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Application or grant stage: approved
Applicant or grantee: Wikimedia Ukraine
Amount requested: 98,500 USD + 10% contingency = 108,400 USD
Amount granted: 98,500 USD + 10% contingency = 108,400 USD
Funding period: 1 January 2019 - 31 December 2019
Application created: September - October 2018
Recommended application date: 1 November 2018
Midpoint report due: 15 July 2019
Final report due: 30 January 2020

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In 2019 we intend to focus towards further development of our organisational strategy, developing more extensive partnerships and collaborations around our existing projects, as well as reorganising our staff governance with hiring a project coordinator. As for other movement affiliates, 2019 is intended to be a transitional year where we do not anticipate new big projects and will focus on rethinking our activities and governance in light of the new movement strategy. We will pursue the efforts from 2018 when we worked on increasing content in Ukrainian and minority languages and about Ukraine on Wikimedia projects, recruiting new participants, particularly via education activities, supporting initiatives of community members and working on community development, as well as making outreach about Wikimedia projects.

At the moment of publishing the application all of our 2018 organisation-wide metrics but "Number of media files used" are on track or exceeded (an effort will be done on the latter), and most programme metrics are on track. Our 2019 metrics have the same order of magnitude as in 2018, with minor changes in line with programmatic adjustments.

Application includes four programmes as it was in 2018 with minor shifting within the programs. Some new activities or those we wanted to enhance in the 2018 are not marked as separate tracks for 2019 but still among activities we seek to develop:

  • Wikicamp was not held due to joint decision to favour more profound preparation and, more importantly, to get trained at International WikiCamp in Armenia this year. We intend to hold it in 2020.
  • Crimean Tatar Wikipedia project has to be rethought given that we did not achieve a living community on this wiki so far. We will still support reasonable community initiatives targeting this project.
  • Wikiworkshops on demand were split into more relevant projects: thematic workshops became Editing challenges, those with GLAM or educational institutions were moved to respective programmes, and those serving general promotion of Wikimedia projects are considered in Promotion Activities.

Our 2019 general assembly with a chapter strategy session will be held in the first part of the year, and we also intend to hold a second strategy session (possibly around our chapter’s 10th anniversary in May).

Annual Plan[edit]

Сommunity discussion on 2019 plan (Ukrainian)

Budget Plan[edit]

The total budget requested by WMUA for the SAPG 2019 is the same amount as 2018 SAPG.

Wikimedia Ukraine 2019 budget and staffing breakdown

Staffing Plan[edit]


Content Enrichment

This programme is focused on enriching content on Wikimedia projects through different models, including editing contests and challenges, media contributing contests and campaigns, and outreach to partners. Goals of this programme include bridging knowledge gaps, bringing new content and improving existing content in Ukrainian and minority languages and about Ukraine. We consider contests to be a good model for increasing free and open knowledge in Ukrainian projects and on Wikimedia Commons.

Editing challenges and contests

Why are we doing this?

Article contests are a powerful way to enrich content. Our experience shows that contests motivate users which would not otherwise consistently create articles on a certain topic. For example, in 2018 Wikimedia Ukraine boosted, among others, content on Scandinavia, information security, and local cultural heritage — the subjects which are not particularly popular among editors but are of certain interest to the readers. From this perspective, contests are especially effective for enhancing the development of sister projects. For instance, the articles created during month-long contest in Wikivoyage still account for more than 15 percent of the whole number of articles which exist in Ukrainian Wikivoyage. Apart from the main goal of bridging content gaps, article contests help increase participation through attracting new users to Wikipedia and other wiki-projects.


Wikimedia Ukraine has been organizing article contests for seven years now. Overall, we held 21 article contests since early 2011. 2018 resulted with record number of article contests Wikimedia Ukraine organised in one year. Six article contests lasted for month or more but, as usual, beside contest period itself it took additional month or more before and after to build a team, recruit jury, set contest coordination and promotion and to accomplish with results and to award winners. Without going in detail, contests are demanding and multi-staged projects and each one brings us new lessons and outcomes as organizers and is always rewarding as for content: 4354 new and improved articles to Ukrainian Wikipedia, as well as 155 new and improved articles to Ukrainian Wikivoyage in 2018. We intend to use this experience to expand our work on article contests.

