Ease of use
With our education project bringing new contributors to Wikipedia every semester, we need to ensure they are getting enough support, so that the Wikimedia work is not seen as a difficulty but an opportunity. We will go through help pages and ensure they are up to date and that there is a clear start to finish guide for a new contributor wanting to write their first ever Wikipedia article. We will also create introductory videos in Estonian for people new to the projects, explaining how to do their first edits. While we don’t have the resources to carry out a proper representative analysis of the usefulness of the created content at the moment, we will make sure to introduce users to the videos and ask for at least informal feedback to evaluate whether they’re fulfilling their purpose.
We will continue organizing our monthly community meetings in Tartu and Tallinn, and will also try to promote them to students and other new users as a good place to get help with writing their first articles directly from more experienced contributors. Our goal is to get at least 10 new contributors to attend a community meeting during 2019 and work on their first article there. We will also work on expanding our network from the large cities of Tartu and Tallinn to smaller municipalities by creating small local wikiclubs. The goal here is to get at least 2 new local wikiclubs started in 2019 and set the framework for how wikiclubs should work.
We will work on converting some widely-used infoboxes in the Estonian Wikipedia to use Wikidata, to reduce the amount of data-entering needed for our contributors and ensure even a basic new article can make use of the data already available to us on Wikidata. Our goal is to convert at least 5 infoboxes during 2019.
EV101 article writing project
The 2018 EV100 project, where 100 notable public figures and scientists helped to write articles as a gift for the 100th birthday of the Republic of Estonia, was a success, inspiring a total of 177 people (also including community members, students and others) to participate. As such, we plan to bring it back (as EV101) for the 101th birthday of the country, where we expect to get at least 200 participants (at least 101 of them new) writing at least 200 articles.
Competitions are a good way to direct the efforts of existing contributors towards important knowledge that is missing, while also serving as a good entry point for new users. At the same time, in 2018 the amount of competitions led to some of them clashing with each other and made it more difficult to promote them. As such, we’re planning to consolidate some of our national-level article-writing competitions under the “Digihariduse konkurss” umbrella. This biannual competition is organized in cooperation with the University of Tartu and the private sector, with different companies and organizations offering prizes for the best articles in their area of expertise. We we will work on getting more organizations on board to try to turn the “Digihariduse konkurss” into a more significant event that will be easier to promote and provide a bigger incentive for new users to give Wikipedia editing a go. We will also take part in the international CEE Spring writing competition, and will still hold smaller writing competitions when appropriate, making sure not to overload the calendar.
We also expect the University of Tartu to continue organizing their already traditional competition to improve the writing and style in existing Wikipedia articles.
Our goal for this year is to reach agreements with 5 new sponsors for the “Digihariduse konkurss”, and more generally to get at least 100 participants in writing competitions to create or improve at least 200 articles.
Photography competitions get a different group of people involved, who still want to contribute but don’t necessarily want to write articles. Additionally, the images that are created during these competitions are also easier to directly reuse outside of Estonia. We’re planning to (once more) hold a nature photography competition (in cooperation with the Eesti Loodus magazine) at the national level.
We will also organize a rephotography competition of cultural monuments (in cooperation with Ajapaik and the National Heritage Board of Estonia) which is planned to involve participants from other Nordic countries and will include some public walks (“expeditions”) in different cities in Estonia to talk about local history and take (re)photos, trying to involve the locals who are interested in the history of their cities so that they will collaborate with Wikimedia projects. This was originally planned for 2018, but delays in the development of the Ajapaik application led to a postponement - now Wikimedia Suomi is also involved in ensuring Ajapaik development continues and we expect everything to be ready on time. Our goal is to organize at least 3 public walks in different cities and get at least 500 new images out of the project.
The international Science Photo Competition will be organized again in November 2019. While in 2017 our focus was on building the infrastructure for the competition, in 2019 we can focus on promotion and expansion. Since the last time it saw over 2200 participants and 10,000+ submissions, we're hoping to include even more international partners this time and push the number of participants over 5000, leading to at least 20,000+ new files being added to Wikimedia Commons.
National Heritage photo expeditions
We will organize photo expeditions during the summer to help the community discover National Heritage objects (and make sure they're well documented in Commons). We have a long-term goal to document all our heritage locations in both Wikidata and Commons (as much the lack of freedom of panorama allows), and these photo expeditions are a good opportunity to get community members interested in the project while they also interact with each other. Our goal for the year is to organize at least 2 of these expeditions, with at least 3 attendees on both of them, leading to 400 new images.
Northern European international cooperation
Recent cooperation between different Northern European chapters has been very fruitful and last year saw the first regional meeting for our organizations in Stockholm. In 2019 we will organize the second edition of this meeting in Estonia, to ensure this cooperation continues to thrive. Our goal is to host around 30 representatives of Northern European chapters (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Norway and Sweden, with invitations extended to Icelandic and Lithuanian Wikimedians as well), for at least 3 cooperation projects between the Wikimedia organizations in Northern Europe to start or be expanded/continued as a result of the meeting, and for at least 3 national-level projects to be started or improved due to the experiences of another Northern European chapter.