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Application or grant stage: grant in progress
Applicant or grantee: Shared Knowledge
Amount requested: 42,662.24 EUR (47,354.23 USD)
Amount granted: 29,000 EUR (31,100 USD)
Funding period: 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017
Application created: 20 October 2016
Recommended application date: 1 November 2017
Midpoint report due: 15 July 2017
Final report due: 31 January 2018

Application[edit]

Background[edit]

Link to these documents, for the upcoming funding period, only if you have them.

  1. Link to your organization's staffing plan, for the upcoming funding period. Shared Knowledge/Staffing plan 2017
  2. Link to your annual plan, for the upcoming funding period. Shared Knowledge/Annual plan 2017
  3. Link to your strategic plan, which includes the upcoming funding period. Shared Knowledge/Strategic plan 2016-2020

Please add your grants metrics to this sheet. Note that requirements for shared metrics have changed for grants starting 1 January 2017 or later. Please visit this worksheet to view global metrics targets and progress.

Programs[edit]

Please describe any changes to your programs for the upcoming funding period, including the addition of new programs or any programs you are no longer doing. Include your rationale for any major changes to your programs here.

The programme changes made in this grant application compared to the one for the previous year include:
  • introduction of sub-programmes compiling related projects;
  • introduction of SMART objectives about programmes and sub-programmes;
  • introduction of global metrics for sub-programmes;
  • improved navigation to relevant project pages;
  • improved visualisation through the use of images.
The global metrics breakdown is as follows:
Shared metrics
  1. Participants: The number of people who attend your events, programs or activities, either in person or virtually. This definition does not include people organizing activities, social media followers, donors, or others not participating directly.
  2. Newly registered: The number of participants that create new accounts on a Wikimedia project. These include users who register up to two weeks before the start of the event.
  3. Content pages: A content page is an article on Wikipedia, an item on Wikidata, a content page on Wikisource, an entry on Wiktionary, and a media file on Commons, etc. This metric captures the total number of content pages created or improved across all Wikimedia projects.
Grantee-defined metrics
  1. Number of uploaded photographs used in articles: The number of distinct photographs used in articles.
  2. Number of volunteer hours: The number of hours spent by volunteers to support the organisational work.

Please use the templates provided to add information about each program you are planning for the upcoming funding period.

EDUCATION

Logo of the Educational programme in Macedonia
Participants in the educational seminar "Explore Wikipedia" held in January 2016

The activities that we plan to carry out as part of or educational programme include extending collaborations with educational institutions with the aim of organising groups of students that will add content on the Wikimedia projects as well as holding seminars and giving lectures in public on topics related to the Wikimedia movement.

The team working on the educational programme have overachieved the goals set for the year that passed. Based on our experience so far, we plan to keep up our collaboration with the educational institutions involved in our programme over the last couple of years and achieve a commensurate expansion of the volume of activities relative to the human resources we have.

Our main efforts will be focused on keeping up with the successful activities in the Josip Broz – Tito Grammar School and the Faculty of Economics at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje. We also plan to hold lectures on editing Wikipedia in other educational institutions, such as the Faculty of Natural Sciences (departments of Chemistry, Physics and Biology), Faculty of History, Faculty of Philology (department of English language and literature), Orce Nikolov Grammar School, Georgi Dimitrov Grammar School and the Construction School Centre in Skopje.

Besides collaborating with educational institutions on the creation of new content in various topics, we also intend to educate the public about the topics related to the Wikimedia movement such as free knowledge and free culture through seminars and lectures. These activities are intended to be short and engaging, full of facts about the movement and recent cool activities. The main goal is to inspire the attendants to join the community and contribute to the movement's activities.