Plans for 2019

In 2019, Wikimedia Ukraine will continue organizing article contests. We already have volunteers who pledged to organise established contests such as CEE Spring or Wiki Loves Earth/Monuments article contests. We plan to develop these existing contests by targeting more specific content gaps and looking for partnerships. We have also other ideas in discussion, including a contest on women biographies, or an article contest on scientific topics to combine with the existing Science Photo Contest.

We will rethink the concept of contests for sister projects. We have organised a contest for Wikivoyage in February 2018 and have an ongoing community contest-like initiative in Wikisource. While contests are efficient for content generation on sister projects, we need to think how to integrate them with development of living project communities. We have a community demand for such contests, particularly on Wikiquote.

We intend to have between 4 and 6 contests in 2019, depending on community interests and partners available. Among new topics for article contests are Wiki Science article contest, WikiKharkivshchyna contest for libraries, Women biographies article contest. In addition, we will run small and short-term thematic editing challenges like WikiGap this year.

Wikimedia Ukraine awarding moments from 2018

Photography Contests

Why are we doing this?

Ukraine has a diverse history, nature and heritage that should be documented on Wikimedia Commons. Photography contests as a form of contribution have a very low barrier of entry and are successful within our community. Over the past years Wikimedia Ukraine supported contests that brought over 750,000 images on Wikimedia Commons, which represents 1.5% of all media on Commons (national projects and international WLE, with a healthy usage rate of around 12%). In addition, our thematic photo contests help us develop valuable partnerships with organisations in these areas. Considering this potential and enthusiasm, we intend to continue organising photography contests in 2019.


Basic goal of Wiki Loves contests is to get photos of all natural and cultural heritage sites under state protection in Ukraine. According to the Law of Ukraine “On protection of the cultural heritage”, cultural heritage must be registered in the State Register of immovable monuments of Ukraine under the categories of national or local significance and according to their archaeological, aesthetic, ethnological, historical, artistic and scientific value. But there is no significant use of modern information technologies in the registration process. Much information on cultural heritage is still kept in hard copy, online lists are not full and are not updated. Thus by this moment the lists that are prepared and updated in Wikipedia for Wikimedia Ukraine contests are more competent, reliable and are linked to galleries if illustrated by contest participants. The number of illustrated sites is not yet the half of what is in the lists that's why we have reason to make new editions.

Plans for 2019

In 2019 Wikimedia Ukraine will continue with long-term photography contests: Wiki Loves Monuments, Wiki Loves Earth and Science photography. Towns and Villages of Ukraine Photography Contest and Wiki Loves People are at discussion stage. Being aware that volunteers and participants may become less interested in Wiki Loves contests for a variety of reasons, 2018 contest teams made some changes based on what we learned from past contests like additional points for unphotographed monuments or special prizes. In 2019 new concepts will be also implemented to recruit more participants and keep existing participants interested in participation.

We intend to continue organising the international stage of Wiki Loves Earth. This contest is important for documenting natural heritage worldwide, and also helps local communities in different countries gain more visibility and experience. Our medium term goal is to make this contest more independent from Wikimedia Ukraine, with more international composition of the organising team. In 2019, together with the international team we will continue to provide support and international promotion to Wiki Loves Earth.


External video
Opening of WLE&WLM winning photo exhibition in Kherson

Why are we doing this?

Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums are powerful potential partners for the Wikimedia community. Libraries and museums professionals are among those who are interested in getting editing skills as a part of the professional development. Our efforts were also directed to encourage GLAM institutions to contribute to the Wikimedia projects as an integral part of their work.


In last three years volunteers have done huge job in making GLAMers aware of the power of Wikiprojects as platforms for sharing knowledge with the world. Dozens of presentations and training events. Especially strong ties were developed with public and university libraries.

