Wiki World Heritage User Group
This user group is a thematic group aiming to cover the world heritage sites around the world. Currently, there are 1121 World Heritage Sites located in 167 States, and while some of these states have already existing affiliates with which we aim to collaborate; many other states are without affiliates and we aim to reach their local communities and ensure that no one is left behind.
World Heritage on Wikimedia projects
Content about World Heritage sites is still poor on Wikimedia projects, and sometimes, information is inaccurate.
While there are 1121 World Heritage sites in the World, Wikidata indicates the existence of 1474 sites. Furthermore, +200 items do not have a French label, +700 items do not have an Arabic label, +500 items do not have a Spanish label, +600 items do not have a Russian label, +500 items do not have a Chinese label.
By the end of June 2020 :
- 496 sites don't have an article in English (44%).
- 560 sites don't have an article in French (50%).
- 965 sites don't have an article in Arabic (86%).
- 506 sites don't have an article in Spanish (45%).
- 693 sites don't have an article in Chinese (61%).
- 714 sites don't have an article in Russian (64%).
Why it is crucial to have a user group for World Heritage
World Heritage sites are interconnected and can be grouped into several categories, not only following their geographic region, but also regarding their nature and conditions. So in order to ensure a thorough documentation of World Heritage around the world, a thematic approach is important. However, when thematic projects are supported only by regional affiliates, the following challenges hinder their successful implementation:
- Many countries with WH sites but with no affiliates: there are many countries in the world and in different regions with WH sites but with no affiliates (c.f. maps below).
- Huge disparities: A thematic project covers several countries in the same time, and while it can be implemented and evolve in countries with affiliates, countries with no affiliates are left behind.
- Affiliates priorities & choices: Huge disparities are witnessed also between countries with affiliates : Being multidimensional, many affiliates can have other priorities and fields of interest (sometimes for several years) and thus they may not implement the project quickly (or at all).
- Emergency: Unlike many other thematics, the scope of World Heritage is quickly changing : Many parts of World Heritage sites are endangered and many are lost every year before being documented (mainly for the 2 reasons above). Hence, The existence of an affiliate devoted to World Heritage will help tackle this problem.
Ensuring the full coverage of World Heritage sites on Wikimedia projects
Target Wikimedia projects
- Wikimedia Commons
- Ensuring the full coverage of World Heritage sites on Wikipedia, at least in the 6 UNESCO official languages.
- Prioritizing the World Heritage sites in danger, especially on Wikimedia Commons, to ensure their urgent documentation before a major part of them is lost, and also to contribute in raising awareness.
- Ensuring complete documentation of all the components of composite World Heritage sites. ( e.g : in May 2020, out of 1000 monuments and significant buildings, part of the 25 World Heritage African cities, 70% do not have a Wikipedia article in English, and 59% do not have any article in any language.)
- Documenting the future World Heritage sites listed on the UNESCO tentative list, especially on Wikidata :The World Heritage list is constantly growing. In June 2020 for instance, there are 1735 sites from 178 countries on the tentative list. Identifying the sites at this stage will ensure an early documentation, and allow an efficient tracking of their evolution.
- Enhancing content about World Heritage on Wikisource.
Catalyzing dynamic synergies around World Heritage
With global institutions
Building strong partnerships with relevant international and regional institutions, such as UNESCO World Heritage Center and ICOMOS, to ensure reliable sources and updates, and collaborate to disseminate knowledge of relevant Wikimedia tools (Petscan, wikidata query service, etc.) among World Heritage professionals and activists.
With the existing Affiliates
Identifying the missing elements and coordinating with local affiliates to fill the gaps.
With new local partners
The coverage of World Heritage sites belonging to countries with no affiliates is poor and many sites do not even any Wikipedia article in any language. Through collaborating with local organisms, we will ensure that the communities that are not yet part of Wikimedia movement are involved in the process of documenting their own heritage.
In order to achieve our goals, we are designing thematic projects. Each project covers several countries and can be replicated in different geographic regions. Projects implementation will be through collaboration and assistance. Although the group will be open to any potential collaboration with existing affiliates, the top priority for the group is to focus on the WH sites in countries without affiliates.
In countries with no affiliates
Our approach is to build communities of volunteers in countries with no affiliates, through the following process:
- Engaging with local partners in the target countries (UNESCO field offices, local NGOs working on heritage, etc.).
