Chapters reports/2013-04

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This is the Chapters report for Wikimedia Sverige April 2013.

Overview of this quarter

  • HIGHLIGHTS: Starting a collaboration with The Swedish Educational broadcasting radio on using Wikiversity as a platform.
  • WIKI-FOCUS: Swedish Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons and Swedish Wikiversity were the projects that got most attention in April.
  • GROWTH: We have had 11 edit-a-thons/lectures/workshops in April. Due to large audiences at SETT, Digikult and GLAM-wiki more than 300 people were reached.

Progress toward this year's goals/objectives

Key initiatives Stated objectives of the initiative (include metrics) Activities conducted Progress against these objectives (include metrics and # of volunteers/staff involved) What worked and what did not
Community support  
  • Getting more underrepresented groups onto the projects
  • Increasing editor satisfaction
  • Got the Centre for Easy-to-Read to reconstruct the lead paragraph of ten articles.
  • Evaluation meeting with the Association for Mental health.
  • Held an edit-a-thon on Sustainable development in cooperation with the Swedish Museum of Natural History.
  • One book has been delivered to an editor in our reference literature programme.
  • The community got professional guidelines on how to make text esier to read. Discussion on how that can be adapted to use in articles is on-going.
  • The Association for Mental health will continue with edit-a-thons once per month on their own.
  • 12 participants in the edit-a-thon, half of them entirely new users.
  • So far two articles this year has been referenced through the reference literature programme.
  • Some potential editors dropped off due to a too complex editor interface.
  • Curiously it is hard to get editors to wish for reference literature.
Free knowledge in education  
  • Wikipedia is used as a teaching tool in education.
  • Pupils, students and teachers contribute free knowledge.
  • Teachers present the projects to be used as a resource for the pupils and students.
  • Started a project with the teacher Karin Brånebäck for teachers who do flipped-classroom movies. First movie is uploaded to Commons and more are to follow. See here.
  • Initiated contact with Södertörn who wish to seek funding jointly with us for a project aligning their knowledge in journalism and data with Wikipedia.
  • Dialogue with Tom in Brazil who's leading the education programme there about sharing mistakes and things to learn.
  • Had workshop with teacher students at Stockholm University.
  • Participated as jury member in Webbstjärnan 2013.
  • Was invited and held a talk in at the REK think-tank with Microsoft among others.
  • Met KMH and planned the Wikipedia in education for the autumn.
  • Held lectures at SETT both days.
  • Was invited to hold two seminars at the international high school in Gothenburg.
  • Was invited to speak at the Läromedelsmässa in Gothenburg by GR utbildning.
  • Begun working on Wikimini which is to be released during autumn.
  • Went to Östra skolan in Malmö and held a workshop for the teachers there.
  • A plan has been given to all education managers worldwide as to start talking to each other.
  • The Swedish for immigrants projects had had its kick-off.
  • Participated on the Education day on the Wikimedia Conference in Milan.
  • Wikiskills had a meeting in Geneva.
  • Workshop with Center for school development in Gothenburg and 20 educators.
  • The education programme has been heard and seen much during April mostly due to the large audience at SETT. This is one step closer to have Wikipedia accepted as a resource in education.
  • The Swedish Educational broadcasting radion has generously told us that they will do a short movie about Wikiversity and how it works which is a good grade in getting accepted by one of the greatest educational institutions there are in Sweden.
  • The ministry of Education has taken time to see us to talk about events this autumn and took a great interest in our programme.
  • Librarians are eager to learn more about Wikipedia and how to use it and courses are planned this autumn.
  • Three municipalities are set for participation in the Swedish for immigrants project.
  • It takes time. I've recently gotten an email from someone who met us at Skolforum in October this past year and who now wants us to help him with a Wikipedia education programme. And perhaps it is OK that it takes time.
  • Librarians are so eager to learn about Wikipedia and are a great group to work with.
  • It is good to have the target group (i.e schools and universities) pay for the trip if they wish to have a workshop with us. They're much more dedicated and care, partly because it costs them money
  • Not all people will become Wikipedians (no shit :) but are interested to know how it works and how they may 'look at' it differently, with all the tabs etc. Perhaps that is enough for some and that should arguably also be OK .
  • When working with external parts, it is important to have a clear picture on how the responsibilities has been divided.
Content liberation  
  • Increase GLAM's general interest to freely license their material and make it available for the projects.
  • Enhance the quality of the donated material.
  • Meeting with the Mölndal City Museum
  • Digikult conference + hackathon in Gothenburg
  • GLAM-WIKI 2013 conference in London
  • GLAM-WIKI 2013 hackathon in London
  • Preparations for Wiki Loves Public Art
  • Municipalities has been contacted about their data on public art
  • Evaluation of the Working life museum fair.
  • Meetings with the Vasa Museum.
  • Participated on the Forum for Open Data conference, and gave a brief presentation of the Open Public Art Databse during the open-mic.
  • The Mölndal City Museum wants to integrate Wikipedia a lot more [1]
  • Digikult
    • Participants: 100 participants, including 4 participants in the hackathon (the hackathon was an integrated part of the ÖDOK project as well).
    • External communication: Two blog post and TV team interviewed the hackathon participants. The event information featured Wikimedia Sverige logotype.
    • The hack-a-thon developed a proof-of-concept on how the Wiki Loves Public Art API can be used. [2]
  • GLAM-WIKI 2013
    • Participants: GLAM-WIKI 2013 had around 150 participants (the goal for the year is that 600 Wikip/medianer will participate at EA event + WLPA).
    • External communication: GLAM-WIKI 2013 was blogged about 15 times and John was interviewed by a journalist writing for the journal Museum Practice and the Museums Journal. The event information featured both Wikimedia Sverige's and Europeana's logotypes.
  • GLAM-WIKI 2013 hackathon
    • Participants: Unclear number. Out of the roughly 80 people that had signed up around 50 people participated in the end at the unconference day. However, very few took part in the hackathon. Only two participants worked on a tool, but not on the GLAMtoolset (which was what we planned for and had promoted), but a few others talked to the developers and suggested improvements. Despite Europeana, WMSE, WMUK and THATcamp promoting it widely. This is not considered a successful event.
  • Wiki Loves Public Art
    • The infrastructure on Commons is in place.
    • Lists has been prepared.
  • In total 15 municipalities has released their data on public art.
  • Digikult conference + hackathon
    • Great and dedicated partners that was instrumental in the success. Lennart was the one doing the majority of the work from WMSE in preparations for the conference. It was harder than expected to reach developers that wanted to participate in the hackathon. However, in the end it was budget constrains that limited the participation at the hackathon. We should work on creating a list of possible people and initiate cooperations with other orgs./companies/universities that might help us broadcast these type of events. It was really easy to convince the participants from Umeå University to take part. They all enjoyed the event a lot.
  • GLAM-WIKI 2013 conference
    • There were a few phone conferences as part of the preparation which took time, but they were rather productive (even though it was hard to hear what was said sometimes because of the large group participating).
  • GLAM-WIKI 2013 hackathon
    • See the Digikult hackathon.
  • When having workshops and edit-a-thons with the Working life museums we need to take into consideration that they are less likely to have their own laptops. We should plan to use computer labs that are fully equipped.
Reader participation  
  • Identify weaknesses in the quality of content and disseminate our findings.
  • Identify weaknesses in the user interface and work to get them solved.
  • Create a positive image of the projects.
  • Created a three short videos on features on Wikipedia.
Free knowledge awareness  
  • Make policy makers and institutions aware of the advantages of free knowledge.
  • Four videos with talks on different aspects of copyright from an event in February were published. [3]
  • Our intern arranged a meeting with a Member of Parliament for a short discussion on public domain and digital commons issues and unclearities in the Swedish law.
  • One volunteer started a Wikipedia user survey and sent it out to all Members of Parliament.
  • A round table with more Members of Parliament will be arranged.