Plans for 2019

In 2019 we plan to focus on releasing guides and promotional materials based on other Wikimedia communities examples. And also continue promotional and educational events: participating in professional conferences, educate institutional staff and patrons, organize editing challenges.

This sub-program will also include short-term contest overlapping with GLAM and Education programmes similar to what we had in 2018 (see our Programm story). It is an article and photo contest for librarians and library patrons but in one administrative region.

Content Enrichment: Program Objectives

  • to improve Wikipedia's coverage of topics that were identified by the community (target: over 12 months, at least 3000 Wikipedia articles on specific topics identified by the community are created or improved)
  • to increase the quality and quantity of photographic content about protected nature sites, cultural heritage sites, photographic and other media content that help to discover science (targets: during the photo contest periods, at least 113,000 images that are photographs of protected nature sites, cultural heritage sites, photographic and other media content that help to discover science, are uploaded; and over 12 months, at least 0.5% of the above-mentioned photographic and other media content receives quality labels)
  • to ensure photo contest content is used to illustrate Wikimedia projects through organising an on-wiki collaboration (contests) (target: at the end of 12 months period, at least 12,000 images of the above-mentioned content is used to illustrate Wikimedia projects)
  • to improve the content of Wikimedia projects by increasing the participation of the GLAM institutions and the participation of the community in WMUA-GLAM activities (targets: over 12 months, at least 500 content pages created on Wikimedia projects owing to the participation of the GLAM institutions and the participation of the community in WMUA-GLAM activities; and over 12 months, at least 25 institutions are participating in WMUA-GLAM activities related to improvement of the content of Wikimedia projects)
  • to improve the content of Wikimedia projects by increasing content on locally-oriented topics (targets: over 12 months, at least 500 content pages on locally-oriented topics are created on Wikimedia projects)
  • March 21 – May 31: CEE Spring article contest
  • May 1 – 31: Wiki Loves Earth Ukraine photo contest
  • May 1 – June 30: Wiki Loves Earth international photo contest
  • June – August: possible Towns and Villages of Ukraine photo contest
  • September 1 – 30: Wiki Loves Monuments Ukraine photo contest
  • October 1 – 31: Wiki Loves Monuments Ukraine article contest
  • November 1 – 30: Wiki Science photo (possibly also article) contest
  • Autumn: possible women biographies article contest
  • November: WikiKharkivshchyna contest for Libraries

Increasing Participation

Sharing the priority that growth is critical to the Wikimedia movement’s future, Wikimedia Ukraine works on expanding pool of editors that get their first or next experience in company of Wikipedians/medians or joining editing challenges. This programme means supporting and organising trainings aimed at increasing participation in the Wikiprojects, as well as explicitly reaching target groups: communities outside big cities (as we are seeking more geographic diversity) and the world of education (as students represent a significant part of Wikipedia readers). These activities have parallel aims of improving content and attracting more participation from the target groups.

Wikimarathon and uk-Wikipedia 15

Map of established wikimeetups during Wikimarathon 2018

Why are we doing this?

Anniversaries matter. They offer a moment to examine the circumstances and remind ourselves that what we see in the present has its genesis in the past. Having almost a jubilee (15 years!) is an even better opportunity to attract attention to Wikipedia of the general public. People love birthdays and birthday presents, thus inviting people to write a Wikipedia article to celebrate Wikipedia's birthday is well received by the public.


The idea to encourage as many people as possible to contribute to Wikipedia on a specific day was first mentioned in 2013, and Ihor Kostenko, a Wikipedian killed at Maidan on 20 February 2014, was its early promoter. The first event was scheduled on Wikipedia's 10th birthday on January 2014 but was rescheduled due to national mourning and took place only in April 2014, thus being dedicated to Ihor's memory.

Since 2015 we are organising a Wikimarathon (formerly Wikiflashmob) on the Wikipedia birthday. The project grew from just 3 to over 50 events all over Ukraine and became widely supported both online and offline by the community.

