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Application or grant stage: grant in progress
Applicant or grantee: Wikimedia Suomi
Amount requested: 107,060 EUR (101,000 EUR + 6% contingency) (119,568 USD)
Amount granted: 88,000 EUR (no contingency) (100,140 USD)
Funding period: 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020
Application created: 1 November 2019
Recommended application date: 1 November 2019
Midpoint report due: 15 July 2020
Final report due: 30 January 2021



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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.

We continued to simplify our last year's programs by merging the education program to the Helsinki rephotography project as it is where work is done and it continues the collaboration with the IT teachers association and our education work with SPARQL. The Helsinki rephotography project also implements much of our last year's plans with Helsinki central library Oodi by running an over three-month-long exhibition in its event space which also works as a meeting point for the project.

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The Night of Science

At Night of Science event on January 16th, 2020 Wikimedia Finland will run an environmental science edit-a-thon with Kone Foundation, Maj and Tor Nessling Foundation, The Finnish Society for Environmental Social Science and Forum for Environmental Information. The length of the event is 8 hours from 4 pm to midnight. The goal is to get 50 participants with science backgrounds to edit Wikipedia with support from seasoned Wikipedists.

Women’s Month

We will continue with the Women’s Day initiative with the aim of branding it as a yearly highlight. This will include an edit-a-thon organised in Helsinki Central Library Oodi (or elsewhere) and, in the vein of last year’s success, a Punaisten linkkien naiset (Women in Red) editing competition organised in the Finnish Wikipedia. Our goal is to have 1,000 new, well-sourced biographies of women created and 40 new editors during the initiative. The ultimate objective is to fix content gaps and cultivate gender diversity among editorship. Our goal is to get the share of women’s biographies from 19.5 % to over 20 %.

Wiki Loves Monuments

We will organize Wiki Loves Monuments for the fourth time in cooperation with the Finnish Heritage Agency.

The long term strategy for the competition in Finland is to inspire regional GLAMs to advertise their local heritage sites to be photographed in the competition to fulfill their purpose of sharing knowledge of heritage in their areas. With the information from the GLAMs WMFI can enrich the data of the sites in Wikidata which we are using as a backend. The competition can also target the photographs to key places which are also important for Wikimedia projects and for the GLAMs themselves. Because museums do not have the resources to document all changes in their area, WLM is a yearly event that will help local GLAMs in documenting it. In 2020 Finnish Heritage Agency will for the first time archive WLM photos so that they will be visible in Finnish national index Finna which will work as an example for other GLAMS to participate.

In 2020 we aim to get 2,000 photographs, 100 participants and 50 new users, of whom at least 5 will continue editing Wikimedia projects afterwards. To make sure that the new editors continue, we will organize a prominently marketed after-edit-a-thon or a weekly competition for utilizing the photographs taken during the WLM. The rephotography sub-competition of WLM will be further developed with Helsinki rephotography project.

With assistance from the Finnish Heritage Agency, we will extend Wiki Loves Monuments to regional GLAMs and to local history groups in different parts of Finland. We aim to organize 5 WLM-related photo hunts together with local actors outside of Helsinki. We also continue to support Sami languages in the competition. This will be done in collaboration with Wikimedia Norway.

In 2020 Finnish Heritage Agency will also start their project to archive images from Wiki Loves Monuments competition in their collections. Wikimedia Finland will give technical assistance for reading the metadata for the photos and with converting the Commons categories and Structured data on Commons to Finnish national ontologies like YSO.

Helsinki rephotography / Project for the City of Helsinki
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Schedule: 2018-11-01 - 2021-10-31, second-year starts 2019-11-01
  • Roles: Kimmo Virtanen (PM), Sandra Lindblom (live events, communication), Vahur Puik (Ajapaik), Märt Häkkinen (coding)
  • Partners: Estonian Photographic Heritage Society
  • Funding: City of Helsinki 47000€ (11/2019-10/2020), Wikimedia Foundation 14000€

Helsinki rephotography project will continue in 2020 to its second year. Our yearly theme is heritage and education which is the theme of European Heritage Days. The project is a collaboration with the Estonian Photographic Heritage Society and its Ajapaik.ee crowdsourcing platform.

Year of Helsinki rephotography begins with Change in Helsinki exhibition in Central library Oodi which continues until end of February. The space will work also as the project's meeting point and workshop space. In 2020 we will continue implementing photo walks and documenting areas with photography safaris. We will do at least 12 photo walks with 20-30 participants each in Helsinki with different local groups. Our plan is also to do rephotography with Helsinki City Museum and Kohtaus ry. The main idea for the photo walks would be experiencing the change and learning history. At the same time, we will spread the idea of rephotographing historical photos and uploading photos to Wikimedia Commons and Ajapaik with free licenses. In the documentation photo safaris, we will try to document the areas and they will be more goal-oriented photographing. Our target 2020 for the total number of participants is 500 and photographs 2000.

The project is technical and development heavy because of the mobile app dedicated to rephotography – users can browse historical images taken nearby and rephotograph these with the help of overlaid historical images on the camera stream of the smart device. Currently, there is a native Android app with the base functionality. Its main improvement targets are about the engagement mechanisms of the app in order to attract and keep the users practicing rephotography. We are considering rewriting the app as cross-platform (Flutter or React Native) in order to offer both Android and iOS versions of the app while also adding more social features for better traction metrics (giving more visibility to the user community, adding better ways to share then-and-now picture pairs, upload them to Wikimedia Commons etc). The rewrite will only be possible with additional funding (from Estonia) without which we will continue improving and developing further the existing Android application.

