Open Heritage Foundation/Strategic Plan for Open Heritage Foundation 2020-2022

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Introduction[edit]

Per our annual, staffing, and budget plans, Open Heritage Foundation’s strategic plan outlines our central mission and the vision we have for our organization’s future and our work with the Wikimedia Foundation in alignment to Wikimedia 2030 vision as the essential infrastructure of the ecosystem of free knowledge, and anyone who shares our vision will be able to join us in capturing, sharing, and enabling access to free knowledge.

About[edit]

Open Heritage Foundation is a registered non-profit organization based in India. Our mission is to extend the reach of Open Movement Activities through digitizing open resources, open education and education programs.

Core Activities[edit]

  • Activating communities where there is little or no activity of Open Movement.
  • Promoting Open Access culture and Open Data.
  • Open GLAM
  • Open Education and Open Education Resources
  • Documenting indigenous knowledge.
  • Developing opportunities for under-represented and marginalized communities
  • Curating a database for indigenous languages

OHF mobilizes the content from the GLAM institutions that are currently missing from Wikimedia. Our project encourages underrepresented communities to join the Wikimedia movement in collaboration with GLAM institutions and professionals to bridge the cultural knowledge gaps on Wikimedia.

Vision[edit]

As we continue to cultivate our relationship with the Wikimedia movement, seeking out ways we can innovate within it, and continue to grow our project sustainably, we are more committed than ever to the ways in which we can conserve the knowledge from our cultural heritage.

In the past two years, we had the opportunity to work with GLAM institutions from North India to bring their knowledge base on the internet hosted on various Wikimedia Projects. The relationships that have developed out of these opportunities are significant to our conception of the project and planning for its future. We are at once examining our engagements with publics and content, our relationship with movement partners, and the structures we hold internally so that all of our engagements prosper.

As a part of capacity building for community, to improve participation on Wikimedia projects in India region, along with GLAM heritage, one of the other motives would be to do awareness campaigns to recruit more volunteers who can become a part of the movement.
By taking our project out to the GLAM partners, we are able to witness the moment when researchers, professionals and artists alike realize that Wikimedia and its sister projects are useful, vetted, reliable resources and collaborating together is empowering, gratifying, and impactful.

Creating campaigns programs with GLAM and linking communities to those projects is a critical step in demystifying the process of becoming a contributor to Wikimedia and can more clearly illustrate the variety of ways that one can engage the platform. Our efforts serve to have inclusion of diversity while also welcoming the perspectives from the movement partners. Our focus is to create a support structure that is people-centric, collaborative and adaptive to the community’s needs. We envision expanding and providing support to emerging communities in South Asia for advocacy, partnerships, skill sharing and knowledge transfer in radical and creative way that builds upon the knowledge expertise we have gathered over the last years along with centralizing the networking of various experts of the field to facilitate the knowledge transfer and facilitate the process for our GLAM partners, allied organizations and the members of the Wikimedia movement.

As we ask communities, that we are both a part of and outside of, to collaborate in various projects. It is important as we move forward as a more established organization that we also engage in dialogue with the movement to think about how to demonstrate investment in marginalized communities and foster open dialogue, consistency, and access, thereby fostering trust.

This is a critical time for our project. The gains we made and the structural development we achieved over the course of the last year are significant. And the relationships we have begun with institutions, government bodies, public, editors, and Wikimedians are significant but developing them further (into something lasting) is contingent on receiving support to continue this work and take advantage of the unique opportunities within our reach.

Long term goals, programmatic objectives[edit]

Below are specific objectives for each of the three focus areas- content production, content integration on wiki and readership. Our plan to enact them over time can be reviewed in our annual plan here (link to project grant proposal).

It has culminated in a series of priorities and goals, as well as specific operational initiatives for the Open Heritage Foundation - “to empower and engage people around the world to collect and develop educational content under a free license or in the public domain, and to disseminate it effectively and globally.” One of the top priorities is identifying the gaps and problem statements with statistics and issues concerning them.

In the next three years, we want to start bringing in members and professional experts in various fields of GLAM and Wikimedia projects from different regions and ethnic groups, people of color and marginalized people from emerging communities of South Asia. And identify with them what are the knowledge gaps that are not covered within the movement and our continent. Some of the key priorities we will invest on are:

  • Advocacy in the cultural heritage - content partnerships with cultural institutions supporting different projects with the local expertise, infrastructure and passion that can help to spur project growth.
  • Advocacy in partnerships - Partnerships development with cultural and knowledge institutions to help make knowledge free, and to help institutions contribute to Wikimedia.
  • Documentation of heritage - Knowledge-creation projects to add valuable resources to Wikimedia projects.
  • Developing the knowledge base, sharing of expertise and knowledge base that everyone in the movement can look into over time - to support the work of editors and pursue opportunities to free knowledge in their geographies for use in the projects.
  • Sharing success stories and challenges we encounter to form a knowledge base.