- Launching calls for volunteers through our local partners.
- Ensuring online training sessions to volunteers (trainings of trainers) about editing on Wikimedia projects, relevant Wikimedia tools, necessary skills for running edit-a-thons and photo contests, etc., as well as in-person training sessions when possible.
- Launching edit-a-thons / contests in these countries, hosted by our local partners and conducted by the trained volunteers.
- Providing continuous online follow-up and capacity building to the trained volunteers.
Please note that several countries have World Heritage sites but have no Wikimedia Affiliates. For example in regions like the middle east, central Asia and the African continent we counted more than 30 countries with WH sites but with no affiliates (c.f. maps above).
In countries with existing affiliates
Our approach is not to bypass the local affiliates, but to provide them with help and necessary tools and skills in order to ensure a successful implementation of projects, through:
- Collecting sources and setting up repositories with links to references available for interested local affiliates (example: Repository of +1000 monuments of African WH Cities prepared for the World Heritage Day 05/05/2020);
- Ensuring online training sessions to target affiliates about Wikimedia tools that are necessary for the implementation of the projects (e.g. Wikidata training sessions).
- Collecting feedback from affiliates in target countries during the design of a new project.
NBːThe group aims to work globally through its network of future members and supporters and won't focus on a specific region or countries e.g. Morocco or Tunisia . The country origin of the founding members won't define the priorities of the group which remains focused on countries without affiliates.
To date, we have two pilot projects:
Idea: WikiKsour is a project aiming to document traditional villages (called Ksour) of the Maghreb region on Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata. Its territorial scope includes 5 countries: Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya and Mauritania.
- Useful links : WikiKsour website, media article 1, media article 2, media article 3, Interview on Wikipedia Weekly.
Development: The project is currently implemented in 3 countries (Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria) through a collaboration with 3 affiliates: Wikimedia MA User Group, Wikimedia TN User Group, Wikimedians of Tamazight User Group. We have also received financial support from Wikimedia France.
Currently, we are in the process of identifying active editors and local partners in Mauritania and Libya in order to ensure the project implementation in these countries.
Replicability: This project can be replicated in other geographic regions, such as Central Asia ( for Kishlak villages).
Idea : Told cities is a project aiming to document the urban fabrics listed as World Heritage (monuments, history, traditions) on Wikipedia, Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons. The project started as an online edit-a-thon in 4 languages, launched on the African World Heritage Day 05/05/2020, to document +1000 monuments belonging to 25 African WH cities in 15 countries. To organize the edit-a-thon, we have added +500 items to Wikidata and prepared a repository of +1000 monuments with links to references.
- Useful links : Edit-a-thon Meta page, Edit-a-thon website, Edit-a-thon promotion by African World Heritage Fund.
Development: 53% of the target countries in Africa (8 out of 15) do not have local affiliates. As a result, less than 2% of the edited articles during the edit-a-thon were about monuments in these countries.
For this reason, we are aspiring to shift from the online edit-a-thon to the organization of edit-a-thons and photo contests in the 15 countries, so local communities can be involved in the documentation of their own heritage.
Replicability: The project can be replicable in other geographic regions, such us the Middle East (where we have identified 5 WH urban fabrics belonging to countries with no affiliates) and Central Asia (where all countries are without affiliates).
Events and Workshops
- In December 2019, Nassima Chahboun took part in the Arab World Heritage Young Professionals forum organized by UNESCO, where she presented WikiKsour project and engaged with 3 potential partners in countries with no Wikimedia affiliates.
- In November 2019, Nassima Chahboun presented WikiKsour project in WikiArabia 2019.
- In September 2019, Nassima Chahboun, Reda Kerbouche and Sami Mlouhi gave a presentation about Wikimedia and Heritage safeguarding in the Maghreb region during WikiConvention Francophone 2019.
- In December 2018, Nassima Chahboun, Reda Kerbouche and Zaineb Hachami took part in the NET-Med Youth regional training workshop about technologies for heritage safeguarding organized by UNESCO, and Reda Kerbouche gave a presentation about the role of Wikimedia movement in promoting heritage in presence of about 40 Heritage professionals and activists.
