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The simple APG grant 2021 for Wikimedia Belgium (WMBE) was (proactively) approved at the end of June 2020. Now we need to submit the content of the request. The process is delayed until the end of October 2020, due to corona, and the new submission format introduced in August 2020. The sAPG 2021 should be approved at the beginning of November 2020.
The corona pandemic is still increasing worldwide. The corona pandemic will stay for the next few years. We need to organise less physical and more virtual activities: video conferencing, campaigns, online sessions, virtual museum visits, individual (online) coaching, producing video “howto” training (with subtitles).
We need more collaboration with other (larger) institutions, organisations, and peer affiliates. We can’t do everything ourselves. We have very limited (human and financial) resources. Our current strategy of collaboration with institutions and organisations works. But it should be intensified. Word of mouth advertising works. We need more knowledgeable and sustainable volunteers.
We do not have staf.
Basically, WMBE will continue the same (good, proven) programs and activities as the last previous years. We will go for more stability, predictability, impact, and performance. Through 2021 we plan for more virtual activities due to corona. We plan to better support the volunteers (online help, expenses, documentation, helpdesk, training, and assistance).
We continue to use the Outreach program planning and review tool to monitor the progress and the impact of our activities on the progress of the projects. We announce and document the activities on Wikipedia, Wikidata, and Wikimedia Commons project pages. Technical aspects are documented on the WMBE website, Wikidata and other projects as appropriate for the project. We refer to existing documentation and procedures on other Foundation websites. We use social platforms to announce and report our activities.
We educate collaborating institutions and organisations to use Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons, and related tools being instruments to promote and facilitate the creation of new Wikipedia pages for their own benefit. Institutions and organisations have less budgets to pay employees, so they could benefit from the Wikipedia/Wikimedia volunteers to create and maintain web pages.
We need to pay more attention to volunteer, partner, and social platform communication. Our own websites, Facebook,Twitter, and Telegram are evident instruments. The press, radio, and television are also to be kept in the loop.
We need to choose a limited number of successful and visible campaigns/activities, rather than a multitude of small, unwatched, or less important activities, that do not attract much attention or participants.
Let us also pay attention to the 20th anniversary of Wikipedia on 15 January 2021, the integration of Wikidata, Wikimedia Commons, and Wikipedia, and the long-term strategy (Strategy 2030). This requires much more public attention.
We search for more collaboration with schools, universities, and more generic cultural institutions and organisations. Heritage clubs should be more attracted to our activities. Recent and early retired people are seeking an interesting new hobby, but they might require more technical training and might suffer from a slower learning curve? Individuals of +65 are less susceptible to IT techniques, and the MediaWiki interface which is not always simple, straightforward, nor well documented.
Grant Metrics Reporting
Required. Metrics, targets and results: grants metrics worksheet here.
Suggestions for Simple APG Application process
Requests for programmatic support
Requests for operational support
No requests needed
The COVID-19 pandemic continued to bring restrictions for organising physical activities. Until and including March only virtual meetings and video conferences were possible. This was severely impacting our projects. It was only as of April-June 2021 that conditions were gradually relaxed for universities and museums. For the other partners the national restrictions prevented to organise physical activities.
As of April we had some sessions at the university and museums in non-public sessions where volunteers were sitting on multiple floors on sparse tables distributed throughout the museum, each of them with a local LAN video-conferencing session for the training, and wearing face masks during personal coaching. We have at all times strictly observed the national health and sanity rules.
Remembering 20 Years Wikipedia 15 January
We prepared for a press release, and attracted national radio, TV, journals, and magazines to report about the anniversary of Wikipedia with a broad national communication to the general public. It continues to be a problem that journalists do not understand how Wikipedia is written. They are not aware that the community has established formal procedures and guidelines on how to manage building the encyclopedia.
The national RTBF television was broadcasting from the Mundaneum museum in Mons on 13 January to describe how Wikipedia can collaborate with museums to report their collections to the public.
The evening news of the national television brought a report on 15 January, highlighting the Pajottenland Zennevallei heritage project that is using Wikidata, Wikipedia, and Wikimedia Commons to document the local heritage.
Karrewiet Ketnet (children’s program) reported on Wikipedia, specifically focused on the children’s experience, to explain how Wikipedia is built and maintained.
Page-large publications in national newspaper and magazines:
- Het Nieuwsblad
- Het Parochieblad
- Plus Magazine
We could rely on multiple Wikipedia volunteers to collaborate with the press to describe how Wikipedia works.
Wikimedia Belgium organised a video conference with 35 participants where multiple organisations, having connections with WMBE, could present themselves, and their activities related to Wikimedia projects.
List of presentations:
- Linde Dessoy from Iedereen Leest presented 20 years Wikipedia - presenting the project Iedereen Leest.
- Manon Brulard from Open Knowledge Belgium presented Presentation Open Knowledge Belgium - Equal Street Names Brussels - Wikipedia 20 years.
- Brigitte De Meyer from Museum of Industry Gent presented Presentation Industry Museum on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Wikipedia by Wikimedia Belgium.
- Hilke Arijs from Erfgoed Pajottenland Zennevallei presented Opening up heritage through Wikipedia and related platforms in Pajottenland and Zennevallei.
- Sam Donvil from meemoo presented 20 Years of Wikipedia Celebration Wikimedia Belgium by meemoo.
Watch the [vidéo] Celebration of 20 year Wikipedia - The best of Wikimedia Belgium (01:42:35) on YouTube.
Collaboration with other organisations
Projects to come
What have we learned
Spending update Midterm
Link to a detailed financial report for our spending during the first half of your grant period.
Total amount of Simple APG funds spent during the first half of the grant period is 1574.74 €.
Grant Metrics Reporting Midterm
Metrics, targets and results: grants metrics worksheet here.
Spending update Final
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.
Please include the total amount of Simple APG funds you spent during the grant period: € 8,388.56
Grant Metrics Reporting Final
Metrics, targets and results: grants metrics worksheet here.