We will also be collaborating with software design students from Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences as part of our education work with IT teachers. Our target is that one of the students will do a software design thesis work for the project which uses Wikibase or uploads photos to Commons.

Key events

  • November 2019 - February 2020 rephotography exhibition in Brygga event space in Helsinki Central Library Oodi
  • March 2020 - Participation in culture hackathon Hack4fi
  • July 2020 - Ajapaik devcamp in Nõva for coding, Estonia with 10 participants total and 3 participants from Finland
  • September 2020 - Doing for the third time a rephotography track in Wiki Loves Monuments in Finland with least 400 photos from it.


GLAM Basics

Finnish GLAMs lag behind in fluency using Wikimedia projects. We will address this issue by conducting a simple survey with Finnish GLAMs to chart out the capabilities, creating a GLAM dashboard for the GLAMs to follow their contributions, formulating a training component about using Wikimedia projects (online and training event), and connecting with the Sum of All GLAMs project. Wikimedia Finland’s contributions to the Hack4FI hackathon can include some of this work.


Wikimedia Finland seeks to partner with the Hack4FI cultural hackathon. It will be organized for the 5th time in 2020, and Wikimedia Finland has participated in it’s all editions so far. In 2015 Wikimedia Finland arranged the Wiki <3 Maps seminar and several tracks in the context of the first Hack4FI hackathon. The Sift.pics crowdsourcing app by Ajapaik participated in the Wikimaps Nordic track and won the second prize of the Hack4FI competition. In 2018 Ajapaik and Wikimedia Finland participated in the event with a rephotography track.

Partnering in 2020 is important in many ways. The host for the upcoming hackathon is the Finnish National Gallery, whose collection data is the 4th largest in Wikidata. They have also released their entire image collection as CC0, but the images have not yet been linked to Wikidata. Wikimedia Finland has a great opportunity to promote working with Wikidata and Structured Data on Commons at this occasion for creators and GLAMs in Finland.

Additionally, the event has been discussed with Sandra Fauconnier as a pilot study to incorporate Wikimedia practices into a cultural hackathon. The next Wikimedia hackathon in Albania in 2020 will take a GLAM approach for the first time, and the GLAM-Wiki in Ghent in 2021 will host the first-ever Wikimedia GLAM hackathon.

Saami projects

One month (1.0 FTE) of the GLAM coordinator’s time from the basic budget will be dedicated to work related to indigenous GLAM content. The GLAM coordinator will conduct a study about identifying and marking sensitive content in Wikimedia projects, and propose best practices to tackle it. The project about sensitive data has been discussed with the Digital Access to the Sámi Heritage Archives project both through the Finnish and Norwegian partners. This part of the project provides context to also discuss restitution and digital repatriation in the Saami context and in the Benin project.

Our work with the Saami institutions continues also with a project, which is dependent on external funding.

Tagging with Wikidata / Project for the Nordic Culture Fund
  • Status: Planning in progress
  • Schedule: The Nordic Culture Fund funding call closes in 3 February 2020. Wikimedia Norway may plan for the next fiscal year starting in July.
  • Expected roles: Wikimedia Finland, Sweden and Norway, and local partners
  • Expected funding: Project scale up to 90 000 €, 30 000 € / chapter, 50% self-funding, 6 300 € requested from the WMF as self-funding for the Finnish share, 8 000 € of the Finnish share remains to be funded with partner or in-kind contributions. Self-funding can include own work, also volunteer work.
  • Possible partners or collaborators (not ready to be disclosed publicly as the planning is in an initial phase): Yle (and other Nordic broadcasters), Finnish organisations providing place names data.
  • See also Wikidata GLAM panel presentation Susanna Ånäs & Mikko Lappalainen (Finnish National Library): Modelling places in cultural heritage organisations in Finland

The Nordic Culture Fund funding call closes 3rd February 2020. Wikimedia Finland has been preparing a collaboration project for it, and the plans are still preliminary. Ideally, the Nordic chapters would jointly carry out a pilot that aims to establish Wikidata as a source for tagging in museums, archives, and broadcasting in Saami languages as well. Yle already uses Wikidata for tagging and has become one of the showcase projects for Wikidata. The work would ideally focus on Saami place names, which Wikimedia Norway is already working with. Several other partners are ready to come together in this pilot, if we choose to work with place names.


We will continue to organize our work in Wikipedia as Wikiprojects and organize live meetings in Oodi. We will also start to use Phabricator as our ticket system instead of Trello to make it more familiar for our peer-group.

Three areas to focus on
  • 500,000 article milestone - 500,000 article milestone in the Finnish Wikipedia is coming in next autumn. For community members, we will also organize one bigger content creation-related event to celebrate it. Depending on timing, it could be a joint event with some ongoing events like Wiki Loves Monuments award ceremony.
  • Wikidata tech-support - In 2019 there was community discussion in Wikipedia about how Wikidata should be used and what the common problems are when information is fetched from Wikidata. The top three problems were data from Wikidata in incorrect language, poorly sourced information from Wikidata and missing features when users try to add Wikidata to templates. In 2020 we will address these.
  • Wikipedia Library initiative - We continue to support Wikipedia Library initiative. Our main targets are to keep the current donations ongoing and find a new volunteer Wikipedia editor to succeed Olimar as the main contact.
Public art project

We will continue to support the Public artworks and memorials of the Finland project. The community has adopted it as a continuous and ongoing process. In 2019, there are currently 7823 works of art listed, of which 69% have been photographed and 92% geotagged. In 2020, we aim to increase this to 80% photographed and 95% geotagged.

