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Wiki-Wednesdays - Canadian Visual Artists
proposed start date2022-10-19
proposed end date2023-03-31
grant start date2022-10-12T00:00:00Z
grant end date2023-03-31T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)6376 CAD
budget (USD)4995 USD
amount recommended (USD)4995
grant typeIndividual
funding regionNA
decision fiscal year2022-23
applicant• Vicstasiuk7
organization (if applicable)• N/A
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Applicant Details[edit]

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Are you a member of any Wikimedia affiliate or group, including informal groups like Wiki Fan Clubs, emerging language communities, not recognized Wikimedia groups etc.? Please list them all.

Wiki Tuesdays - University of Western Library

Grant Proposal[edit]

M. Please state the title of your proposal. This will also be the Meta-Wiki page title.

Wiki-Wednesdays - Canadian Visual Artists

Q. Indicate if it is a local, international, or regional proposal and if it involves several countries? (optional)


Q2. If you have answered regional or international, please write the country names and any other information that is useful for understanding your proposal.

On the first Wednesday of every month from noon to 1 pm, we will demonstrate Wikimedia and wiki data editing and learning led by a technology expert from the UK through zoom online learning.

We will also help cultural connectors create knowledge graphs to demonstrate the importance of linked open data (LOD) and creating online information on your websites that increase audiences and engagement.

R. If you would like, please share any websites or social media accounts that your group or organization has.

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

Knowledge and Ecosystem gap – I am aware that the Canadian Association for the Performing Arts (CAPACOA) has been conducting Wiki/LOD information sessions. I have attended many of these. I am proposing these training sessions targeted towards visual art, heritage organizations and as well as libraries in reflection of a global movement to unite Wiki-GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) activities under one content creation and sharing umbrella. I have been able to participate in a Wiki Tuesday group currently run by the University of Western Ontario Librarians and would like to adopt this model for a wider audience.

Case Study Concept – The McMichael Canadian Art Collection had an exhibit entitled Uninvited in the past year that is currently traveling to the Glenbow and then Vancouver as well as other Canadian locations to be announced. This show profiled all the women that produced artwork at the same time as the Group of Seven landscape painters. The show includes female artists from across Canada as well as indigenous and black artists. There were many connections between the Group of Seven Painters and the more prominent women visual artists featured in this show.

We would like to create a knowledge graph like the illustration below that would demonstrate the importance of linked open data, Wikipedia, and wiki data in seeing the connections between artist training, geographic areas, as well as values and philosophy.

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

Project Activities – On the first Wednesday of every month from noon to 1 pm, we will demonstrate how Wikimedia and wiki data editing is related to putting together a knowledge graph. Navino Evans will lead this training, a technology expert from the UK at Histropedia, through zoom online learning.

We will also help cultural connectors create knowledge graphs to demonstrate the importance of linked open data (LOD) and creating online information on your websites that increase audiences and engagement. We also demonstrate how galleries, librarians, and museums can increase diversity and counteract colonization language and terminology through these types of activities.

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

We will be implementing a multiple-step process for WikiWednesday participants.

1. Help those participants obtain a wiki handle or user page so they can begin to understand how to edit Wikipedia or Wiki data.
2. Develop learning tools and presentations so participants understand important wiki data labels - examples include - date of birth of visual artist, artist trained by, notable works, part of the Collection of X art museum, curatorial research or curatorial essays, etc.
3. Demonstrate how a sparql query pulls information from wiki data to form a data visualization known as a knowledge graph.
4. Demonstrate how the visualization could be used in public programming or as a learning tool for educators, volunteers or exhibit staff.
5. Provide examples of how the knowledge graph can foster connections between different art museums, visual artists, notable works, researchers and curators.
4. Are your activities part of a Wikimedia movement campaign or event? If so, please select the relevant campaign below. If so, please select all the relevant campaigns from the list below. If "other", please state which.