A successful documentation of World Heritage requires a good mastery of several Wikimedia projects (mainly Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata), and tools (such as Petscan, Quick Statements, Wikidata Query Service and Pattypan).
For this reason, training sessions about the target projects and tools will be organized for:
|UG members||Collaborating Affiliates||World Heritage activists and professionals|
|Ensuring that the members of our UG have the necessary skills to contribute and coordinate activities.||Equipping the local affiliates collaborating with us with the necessary skills to implement the projects in their countries.||Equipping interested Heritage professionals and activists with new skills allowing them to collaborate with us and encouraging them to join the movement.|
||Project completion by December 2021.|
|Told Cities Project||
||Organizing edit-a-thons in all the target countries on the African World Heritage Day 05/05/2021.|
||Starting a network of partners within and outside Wikimedia movement|
||Ensuring that all the UG members and Affiliates collaborating on WikiKsour and Told Cities have the necessary skills to implement these projects successfully.|
- Replication of the projects in other regions and design of new thematic projects.
- Strengthening and expanding the partnerships network.
- Designing a capacity building programme for Heritage professionals and activists about Wikimedia projects and tools (learning material in several languages, training sessions, etc.)
- Organizing thematic photo contests.
- Ensuring the full coverage of the current World Heritage sites on the target Wikimedia projects.
- Sustaining partnerships with global institutions and becoming an active actor in the implementation of the Article 27 of the World Heritage Convention.
- Reaching out to all communities in countries with World Heritage sites and no Wikimedia affiliates through collaboration with local partners.
- Ensuring an early documentation of the future World Heritage sites and an efficient tracking of their evolution.
- Fostering the production of new creative content about World Heritage: infographics, videos, etc.
- Encouraging more Heritage professionals and activists to join the movement.
- Nassima Chahboun (designated contact for Wikimedia Foundation)
- Yamen Bousrih (designated contact for Wikimedia Foundation)
- Habib Mhenni
This User Group is open to everyone interested in World Heritage.
If you are interested in being part of this user group, or you support it, please sign up below!
- Reda Kerbouche
- Afek Ben Chahed
- Tar Lócesilion (support only)
- ZAINEB HACHAMI
- Sami Mlouhi
- Fawaz Taïrou
- Antoni Mtavangu
- Rajeeb (talk!)
- J ansari
- John Cummings, very happy to be involved in this where I can as someone who works at UNESCO
- ♥Ainali talkcontributions
- Csisc (talk) 16:25, 6 August 2020 (UTC)
- Ircpresident (talk) 17:25, 6 August 2020 (UTC)
- Flixtey (talk) 22:50, 6 August 2020 (UTC)
- NavinoEvans (talk) 08:58, 7 August 2020 (UTC)
- Dang Brazal (Talk) 09:12, 7 August 2020 (UTC)
- Ankan Ghosh Dastider
- Abderrahman --Abdeaitali (talk) 11:38, 10 August 2020 (UTC)
- Mardetanha talk 16:15, 10 August 2020 (UTC)
- Isaac Kanguya✌ (talk) 18:25, 10 August 2020 (UTC)
- Hamed Gamaoun (talk) 20:01, 10 August 2020 (UTC)
- --Erzianj jurnalist (talk) 07:04, 12 August 2020 (UTC)
- Mahuton (talk) Mah3110 (talk)
- Kaizenify (talk) 19:19, 25 August 2020 (UTC)
- VIGNERON * discut. 10:03, 27 August 2020 (UTC)
- Aboubacarkhoraa (talk) 13:40, 27 August 2020 (UTC)
- Ourysow92 (talk) 17:33, 27 August 2020 (UTC)
- Ahmed Houamel (talk) 01:27, 30 August 2020 (UTC)
- Daniel Mietchen (talk) 18:51, 11 September 2020 (UTC)
- Ludo29 (talk) 11:38, 22 September 2020 (UTC)
- User: Netha Hussain
- Benoît Prieur (très belle initiative, merci)
- Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits
- Millars (talk) 12:19, 22 September 2020 (UTC)
- Pyb (talk) 13:02, 22 September 2020 (UTC)
- Pymouss Tchatcher - 18:34, 22 September 2020 (UTC)
- --Kawayashu (talk) 18:55, 22 September 2020 (UTC)
- Tifratin (talk) 21:50, 22 September 2020 (UTC)
- Fuzheado (talk) 23:22, 22 September 2020 (UTC) - A great idea for a project and user group that cuts across so many different cultures, geographies and languages. Lots of great foundational work done already.