Plans for 2019

Activities chained to Wikipedia birthday dates proved to be good to engage a new generation of enthusiasts. The 6th edition of the Wikimarathon dedicated to the 15th anniversary of Ukrainian Wikipedia is planned for January, 26-30. Idea is the same as described in our Program story: Wikimedia Ukraine will ask each and every to contribute to Wikipedia thus to thanks and greet it for knowledge it delivers. We are also planning a series of events all over Ukraine to teach participants to edit, write their first article and share a birthday cake together.

Wikipedia in Education

Wikipedia Presentation in Drahomanov University
Meeting of teachers using Wikipedia in Lviv

Why are we doing this?

Engaging schools and universities is a good way to increase the awareness of Wikipedia, help students and teachers understand Wikipedia principles, and, in the long run, boost Wikipedia participation. School teachers and university lecturers are interested in including Wikipedia in study curricula, but the awareness of the opportunities which Wikipedia may provide is still relatively low. Thus our goal is to promote the general idea of Wikipedia's usefulness in education among the faculty and teaching community, and assist them in training students to edit Wikipedia.


Wikimedia Ukraine is running education activities since 2011.

Our first focus was on working with university students, with both top-down approach starting with administration and bottom-up approach starting with already interested lecturers. This usually produced some content, however, plagiarism was a significant issue: Ukrainian students usually come to higher education institutions with no idea of how to write an article without copying someone's work, and many did not even try to avoid plagiarism. We thus focused on working primarily with universities already having interested lecturers by helping them with workshops for students, as this work produced the best results.

Since 2016 we are actively working with high school teachers, and this collaboration brings good results. We trained several dozen teachers from all over the country (with three more trainings in Kyiv and Nizhyn in 2018) who now know about Wikimedia projects, are ready to use them in their classes. We are confident these teachers can explain their young students how to work with sources and be careful about plagiarism before they get used to it. Some of these teachers already organised Wikipedia classes in their schools and trained their students, while others are yet to do it. We now have a network of teachers using Wikipedia who are empowered to spread the word and work on advancing Wikipedia in education.

Plans for 2019

In 2019 Wikimedia Ukraine will continue communicating on value of Wikipedia in Education. 2018 witnessed a boost of EdCamps, professional informal education conferences all over the country. Educators who are chapter members are willing to promote Wikipedia and its sister projects as a teaching and learning tool at these conferences. We also hope to get more expand collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, universities and schools to make our Education Programme more recognised among educators.

In schools, we will continue our focus on training and supporting teachers interested in using Wikipedia in education. We will re-use the current model of two-day workshops for schools teachers that helps them learn about Wikipedia, get first editing experience, and discover ways to use Wikipedia in teaching, as it brings overall good results. The teachers we previously trained intend to work on paedagogical materials that would help their colleagues organise "wiki-lessons" for secondary school subjects. We already have a good experience of teachers training students to edit Wikipedia (particularly successful in Kremenchuk), and we are planning to train more high school students in 2019, possibly with trainings given by teachers together with experienced Wikipedians.

The two new initiatives coming from the teaching community are a contest of articles on topics from school curriculum for teachers (as students look for them on Wikipedia anyway) and a MOOC on editing Wikipedia to improve our presence in online education. There is an interest in organising WikiCamp for high school students in 2020, and thus we are going to hold training sessions for WikiCamp trainers in 2019.

In universities, our goal is to continue partnerships with educational institutions in order to integrate use of Wikipedia and other projects to university courses. We will organise workshops both for professors interested in using Wikipedia in education and students who want to learn to edit. In universities trainings for students are usually done by experienced Wikimedians, but it is rather difficult to train students really well if we have just one class, thus professor’s motivation and involvement is needed for success. We have new institutions interested in introducing article editing as an assignment, with the latest interest coming from Jewish studies program in Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.

