Grants:Simple/Applications/Wikimedia Suomi/2018

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Applicant or grantee: Wikimedia Suomi
Amount granted: 88,809 EUR (80,736 EUR + 10% contingency) (105,000 USD)
Funding period: 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018
Midpoint report due: 15 July 2018
Final report due: 30 January 2019



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.
  2. Link to your annual plan, for the upcoming funding period. *
  3. Link to your strategic plan, which includes the upcoming funding period. *

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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.

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


We continue organizing Public artworks and memorials of Finland project.

The aim of this ongoing project is to bring all public art pieces and memorials in Finland into Wikipedia and list them. Currently such a list does not exist; instead, there are multiple lists compiled by different instances, and information on public art pieces is not accessible. We aim to rectify the situation by photographing monuments and other public art pieces, collecting documentation and writing articles on them.

Public art and its accessibility is an important theme for Wikimedia Suomi, and with this project we strive to serve not only general public and experts, but the Wikimedia community as well. The project has - due to its multi-layered approach - an opportunity to make the project a shared experience for both Wikipedians and non-editors.

In 2018, the project will include photohunts, which we have already organized several times, and editathons. Target number of photohunts is 10 and number of photographed statues in the photohunts is 400. Themes for editathons include exporting information of current lists into Wikidata; using the information on Wikidata in Wikipedia; and marking statues on OpenStreetMap. We publish a showcase dataset of a list of statues in one selected city at a cultural Hackathon Hack4fi. Current number of cities with a public art list is 60, and we plan import 5 lists per month into Wikidata. Size of the showcase list is 50 - 100 works of art.

As other content support actions we will also continue in the Wikipedia Library (in English) initiative by obtaining licences for electronic publications and archives. We try to include three new publications to our library. We also try to obtain the right to use at least one data source in CC0 for Wikidata.

By the end of the next period, the number of Finnish Wikipedians taking part in Wikimedia projects (including international projects) will have increased, and the community will have been strengthened. We will achieve this through our work on content, which will engage and encourage community members.


In 2017, our target was to develop a program that provides education in Wikipedia pedagogic activity and in 2018, our target is to begin implementing it.

The basic education system in Finland is advanced. The new curriculum in public schools offers wide scope of skills, transgressing all subjects and emphasizing media readership. The task of Wikimedia Suomi runs parallel to this: we will not educate only consumers, but also producers of media. Wikimedia offers good tools for this kind of activity.

In spring 2017, we ran two Education Program pilots that served as learning tools for setting up a broader Education Program. We plan to to create a hub where students and teachers get instructions to use Wikipedia in Education. Our goal is to launch a community consultation and make draft pages for the project in November 2017, and we expect 10–15 Wikipedians to take part in the discussion. We will look into utilizing Programs & Events dashboard. We will organize two workshops in the beginning of 2018 for teachers and EDU tutors. Concrete goal for this is to educate two teachers and two experienced Wikipedians engaged with tutoring who will have the skills to use the programs & events dashboard in their events.

Our flagship project in Education is the WikiLeap project, which aims to write elementary school learning materials into Wikibooks. In 2018, there is a follow-up WikiLeap project with the National Museum of Finland where they will update parts of their teaching material on Finnish prehistory that they have previously had online and re-publish them on WikiBooks in connection with their new exhibition on the subject. The National Museum staff will do the editing, and Wikimedia Finland will support them in this. This includes an editathon with the staff. We support this with templates, commons mass uploads and data uploads to Wikidata, if needed. The National Museum participates in Educa exhibition in January. Wikimedia Suomi will have a supporting role there too, and after Educa there will be an edithaton(s) for teachers as a follow-up event. Later next spring, as part of our own EDU program, we post workshop and presentation proposals for WikiLeap at ITK conference (Interactive Technology in Education).

Concrete target of WikiLeap for year 2018 is that the material created by the National Museum is successfully imported into Wikibooks, at least three edithatons have been held for teachers with at least 5 teacher in each, and the materials from the National Museum have been utilized in the teaching of a class. If possible, this teaching is supported by a student project where they photograph Finnish prehistory locations for WLM/WLE.


The goal of our Outreach activities is to make Wikipedia and the Wikimedia movement more known to the general public, i.e. our outreach work is mostly targeted towards non-editors. We plan to reach the public through our partners who work in public service, organizing competitions and events that attract the public, and by increasing our presence online on our blog and social media pages. The reason for this is the decline of the number of editors in recent years; with active outreach work we hope to reverse the trend.