SMART objectives

The SMART objectives of the educational programme are the following:

  1. to increase the total number of educational institutions involved in the programme during the school/academic year;
  2. to increase the total number of students involved in adding content to the Wikimedia projects during the school/academic year;
  3. to increase the number of newly registered users from the educational institutions involved in the programme during the school/academic year;
  4. to increase the amount of content pages added to the Wikimedia projects from students of the institutions involved during the school/academic year.
Metrics
Shared metrics
  1. Total participants: 120
  2. Number of newly registered users: 70
  3. Number of content pages created or improved, across all Wikimedia projects: 200
Grantee-defined metrics
  1. Uploaded photographs used in articles: 0
  2. Number of volunteer hours: 500

COMMUNITY

EDITING CHALLENGES

The editing challenges primarily aim to increase the content quality on the Wikimedia project and to improve the representation of given topics. To that extent, the editing challenges that we plan to conduct in the following year will include edit-a-thons, editing contests, editing days and editing weekends.

Participants in the Architecture edit-a-thon held in April 2016

Following the successful transition from a community-oriented events for experienced towards community-oriented events for new editors, we will continue to hold edit-a-thons in collaborations with groups interested to create content on the Wikimedia projects. This work model has the potential of increasing the number of newly registered users and reaches out to new undiscovered groups of people.

The editing contests have drastically improved the coverage of underrepresented topics and have also led to re-activating of users who have not been active for a pretty long time. Because the goal of the editing contests focus on adding quality content, they mostly focus on engaging the community of experienced users, yet the participation of newly registered users is also welcome. One of the editing contests that we will conduct in the following year is the Wikimedia CEE Spring 2017, jointly with the affiliates from the other countries of the Central and Eastern Europe.

The positive evaluation of our editing days as a project that encorages participation of commnity members in writing articles on a pre-selected underrepresented topic during a 24-hour period was convincing enough to include the project anew for the next year. We have also concluded that the editing days fit quite well on holidays and other commemorating days and plan to use it as a rationale for their determining.

Encouraged by the positive results from the concept of the editing days, our plan is to start conducting editing weekends that will differ in that the writing of articles on a pre-selected underrepresented topic will last for a 48-hour period on a pre-determined weekend.

SMART objectives

The SMART objectives of the editing challenges sub-programme are the following:

  1. to increase the total number of users involved in the editing challenges during the year;
  2. to increase the number of newly registered users involved in the editing challenges during the year;
  3. to increase the number of editing challenges conducted during the year;
  4. to increase the amount of content pages added to the Wikimedia projects from the participants in the editing challenges during the year;
  5. to increase the number of different topics covered with the editing challenges during the year.
Metrics
Shared metrics
  1. Total participants: 135
  2. Number of newly registered users: 70
  3. Number of content pages created or improved, across all Wikimedia projects: 2,250
Grantee-defined metrics
  1. Uploaded photographs used in articles: 40
  2. Number of volunteer hours: 2,910

COMMUNITY SUPPORT

User:Македонец (Mario Šarevski) climbed on a tree in a „hunt“ for a better view for panoramic photo of the village of Bezovo in Drimkol in April 2016
Wikipedia 15 celebration held in Skopje

The relation between the Wikimedia affiliate and the community as a key for healthy development of the movement in the following year will be enhanced through working equally on extending support for organising Photohunts for the existing community, growing the community through the holding of a Wiki camp and building up the community through frequent gatherings and meet-ups as well as increased participation in international events and conferences.

The photohunts, which have incidentally been envisaged as a project in 2016 to be carried out from the unspecified funds of the annual budget, are certainly a nice example of a successful low-budget project with high cost-effectiveness. Despite the fact it helps the community members get financial support for their own hunt for images, the project also rewards decision-making power to the community rather than the regulatory bodies of the affiliate to make the final decision on delivering the support.

The concept of holding a Wiki camp was accepted as a successful story that yielded positive results in other countries from Central and Eastern Europe. Our idea is to gather a group of about a dozen of young people, having been previously selected based on their answers in a survey, that will be brought to a mountainous village to learn about the editing and add content to the Wikimedia projects, increase their knowledge about the movement and get involved in the work done by the community.