Increasing Participation: Program Objectives

  • to organise training events for Wikimarathon in the majority of regions of Ukraine (target: over the Wikimarathon period in January-February, at least 14 regions of Ukraine have Wikimarathon training events)
  • to encourage people to write articles on Wikipedia birthday by online campaigns (target: over the Wikipedia birthday period in January-February, at least 500 participants write articles in online campaigns)
  • to engage more educators by organising at least 5 trainings (target: over 12 months, at least 50 educators are trained)
  • to engage more students by organising at least 5 presentations/trainings (target: over 12 months, at least 100 students attend a presentation or a training as a part of Wikipedia in Education activities)
  • to continue the particular focus on underrepresented regions, such as Southern and Eastern Ukraine, by organising at least one such training there (target: over 12 months, at least 1 education training is organised in underrepresented regions, such as Southern and Eastern Ukraine)
  • to continue promoting Wikipedia in education by giving presentations of innovative uses of Wikipedia and related projects on educational conferences and fairs (target: over 12 months, at least 3 presentations of innovative uses of Wikipedia and related projects are given on educational conferences and airs to promote Wikipedia in education)
  • January 26 – 30: Wikipedia birthday Wikimarathon, national-level edit-a-thon
  • February: article contest for teachers on topics from school curriculum
  • Spring: first Wikiseminar for teachers/lecturers from regions
  • July: training for WikiCamp 2020 organisers
  • Autumn: second Wikiseminar for teachers/lecturers from regions
  • All year: collaboration with universities and schools
  • All year: preparing paedagogical materials and MOOC
  • All year: participation in education events and conferences

Community Support and Development

International participation, sharing and learning makes up an integral part of the activities of chapter. Resources that are directed to support initiatives of individual members help us keep the community participation and broaden it. This program includes logistical, administrative or financial support to community events, providing microgrants and giving supportive gifties such as Wikizghuschivka (condensed milk). Community support also encloses applying for press accreditation, participation of individual members in some events or meet-ups, providing gifts for thematic weeks, helping community members willing to organise wikiexpeditions, and helping community members get support of different institutions and organisations.

Community Events

Wikimania participants telling stories from the movement during Ukrainian Wikiconference

Why are we doing this?

Organizing face-to-face meet-ups is important for both WMUA members and the whole wikicommunity in Ukraine. They allow to enhance online cooperation, boost useful networking connections among volunteers, and facilitate knowledge sharing in the format of presentations, discussions, and personal meetings. Bringing volunteers together is especially crucial for community development in Ukraine because of the geographical vastness of our country. Organizing conferences and other events in regions also helps boost and increase local communities.


The Ukrainian WikiConference and the Annual General Meeting are two main annual community events. Most recently, WMUA held Ukrainian WikiConference 2018 in Kyiv and the Annual General Meeting in December 2017. Apart from these big events, we organize and/or support various smaller events, such as edit-a-thons and local meetups. About half of WMUA's members have participated or co-organised an activity during 2018.

Plans for 2019

Celebrating Wikimedia Ukraine 10th years anniversary, WikiConference and the Annual General Meeting in 2019 comprise the list of biggest and most demanding community events for 2019. WikiConference is already at the stage of planning and choosing location, and it is likely to be held in Eastern part of Ukraine for the second time only in our history. Besides, we will hold two strategic planning sessions for our local community, one being probably associated with our Annual General Meeting and another possibly on Wikimedia Ukraine's 10th anniversary. We will also keep supporting smaller events.

Wikimedia Ukraine AGM 2017

Trainings for Volunteers

Why are we doing this?

Training sessions for volunteers devoted to certain specific skills, such as technical tools or conflict resolution. Organizing training events or funding volunteers’ participation in training sessions helps to develop community’s skills and, therefore, increase the quality of our contribution and address important issues within the community.


We facilitate training sessions for volunteers by organizing training sessions through WMUA resources (as in 2016, when Asaf Bartov held the training session on conflict resolution) and microgranting trainings which are not organized by WMUA: in 2018 we funded participation in photography training for the volunteer who applies regularly to event accreditation and was seeking to upgrade skills in reportage photography.

Plans for 2019

In 2019, we will keep organizing training sessions for volunteers. Apart from replicating the events we held in the past, we have volunteers interested in organizing technical training sessions (probably with a focus on teaching experienced users to use tools like PetScan or Quarry) and training on public speaking (particularly for those involved in organising events and promoting Wikimedia to the general public) for the Ukrainian community in 2019.


