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Midterm Learning Report

Report Status: Accepted

Due date: 2022-08-15T00:00:00Z

Funding program: Wikimedia Community Fund

Report type: Midterm

Application Final Learning Report

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General information[edit]

This form is for organizations receiving Wikimedia Community Funds (General Support) or Wikimedia Alliances Funds to report on their mid-term learning and results. See the Wikimedia Community Fund application if you want to review the initial proposal.

  • Name of Organization: Wikimedia Korea
  • Title of Proposal: Boosting the Korean Wikimedia Community and Diversifying Editors and Contents on Wikimedia Movement
  • Amount awarded: 64156.86 USD, 77400000 KRW
  • Amount spent: 30665221 KRW

Part 1 Understanding your work[edit]

1. Briefly describe how your strategies and activities proposed were implemented and if any changes to what was proposed are worth highlighting?

We suggested two main strategies: (1) to 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 and (2) to reduce the systematic bias and gender gap by increasing the diversity of editors and contents. During the half of this year, we focused on the latter.

a) We suggested activities such as the improvement of Old Hangul (Old Korean) documents on Wikisource, and Wikitampang photo walk on Wikimedia Commons, and we achieved the activities as we planned. We uploaded and improved a lot of Old Hangul documents, which have not been edited on Wikisource, and we could draw new editors who are interested in Old Hangul documents but haven’t edited Wikicousrce articles. We contributed to diverse contents on Wikimedia Commons and Korean Wikipedia by adding pictures of cultural monuments located in a rural area. b) We also collaborated with Seoul Youth Center to engage teenagers from low-income family in Wikimedia projects. We visited Mullae-dong area in Seoul took pictures of the area with the teenage editors, and the editors uploaded the pictures to Wikimedia Commons and improved some Korean Wikipedia articles. They were so satisfied with our activity that we decided to keep the cooperation with the Seoul Youth Center. c) We hosted an online edit-a-thon and we are holding a photo contest to improve LGBTQ-related contens on Wikimedia projects. We participated in Wiki Loves Pride project for the first time. We could encourage editors to edit articles that haven’t beed edited before.

2. Were there any strategies or approaches that you feel are being effective in achieving your goals?

To achieve our goal and encourage new editors, we gave volunteer hours to them. We evaluated this strategy was very successful. Especially, we could draw new editors and encourage them to edit Old Hangul articles by giving volunteer hours according to article’s bytes they edited. We applied this strategy to our other activities. We gave volunteer hours to teenager editors who participated in the collaboration project with South Youth Center, and we could engage them in Wikimedia projects. The collaboration project was a kind of photo walk and aimed to draw teenage editors and encourage them to take pictures of an area that had lacked photos on Korean Wikipedia.

3. What challenges or obstacles have you encountered so far?

Despite many efforts, Korean Wikimedia projects, especially Korean Wikipedia’s “health” is worsening. These days, Covid-19 outbreak was relatively relieved in South Korea, and Korean Wikipedia is competing with other commercial wiki services like Namu Wiki. In this situation, Korean Wikipedia’s users are significantly decreasing. We think we need new motivation and inspiration to solve the problem. We hosted a meeting to discussed over the issue and we talked about how to improve Korean Wikimedia community’s health.

4. Please describe how different communities are participating and being informed about your work.

Korean Wikisource and Wikimedia Commons communities are participating in our activities. The Old Hangul project on Korean Wikisource was so successful that it has continued since last year, and some editors, who participated in last year’s project, kept editing this year. We also support Wikimedia Commons through photo walks and photo contests.

We collaborated with our organizations like Seoul Youth Center and Three Oceans. As we mentioned above, our collaboration with the Seoul Youth Center was so successful that we will keep running our activity with the organization. The Seoul Youth Center has a strong link with public schools and they help us to draw teenage editors from low-income family. Three Oceans supports the neurodiversity movement, and the majority of activists have autism. We could learn about neurodiversity and autism from the organization, and they helped us to list neurodiversity-related articles. We encouraged editors to the listed articles by giving them volunteer hours.

5. Please share reflections on how your efforts are helping to engage participants and/or build content, particularly for underrepresented groups.