Having recorded sharp decrease in the frequency of community gatherings and meet-ups, with the Wikipedia Day celebrations as the only formal events, our aim will be to build up the community by reinstating the regular community meet-ups not only to discuss issues on the Wikimedia projects but also as a way for socialising of the community members. The commemoration of the Wikipedia Day will also have to add on the community build-up at the beginning of the next year.

In the upcoming year, we plan to send three representatives (including a staff member) at the Wikimedia Conference 2017, two representatives at the Wikimedia CEE Meeting 2017, to award two scholarships for participation in Wikimania 2017 and to have participants at regional conferences (e.g. WikiLive in Belgrade, OSCAL in Tirana).

SMART objectives

The SMART objectives of the community support sub-programme are the following:

  1. to increase the total number of community members supported during the year;
  2. to increase the number of newly registered users from the community events during the year;
  3. to increase the amount of content pages added to the Wikimedia projects from the organisers of the photohunts during the year;
  4. to increase the number of organised photohunts during the year;
  5. to increase the number of community gatherings and meet-ups during the year;
  6. to increase the number of conferences attended by community members during the year.
Metrics
Shared metrics
  1. Total participants: 36
  2. Number of newly registered users: 12
  3. Number of content pages created or improved, across all Wikimedia projects: 1,510
Grantee-defined metrics
  1. Uploaded photographs used in articles: 655
  2. Number of volunteer hours: 750

EXPEDITIONS

Participants in the Wikiexpedition to Lakavica Region

The positive outcome of the expeditionary projects and their enormous impact on the on-site research capabilities over the last two years have led to continuing the project with increased pace in the following year. Our plans for 2017 encompass having seven generic Wikiexpeditions (including a cross-border expedition), four Geoexpeditions, two Veloexpeditions and two Agroexpeditions, totalling to 15 expeditions overall.

The idea about organising a cross-border Wikiexpedition in Northern Greece (Aegean Macedonia) has become a topic of discussion after having completed a successful edit-a-thon and a successful editing contest on a topic about villages in Aegean Macedonia, which have both resulted in adding substantial content to the Macedonian Wikipedia and have helped identify the lack of images from the villages, monumental buildings and landscapes in Aegean Macedonia, especially in the region north of Thessaloniki. Following the endorsement received from several community members in Greece, we think that this expedition will have two-fold positive impact, as it allows us to take the necessary images for the use in the articles and share the practice of organising successful expeditions with the colleagues in Greece.

The positive outcome of the two Geoexpeditions in 2016 have led to the planning of two additional for the year to come. Unlike the coverage primarily of mountain peaks and leaks, the scope of the systematic coverage of specific geographical features in 2017 will be larger in including caves and water springs.

The goal of this project is to visit two regions adjacent to the Skopje region in Macedonia with bicycles (hence the 'velo' in the name) and camping equipment. We will camp around villages, visiting them with the bikes and make photographs of them, their monuments and surrounding landscapes, recording their heritage, churches, places of interest and other riches.

The introduction of the Agroexpeditions presents a further development of the expeditions concept that arose from the immensity of agricultural land and the variety of agricultural production in the country. Our aim is to visit two different regions to research agriculture, that is farming crops and breeding livestock as well as agricultural processing such as plowing, sowing and harvest together with tools and mechanisation.