Wikipedia for Peace Stockholm Europride Editathon feat. Sergey Chemkaev

Why are we doing this?

Providing scholarships for international events is an important part of community development and the promotion of knowledge sharing. Attending conferences and other events provides members of the local community with an opportunity to build and strengthen connections, gain new knowledge, and share it through their reports, notes, articles, photos, and social media posts. Since it is difficult for most Ukrainians to afford expensive international travel, WMUA scholarships are especially important to the community.


Similarly to the previous years, in 2018, we provided scholarships for members of the Ukrainian community to attend Wikimedia Conference in Berlin, Wikimania in Cape Town and and CEE Meeting in Lviv, with supporting new events like Wikipedia for Peace Stockholm Europride. As in previous year, we set up a scholarship committee for distributing Wikimania scholarships, strengthening our experience in this field. A Board member responsible for approving other events applications coordinated this process along with Project Manager.

Plans for 2019

In 2019, we will keep providing scholarships for both large international events, such as Wikimania 2019 in Stockholm or CEE Meeting 2019 in Belgrade, and thematic events, such as International WikiCamp in Yerevan, Hackathon, or education and GLAM events. We plan to continue and develop knowledge sharing, keeping it mandatory for all scholarship recipients to outline how their scholarships helped them contribute to the Wikimedia movement better.


Paralympic athletes before departure for Paralympics in Korea

Why are we doing this?

Microgrants sub-program is designed to support community initiatives, make volunteers' life easier and provide funding on individual activities and projects that have an impact on Wikimedia projects.


In 2017-18, Wikimedia Ukraine has worked a lot on improving ways of giving community support to contributors to the various Wikimedia projects. To ensure the transparent system of distributing microgrants, we have launched a committee on microgrants, and we aim to shed light on the system of providing grants through boosting the awareness of certain events which can be funded by WMUA and of the general program of microgrants. These are visible on WMUA-Wiki site, along with voting and discussions.

Among microgrants models to members of our community: tickets purchase or organizing a press accreditation for attending events, buying books (volunteers create and expand articles in Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects), funding wikiexpeditions (volunteers upload photos, create and expand articles in Wikipedia, Wikivoyage, and other projects). We also support thematic weeks and months providing souvenirs and small gifts for leading contributors.

Plans for 2019

We will continue to work with program model we have been using in the previous years with a special attention to program promotion among members of the Ukrainian wikicommunity. Wikiexpeditions applications, Wikizghuschivka (condensed milk) award to the most active new and existing contributors and themathic week/months support will also be included to microgrant system.

Community Support and Development: Program Objectives

  • to increase the community participation by empowering users with the techniques and skills needed for Wikimedia projects (target: over 12 months, at least 50 participants participate in trainings aimed to empower users with the techniques and skills needed for Wikimedia projects)
  • to provide incentives to the community, supporting wide range of volunteer initiatives with the financial resources, materials and souvenirs they can use (target: over 12 months, at least 120 community members receive financial support to their volunteer initiatives or souvenirs in recognition of their volunteer engagement)
  • to ensure members and volunteers engagement and committing by supporting/organising online and offline events (target: over 12 months, at least 150 participants participate in offline and online events for community members)
  • to provide international scholarships for international Wikimedia-related events (target: over 12 months, at least 15 scholarships to international Wikimedia-related events are provided)
  • TechWorkshop
  • WikiConference
  • WMUA Annual General Meeting&Strategy Session
  • WMUA 10th Anniversary
  • All year: participation in international events
  • All year: Wikiexpeditions, photo accreditations and other microgrants activities

Awareness for Wikimedia and Free Knowledge

External video
Representations of female entrepreneurship on Wikipedia: webinar co-organized by WMUA and ShePro
Wikimedia Ukraine on Atlas Weekend Festival in Kyiv

Our activities in this program aim at shaping a Wikimedia Ukraine's profile as well as informing on Wikimedia projects in public sector and other environments when needed. Success of our work depends a lot on general public awareness about it. Consequently, working with press releases, commentaries, presence on social media is an area of core activities for project managers. The Freedom of Panorama advocacy, as one of the essential objectives of ensuring the open sharing of knowledge in Ukraine, was a part of this activity and has been our stand-alone area of activity for several years.