Wikimedia Finland’s main targets in the project are to continue with the project of exporting information of current Wikipedia lists into Wikidata and to make a coordinated effort to document hard-to-reach and remote places. We will do this by covering 4 pre-planned travels and hosting 4 meetups.

In 2019 there were also requests to extend the geogroup template with WikiShootMe and to extend wikishootme with features that would allow photosafaris to be planned in the wiki. In 2020 we will merge changes from our local version of wikishootme with geoJSON support to upstream.

International collaboration

We will continue to strengthen our collaboration with the international Wikimedia movement, especially with our neighboring Wikimedias of Estonia, Sweden, and Norway. We will participate in international meetings and organize joint contests and events. Wikimedia Finland will participate in at least one joint project with another chapter that was suggested at Wikimedia Northern Europe Meeting 2019. One proposed project is a rephoto project in Tartu, Estonia as part of the year of the digital culture of Estonia.

In autumn 2019 we started a new Benin Bilateral Companionship program. For the year 2020, the target for the companionship is to participate in the World Village Festival in Finland and give a presentation on Kulttuurinavigaattori’s 2-month visit to Villa Karo, Benin. We will also seek partners and external funding, which would allow somebody from the Benin Wikimedia movement to come to Finland as part of an exchange in 2021. A long-term goal is to share the experiences and learnings between WMFI and Benin Wikimedia movement affiliates. Another important goal is to deepen our work with the Finnish-African culture center Villa Karo in Benin.

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.

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  • In 2020 compared to 2019 the Helsinki rephotography project work related to events and communication will be moved from Wikitech position to Helsinki rephoto coordinator which was hired in September 2019.

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Budget 2020

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This Month in GLAM July 2020: Rephotography walking during pandemic


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The Night of Science
The goal is to get 50 participants with science backgrounds to edit Wikipedia with support from seasoned Wikipedists.
The Night of Science edit-a-thon 2020 in Helsinki, Finland

Together with 9 other organizations, we organized an edit-a-thon called Ympäristötiede Wikipediaan (wikiproject) as part of the Night of Science held every year throughout Finland. The main edit-a-thon was held in Helsinki from where presentations were streamed to the satellite edit-a-thons in Jyväskylä, Turku, Kuopio, and Joensuu. Officially, the event ran from 4:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. For the main Wikipedia presentation, Kiira Keini from Kaskas Media talked about editing Wikipedia. Wikimedia Suomi ensured each site had volunteers on hand to help attendees edit Wikipedia. At the satellite events, the venues were organized by local scientific organizations and there were experienced Wikipedia volunteers giving local presentations and hands-on support. In practice, the satellite events program was more focused on editing than the program streamed from Helsinki. For the online portion of the event, we held a weekly competition for environmental science. Once the writing portion of the event was over, some of the satellite events had their own side programs. For example, in Jyväskylä, they organized a post-edit-a-thon sauna. Vegan pizzas were provided to all of the sites; these pizzas were sponsored by Kotipizza.



  • Editors: 85
  • New editors: 26
  • Pages edited: 210
  • New pages: 52

Women’s Month
Our goal is to have 1,000 new, well-sourced biographies of women created and 40 new editors during the initiative; share of women’s biographies from 19.5 % to over 20 %.
The International Women's Day editathon organized together with the Facebook group Historian jännät naiset

For the 2020 Open Data Day on March 7 Wikimedia Finland organized the International Women's Day editathon at Helsinki Central Library Oodi. The workshop was arranged in collaboration with the “Historian jännät naiset” Facebook group. The idea was that participants would learn how to edit, create, and translate Wikipedia pages on interesting women from history. Like previous years it was possible to participate online to women's week weekly competition which was part of our women's week program. In April we continued our women and minorities theme with a Punaisten linkkien Naiset monthly competition. We have been trying to be inclusive and our criteria for the women in our projects and competitions is that one can get points on improving any biography of a person whose gender value is not male in Wikidata. Also, like last year, it is possible to participate in the bigger online competitions by writing articles using Inari or Skolt Saami in the incubator or in Northern Saami on the Northern Saami Wikipedia.


  • Editors: 69
  • New editors: 10
  • Pages edited: 1300
  • New biographies: 600
  • Percentage of women’s biographies as of July 15, 2020 is 19.9%.
Aerial photograph of the Söderskär Lighthouse, one of the top 10 photos from WLM Finland 2019. Photo: Katja Kapanen
Wiki Loves Monuments

Wiki Loves Monuments 2020 is organized in collaboration with the Finnish Heritage Agency, Museum of Finnish Architecture, and MARK – Finnish Association of Landscape Architects. This year’s focus is on the change in urban environments and cityscapes. The expected entries are photographs depicting change in cityscapes and urban environments, provided they display a registered cultural heritage site. This year’s focus is accompanied by the introduction of buildings and areas protected by city plans in municipalities. The work starts by importing all the protected buildings of Helsinki into Wikidata, and will expand to other cities gradually.

This year we are focusing on social media campaigning on Facebook and Instagram as a means to invite participants to photograph during the months leading up to the competition. COVID-19 is taken into account by encouraging people not to photograph in crowds and by inviting to submit already existing pictures. There will be altogether 16 challenge posts created by each of the participating organizations. Continuing a tradition started last year, we are inviting “mentors” to write about the theme of the competition in the competition’s blog. This year our mentors are Laura Kolbe, professor of European history at the University of Helsinki and Ranja Hautamäki, Associate Professor in Landscape Architecture in Aalto University.