SMART objectives

The SMART objectives of the expeditions sub-programme are the following:

  1. to increase the number of content pages added to the Wikimedia projects from all kinds of expeditions during the year;
  2. to increase the number of different regions of Macedonia visited with the expeditions during the year;
  3. to increase the number of geographical features documented with the Geoexpeditions during the year;
  4. to increase the number of agricultural sectors documented with the Agroexpeditions during the year;
  5. to increase the number of organised expeditions of all kinds during the year.
Metrics
Shared metrics
  1. Total participants: 7
  2. Number of newly registered users: 0
  3. Number of content pages created or improved, across all Wikimedia projects: 3,360
Grantee-defined metrics
  1. Uploaded photographs used in articles: 2,070
  2. Number of volunteer hours: 1,580

GLAM

CULTURAL HERITAGE

The documentation of the cultural heritage of Macedonia will be done through various thematic projects, with some of them proceeding the positive practices of 2016. In particular, our plans for the following year is to pay attention on the traditional spirits through the WikiWine and WikiRakija projects as well as on the traditional music and dance through the Macedonian composers and Macedonian folk dances projects.

Grape harvesting

Following the promising start and the relative ease of visiting vineyards and wineries, the WikiWine project is included anew for 2017 with the aim of providing quality content on new sorts of grapes and wines. In the same way, we also plan to start with the WikiRakija project that aims at documenting the production of the country’s traditional spirit called ‘rakija’ (a fruit brandy produced of grapes).

The Macedonian composers project has evolved from our collaboration with the Macedonian academy of sciences and arts (MANU), where our Wikipedian in residence (WIR) negotiated on obtaining many multimedia files of famous Macedonian composers from the 1960s and 1970s that will be released under free licence and uploaded on Wikimedia Commons for further use in Wikipedia articles. Moreover, the project could proceed with a second part where Wikipedia articles dedicated to specific works (e.g. opera, ballet, song) could be used as QR-pedia codes on the programme leaflets and tickets in the institutions where they are regularly or occasionally performed.

The Macedonian folk dances project has the goal of releasing images and multimedia files of traditional Macedonian dancers performing various traditional dances under free licence that will be uploaded on Wikimedia Commons for further use in Wikipedia articles. The project will follow with creating and improving content about the dances on the Wikimedia projects.

SMART objectives

The SMART objectives of the cultural heritage sub-programme are the following:

  1. to increase the number of content pages added to the Wikimedia projects from the cultural heritage projects during the year;
  2. to increase the number of multimedia files released under free licence of various traditional dances of Macedonia;
  3. to increase the number of multimedia files under free licence of famous Macedonian composers from the 1960s and 1970s during the year.
Metrics
Shared metrics
  1. Total participants: 8
  2. Number of newly registered users: 0
  3. Number of content pages created or improved, across all Wikimedia projects: 170
Grantee-defined metrics
  1. Uploaded photographs used in articles: 120
  2. Number of volunteer hours: 180

WIKI LOVES CONTESTS

The winning photograph in Wiki Loves Monuments 2015 in Macedonia

The value added from the Wiki loves contests organised in Macedonia during the 2013-2015 period has gradually decreased on a contest-by-contest basis because of the increased uploads of abundant images from subjects that have already been well represented on Wikimedia Commons and the very low rates of images used in Wikipedia articles from the contests.

However, after identifying the necessities of having images, in particular, from monuments and dishes, we decided to re-introduce Wiki Loves Monuments and Wiki Loves Food in 2017. We have also come up with straightforward solutions for the aforementioned problems. First, we plan to refresh the monument lists of monuments that already have relatively high number of images uploaded. Second, we plan to hold edit-a-thons with the aim of increasing the usage of images in Wikipedia articles.

SMART objectives

The SMART objectives of the Wiki loves contests sub-programme are the following:

  1. to increase the number of images uploaded on Wikimedia projects from the Wiki loves contests during the time span of the contests;
  2. to increase the number of participants in the Wiki loves contests during the time span of the contests;
  3. to increase the number of newly registered participants in the Wiki loves contests during the time span of the contests;
  4. to increase the usage of images in Wikipedia articles from the Wiki loves contents three months after the end of the contests;
  5. to increase the number of images uploaded from new monuments in Wiki Loves Monuments during the time span of the contest;
  6. to increase the number of images uploaded from new dishes in Wiki Loves Food during the time span of the contest.
Metrics
Shared metrics
  1. Total participants: 60 30
  2. Number of newly registered users: 40 20
  3. Number of content pages created or improved, across all Wikimedia projects: 6,000 3,000
Grantee-defined metrics
  1. Uploaded photographs used in articles: 3,900 1,950
  2. Number of volunteer hours: 60 30

