to work to bridge any of the identified CONTENT knowledge gaps (Knowledge Inequity)? Select up to THREE that most apply to your work.

Age (regency) , Socioeconomic Status, Sexual Orientation, Important Topics (topics considered to be of impact or important in the specific context)

8.1 In a few sentences, explain how your work is specifically addressing this content gap (or Knowledge inequity) to ensure a greater representation of knowledge.

9. Please state if your proposal includes any of these areas or THEMATIC focus. Select up to THREE that most apply to your work and explain the rationale for identifying these themes.

Education, Culture, heritage or GLAM , Diversity

10. Will your work focus on involving participants from any underrepresented communities? Please note, we had previously asked about inclusion and diversity in terms of CONTENTS, in this question we are asking about the diversity of PARTICIPANTS. Select up to THREE that most apply to your work.

Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, Socioeconomic status, Age, Digital Access

11. What are your strategies for engaging participants, particularly those that currently are non-Wikimedia?

Under the main strategy to 2) reduce the systematic bias and gender gap by increasing the diversity of editors and contents, the target participants are women, youth from modest socioeconomic backgrounds, medical professionals and LGBTQ groups. a) Gender: We had failed to host edit-a-thons or events only for women, and we figured out that we needed a different approach. This year, we supported university student volunteer groups and committed volunteer hours to them. It was so successful and over half of the volunteers were female. We will maintain this approach next year. b) Socio-economic status and age: This year, we built a partnership with a non-profit organization to gather and educate teenage editors from diverse levels of income. This collaboration was also successful, and 13 teenage editors participated in our program. We also cooperated with a school to teach teenagers how to edit Wikipedia. We will extend these partnerships next year. c) Digital access: We think this issue is related to family income. When we educated the teenagers we mentioned above, most of them didn’t have their own personal computers at home and we rented laptops for them. Next year, we will rent laptops for participants who don’t possess their own personal computers. d) Sexual orientation: We will reach out to LGBT groups in cooperation with our sponsor who has supported some LGBT organization for a long time. Some edit-a-thons and offline events target experienced editors. However, our activities for diverse editors don't require experience with Wikimedia projects.

Strategies to retain retain participants include: a) Informing our activities constantly: some new contributors told us that they were willing to participate in our activity again after activities finished. We usually run KakaoTalk group chats to manage activity, and we will inform the new contributors to our follow-up activities through the group chat. b) Inviting new contributors to our offline events: This year, we invited WikiTambang participants to our annual conferece and one of them delivered a presentation in the event. We will maintain this strategy next year. c) Committing volunteer hours : We will encourage new users to help other newcomers by committing volunteer hours to them when they help other newcomers as an assistant through the government-run platform.

12. In what ways are you actively seeking to contribute towards creating a safer, supportive, more equitable environment for participants and promoting the UCOC and Friendly Space Policy, and/or equivalent local policies and processes?

One of our directors is a staff member working for WMF UCOC team. He knows well about the policy, and we will ask him about it when we run our online events.

We translated Friendly Space Policy into Korean and we have been strongly applying the policy to all of our offline events.

13. Do you have plans to work with Wikimedia communities, groups, or affiliates in your country, or in other countries, to implement this proposal?


13.1 If yes, please tell us about these connections online and offline and how you have let Wikimedia communities know about this proposal.

We have shared our proposed work on Korean Wikipedia's Village Pump here:위키백과:사랑방/2021년_제48주#한국_위키미디어_협회_2022년_사업_계획_초안

We have also published a post about on the proposed work on our Facebook account here:

14. Will you be working with other external, non-Wikimedian partners to implement this proposal?


14.1 Please describe these partnerships and what motivates the potential partner to be part of the proposal and how they add value to your work.

Two key external partners Wikimedia Korea collaborates closely are: a) LGBT group: We secured a 2-year grant from a corporate with strong interest in creating educational resources (such as educational videos) for LGBT audiences. They are providing financial support to run the programmes and will connect us with LGBT partners in Korea. b) Seoul Youth Centre: This will be a continuation of an existing partnership. They provide venue support, identify youth participants for new media literacy and editing training which Wikimedia Korea plans to conduct.

