This page is the English version of Wikimedia Deutschland's Plan and Budget 2018. It includes the goals and objectives approved by WMDE's Board of Directors and the Budget 2018, which was also fully approved by our general assembly on November 18.
Goals and Objectives 2018
Notes to the goals and objectives
● Goal 1: The Wikipedia Community resumes growth. New volunteers feel welcomed, are motivated and contribute to Wikipedia.
This goal is all about motivating more people to participate, while assuring that both newbies and current editors feel welcome and appreciated. To meet the dual challenge of growing the community and maintaining positive communication within the project, we are planning a combination of activities, including the continuation of the banner campaigns started in 2017.
● Goal 2: We continue WMDE’s volunteer support services while developing these services further, together with communities. Our community and project support services become more effective and benefit a greater diversity of groups. In this manner we make it easier for volunteers to contribute to free knowledge.
Community and project support and funding is one of the central tasks of Wikimedia Deutschland, so that volunteers don’t have to face financial and organisational barriers to engagement alone. Our support for volunteer participation in the Wikimedia projects is guided by principles established over many years of practice, including volunteer appreciation, developing the program and projects through dialogue with community members, providing useful support and high quality services. Our support for online activities is provided with a focus on maintaining and increasing quality and diversity of content in the Wikimedia projects. Offline activities aim to increase motivation, reduce conflict and provide information about free knowledge to the public.
● Goal 3: Increasing numbers of volunteers in the Wikimedia projects benefit from Wikidata. We promote the integration of Wikidata and other Wikimedia projects, and we create the conditions so that data quality in Wikidata can further improve.
Wikidata promises to increase the timeliness, diversity and amount of content on Wikimedia projects, while enhancing the effectivity of contributors’ work. There are currently still social and technical barriers to a broader and more beneficial utilization of data from Wikidata in the other Wikimedia projects. These include lack of editability of data directly from Wikipedia, lack of trust in data quality, problems with usability, and lack of support for lexicographical and media data. These barriers have to be addressed for Wikidata to reach its full potential for the Wikimedia Movement.
● Goal 4: Wikidata and other open data projects increasingly benefit from each other. To this end, we make Wikidata and Wikibase easier to use for external projects, and we expand the opportunities for collaboration among the projects.
Wikidata and Wikibase were developed for Wikimedia. However, there are many users of data from Wikidata and of the Wikibase software outside of the Wikimedia projects. This ecosystem enriches Wikidata in many ways, and thus benefits the other Wikimedia projects as well. Through an increase in Wikibase installations by external partners we are able to enrich Wikidata with additional data, enhance the data quality in Wikidata and improve the Wikibase software. In addition, this enables specialized applications outside of the core Wikidata project scope. This creates more access to more free knowledge for more people. We require a strong ecosystem for open data that helps us collect, maintain and disseminate free knowledge.
● Goal 5: Through sustainable development of the MediaWiki Software, based on community needs, we assure the increased usefulness of MediaWiki for the Wikimedia projects, jointly with the Wikimedia Foundation and the communities.
Through the continuous development of MediaWiki we assure that the technical improvements we provide are useful for a maximum number of Wikimedia projects and that they solve concrete usability problems of contributors. To achieve this, we jointly solicit, collect and prioritize technical needs, and consider the perspectives of diverse user groups during technical development and implementation.
Recently, we notice that people from institutions such as museums, educational providers and foundations express opinions reflecting insecurity, fear and hesitation about using free content in general. Specifically, they feel that using open content is too complex, or that the liability risks are too great. Some of these perceptions are based on actual legal risks, but many are generated by word of mouth and misunderstandings. We want to research each of these perceptions, real or imagined, and face them to get a clear picture of what is real and what is not. We will actively seek dialogue with those who disseminate the narrative, and attempt to clarify the issues. In this manner, we will slow down, stop and contradict the dissemination of falsehoods, and we will also facilitate a fact-based debate on the real risks. We will look for solutions leading to potential risk mitigation and management scenarios. We will deploy tailored educational materials, as well as further develop tools easing the use of open content, such as the attribution generator. If we are successful with this approach, we will not only save the (still mostly positive) reputation of free content, but we might even improve it.
● Goal 7: In order to make it easier to recognize open and free content, regulations around copyright of public works are evaluated by German policy makers, with the aim of drafting new, more clear regulatory language.
Two of the rules in German federal copyright law that regulate whether in certain situations copyright protection is in effect or not are currently not worded clearly. As a result, it is often difficult to assess whether or not content from government sources is part of the public domain, and whether or not it can be used for free knowledge. One of the rules, §5 of Copyright Law, determines that public works are exempt from copyright, while the other, §72, Copyright Law, puts photographic reproductions of any piece of art, even ones that are so old that they are exempt from copyright, under decades of photographic copyright protection. We will demonstrate the negative consequences of this situation for free knowledge and will put the reform of both paragraphs on the agenda of the upcoming 18th lawmaking session of the German parliament, resulting in legislation that is more favorable to free knowledge.
● Goal 8: Factual, non personal data (such as weather and traffic data) remain freely usable by free knowledge projects in the future. The enabling policies and regulations remain in place, and disadvantageous policy is prevented or mitigated.
There are now several existing and developing specific rules that regulate how factual data may be handled. Factual data includes data that is not protected by copyright, and that is not related to a person or otherwise relevant under data protection or privacy laws. This includes for example data on weather and traffic. These rules depart from the previously applied principle which established that factual data may be used freely. As a result, these rules have significant negative impact on data based open knowledge projects such as Wikidata, and more generally on the use of open data for creating any knowledge. We are setting out to influence these rules with a positive effect for free knowledge. Specifically, the sui-generis right of database makers should be changed, there should not be a intellectual property right attached to data, and the exceptions that allow text and data-mining need to be flexible enough to not impede open knowledge projects, while maintaining the integrity of data protection rules.
● Goal 9: Supported by WMDE, institutions in the fields of education, science and culture have the required knowledge to actively contribute to free knowledge and to the Wikimedia projects. The institutions create, jointly with our movement, supportive general conditions for free knowledge in their respective fields, and publicly act as role models for other institutions.
Educational, science and cultural institutions are central places where knowledge is generated and disseminated. We want to win these institutions as partners to create conditions favorable to free knowledge in their respective spheres of influence, jointly with the Wikimedia Movement. We want to engage them to act as influential role models, convincing other institutions of the idea of free knowledge. Many of the players in the education, science and culture sectors have very little knowledge about free knowledge, open licenses and the Wikimedia projects. There is a need for transferring knowledge and practical competencies to these people, benefitting the Wikimedia projects and promoting free knowledge in general.
Wikimedia Deutschland e. V. (WMDE) // Revenue 2018
|Restricted grants and contracts
|WMF (Wikimedia Conference)
|WMFG cost allocation
|Withdrawals from reserves
Wikimedia Deutschland e. V. (WMDE) // Expenses 2018
|Field of action/expense category
|Attract, support and retain volunteers
|Software development: Expand Wikidata and further develop MediaWiki
|Strengthen conditions for free knowledge
|Board of directors
|Indirect cost (without cost allocations)
Wikimedia Deutschland Fördergesellschaft mbH (WMFG) // Expenses and Revenue 2018
|Expenses and revenue
|Donations carry-over Jul-Dec
|Fundraising cost 
|Transfer to WMF and WMDE
- Flat rate retained from transfer to WMF