WIKIPEDIAN IN RESIDENCE

Wikipedian in residence at MANU while working

For the upcoming year we plan to extend the term of our Wikipedian in residence at MANU. Considering the significant results achieved so far, Shared Knowledge and MANU are both very satisfied of the work done by the Wikipedian in residence and there is interest from both sides to extend the cooperation that covers not just the library but all other departments and research centres.

Besides negotiating on the release of content under free licence that will be uploaded on Wikimedia Commons and subsequently used in Wikipedia articles, the Wikipedian in residence will also have to take an active role in providing the community members with materials on various topics and to support the execution of our other activities.

SMART objectives

The SMART objectives of the Wikipedian-in-residence sub-programme are the following:

  1. to increase the number of materials released under free licence by the Wikipedian in residence during the year;
  2. to increase the number of projects and activities supported by the Wikipedian in residence during the year;
  3. to increase the number of community members supported by the Wikipedian in residence during the year.
Metrics
Shared metrics
  1. Total participants: 1
  2. Number of newly registered users: 0
  3. Number of content pages created or improved, across all Wikimedia projects: 900
Grantee-defined metrics
  1. Uploaded photographs used in articles: 600
  2. Number of volunteer hours: 0

RESEARCH

The main goal of the research programme is to deduce conclusions from the research activities performed in specific areas of interest that will have to support the process of planning of the future projects and give direction to the overtaking of measures to respond to the identified concerns.

The research activities will include surveying of the community members with the goal of providing information about the demographic structure of the community that will be helpful in setting the goals for our future projects. Professionals to be worked with are Rating Agency (see official web site). The activities will be carried out in the following phases:

  • Phase 1 - researching existing data, to be used for pre-designing the questionnaire (volunteer activity);
  • Phase 2 - questionnaire design and suggestions for questions (professional engagement);
  • Phase 3 - collecting data by telephone calls (50% professional + 50% volunteer engagement); and
  • Phase 4 - data analysis with reports and options: narrative report or presentation with conclusions (professional engagement).

The goal of this project will be to gain an insight into the public opinion in Macedonia about Wikipedia. We want to learn what they perceive as our pros and cons, which will inform our decisions. The research results will be made available in Macedonian and English.

SMART objectives

The SMART objectives of the research programme are the following:

  1. to increase the amount of data available about the demographics of the users and readers of the Wikimedia projects in the Macedonian language at the time of launching the survey;
  2. to increase the amount of data available about the awareness about the Wikimedia projects in Macedonia at the time of launching the opinion poll.
Metrics
Shared metrics
  1. Total participants: 5
  2. Number of newly registered users: 0
  3. Number of content pages created or improved, across all Wikimedia projects: 10
Grantee-defined metrics
  1. Uploaded photographs used in articles: 0
  2. Number of volunteer hours: 200

Staff and contractors[edit]

Please describe any changes to your staffing plan for the upcoming funding period. These should include increases in staff or contractor hours, new staff positions, or staff positions you are removing. Include your rationale for any staffing changes here.

Please see the staffing plan for 2017. Hours, positions, and time allocations have not changed from 2016.

For each new staff or contractor position, please use the template provided to add information about each new staff or contractor you are planning for the upcoming funding period (or to describe significant increases in hours or changes in job descriptions for existing staff). You are not required to provide this information for existing staff where no changes are required.

Please note that no new staff or major changes to staffing plan are requested.

Budget and resource plan[edit]

Link to a detailed budget for the upcoming funding period. This budget should include all of your organizations expenses. Please specify which expenses will be covered from your APG.