Media Publicity and Promotion Activities


Since 2011 WMUA's blog is updated regularly with stories from volunteers and work. We manage several pages in social media (focus on Facebook) that proved to be a good platform for getting and providing feedback on different issues, demonstrating notable results of our work and reaching out public personas, serving as liaison between public and Wikimedia community. In 2018 account on Instagram was added into WMUA's social media package driven by volunteers. Account has already reached almost 300 subscribers. In 2018 we obtained new and exciting experience of participating in social fairs and seek to continue attend events where we can promote movement or certain project (like alley of non-governmental organizations at Atlas Weekend, iForum etc.)

Plans for 2019

In 2019 we plan to strengthen visibility on social media, provide easily readable and accurate information about Wikimedia. We will also continue participation in various fairs, forums and conferences to promote Wikimedia projects to the general public or to specialised audiences.

Wikiworkshops for the general public will also be a part of this sub-programme. Every year there is a demand for learning sessions on editing Wikimedia projects, both from partners and volunteers. While we also organise such workshops as a part of thematic (e.g. article contests) or specialised (e.g. GLAM) programmes, we also plan do some wikiworkshops on demand to promote editing Wikipedia (for instance, in cities without active communities) as in previous years.

Free panorama advocacy

Infographics about the drawbacks of non-commercial "freedom of panorama" introduced by draft bill #7539

Why are we doing this?

Ukraine does not have freedom of panorama at all, not even for limited purposes. This means that a large chunk of Ukrainian heritage, more or less corresponding to all buildings and monuments erected after World War II, including everything build during Ukrainian independence (since 1991), cannot be depicted under a free license. This is a significant obstacle in our work of making knowledge free and information about human heritage free and a major reason of frustration for Ukrainian photographers contributing on Wikimedia Commons. Advocacy for freedom of panorama in Ukraine is thus a major goal for us.


We have launched campaigns for freedom of panorama in Ukraine in 2014. A draft bill supported by Wikimedia Ukraine was introduced to the parliament and passed the committee, but was not voted in parliamentary session. We’ve been working with journalists, politicians, activists and partners by spreading information, designing infographics, organising public events and discussions.

Plans for 2019

As the government is currently starting a large copyright reform, we are looking for joining this discussion. Moreover, Wikimedia Ukraine is currently developing an advocacy plan for freedom of panorama, expected to be ready in November 2018. This plan will include organising events, launching campaign(s) and preparing materials about freedom of panorama and potentially also free licenses. Once this plan is established, we intend to follow it in 2019.

Awareness for Wikimedia and Free Knowledge: Program Objectives

  • to encourage regulatory and legislative changes that will benefit the Wikimedia projects, affirming freedom of panorama in Ukraine (target: over 12 months at least 1 press conference, 1 video and 5 round tables or meetings with partners are organised to encourage regulatory and legislative changes that will benefit the Wikimedia projects, affirming freedom of panorama in Ukraine)
  • to increase awareness of Wikimedia projects and respect for the licenses (copyright) (target: over 12 months, we organise or participate in at least 5 online or offline events targeting increase in awareness of Wikimedia projects and respect for licenses or copyright)
  • to share stories about WMUA's projects and from volunteers (target: over 12 months, at least 50 stories about WMUA's projects and from volunteers are shared on blogs and social media)
  • to get national press coverage (target: over 12 months, we get national press coverage in at least 12 distinct news publications)
  • to support and advise on re-licensing of content under an open Creative Commons licence (target: over 12 months, we support or advise at least 5 partners who will re-license content under an open Creative Commons licence)

Global Metrics Reporting[edit]

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Annual plan: Сommunity discussion on 2019 plan (Ukrainian)

Annual budget: Wikimedia Ukraine 2019 budget and staffing breakdown