Next year, as in the past, we hope to organize an editing event for International Women’s Day. There are many feminist organizations we could partner with, and we’re currently searching for one with whom to implement some kind of an activity. This is an important project, aimed at a gender balance in Wikipedia and Wikimedia. Through this collaboration, our aim is to create more articles related to women and gender issues, gain new editors (specifically women), and create a dialogue between Wikimedia and feminist organizations in Finland.

In the next year, we plan to organize both Wiki Loves Monuments and Wiki Loves Earth competitions. In 2017, we organized WLM for the first time, and we noticed that it attracted mostly non-editors. We believe this will prove to be true in the future as well, and the contests are therefore an important part of our outreach strategy. Through them, we increase our visibility among Finns who might not be well acquainted with Wikipedia and Wikimedia. Our target is 2000 photos, 100 users and 50 new users for each competition.

Participating in large fairs is expensive and requires a lot of intensive work. For this reason, we hope to take part in smaller events focused on issues that we work on. We believe this will guarantee higher visibility and more concrete results. We hope to work with other organizations, for example OKFI (Open Knowledge Finland), and to participate together with other organizations in bigger events in order to optimize our use of resources and results. Book fairs have been important for us in the past, and we hope to participate in them also in the future. Therefore we’re looking into alternative means of participation, for example joining panel discussions and side events. Our target is for year 2018 is to participate three events using active, functional or alternative ways to participate.

We will track the results of the Women's day event using Programs & Events Dashboard. We will also track in WLM/WLE number of registered editors, how many of them have edits in multiple projects -i.e. not only to Wikimedia Commons - and how many of the registered accounts have continued editing after 3 months from the registration.


Our goal in this area is to collaborate with GLAM organizations to create a mutually beneficial relationship, where Wikipedia receives high-quality input from experts. The experts of these organizations in turn learn about the Wikimedia movement and the tools we offer, and they will be motivated to use them in the future. The larger objective of this program is to offer accessible, high-quality information and tools to the general public through cooperation with institutions, especially public institutions such as museums.

In 2018, we continue our work with GLAM edithatons, trying to concentrate in educating our target groups on how to conduct edithatons. In 2018, the following larger projects will take place:

A heraldry project with Finnish National Archive and Aalto university will create a machine readable database of European coats of arms and their elements for their AI research purposes. The core of the dataset would be coats of arms images in Wikimedia Commons in SVG format and their description texts. They have applied for two year funding from Koneen säätiö, but the grants haven't been decided yet (ETA December). If the grant proposal is accepted, Wikimedia Finland's part is to parse description information from Wikimedia Commons and create coat of arms items in Wikidata with the link to image, municipality and instance of information and this would be funded by Koneen säätiö grant. One active Finnish Wikipedian will be civilian service person at Finnish National Archive and it is likely that he will be included to the project. This would be an opportunity to make a Wikimedian in residency too. In point of global Wikimedian view project would result in a completely new open dataset for heraldry of Wikimedia Commons which could be used in Structured Commons program.

We will continue our work with the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE by using their datasets to match Wikidata items to YSO (General Finnish ontology) and YSA (General Finnish keywords) so that we can create a match between Wikidata/Wikipedia, and in the future YSA/YSO can be used in content more easily. This year the National Board of Antiquities of Finland has archived a set of WLM photos in their collections. If they do so next year, this could be used for keywording of WLM/WLE photos. YSA/YSO is also a practical tool for linking content from Wikimedia projects to external content in Finland.

In November 2017, we organized an editathon with the National Audiovisual Institute (Kavi) staff, and they seem interested in other future collaborations. This edithathon will center around adding and improving articles on historical TV and radio programs, and there is still work to be done in this sector. Currently KAVI:s datasets are CC-BY and one clear discussion point is how we can use them with Wikidata. We have discussed a future project with Gallen-Kallela Museum in which we would upload photos of artworks to Wikimedia Commons and store related information to Wikidata. We continue our collaboration with Media Museum Rupriikki in Tampere to produce an exhibition of Wikipedia's 15 years in Finland.


We strengthen our collaboration with the international Wikimedia movement, especially in our neighboring Wikimedias of Estonia, Sweden and Russia. We participate in international meetings and organize contests and events. Wikimedia Suomi supports Wikimedia Nordic-Baltic formation, collaboration and organisation building, and we would like to take part in Nordic-Baltic meeting 2018.