Shared Knowledge/Budget plan 2017

Midpoint report[edit]

This is a brief report on the grantee's progress during the midpoint reporting period: 1 January - 30 June 2017.

Program story[edit]

Please link to one program story that showcases your organization's achievements during the reporting period.

Map of the worldshowing the areas with most Wikidata items containing coordinate locations lit up. The territory of Macedonia is noticeably among the lightest ones.

The local content creation following our expeditionary projects regularly includes editing of highly informative items on Wikidata. This practice was started with the expeditions during 2016, when most of the statements relevant for the different kinds of articles were identified, and was mastered during the first half of 2017. The statements used to develop an empty item to a highly informative one range from generic that can be found in every item (definition, image, country of location, administrative entity of location, coordinate location etc.) and specific that depend on the thematic nature of the underlying article (mouth for rivers, patron saint(s) for churches, mountains for peaks, etc.). As a consequence, our intensive work on Wikidata has eventually led to the creation of a valuable database that is already used as a source for transferring general information across Wikipedia articles. Yet, another important achievement that even Wikidata analysts have noted in their reports is the territorial coverage of Macedonia with Wikidata items containing geographic coordinates. The first mention of this sort was made in the October 2016 report, where Macedonia was listed among the nine noticeable areas with many new items containing coordinate locations; the map recently published in the July 2017 report has just confirmed the finding in the former report, where the territory of Macedonia was almost completely lit up and thereby was among the most densely covered countries in the world.

Progress[edit]

Please add text or a link to a page with details on your program progress. This should including reporting against each of the SMART objectives form your proposal.

EDUCATION

The core of the Education programme in the first half of the year remained the collaboration with the Josip Broz - Tito Grammar School, where stdents got actively involved in editing content on scientific topics as part of their Physics classes. In fact, these activities are continuation of what commenced in September 2016, although there were new users who have not participated in the first half of the school year. The content created has remained of exceptional quality and led to several nominations for featured content on the Macedonian Wikipedia. Efforts on expansion of the Education programme to other previously uninvolved institutions were made with the FON University as well as with the Institutes of Physics and Chemistry at the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje with which we have already collaborated on the Wikiexperiments project. However, these efforts did not result in any concrete activities of engaging people to create content.

SMART objectives
  • to increase the total number of educational institutions involved in the programme during the school/academic year
The total number of educational institutions involved in the Education programme during the first half of the year was 1.
  • to increase the total number of students involved in adding content to the Wikimedia projects during the school/academic year
The total number of students involved in the Education programme during the first half of the year was 34.
  • to increase the number of newly registered users from the educational institutions involved in the programme during the school/academic year
The total number of newly registered users from the educational institutions involved in the Education programme during the first half of the year was 34.
  • to increase the amount of content pages added to the Wikimedia projects from students of the institutions involved during the school/academic year
The total number of content pages added to the Wikimedia projects from students of the institutions involved in the Education programme during the first half of the year was 40.
Strengths
  • Contributing to with high-quality content with some articles meeting the criteria for featured content.
  • Editing content dealing with important uncovered scientific topics that attract wide readership.
  • Editing content dealing with topics that allow connecting with the other projects (specially in increasing the usage of the videos recorded in the Wikiexperiments project).
Weaknesses
  • Low retention rate of new users on the long run.
  • Low number of external parties involved and events organised.
  • Low number of volunteers involved in organising events.

COMMUNITY

The editing challenges on the Macedonian Wikipedia proved to be successful in the first half of the year. Some of the users involved were users who re-activated after long period of inactivity, resulting in a gradual increase of the number of very active users on the project. The increased activity has also speeded up the exceeding of the 90,000 articles milestone in the beginning of July. The selected topics for the editing challenges were diverse and intended to match the interests of as large number of users as possible.