As for other content we also created 5 Wiki Loves Monuments postcards (1, 2, 3) from previous years winners and so far 2500 postcards have been distributed through events, Helsinki rephotographys Oodi exhibition, and National Museum.

Helsinki rephotography / Project for the City of Helsinki
The Helsinki-Malmi Airport terminal as seen from inside an airport hangar
Open data vs OpenAPI discussion by Open Knowledge Finland in rephotography exhibition space on Open Data Day 2020
Wiki Loves Monuments Senaatintori rephotography postcard

The Helsinki Rephotography project’s main targets for the first part of the year 2020 were to continue the Oodi exhibition, participate in Hack4fi, and implement photography events. After march project focused on online work. The project got a new part-time coordinator Nanna Saarhelo in March as Sandra Lindblom moved to a full-time job.

Key events before Covid-19 pandemic

  • The Helsinki then and now rephotography exhibition in Oodi was extended until April. We did a video presentation using winning photographs from Wiki Loves Monuments and a presentation of rephotograph pairs of Helsinki which were projected on the main wall of the library. On Open Data Day 7 March the exhibition space was the venue for the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team’s mapping party and for the Open Data APIs vs. Open APIs discussion by OKFI. Oodi was closed on March 18 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Before closing, in January-March 2020 in the exhibition, there were 11000 visitors and 18500 visitors between November 13, 2019 and March 16, 2020 as total. Exhibition’s crowdsourcing tablets were used to annotate the content of 1130 photographs by 500-1000 users.
  • Guided documentation tour in Malmi Airport in January. Malmi Airport is the oldest still functional airport built in the 1930s in Europe. There were 6 participants on this trip and the main target was documentation of the place. The result was 100 photographs and rewrote of two articles.
  • Guided rephoto walk in the former Lapinlahti mental hospital together with local Lapinlahti support group Lapinlahden lähde. The day started with a guided walking tour in the area focused on visiting the places of old photographs. After a break event continued in the auditorium by kids of Lapinlanti. In the auditorium the children of the hospital staff - now senior citizens - displayed photos from their family albums and discussed growing inside hospital borders. There were 40 participants in the walk and another 40 in the auditorium. Participants in the walk and the auditorium were partially overlapping.
  • In March Helsinki rephotography project organized Hack4FI meets Haaga-Helia developers lecture and it was going to do the Place, time, and change – Rephotography challenge in the main event. The main event was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

After COVID-19 restrictions the project focused on online content and we have done photo routes and challenges together with the Wiki Loves Monuments project for independent walking and for browsing the photo collections. So far the most successful route has been Helsinki Summer Olympics 1952 buildings which contained Wikipedia article and rephotography walking routes. It resulted in a television interview with the Finnish Broadcasting Company which will come out in August or September and highlighted Wikipedia editing. We initiated other independent, internet guided walking tours in various neighborhoods in Helsinki.

On the software development side, the project continued developing Ajapaik and major improvements are in annotations. The current focus is on user handling and the target is to enable upload photographs to Commons in Ajapaik so the our local WLM rephotography track will be unified with the Wiki Loves Monuments global rules.


On home and school day on January 11 we held a Wikiprojekti:WikiForHumanRights themed editathon at Kruununhaka Comprehensive School with 30 participants.

On Open Data Day March 7 at Oodi we had a Wikipedia information meeting for Nuoret vaikuttajat (Youth in Action) group for young immigrants. This was a round table style Q&A discussion with 15 participants on topics like what is open data and how Wikipedia works.

In the middle of March when the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions started in Finland the Wikiloikka project edited the remote teaching guidebook Etäopetuksen näytön paikka published by IT-teachers association to the Wikibooks as part of their textbook series.


Hack4FI – Hack your heritage

Hack4FI 2020 was scheduled for 13–15 March 2020 in Ateneum. It was organized by AvoinGLAM working group in Open Knowledge Finland, together with the Finnish National Gallery and Wikimedia Finland. The event was supported by the City of Helsinki. The registered number of individuals was 70 and the number of participating organizations was 12.

The hackathon was going to focus on machine-readable cultural heritage, as a way to celebrate the launch of the new API of the Finnish National Gallery. This was going to be further amplified by the participation of our invited keynote hacker Maarten Dammers, introducing the use of Wikidata and Structured Data on Commons.

In preparation for the hackathon, the organizers arranged a university tour introducing aspects of OpenGLAM: open licencing, Wikimedia projects, machine-readable, structured data and APIs. It included five 2-4 hour lectures and hand-on sessions, attended altogether by almost 100 students. The content was produced in collaboration with Avoin GLAM, Creative Commons Finland, Wikimedia Finland, the National Library of Finland, and HELDIG Helsinki Centre for Digital Humanities.


  • 24 Feb, Hack4FI meets Haaga-Helia journalists
  • 25 Feb, Hack4FI meets the Academy of Fine Arts
  • 26 Feb, Hack4FI meets Aalto University
  • 28 Feb, Hack4FI meets University of Helsinki
  • 6 Mar, Hack4FI meets Haaga-Helia developers

The event was about to be launched on March 13th. On March 12, after the declaration of a global pandemic by WHO and the recommendation of the Finnish Government to limit in-person events, the organizing team sent out a poll to the participants asking if they wished to attend the event, cancel their participation or join an online hackathon. As a result, the organizers decided to postpone the event until later in 2020. The date or format have not yet been set.

