The goal of this program is to develop free knowledge about Canadian cultures, languages, history and geography as well as other fields of knowledge identified as important by the volunteer communities in Canada, such as health sciences, mainly on Wikimedia projects, and to increase the numbers and diversity of contributors from Canada. To achieve this goal, Wikimedia Canada will continue to increase, expand and strengthen its institutional partnerships with galleries, libraries, archives, museums and universities (GLAMUs) in Canada.
- Program Objectives
- Augment the quantity, improve the quality and diversify free knowledge about Canada and other identified topics, especially on Wikimedia projects
- Make existing public domain content held by Canadian institutions more freely and broadly available through the Wikimedia projects
- Increase the awareness and understanding of the Canadian public and GLAMUs about open knowledge, free licences and Wikimedia projects
Contribution workshops and campaigns
In order to augment free knowledge on Wikimedia projects about Canada and other identified fields of knowledge, Wikimedia Canada will continue to facilitate contribution workshops and organize national contribution campaigns.
Contribution workshops can take different formats, such as edit-a-thons. Their aim is to increase free knowledge through contribution to Wikimedia projects. They are often organized around a specific thematic. Wikimedia Canada also organizes monthly regular workshops where the public is invited to come for an initiation to contribution on Wikimedia projects.
Wikimedia Canada will continue to organize and support national contribution campaigns, including the National Contribution Month in Canada, the International Francophone Contribution Month, #1Lib1Ref, Art+Feminism, and #WPWPCA. We will also continue to organize photographic competitions, including Wiki Loves Earth and Wiki Loves Monuments.
Why are we doing this?
There are many knowledge gaps on Wikimedia projects about certain fields of knowledge of Canada, such as cultures, languages, history and geography. Through the organization of contribution workshops and editing campaigns, we will develop and improve content on Wikimedia projects about those topics. Furthermore, the volunteer contributor communities in Canada have also identified certain specific topics in which they can and are interested to contribute that are lacking quality information on Wikimedia projects, such as health sciences. Through partnerships with universities, we will encourage students and professors with relevant expertise to contribute to Wikimedia projects about those topics.
Training room of the Mardi c'est Wiki at the Grande Bibliothèque de Montréal
An Art+Feminism event in Montreal, Quebec
Wikidata workshop in Montreal, Quebec during the International Francophone Contribution Month
Wikidata presentation in Montreal, Quebec during the International Day of Open Data
One of the regular monthly workshops held at the Cinémathèque québécoise
Wikipedia workshop at the Université de Montréal during the #1Lib1Ref campaign
An event organized by the Café des savoirs libres in Montreal, Quebec during Fierté Montréal to improve Wikipedia articles about local LGBT personalities
A workshop about female scientists as part of Mardi, c'est Wiki à BAnQ and the International Francophone Contribution Month
Wikimedia Canada will strengthen its existing partnerships and seek to establish new ones with galleries, libraries, archives, museums and universities (GLAMUs) in Canada. Specifically, we will continue the very sucessful partnerships with Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ), the Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas), and the Fondation Lionel-Groulx (FLG). Furthermore, we will also build on our partnership agreement signed with Library and Archives Canada (LAC).
The impact of those partnerships have been clearly demonstrated with the activities of the past three years that resulted in an increase in quality content and in new contributors to the Wikimedia projects.
Why are we doing this?
The GLAMUs in Canada possess content and expertise that are of interest for the readers of Wikimedia projects and the public in general. Furthermore those institutions often hold content in the public domain that have great value for the Wikimedia projects, but that are not easily available online. Through education and outreach, we want to encourage those institutions to use Wikimedia projects to disseminate their knowledge and content in order to make them more broadly available to everyone.
Scan-a-thon during the International Archives Day at BAnQ Vieux-Montréal
Presentation on the Wikimedia projects during the International Archives Day at BAnQ Gatineau
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
What we continue doing this year and why?
- We will continue to support volunteers in Canada to host contribution workshops and to organize national contribution campaigns in Canada. Those have proven to be sucessful in augmenting quality content on Wikimedia projects and to attract new contributors.
What we intend to do that is new and why?
- We will put an emphasis on fields of knowledge that have been identified as important by the volunteer contributor communities in Canada. One of those are health sciences. Many professionals and unversity students across Canada have expressed an interest in contributing to Wikimedia projects about health sciences and we will support them as we believe this is a great opportunity and an important topic to be covered on Wikimedia projects.