Grants:Simple/Applications/Wikimedia Suomi/2020

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Application or grant stage: Granted
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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  1. Link to your organization's staffing plan, for the upcoming funding period. Staffing policy and Staffing plan
  2. Link to your annual plan, for the upcoming funding period.
  3. Link to your strategic plan, which includes the upcoming funding period.–2021 (in Finnish)

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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.

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


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 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 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.

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.

  • 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.

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 2020