Saami projects

Wikimedia Finland prepares to continue work with the Saami cultural heritage project. The working group consisting of Susanna Ånäs and Kimberli Mäkäräinen applied for additional funding from the WikiCite project to conduct workshops in Inari and Sevettijärvi.

The COVID-19 pandemic prevented the workshops from being arranged and the plan is being reformulated. Discussions are ongoing with the Skolt Sámi Cultural Foundation for an overall joint plan to address the challenges of opening indigenous heritage while protecting culturally sensitive heritage from exploitation. The work will include terminology work in the context of Wikidata and publishing media with Structured data in Wikimedia Commons. It will contribute more broadly to the discussions on the copyright reform, licensing or labeling indigenous heritage, and the best practices of presenting indigenous cultural heritage on open platforms.

The project also awaits approval from the Board of Wikimedia Finland.


Three areas to focus on
  • The Finnish Wikipedia will see its 500,000th article created this autumn.
  • We have updated the Finnish Wikipedia’s article review tools and statistics, which were broken because of code rot. We also moved the tools on fiwiki-tools.wmflabs.org to toolforge.org, because closing of tools.wmflabs.org and updated them because of new cross-site requirements.
  • The Finnish Wikipedia Library initiative is still looking for a new contact person from the community.
Public art project

Between January and June, 330 new public artworks and memorials were listed in Wikipedia. 540 of the works were located using coordinates and 277 were photographed by a total of 21 photographers. This means that approximately 97% (target 95%) of the 8288 listed works have been geotagged and 70% (target 80%) photographed. Currently, 49 users have edited the artwork lists, of whom 2 were new users registered in 2020 (stats, Public art project)

The project extended itself to videos. The concept is to create a short video clip where the video moves towards the artwork and then moves around it so that the area is documented too.

The project did not organize any group photo safaris or meetups because of the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the project, some of the geotagging tools, including the local Wikishootme code, were updated to support the project.

International collaboration
Wikimedia Hackathon 2020 "group photo"
A GIF in Northern Saami about how Covid-19 is transmitted

In the first half of 2020, we have continued our work with Wikimedia Eesti and Ajapaik to coordinate our rephotography plans. In addition, we have been actively keeping in touch with the other chapters and user groups that make up Wikimedia Northern Europe.

The Finnish Wikipedia has also continued to use UKBot in its weekly competitions and continued to support the use of Northern Saami, Inari Saami, and Skolt Saami in the competitions. As UKBot can only count points in actual Wikipedias, the points for participants in the Inari and Skolt Saami incubator Wikipedia projects must be counted by hand. The feature was originally developed for the Norwegian Bokmål and Nynorsk Wikipedias.

In March, Susanna and Kimberli started translating instructions and graphics into multiple languages to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Susanna started a wikiproject and a Telegram channel to coordinate efforts to translate the Spinoff’s pandemic-related COVID-19 guidelines into as many languages as possible. Kimberli presented this work as part of an online panel discussion for the Celtic Knot Wikimedia Language Conference 2020.

Kimberli has continued working with Wikimedia Norway to improve the quality of the Northern Saami Wikipedia. Once the pandemic shut borders around the world, she continued to collaborate with other chapters and user groups online. For example, she took part in the nearly weeklong International Roma Day Edit-a-thon 2020, ensuring that the Finnish Roma were included in the edit-a-thon. As part of her work with Women in Red, she created a table of Nigerian women in Nigeria and the diaspora for use in the WikiGap Nigeria Online Challenge and added more women to the redlink list for indigenous women used in the WiR August edition to show which Wikipedias they have articles in and which they do not, and created Wikidata items for women who did not have one. As part of the Wikimedia Hackathon and the cancelled Queering Wikipedia conference, she worked with the LGBT UG to revert and improve the removal of P91s in Wikidata by adding in sources, a project which continued as part of Wiki Loves Pride 2020.


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€28,210.01 Spending midpoint report
updated 18.7.2020

Final report[edit]

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Program story[edit]

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OpenGlam, 2020-12-14, Hack4OpenGLAM

Learning story[edit]

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Nuoret vaikuttajat (young influencers) goes to Wikipedia Open Data Day event in Oodi.
One of the biographies written in Punaisten linkkien naiset was the featured article of Alma Pihl who was one of the two female designers at Fabergé and one of the best known female Fabergé workmasters.

For 2020 our main outreach targets were The night of science and Women’s month in the first part of the year. These were reported in the midpoint report already but we would like to highlight the Night of the science event as our first in-person event which happened in 5 cities simultaneously. It also exceeded our targets. (target 50 participants, we got 85 and 24 new editors)

Lax, WikiProject Women in Red 2020 Finland winner with his diploma, Turku, Finland. Because COVID-19 the giving the diploma was postponed until late November, 2020.

The Women’s days equality work continued and it was more diverse than ever as together with Finnish Red Cross we were able to extend it to immigrants. WMFI and Helsinki rephotography project hosted the venues of the Open Data Day/Women's day event in Oodi which included the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team’s mapping party. It was also wonderful to notice that in social media there were spontaneous remote participants like the Pori Art Museum in the Women's day event.

The women's day event was the last pre-pandemic event and after that, we ceased all of our plans which required in-person participation and focused on online. However, in general, we got fewer new biographies of women from Punaisten linkkien naiset monthly competition than we expected. (ie we got 600 compared to the previous years over 1000) This was a good example of how the pandemic affected even pure online work too.