- Vahidmasrour (talk) 03:38, 23 September 2020 (UTC) I hope this Affiliate will come to fruition. World Heritage sites deserve a special kind of love and celebration, and deserve to be well represented on all wikis. A group that is explicitly dedicated to systematically generate content around it will enrich the movement.
- I support the mission of this user group. --Frank Schulenburg (talk) 17:46, 23 September 2020 (UTC)
- Full support (vous êtes magnifiques !) --Wikinade (talk) 11:17, 24 September 2020 (UTC)
- Supporter for the group and all related initiatives. I would like to help achieving the goals. --Mervat (talk) 09:54, 26 September 2020 (UTC)
- New Zeus (talk) 16:57, 26 September 2020 (UTC)
- My full support for this UG. --Sailesh Patnaik 19:28, 26 September 2020 (UTC)
- Wonderful initiative. Good luck! Shani Evenstein. 15:02, 27 September 2020 (UTC)
- I fully support and hope to be involved in this! Islahaddow (talk) 15:04, 28 September 2020 (UTC)
- Wonderful idea! Full support, and willing to start working on it! --- Darwin Ahoy! 10:42, 30 September 2020 (UTC)
- Moumou82 (talk) 19:13, 30 September 2020 (UTC)
- Kayusyussuf (talk) 13:02, 1 October 2020 (UTC) I support the creation of this user group. It will help us consolidate on glam works
- This is a very postive global initiative! Pharos (talk) 17:23, 1 October 2020 (UTC)
- Camelia (talk) 13:02, 4 October 2020 (UTC)
- --Discott (talk) 11:34, 6 October 2020 (UTC)
- Admirable foundation work. Greetings from country with WH sites, but no local UG or Affiliate yet! Zblace (talk) 14:47, 25 October 2020 (UTC)
- --Papuass (talk) 11:44, 26 October 2020 (UTC)
- Having worked extensively on the English-language Wikipedia articles about Tyre (Lebanon) and Deim Zubeir (South Sudan) I am excited to join! RomanDeckert (talk) 13:34, 27 October 2020 (UTC)
- VisbyStar (talk) 19:24, 27 October 2020 (UTC) from Visby, Gotland, Sweden
- Celestinesucess (talk) 12:27, 2 November 2020 (UTC)
- Ndahiro derrick (talk) 12:49, 14 November 2020 (UTC)
- Mazuritz (talk) 14:53, 28 November 2020 (UTC)
Collaboration and support
Affiliates interested in collaboration are invited to sign up below.
* [[Affiliate Name]] – [[User:RepresentantUsername|RepresentantUsername]]
- Wikimedia Tanzania – Jadnapac- I have signed up after consultation with the user group.
- Wikimedia TN User Group – Habib M’henni- I have signed up after consultation with the board of the user group.
- On behalf of the Wikimedians of Tamazight User Group we support the creation of this UG. In North Africa we have a lot of heritage to save, and this UG can create events to facilities to do it.--Reda Kerbouche (talk) 19:01, 11 August 2020 (UTC)
- WikiDonne - Camelia I have signed up after consultation with the user group on Telegram chat
- Wikimédiens du Bénin User Group - Mahuton I have signed up after consultation with the board of the group.
- Wikimedia Sudan - Olla - On behalf of the group. We support the creation of this User Group. Looking forward to support saving the Sudanese heritage and Africa in general
- Wikimedians of Erzya language User Group - Erzianj jurnalist - On behalf of the group, we support the creation of this UG. We believe that the preservation of the world heritage is our common task.
- Kiwix - Technically not an affiliate but there's definitely work we could do together here. The other Kiwix guy (talk) 14:58, 22 September 2020 (UTC)
- Wikimedia Tchad – Abdallahbigboy - On behalf of the group, we support the creation of this UG to support saving the african heritage. Abdallahbigboy (talk) 21:02, 24 September 2020 (UTC)
This User Group will use the standard Affiliates logo.
- emailː contactwikiworldheritage.org
- Mailing list: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wwh
- Twitterː @WikiHeritage