We hope to find a suitable, preferably GLAM related project, to work together with Sweden or Estonia. Especially Estonia seems enthusiastic with museum-related collaboration. One strong possibility for this is to use Estonian Ajapaik rephotography application (example photo: Ajapaik, Wikimedia commons) as part of WLM. We tested it internally in this year's competition. We collaborate with OKFI to create a GLAM-related hackathon next year. We want at least one person from our community to attend the 2018 GLAM-Wiki Conference in Israel, due to the importance of GLAM in our programs.


  • 1. Implementing successful, high-quality projects with Finnish public institutions that result in high-quality input from experts, through proactive work with Finnish partners.
  • 2. Increased awareness of Wikimedia tools, and increased use of these tools through editathons targeted to specific audiences, improved internal and external communication, and collaboration with the National Museum to export material into WikiBooks.

Technical development

The tech program aims at institutionalizing Wikidata for all projects around Finnish Wikimedia.

The main reason for pushing this is that the current infobox system in Finnish Wikipedia is from 2008, and it should be renewed in any case. The most critical needs are better support for accessibility, and Wikidata. Fiwiki doesn’t have the will or technical manpower to implement it from scratch, and so we adapted infobox and Wikidata support from French Wikipedia, which is already very good. Wikidata, Lua, graph-extension and kartographer extension (mapframe maps) are technologies that enable processing the information in new ways. They are not adopted automatically, and we in Wikimedia Suomi are using them in different projects so it is vital for us to install them.

We will achieve this by localizing the Wikidata and infobox modules imported from French Wikipedia and keeping them up to date. Modules are then cloned into all Finnish sister projects.(list of currently synced modules and templates)

We will also import high quality data supporting Lakes and WikiLeap projects into Wikidata. Exact data is unknown because by default license used for data we plan to use in Finland is CC-BY, and we need to request a permit for use it as CC0 for Wikidata. However, the data that we try to get is something like Lake code, coordinates of the Lake, inflows, outflows, location in the administrative territorial entity, area, perimeter, catchment area, depth, environmental information etc. Total number of target lakes are all Finnish lakes currently in Wikidata (6000) and stretch goal is all Finnish language lakes which are in Swedish Wikipedia (17103).

Imported data can be used for creating info boxes and drawing maps and graphs. We will implement automatic daily comparison between data used in the Lakes -infobox and information from the authorities in order to point out a medium to the community for maintaining the accuracy of the info boxes. We will strive to teach the community members to export information to Wikidata by using the tools glampipe, quickstatements and pywikibot.

By updating into Wikipedia five geography infoboxes ( "lakes" (2461), "rivers" (1096), "mountains" (811), "islands" (1483) and "natural reserves" (272)), we will advance social learning. Wikidata will be used in these info boxes either as a sources of the visible value, or to search for errors, based on the views of the community. Instead of using old location maps, we will use mapframe maps in the info boxes. During creation of the info boxes, we will initiate a dialogue with the community on how Wikidata could and should be used.

For teachers involved in the WikiLeap Project, we will create a web based guide on the use of infoboxes, graphs and maps. This will include a manual in Finnish to use information boxes and Wikidata modules used in the French Wikipedia. When ready, the guide will be used in other Finnish sister projects too.

Timeframe for the steps in the plan is to do it during 2018. Work with the community dialogue, creating new guides, syncing the code with the French Wikipedia is ongoing project and it will continue beyond that.

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.

The length of this fiscal year is longer than in the last grant which increases the grant period from 8 months to 12 months. This directly increases the hours allocated to the coordinator. We are also hiring a new wikitech support person to implement our projects.

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.

Wikitech support

  1. Please link to a detailed job description, which shows how this staff person will help your organization achieve its goals.
    Technical specialist who is responsible for technical decisions, implementation and support of Wikimedia Suomi projects. Most important projects in 2018 are WLM/WLE and Technical development program. (description in Finnish)
  2. How long is this staff person or contractor's planned engagement with your organization, and how many hours will they work over the course of this grant?
    This person is a regular staff person who will be working 2 days a week throughout the year.
  3. Use a percentage of that person's total hours to show how they will spend their time on different programs and activities.
    Technical development 60%, Content 10%; Education 10%; Outreach 10% Partnerships 10%.

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.

Budget 2017-2018

Midpoint report[edit]

This is a brief report on the grantee's progress during the midpoint reporting period: 1 January - 30 June 2018.

Program story[edit]

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



Please report your organization's total spending during the reporting period, or link to a financial document showing your total spending.
updated 5.6.2018 (draft)