We engaged underrepresented groups in Wikimedia projects and improved diverse content on the project.

a) First, we developed interesting activities for teenage editors from low-income family and building partnerships with outer organizations. Seoul Youth Center reached out to the teenage students, and we taught them how to edit Wikipedia articles and upload pictures on Wikimedia Commons. Many participants answered that editing Wikipedia was too difficult for them in our last year’s survey, so we visited an area which lacked pictures on Korean Wikipedia, and encouraged them to take a picture of the area with their smartphone. The participants said they were satisfied with the activity in this year’s survey. b) Secondly, we cooperated with a partner to improve disability-related articles. We built a partnership with Three Oceans, a neurodiversity movement group, and we could learn about the movement and they help us to list articles related to neurodiversity and autism. We encourage editors to edit the listed articles. c) Lastly, we hosted an online edit-a-thon to improve LGBTQ-related content. We realized Korean Wikipedia lacks articles associated with sexual minorities while preparing for the online edit-a-thon. We will improve the relevant articles in cooperation with other organizations.

6. In your application, you outlined your learning priorities. What have you learned so far about these areas during this period?

We suggest some learning priorities in the applications, and we learned that using human network is very efficient to contact external organizations. In other words, it is effective that we encourage our members to pay attention to our activities and they introduce us to external organizations which they already know. For example, one of our members has autism and he knew an autism rights and neurodiversity movement group. He introduced us to the group and we could launch a new project in cooperation with the group.

7. What are the next steps and opportunities you’ll be focusing on for the second half of your work?

While we put an effort to reduce the systematic bias and gender gap during the first half of this year, we will focus on our first strategy to improve Korean Wikipedia’s community “health.” The most important activity in the first strategy is our annual conference, and we will discuss Korean Wikimedia’s current issue and celebrate Korean Wikipedia’s 20th anniversary.

Part 2: Metrics[edit]

8a. Open and additional metrics data.

Open Metrics
Open Metrics Description Target Results Comments Methodology
Additional Metrics
Additional Metrics Description Target Results Comments Methodology
Number of editors that continue to participate/retained after activities N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Number of organizers that continue to participate/retained after activities N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Number of strategic partnerships that contribute to longer term growth, diversity and sustainability N/A 4 2 N/A N/A
Feedback from participants on effective strategies for attracting and retaining contributors N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Diversity of participants brought in by grantees The number of women, Youth or LGBT participants 85 6 N/A N/A
Number of people reached through social media publications N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Number of activities developed N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Number of volunteer hours Volunteer hours we will commit to volunteers 350 N/A Not yet calculated N/A

8b. Additional core metrics data.

Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target Results Comments Methodology
Number of participants 350 83 Manual
Number of editors 230 72 Manual
Number of organizers 10 13 Manual
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target Results Comments Methodology
Wikipedia Wikipedia pages created or improved 300 254 Wikipedia Manual
Wikimedia Commons images and videos uploaded 120 43 Wikimedia Commons Manual
Wikisource Wikisource pages created or improved 30 15 Wikisource Manual
Wikidata Wikidata entries created or improved 200 N/A
N/A N/A N/A 1 Wikiversity Manual

9. Are you having any difficulties collecting data to measure your results?


10. Are you collaborating and sharing learning with Wikimedia affiliates or community members?


10a. Please describe how you have already shared them and if you would like to do more sharing, and if so how?

We published our official new letters regularly, and shared them on Korean Wikipedia.

11. Documentation of your work process, story, and impact.

  • Below there is a section to upload files, videos, sound files, images (photos and infographics, e.g. communications materials, blog posts, compelling quotes, social media posts, etc.). This can be anything that would be useful to understand and show your learning and results to date (e.g., training material, dashboards, presentations, communications material, training material, etc).
  • Below is an additional field to type in link URLs.


Part 3: Financial reporting and compliance[edit]

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


13. Local currency type


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

  • Upload Documents, Templates, and Files.
  • Provide links to your financial reporting documents.

15. Based on your implementation and learning to date, do you have any plans to make changes to the budget spending?


15a. Please provide an explanation on how you hope to adjust this.

We will reduce the wages because we received a donation from a company, and we will spend WMF grants on our annual conference.

16. We’d love to hear any thoughts you have on how the experience of being a grantee has been so far.