Lessons from this month

  • What were your major accomplishments in the past month, and how did you help to achieve movement goals?


    • Starting collaboration with The Swedish Educational broadcasting radio on using Wikiversity as a platform. That will increase our credibility and reach a lot and make further work a lot easier.
  • What were your major setbacks in the past month (e.g., programs that were not successful)?


    • The low turn-out on the GLAM-WIKI 2013 hackathon.
  • What factors (organizational, environmental) enabled your success?


    • As earlier it is a combination of the projects being looked upon as a useful tool by both educators and GLAM and the staff that is really enthusiastic and creative.
  • What unanticipated challenges did you encounter and how did this affect what you were able to accomplish?


    • Negotiations with some external funding has taken more time than anticipated which might make some projects to pushed forward in time.
  • What changes might you make in executing your initiatives into the next month?


    • Being more explicit with external parties on how responsibilities are divided to avoid confusion.

Additional information

  • Provide any other relevant information that may be helpful or relevant for the FDC (e.g., links to any media coverage, more detailed reports, more detailed financial information).


  • Our tax forms for 2012 were submitted in due time to the tax agenxy.
  • 9 blog posts in April
  • As always, our detailed finacial state is available online.
  • Our chair, Mattias Blomgren, board member Bengt Oberger and CEO Jan Ainali participated at the Wikimedia Conference in Milan.
  • 9 blog posts in April.
Images from April


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