Girls day online event

In autumn, Our collaboration with Historian jännät naiset continued on 24.9.2020 – 11.10.2020 with the Girls’ Day event by Plan international. The event was designed so that two weeks before the actual day we had an online workshop where first Maria Petterson (author of The Exciting Women of History book and creator of the group) talked on the genderedness of the internet and forgotten voices in history then Kulttuurinavigaattori and Zache talked about the importance of equal information and content production in the Wikipedia and Q&A.

The project continued with writing until Girls day 11.10.2020. Participants had their own private discussion group for peer learning in Whatsapp and they could ask questions from Wikimedia Finland’s representatives (mainly Zache) using either email or Wikipedia talk pages. We also showed by examples how the problems in the articles should be solved.

Results of the Girls’ Day event

  • 17 new articles by
  • 25+ editors participated in the editing of the articles
  • 15 new registered editors
  • it was a very good experience for us on how to do a well-implemented online editathon (thanks Plan International!)

Wiki Loves Monuments

Following our tradition, we chose a theme for the competition in Finland. Together with partner organizations the Finnish Heritage Agency, the Museum of Finnish Architecture, and MARK – Finnish Association of Landscape Architects, we chose the theme of urban change, to accompany the import of protected buildings in municipalities.

As part of working with the theme, each organization chose a “mentor”, a well-known thinker to write a blog post and give perspective to the topic of the competition. Laura Kolbe, Professor of European History at Helsinki Institute of Urban and Regional Studies (Urbaria) wrote Minä ja kaupunki: rakkautta yli rajojen! (Me and the City: Love across borders!), Ranja Hautamäki, Associate Professor in Landscape Architecture at Aalto University published Rakastettu, uhattu vihreä kulttuuriperintö (Beloved, Threatened Green Cultural Heritage), and Panu Lehtovuori, Professor of Planning Theory at the Tampere University wrote Monumenttikin voi sairastua (A Monument May Also Fall Ill).

Because of the pandemic, we focused on online campaigns. We created a series of Instagram challenges to inspire photographers. Each partner organization chose images and accompanying slogans: Photograph the poetry of structure! Photograph from high places! Photograph the hot summer marketplace! etc. Helsinki rephotography worked in tandem with Wiki Loves Monuments to facilitate the challenges and messaging. Differing from previous years this year we also tried to guide the rephotographers to save photos to Wikimedia Commons instead of Ajapaik so that all of the photos could be able to participate in the international track.

Lapinlahti hospital (Q3145284) in 1940, 2000 and 2020. Old photo Eino Heinonen. New photos by Anja Hatva. Merging is done by Eteil / WMFI

Jury members were nominated by each partner organization. Anna Autio (Museum of Finnish Architecture), Félix Bourgeau (MARK), Nanna Saarhelo (WMFI/Helsinki rephotography project), and Soile Tirilä (Finnish Heritage Agency) formed the jury this year.


  • 982 photos (912 in Wikimedia Commons + 70 freely licensed photos in rephotography track in Ajapaik)
  • 63 participants (55 Wikimedia Commons + 7 participants in rephotography track in Ajapaik)
  • 24 new users in Wikimedia commons

Data import

  • 4345 protected buildings in Helsinki
  • 4705 streets + subdivisions and city blocks of Helsinki
  • Data (architects and architecture firms, creations years, events, different names of places, addresses etc) collected from dozens of sources including documents on individual buildings
  • 981 buildings in Tampere
  • 232 streets in Tampere
  • 66 neighbourhoods in Tampere
  • Work with GIS to record adjoining neighbourhoods and other additional properties
  • Work on properties, cultural heritage designations, and wikiprojects regarding buildings in Finland
  • Matching some of the buildings with OSM–Wikidata matcher

Top WLM2020-photos and selected rephoto pairs

Werstas editathons
GE Grid Solutions Tampere photographed during the photo hunt where users photographed the industrial heritage of the city.

The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas made in July four Wikipedia/Wikidata workshops on Tampere industrial heritage with average of 5 participants each. The workshops were followed by a photo hunt event on September 27 where they photographed the industrial heritage of Tampere. The event was timed so that participants could participate in WLM too if they wanted.

The Werstas editathons and photo safari were a follow up to our previous work with the Tampere museums. Some of Wikimedia Finland's members were participating in the workshops. Main Wikimedia Finland's participation in the photo safari was to give technical support with SPARQL and Wikishoot me.

Helsinki rephotography
An image to illustrate the idea of rephotography. A digital manipulation of two photographs taken in Sörnäisten Kurvi, Helsinki, Finland. The photograph on the left is by Signe Brander 1908 and the photograph on the right is by Pyry Keskinen 2020.
Juhani Styrman talks about the Tenho cinema in Kallio, Helsinki, its building and history.

Helsinki rephotography's beginning of 2020 was focused on real-life activities like photowalks, the Oodi exhibition and the higlight was the Open Data Day. After that our program would have continued in Hack4FI. However, after the beginning of the pandemic, we made a strategic choice to focus on online activities and activities which participants could do independently. In late spring these were online guided photowalks.

In the summer Helsinki rephotography worked together with Wiki Loves Monument and organized the Instagram challenges, participated in historical photos of Helsinki Facebook group discussions, and created four online videos on rephotographing with Juhani Styrman of Kallio walking festival. Co-operation with Wiki loves monuments included the improvement of the Wikidata content for creating a solid dataset of buildings, parks, places of importance, and streets of Helsinki and connecting them to photos. As one of the larger themes, we also focused on features that helped users to enrich the data of the photos in Ajapaik. In the summer, we started to copy the Helsinki city museum’s cityscape photos used in Ajapaik to Wikimedia Commons so we could utilize the enriched content there.

