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This report for a Rapid Grant approved in FY 2016-17 has been reviewed and accepted by the Wikimedia Foundation.
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Don Moye of Art Ensemble of Chicago at the 2017 Kongsberg Jazzfestival.

Did you meet your goals? Are you happy with how the project went?

  • Yes, most of the goals where met and I'm happy with the way the project went.


Please report on your original project targets.

Target outcome Achieved outcome Explanation
add high-quality content to Commons 139 photographs added to Commons, all from Kongsberg Jazzfestival. 61 of the images have been used for a total of 39 Wikimedia projects. (source: GlamTools query) Stavernfestivalen and Kongsberg Jazzfestival where happening at the same dates and neighbouring cities. In 2016 Stavernfestivalen was covered. A decision was made to prioritize the concerts at Kongsberg Jazzfestival in 2017. This saved some travelling time and travel cost.
reduce the gender gap by prioritizing concerts at the festivals with female artists The gender representation in the photos is at the same or better level than the booking. I've achieved this by including gender as a factor when selecting concerts to photograph. I've photographed 8 of the 9 concerts that had a least one female musician. Totally there were 27 concerts at the festival with notable musicians, of which 19 concerts where photographed.
recruit new photographers to commons (a long term goal) There have been contributions from more Norwegian concert photographers after this summer's festival season.
advocate for free content, encourage photographers and communication staff to release content on free licenses I used the occasion to network with media staff the festival as well as other jazz clubs. I believe this has increased the awareness of the Wikimedia projects and free information.
networking with management and communication directors of festivals for future projects After the 2017 festival season, contributors associated with Wikipedia Norway now have better access to venues and festivals. This includes both the jazz scene and the commercial rock scene. There's an increased attention and awareness in the music scene to the work that Wikipedia contributors are doing. This is partly because of contributors being visible at concerts and festivals, improved photo portraits in the articles and the good content that the community/volunteer editors are doing on in the biographies in Norwegian and English Wikipedia.


Projects do not always go according to plan. Sharing what you learned can help you and others plan similar projects in the future. Help the movement learn from your experience by answering the following questions:

  • What worked well?
  1. Planning and executing the project went well
  2. Cooperation with the festival was good
  3. Including a goal to reduce the gender gap increased the awareness for under-representation of female artists
  4. Involvement of the community after the concerts. Volunteers have contributed by adding photographs to articles (example).
  5. There was sufficient time set aside for post-processing photos, upload and adding photos to the articles (around 6 months).
  • What did not work so well?
  1. Did not receive much input from the community before the festivals (in regards to artists/concerts that should be photographed).
  2. This is a labor-intensive project that takes much time.
  • What would you do differently next time?
  1. Community involvement is key to succeeding in a project of this type. Community should be involved in both planning and executing the project.
  2. Consider getting accommodation near the festivals to reduce time spent traveling.
  3. Add some of the cost of food/meals to the budget.


Grant funds spent[edit]

Please describe how much grant money you spent for approved expenses, and tell us what you spent it on.

All of the grant money was spend on traveling costs, getting from Oslo to Kongsvinger daily for three days. One return trip is ~180 kilometers.

Date Description File name Amount (NOK)
09.07.2017 Petrol bilag005 kr 490,48
10.07.2017 Rental car E302572001_20170710_176816686 kr 1 488,75
18.07.2017 Toll E302572001_20170718_177432019 kr 196,88
07.07.2017 Parking Receipt_BI_77783708 kr 230,30
08.07.2017 Parking Receipt_BI_77880561 kr 224,64
09.07.2017 Parking Receipt_BI_77987518 kr 226,20
SUM kr 2 857,25

Remaining funds[edit]

Do you have any remaining grant funds?

The amount spend is the same as the amount granted / transferred.

Anything else[edit]

Anything else you want to share about your project?

  • There have been hints and some comments from potential contributor photographers that Wikipedia does sufficiently respect the photographer's moral rights, particularly the right to attribution. There is an expectation that photographs should be attributed when used in articles. Wikipedia in Norwegian and Danish attribute photographs, but Swedish, English and most others language projects do not. This may turn away some contributors.