|Develop free knowledge about Canadian cultures, languages, history, geography, sports and other fields of knowledge, and increase the diversity of contributors from Canada.
Picture uploaded by Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) to Wikimedia Commons during the Conrad Poirier Project that is used on 62 different Wikipedias
First scan-a-thon event organized by Wikimedia Canada in partnership with Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) to scan archive negatives from different locations in Quebec
An archivist of Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) showing one of the oldest manuscripts of the judicial archives preserved at BAnQ during the 2017 Wikimania Pre-Conference
A group photo after a presentation to Library and Archives Canada (LAC) of the GLAM projects by Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) and Wikimedia Canada, including the Librarian and Archivist of Canada, Guy Berthiaume
A panel composed of representatives from Wikimedia Canada, the Acfas and the Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO) presenting the Wikimedia projects during the Research Week at the UQO
A WikiPhys workshop, physics contribution workshop to Wikipedia, held at the Université de Montréal
The Gilles-Hocquart Building in Montreal, Quebec where Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) has donated an office space to Wikimedia Canada
An Art+Feminism event in Montreal, Quebec aiming at finding solutions to close the gender gap on Wikimedia projects
Logo of the International Francophone Contribution Month organized every year by WikiFranca and leaded by Wikimedia Canada
An event organized by the Café des savoirs libres in Montreal, Quebec during Fierté Montréal 2017 to improve Wikipedia articles about local LGBT personalities
This program is the continuity of the successful 2017 program "Organize and facilitate workshops" with an increased focus on expanding and strengthening institutional partnerships with Canadian Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums and Universities (GLAMUs) as well as developing the contributor communities in Canada. The goal of this program is to develop free knowledge about Canadian cultures, languages, history, geography, sports and other fields of knowledge, mainly on Wikimedia projects, and to increase the diversity of contributors from Canada. To achieve this goal, Wikimedia Canada has identified two axes: "institutional partnerships, education and outreach" and "community building".
Institutional partnerships, education and outreach
Through this program, Wikimedia Canada will strengthen its existing institutional partnerships and seek to establish new ones, mainly with GLAMUs, and will conduct outreach to the public and those institutions to increase the awareness about free knowledge and the Wikimedia projects in Canada. This will mainly be achieved by supporting its members and other volunteers to host contribution workshops, meetings and projects in partnerships with those GLAMUs in order to develop a closer relationship.
Specifically, Wikimedia Canada will continue to partnership with its main partner, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ). It will also continue to partner with other institutions, including Library and Archives Canada (LAC). Wikimedia Canada will seek to enable partnerships with more local institutions, building on the model of existing partnerships with OpenStreetMaps Montréal and Ottawa, the Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas), the Lionel-Groulx Foundation and the Cinémathèque québécoise for example. The potential and the impact of such partnerships have been clearly identified with the activities of the past year where they resulted in an increase in content and in contributors to the Wikimedia projects, especially in terms of quality, archival content and diversity of contributors.
Those collaborations have a high potential for innovative initiatives such as the scan-a-thon that was organized with BAnQ to scan negatives that were being lost by oxidation and upload the pictures on Wikimedia Commons, not only did we save this important heritage that would be otherwise lost, but the pictures uploaded were useful resources for Wikipedia and the project was a great way to engage new contributors.
The chapter will also increase its collaboration with the other organizations of the Wikimedia movement in North America and across the Francophonie through WikiFranca in order to share resources and best practices to be more efficient and have a greater impact.
Wikimedia Canada will support the development and the growth of diverse communities contributing to open knowledge in Canada, by promoting the creation of WikiClubs and supporting Canadians to develop free content, mainly on Wikimedia projects. The development of strong and diverse communities of volunteers across the country will allow the chapter to have a greater impact with its activities. A secondary goal for this program is to increase the awareness and the understanding of the Canadian public about open knowledge, free licenses and Wikimedia projects.
Right now, the volunteers of Wikimedia Canada are mainly centered in Montreal, Quebec. Through this program, the chapter aims at expanding and developing free knowledge communities across the country. It will achieve that by putting in place a framework for the creation of local groups, called "WikiClubs", around specific cities, regions or universities. A group like that already exist in an informal way in Montreal that will be used as a model for the creation of similar groups in other cities, with a few already in the process of being created.
These are groups of multi-project contributors working together for creating new activities in their region, including awareness building, outreach events, training sessions and contribution workshops. A high level of flexibility is offered to these local groups in order to allow them to adapt to their local realities and to the interests of their volunteers and their local partners, which in turn will ensure a diversity of the themes covered across the country and augment the potential of attraction of new contributors.
The chapter will work to establish a network for those local groups to share their experiences and organize regional peer-to-peer support by supporting the establishment of activities and the recruitment of new contributors in different regions of the country. For instance, the chapter will continue to organize the yearly National Contribution Month in Canada which is a great opportunity for volunteers across the country to organize workshops that will allow them to meet with other contributors in their local region and recruit new volunteers. This initiative has demonstrated its success in the past two editions.
A big obstacle to contribution that has been identified is the price of the equipment needed to produce multimedia content. Considering the size of Canada, it is simply impossible for the chapter to maintain equipment and make it available to all volunteers across the country since the price of shipping would be exorbitant. To solve this issue, the WikiClubs will be used as hubs to make equipment available to the volunteers in their region, according to their specific needs. The chapter will only focus those investments to communities of volunteers who are really established in order to ensure that there is a real impact derived from those investments. This will empower the local groups to become independent in their activities, encouraging the growth of those WikiClubs and increasing the numbers of volunteers and contributors in Canada.
The chapter will facilitate and enable the emergence of new local groups by linking volunteers with local cultural and knowledge actors and facilitating the volunteer environment for example by supporting meetings and exchanges between contributors and by creating a map of the WikiClubs and interested volunteers. For instance, Wikimedia Canada will use its strong partnership with BAnQ to develop new WikiClubs around their centres in different locations in Quebec. Wikimedia Canada will also support individual contributors across the country to have access to the resources they need to develop meaningful content on Wikimedia projects, such as the access to references.
- Augment, improve and diversify free knowledge about Canada, especially on Wikimedia projects.
- Diversify the contributors from Canada on Wikimedia projects and expand the contribution activities across Canada.
- Increase the awareness of the Canadian public and institutions about Wikimedia projects, free licenses and open knowledge.
- Activity 1.1: Content
- Activity 1.2: Outreach, partnerships and education
- Activity 1.3: Community building