Currently, we have copied 18000 photos and we are in a phase where

  1. We discuss with other users how we should categorize photos so that we would not flood the existing categories. Also, we'd like to know what categories we should automatically add.
  2. We are creating new properties for the data and forming practices on how to store values to Structured data on Commons

On the technical side in 2020 we added the possibility to use Wikimedia login to log in to Ajapaik. One of the known problems has been that the mobile app is Android only. To address that we improved the responsiveness of the Ajapaik Web so that least browsing and finding photos would work with other mobile phones too. Ajapaik also added new features related to crowdsourcing information from users so they can add information related to what is in the photos. For example, users can tag faces or objects using Wikidata items if they exist in Wikidata or using free text labels. At the end of 2020 Ajapaik also added support for serving photos using the IIIF server so photos can be scaled, cropped, and rotated on-demand.

As part of the media coverage, in late spring, we were interviewed by local newspapers in Helsinki. In October Kulttuurinavigaattori presented Helsinki Olympic buildings Wikipedia list on Yle's Puoli seitsämän current affairs program. Recording this spun also a second media coverage as Kulttuurinavigaattori was also interviewed as himself to a 1 hour 5 important photos of life (article) the program which scope was wider than Wikimedia or rephotography. The interview included also Heikki's works with the Wikimédiens du Bénin. The project made a presentation at the Hack4OpenGlam event. Ajapaik and Wikimedia Estonia made their own Wiki Loves Rephotography campaign in Estonia which was a follow-up of our participation in the Wikimedia Northern Europe meeting 2019. We had also a joint Wiki-Ajapaik slack channel with users from Wikimedia Sweden, Wikimedia Finland, Wikimedia Estonia, and Ajapaik.

Korona 2020. Novuss installation by Henry Merimaa in his exhibition Yhteinen tila in Facebook.

The Wikileap community and WMFI continued the Wikileap project. “Gymnasium Table Book” (Lukion taulukot) is now fully proofread, the content is analyzed and partially updated. An ongoing project is now to copy the updated version to Wikibooks. The project has used 500€ of 2000€ of their Kansan sivistysrahasto grant in 2020.

In the middle of March when the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions started in Finland the Wikiloikka project edited the remote teaching guidebook Etäopetuksen näytön paikka published by IT-teachers association to the Wikibooks as part of their textbook series. In autumn they translated it to Swedish and started to translate the book into the northern Sami language.

The cultural heritage course at Pori University Center wrote articles on visual arts in Satakunta to Finnish Wikipedia. The content of the course was designed by Pertti Ala-Outinen, the former head of the Pori Art School, and artist Henry Merimaa, whose idea the Wikipedia course was. The course utilized the content from the Emil Cedercreutz Museum and the Pori Art Museum. The course's main wikisupport was Anni Saisto of the Pori Art Museum, who is also a former board member of Wikimedia Finland. Wikimedia Finland's part in the course was that Zache gave a lecture that was the introduction to the course and was ready to help if there were problems.


Hack4FI 2020 logo.
GLAM Basics

In 2020 we were not able to serve GLAMs as well as we wanted, which led us to rethink the activities around GLAM in Finland. The AvoinGLAM group in Open Knowledge Finland has been instrumental in Finland in convincing the GLAMs to go open. The international Creative Commons community has gained traction with OpenGLAM globally. We set out to join forces with these organizations and to create a collaboration platform for GLAM activities together. In 2021 AvoinGLAM will start acting as a joint initiative for Open GLAM in Finland.


AvoinGLAM - The Finnish OpenGLAM working group has organized the Hack4FI Open GLAM hackathons since 2015. This year, in March, meals had been ordered and the staff of the Finnish National Gallery was prepared for a long weekend when the precautionary measures to limit the Coronavirus pandemic forced to cancel the event.

We had just enough time to arrange a university tour leading up to the event. The goal of the tour was to introduce topics of Open Access to cultural heritage and the data dimension of the Wikimedia projects to students in five educational institutions. The topics were What is Open GLAM?, Copyright 101, Creative Commons licenses, Machine-readable and structured data, Linked Open Data, Wikidata, What’s an API?.

Hack4OpenGLAM Dashboard

Together with the Creative Commons Open GLAM platform and backed by Wikimedia Finland, AvoinGLAM decided to propose the hackathon for the Creative Commons Global Summit, which had also been postponed and transformed into a virtual event. The result was the inauguration of a new online GLAM hackathon, Hack4OpenGLAM.

A calendar for 2021 featuring openly licensed photos from Finnish GLAMs done during Hack4OpenGLAM.

The event spanned over five days 19–23 October, starting one day before the CC Summit with a workshop program, running parallel with the program as an online hacking space and culminating in a Final Gala after the Summit days. We had 102 signed-up participants and altogether 32 workshop and kickoff session presenters who spoke 32 languages including R, SQL, Python, and Java. A clear majority identified as open culture advocates, and a third as wikimedians as well as GLAM professionals.

Several Finnish organizations continued to Hack4OpenGLAM from the canceled Hack4FI, including the National Archives, The National Museum, the National Gallery, Amos Rex, Projekt Fredrika, HELDIG, Pori Art Museum, Yle, and the Aalto Archives.


Susanna Ånäs represented Wikimedia Finland in the Finnish GLAM aggregator Finna consortium group, with Kimmo Virtanen as deputy representative. The consortium consists of representatives of member organizations and it acts as the steering group of Finna. Wikimedia Finland was asked to join the consortium as a stakeholder member for the first time in 2020.