1Lib1Ref, Art+Feminism, Other

Victoria Stasiuk has also attended Wiki-Linked open data sessions held by the Canadian Association for Performing Arts Organizations
5. Do you have the team that is needed to implement this proposal?

Proposed informal Advisory Team

  • Canadian Women Artists History Initiative (Concordia University)
  • Emily Carlisle-Johnston, and Erin Johnson, (Western University Librarians)*
  • Histropedia (Navino Evans, Co-Founder)*
  • Nathalie Thibault - Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ)
  • David Sprague – Toronto Public Library
  • Confirmed participants
6. 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.

Content Gender gap, Geography, Language

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

The McMichael Canadian Art Collection mounted an exhibit entitled Uninvited in the past year that profiled women that produced artwork at the same time as the Group of Seven landscape painters. The show included female artists from across Canada as well as indigenous and black artists. Some of these artists have notable works in public collections but did not experience widespread financial success or notoriety in their lifetimes. We would like to address this inequity through our project.

7. 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, Human Rights

8. Will your work focus on involving participants from any underrepresented communities?

Gender Identity, Geographic , Ethnic/racial/religious or cultural background

9. Who are the target participants and from which community? How will you engage participants before and during the activities? How will you follow up with participants after the activities?

- Art Galleries

  • Heritage Museums
  • Visual Art Students
  • University Librarians
  • Public Libraries
  • Independent Researchers and curators

VS Associates has been building lists of contacts in the above sectors through social media, speaking engagements and project consulting work.

Once the project has begun, Ms Stasiuk can add updates and demonstrations to the Insight or Blog sections of her website to build an understanding of the types of data visualizations possible using SPARQL queries.

Ms Stasiuk can also use her medium contributor status to spread the word about these sessions.

We have dedicated some project expenses to purchasing advertising in a number of culture worker newsletters and event pages (Galleries Ontario, Canadian Museum Association, Ontario Museum Association, etc.)

10. In what ways are you actively seeking to contribute towards creating a safer, supportive, more equitable environment for participants?

In the past wiki editing sessions I have participated in, I have found it very useful to have several wiki helpers that go into a virtual breakout room and help people one on one.

This strategy is helpful to help people set up their wiki user pages, as well as keep volunteers interested in subject matter that they have a connection to - for example female Canadian visual artists active in Toronto, Montreal, BC or Ottawa, closer to their home or place of work.

11. Please tell us about how you have let your Wikimedia communities know about the planned activities and this proposal. Use this space to describe the processes you carried out to make the community more involved in planning this proposal. Please link the on-wiki community discussion(s) around the proposals.

We will consult the link above and other resources to find examples of - Women visual artist projects, Black women visual artists, Inuit, Metis or First Nation female artists.

Example A - March 6, 2021 - Black Women Artists Matter Edit-a-thon, hosted by National Museum of Women in the Arts- link to project dashboard - https://outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org/courses/National_Museum_of_Women_in_the_Arts/NMWA_Black_Artists_Matter_(March_6,_2021)

Example B - Victoria Stasiuk has registered for the Europeana 2022 Sept. 28th – 30th, 2022, this will be an opportunity to raise awareness for the project, if we have received notice of the project being funded.

Example C - My work with the Western University Librarians on their monthly Wiki Tuesday, has helped me find out more information about the Canadian female visual artists Suzanne Duquet's artist in residence with computer science and art in the 1970s

12. Are you aware of other Rapid Fund proposals in your local group, community, or region that are being submitted and that align with your proposed project?


If yes:

12.1 Did you explore the possibility of doing a joint proposal with other leaders in your group?
12.2 How will this joint proposal allow you to have better results?
13. Will you be working with other external, non-Wikimedia partners to implement this proposal? Required.