The expeditionary projects continued to be efficient in generating local content that does not exist on any other Wikimedia project. Importantly, some of this year’s expeditions led to the geolocating of places that were mentioned in the literature but not properly marked on the maps. In regard to the subsequent content creation, the efforts put on enriching Wikidata with highly informative items has made Macedonia one of the most identifiable countries on the world map in terms of the number of places containing items with coordinates on Wikidata.

The Photohunts remained major support to the community members willing to engage in self-conducted activities to raise the number of free images on Wikimedia Commons. In that context, it is worth noting that the approved photohunts did not result in the taking of images only but also in the editing of content on the Macedonian Wikipedia and increasing the usage of the images taken.

SMART objectives

Editing challenges

  • to increase the total number of users involved in the editing challenges during the year
The total number of users involved in the editing challenges during the first half of the year was 71.
  • to increase the number of newly registered users involved in the editing challenges during the year
The total number of newly registered users involved in the editing challenges during the first half of the year was 22.
  • to increase the number of editing challenges conducted during the year
The total number of editing challenges conducted during the first half of the year was 17.
  • to increase the amount of content pages added to the Wikimedia projects from the participants in the editing challenges during the year
The total number of content pages added to the Wikimedia projects from the participants in the editing challenges during the first half of the year was 1,545.
  • to increase the number of different topics covered with the editing challenges during the year
The total number of different topics covered with the editing challenges during the first half of the year was 16.

Community suppport

  • to increase the total number of community members supported during the year
The total number of community members financially supported during the first half of the year was 1.
  • to increase the number of newly registered users from the community events during the year
The total number of newly registered users from the community events during the year was 6.
  • to increase the amount of content pages added to the Wikimedia projects from the organisers of the photohunts during the year
The total number of content pages added to the Wikimedia projects from the organisers of the photohunts during the first half of the year was 656.
  • to increase the number of organised photohunts during the year
The total number of organised photohunts during the first half of the year was 2.
  • to increase the number of community gatherings and meet-ups during the year
The total number of community gatherings and meet-ups during the first half of the year was 9.
  • to increase the number of conferences attended by community members during the year
The total number of conferences attended by community members during the first half of the year was 2.

Expeditions

  • to increase the number of content pages added to the Wikimedia projects from all kinds of expeditions during the year
The total number of content pages added to the Wikimedia projects from all kinds of expeditions during the first half of the year was 1,857.
  • to increase the number of different regions of Macedonia visited with the expeditions during the year
The total number of different regions regions of Macedonia visited with the expeditions during the first half of the year was 11.
  • to increase the number of geographical features documented with the Geoexpeditions during the year
The scope of the Geoexpeditions during the first half of the year has expanded to include caves, swamps and villages as new geographical features.
  • to increase the number of agricultural sectors documented with the Agroexpeditions during the year
The scope of the Agroexpeditions during the first half of the year included arable farming and food processing.
  • to increase the number of organised expeditions of all kinds during the year.
The number of organised expeditions of all kinds during the first half of the year was 9.
Strengths
  • Growth of the active community by re-activating users after long period of inactivity through the editing challenges covering diverse topics.
  • Creating local content that does not exist on any other Wikimedia project.
  • Exploring and geolocating remote and poorly investigated areas that were mentioned in the literature but absent from the local maps.
  • Developing efficient model for generating content in the form of Wikipedia articles, Wikidata items and free images on Wikimedia Commons.
  • Increased participation in the expeditionary projects.
Weaknesses
  • Lack of developed concept for active participation by a large number of community members in the projects offering community support
Resources

GLAM

The GLAM activities in the first half of the year mostly consisted of collaborations and negotiations with several institutions, while the Cultural heritage projects and the Wiki loves contest were left for the second half of the year. A memorandum of collaboration was signed with the Memorial House of Mother Teresa in February 2017, which was subsequently followed by an edit-a-thon and an open visit to the museum with free images taken from the displayed items. Arrangements were also made with the Museum of Contemporary Arts in order to create a database on Wikidata that will contain the works of art and their artists displayed in the museum.