Saami projects

Saami projects were postponed or canceled during 2020. Project returned the funding from the WikiCite project to conduct workshops in Inari and Sevettijärvi as traveling and in-person workshops were unfortunately not possible due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Inari Saami Wikipedia was launched in October 2020. Board member Kimberli Mäkäräinen was one of the people interviewed by Yle Sápmi about it.

Several initiatives were also prepared.

The idea of a depictathon was introduced in a Hack4OpenGLAM workshop, where representatives of the Sámi Archives Suvi King and Inker-Anni Linkola-Aikio, Anne Seipiharju - administrator of the Inari Saami Wikipedia, Bas Nederveen - curator at Rijksmuseum, and the creators of the ISA tool Isla Haddow-Flood and Florence Devouard discussed together with the idea of decolonising collections via rewriting image captions and keywording. The format was further elaborated for online community participation in the Inari Saami Wikipedia as Mii lii kooveest (What’s in the picture), but the campaign has not been carried out.

Together with the Arctic University in Tromsø we developed a process for creating bot articles in all Saami languages using their language technology. We made some preliminary uploads of Nordic mushrooms to Wikidata in preparation. Following up on this either using the technologies available or with the upcoming Abstract Wikipedia will be an interesting area for development if the related Saami Wikipedia communities are willing to experiment with them.

Also, we drafted support activities for small language Wikipedias between Wikimedia Finland and the Saami Wikipedias. We remain very interested in supporting global templates and shared citations.

Visiting the Prime Minister’s Office
Finnish translation of Siouxsie Wiles and Toby Morris Handshake alternatives.

Kimberli Mäkäräinen and Susanna Ånäs created a Wikimedia translation drive for graphics in the Hack the Crisis Hackathon organized in Finland in the early days of the pandemic. National guideline posters and openly licensed graphics were translated in TranslateWiki, and a systematical translation project was prepared around COVID-19 graphics in Wikimedia Commons.

The work was not sustained after the hackathon due to many mishaps. One important discovery was the lack of open licensing for crisis data. Terminology and messages could be swiftly translated and posters could be translated to minority languages by the Wikimedia community if the terms, texts and images were openly licensed. A remaining challenge is that communicating public health issues also requires oversight from the authorities.

The experiences lead us to contact the Prime Minister’s Office Translation and language services to introduce Wikimedia platforms and to promote open licencing and CC0 for terms. The discussion has led them to publish more terminology in open formats and licenses.


Three areas to focus on
  • 500,000 article milestone was reached in the last days of 2020. In the news, the event merged with Wikipedia’s 20 year birthday. Jaakko was interviewed to multiple news papers (in example Helsingin Uutiset) and birthday was noticed in example in Yle morning TV. On the Finnish Wikipedia, the event spun were multiple initiatives to improve content further. The most important proposal was to re-activate the Korjaamo-wikiproject as a collective platform for fixing the content.
  • Wikidata-tech support. We have fixed the person infobox templates case by case when problems have emerged. For a long-term change, the project created a new row template to simplify the old infobox templates with Wikidata without the need to rewrite the whole template. Rewriting was a problem with frwiki module-based solutions as it would too big task to rewrite everything. We also introduced a new way to find related articles using Wikidata’s SPARQL queries and crated proof-of-concept implementation for movie data. Further development however would require more movie data to be added to Wikidata. This could be done by importing the Elonet database to Wikidata. In 2020 Elonet was opened under CC0 when it was included to the Finna database.
  • Wikipedia Library initiative. Current collaborations are continuing. However, the target was to also find a volunteer to succeed Olimar as the lead of the project and this has not happened yet.
Public art project

Between January and December 2020, 1414 new public artworks and memorials were listed in Wikipedia, 1639 of the works were located using coordinates and 971 were photographed by a total of 38 photographers. This means that approximately 97% (9140 as the total number and the target was 95%) of the 9372 listed works have been geotagged and 70% (6497 as the total number and target 80%) photographed. In 2020 79 users have edited the artwork lists, 8 were new users registered in 2020 (stats, Public art project) The project did not organize any group photo safaris or meetups because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The project however supported single person trips to hard-to-reach places using their own vehicles. New list Finland’s “Great Hunger Years” memorials established in July 2020. The project prepared the lists for Wikidata that will be done in 2021.

International collaboration

One of our targets was that Wikimedia Finland will participate in at least one joint project with another chapter. One of such projects was a Wiki Loves Rephotography project in Tartu which Wikimedia Estonia made together with Ajapaik in autumn 2020.

In autumn 2019 we started a new Benin Bilateral Companionship program. For the year 2020, the project started a writing project focused on the history of Benin to create content for Finnish Wikipedia and also to Wikibooks in cases where the content was not suitable for Wikipedia. The grand target is to create an exhibition in Benin using the created content. Kulttuurinavigaattori also got approval for the third trip to Finnish-African culture center Villa Karo in Benin, but a timetable for this is currently unknown because of the pandemic.

The Finnish Wikipedia has also continued to use UKBot in its weekly competitions. It has extended the language selection to include Livvi-Karelian, Northern Saami, and Inari Saami, which all have Wikipedias of their own, in all of its weekly competitions. Skolt Saami is still in the incubator, which means that points have to be counted by hand, so Skolt Saami is only included in the bigger competitions. Kimberli Mäkäräinen has been adding the categories for these languages and, if necessary, creating the category structure in Inari and Northern Saami, when it does not exist.

International collaboration with Wikimedia Norway continues along the same lines as before.


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