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

Advisory Team

  • Canadian Women Artists History Initiative (Concordia University)
  • Emily and Erin (Western University Librarians)
  • Histropedia (Nav, Co-Founder)
  • Nathalie Thibault - Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ)
  • David Sprague – Toronto Public Library

Target Audience

  • Art Galleries
  • Heritage Museums
  • Visual Art Students
  • University Librarians
  • Public Libraries
  • Other
14. 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.

Improve User Experience, Provide for Safety and Inclusion, Ensure Equity in Decision-making, Coordinate Across Stakeholders, Invest in Skills and Leadership Development, Manage Internal Knowledge, Evaluate, Iterate, and Adapt, Increase the Sustainability of Our Movement

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

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

I would like to learn more about building interest in the wiki movement amongst Canadian culture workers.

It would be good to learn more about how art museums can use wiki-editing sessions to improve their outreach to communities and other colleagues.

Many Canadian women visual artists had extensive training in Europe and the United States, this project could emphasize this through the data structure that includes 'artist trained by'.

Also, some of these Canadian women's visual artists created work that is not yet in public art galleries. If there is a way to emphasize the notable works by some of the artists, perhaps other undiscovered pieces of artwork will become more available to be acquired by public galleries.

16. 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 spaces provided.
Main Open Metrics Data
Main Open Metrics Description Target
Feedback from Art Museum Organizations After a training session, we will ask staff from art museums to complete a google form to let us know how a knowledge graph or wiki editing session could improve their outreach. For example, the Toronto Public Library did a partnership for an editathon to address gaps in the Black history collection. 5
Art Museum using our training materials We will show how to use knowledge graphs to illustrate the connections between Canadian women visual artists from the 1920s-the 1950s and the Group of Seven landscape artists (male-only group).

Some of these female visual artists were invited to join art exhibitions with the Group of Seven, but they were not formally invited into the Group.

Many of these female visual artists do not have their work currently in public collections. Some of their art work remains with family members or hidden, because they did not receive formal recognition in their own time period.

We would like to use the knowledge graph tools with staff from the Vancouver Art Gallery and National Museum of Women in the Arts and the Los Angelos County Museum of Art

Evaluate Knowledge Graph Usage We will count the number of art museum workers or independent researchers that use knowledge graphs in their outreach or presentations as a result of our training sessions. 2
Determining Use of Knowledge online We will put together a google form to better understand if the information gathered from these training sessions was used online on social media or websites by these art museum workers or independent researchers.

We will also determine if there are institutional barriers to using this information within their organizations or within the broader art community.

17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants 5-10 participants each month from the fields of art galleries, heritage museums, university libraries, public libraries

5 participants for October, November, December and January

Number of editors Newly Registered Users (new editors) - 10 10
Number of organizers Organizer 1 - Victoria Stasiuk

Organizer 2 - Navino Evans

Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
17.1 If for some reason your proposal will not measure these core metrics please provide an explanation.

33 Female Visual Artists were included in the Uninvited Exhibit. Some of these artists have entries on Wikipedia, but many of them do not have all the data categories mentioned above in wikidata (artist trained by, part of the Collection of X museum, Notable works, curatorial research or essays).

We aim to add at least 100 statements in wikidata.

Some of these core metrics will be more challenging for Black and Indigenous artists featured in the Uninvited exhibit. For members of this group, there has been less of an emphasis on curatorial essays or research. We will perform some outreach to these target communities to address these weaknesses in the data record.

We are also seeking to demonstrate the connections between the Group of Seven landscape painters and the Uninvited artists to show how the two groups were connected by marriage, friendships as well as artist training.

18. What tools would you use to measure each metric selected? Please refer to the guide for a list of tools. You can also write that you are not sure and need support.

We will use the Programs and Event Dashboard to track editors working on parts of this project.

Event Metrics will be used to demonstrate the scale of this project in making new entries on wikidata and Wikipedia.

Financial Proposal[edit]

19. & 19.1 What is the amount you are requesting from Wikimedia Foundation? Please provide this amount in your local currency.

6376 CAD

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

4995 USD

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