15. How do you hope to sustain or expand the work carried out in this proposal after the grant?

To sustain or expand our work, we need to develop localized activities. For example, we committed volunteer hours to student volunteers through a government-run platform last year. It was more successful than we expected, because South Korean students needed volunteer hours approved by the government. We extended this idea this year. We could gather over 50 volunteers for our HIV/AIDS project, and created or improved over 80 articles about HIV/AIDS.

16. What kind of risks do you anticipate and how would you mitigate these. This can include factors such as external/contextual issues that may affect implementation, as well as internal issues, such as governance/leadership changes.


17. In what ways do you think your proposal most contributes to the Movement Strategy 2030 recommendations. Select a maximum of three options that most apply.

Increase the Sustainability of Our Movement, Identify Topics for Impact, Innovate in Free Knowledge

18. Please state if your organization or group has a Strategic Plan that can help us further understand your proposal. You can also upload it here.  


Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

19. What do you hope to learn from your work in this fund proposal?

  • What makes participants more engaged and willing to stay in the Wikimedia movement?
  • How can we engage anonymous users in our activities?
  • How can we reach out to outer partners (i.e. schools, and non-profit organizations) more efficiently? (e.g. network organizations)

20. Based on these learning questions, what is the information or data you need to collect to answer these questions? Please register this information (as metric description) in the following space provided.

Main Metrics Description Target

Here are some additional metrics that you can use if they are relevant to your work. Please note that this is just an optional list, mostly of quantitative metrics. They may complement the qualitative metrics you have defined in the previous boxes.

Additional Metrics Description Target
Number of editors that continue to participate/retained after activities N/A N/A
Number of organizers that continue to participate/retained after activities N/A N/A
Number of strategic partnerships that contribute to longer term growth, diversity and sustainability N/A 4
Feedback from participants on effective strategies for attracting and retaining contributors N/A N/A
Diversity of participants brought in by grantees The number of women, Youth or LGBT participants 85
Number of people reached through social media publications N/A N/A
Number of activities developed N/A N/A
Number of volunteer hours Volunteer hours we will commit to volunteers 350

21. Additional core quantitative metrics. These core metrics will not tell the whole story about your work, but they are important for measuring some Movement-wide changes. Please try to include these core metrics if they are relevant to your work. If they are not, please use the space provided to explain why they are not relevant or why you can not capture this data. Your explanation will help us review our core metrics and make sure we are using the best ones for the movement as a whole.

Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants N/A 350
Number of editors N/A 230
Number of organizers N/A 10
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikipedia Wikipedia pages created or improved 300
Wikimedia Commons images and videos uploaded 120
Wikisource Wikisource pages created or improved 30
Wikidata Wikidata entries created or improved 200

21.1 If for some reason your proposal will not measure these core metrics please provide an explanation.


22. What tools would you use to measure each metric selected?

  • Programs & Events Dashboard
  • Fountain tool

Financial Proposal[edit]

23. & 23.1 What is the amount you are requesting from WMF? Please provide this amount in your local currency. If you are thinking about a multi-year fund, please provide the amount for the first year.

77400000 KRW

23.2 What is this amount in US Currency (to the best of your knowledge)?

65538 USD

23.3 Please upload your budget for this proposal or indicate the link to it.

See the attached file titled WMKR 2022 Budget

23.4 Please include any additional observations or comments you would like to include about your budget.


Please use this optional space to upload any documents that you feel are important for further understanding your proposal.

Other public document(s):

Final Message[edit]

By submitting your proposal/funding request you agree that you are in agreement with the Application Privacy Statement, WMF Friendly Space Policy and the Universal Code of Conduct.

We/I have read the Application Privacy Statement, WMF Friendly Space Policy and Universal Code of Conduct.