Grants:Project/Rapid/ Wikimedia Community User Group Malta/Wiki Loves Monuments 2017 in Malta/Report
Did you meet your goals? Are you happy with how the project went?
On the whole, we were extremely satisfied with the outcomes of the project. The number of submissions to Wiki Loves Monuments in Malta 2017 far exceeded our initial expectations, and was a significant five-fold increase over that of the previous year. Furthermore, the number of users participating remained relatively constant. It was also of great satisfaction to see that a significant proportion of participants (80%) were newcomers to the platform, and registered a Wiki account after the competition had started. This indicates that the project was successful in reaching new audiences and enticing people to engage more actively with Wikimedia platforms, particularly when documenting their own cultural heritage.
Please report on your original project targets.
|Target outcome||Achieved outcome||Explanation|
|50 participants||70 participants||The goal of 50 participants was exceeded comfortably thanks to the outreach and marketing initiatives that the grant allowed us to organise.|
|1,000 photos submitted||5,634 photos submitted||The target outcome was far exceeded.|
|50 photos used on Wikipedia||92 photos used on Wikipedia||Although the target outcome was achieved, we are still working on increasing this number as it represents a relatively small percentage of all photos submitted (2%).|
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?
- Over the past years we have established very strong institutional links with our certain strategic partners, primarily Spazju Kreattiv (Malta's National Centre for Creativity). Establishing these links helped us greatly in terms of logistical support, outreach and visibility.
- We managed to obtain strong media coverage by attracting Malta's Minister for Culture to speak at the competition's opening. This attracted strong coverage on national television and radio stations and generated wide public interest in the competition.
- What did not work so well?
- Certain partnerships that we were attempting to nurture did not materialise in the way we hoped, due to unforseen circumstances. This meant that certain outreach events that we had planned (such as photowalks) could not take place).
- What would you do differently next time?
- We would plan certain outreach activities further in advance in order to ensure that any difficulties faced in the final weeks of planning are overcome in a more efficient manner.
- The visibility obtained during this year’s edition of the competition will allow us to further diversify our outreach by working with a broader range of related organisations, NGOs and public bodies working within the field of cultural heritage.
Grant funds spent
The table below shows the allocated funds and the way in which they were spent.
|Items||Sub-items||Amount budgeted (in Euro)||Actual spend|
|Promotion||Posters & printed material||300||122.20|
|Fourth-tenth prize||175 (25 each)||175|
|Exhibition||Printing and framing||225||342.20|
The remaining grant funds amount €166.14. We would like to utilise these funds to promote a number of editathons that will be taking place over the coming weeks. Foremost amongst these is our participation in Art & Feminism, where we will be holding a two-day editathon aimed at improving the representation of female Maltese artists on Wikipedia. Being able to use these remaining funds to promote this activity would go a long way to engaging new audiences and encouraging people to attend.
We would like to thank the Wikimedia Foundation for their support throughout this project. Wiki Loves Monuments in Malta is steadily gaining increased visibility amongst the local population and is encouraging a growing number of people to both engage with Wikimedia platforms in a more active manner, and to nurture and appreciate the cultural heritage that surrounds them within their own localities. This rapid grant has helped tremendously in achieving these goals.