The collaboration with the architecture studio Arhipunkt which was made in 2016 was nurtured this year as well and it led to organising a similar edit-a-thon. A new collaboration was clinched with the mountaineering association Transverzalec from Skopje regarding a mountaineering challenge for climbing 12 least known peaks on the territory of Macedonia in which Wikimedia Commons as the largest repository of free images in the world as well as Wikipedia as a place to document the places visited through the challenge were promoted to mountaineers.

SMART objectives

Since no Cultural heritage projects and Wiki loves contests took place during the first half of the year, there are no measurable results achieved to report against the SMART objectives. However, it is worth noting that measurable results were accidentally achieved as a result of the clinched partnership with the mountaineering association Transverzalec regarding the 12 people mountaineering challenge.

Strengths
  • Capacity to use cultural partnerships for setting up community activities.
  • Obtaining reference materials for editing.
Weaknesses
  • Low involvement rate of people engaged in coordinating the GLAM activities.

RESEARCH

Despite the fact that the Research programme has practically ceased with the related budget cut before the start of the year, efforts were made on preparing a questionnaire that is planned to be distributed through the Macedonian Wikipedia to its active contributors and readers with the goal of examining the demographic structure of the editorship and readership in the second half of the year. This activity was included in the annual plan for 2016 but remained uncompleted and was re-scheduled for this year.

SMART objectives

The SMART objectives were renounced following the cancellation of the Research programme as a result of the related budget cut.

Spending[edit]

Please report your organization's total spending during the reporting period, or link to a financial document showing your total spending.

12,338.08 EUR

Final report[edit]

This is the final report for your grant, describing your outcomes from the period 1 January - 31 December 2017.

Program story[edit]

Please link to one program story that showcases your organization's achievements during the reporting period.

The most innovative projects and activities of Shared Knowledge in 2017 was the following:
  1. Wiki Loves Food 2017 - The topic of traditional cuisine, led us to the collaboration with the Slow Food organization whose members wholeheartedly helped us in the promotion and judging of the contest as well as the organization of the award ceremony which at the same time was celebration of their Terra Madre day. On the 16th of December, after a period of preparations, together with Slow Food Vodno, we held the award ceremony for the Wiki Loves Food photographic contest. The Wiki Loves Food photographic contest attracted significantly large attention in the public thus several media outlets reported from the competition. The event was attended by around 70 people among which the winners and the other authors of the 10 best photographs who got their images printed in large format as well as a gratitude certificate for participation in the contest.

Learning story[edit]

Please link to one learning story that shows how your organization documents lessons learned and adapts its programs accordingly.

The main learning stories for our organisation in 2017 was the following:
  1. Macedonia-Brazil photographic collaboration:Exhibition "Brazil through photographs" - Macedonia-Brazil photographic collaboration came up as project of Shared Knowledge which was organized as an exhibition of the winning photographs of Wiki Loves Contests in Brazil and Macedonia. An exhibition of images from Brazil was held in Macedonia, while at the same period in Brazil was held an exhibition with pictures from Macedonia. All of the images had printed QR-codes with links to the articles in Wikipedia and the program of the exhibition included events of our other projects such as edit-a-thons, lectures etc. The project emerged as a result of the contacts established by Toni Ristovski on the Wikimedia Conference in Berlin in April 2017.

Results[edit]

Please add text or a link to a page with details on your program results. You should report on each of the objectives you included in your Simple APG application.

Final grant metrics achievement

The general report with detailed overview of the projects and activities carried out by Shared Knowledge in 2017 can be found here. For more detailed view of our work during 2017, you can find view all our monthly and quarterly reports here.

Spending[edit]

Please link to a detailed financial report for your spending during the grant period. This should be in the same format as your detailed budget from your Simple APG application.

The general financial report with detailed overview of the expenditures done by Shared Knowledge in 2017 can be found here.

Please include the total amount of Simple APG funds you spent during the grant period.

27,855.67 EUR