From Wikimedia Canada
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Activity Report 2017

Activity Reports

In 2017 Wikimedia Canada identified four priorities for the next five years: to develop and disseminate free knowledge, to promote the use of free knowledge resources, to encourage the development of contributor communities across Canada, and to achieve and sustain a high level of corporate maturity. The activities in 2017 mainly focused on the first priority, while keeping the momentum of bringing the organization to a higher level of corporate standards. Without a doubt the biggest event in 2017 was Wikimania held in Montreal, Quebec in August. Futhermore, Wikimedia continued and increased its level of partnership with Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ), including to make use of an office space donated by BAnQ in Montreal. The chapter also initiated a parternship with Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa. Another highlight of 2017 was the launch of the Wikipetcia Atikamekw Nehiromowin, the Wikipedia in the Atikamekw language.

Contribution workshops[edit]

National Contribution Month in Canada[edit]

The first Wikipedia contribution workshop about Quebec LGTBQ+ held in Montreal, Quebec during the National Contribution Month

In October 2017, Wikimedia Canada organized the second edition of the National Contribution Month in Canada where a series of contribution workshops to Wikimedia projects are hosted across the country. Noteworthily, a workshop was hosted in an Aboriginal language on the Manawan Atikamekw Community to contribute to the Wikipetcia Atikamekw Nehiromowin. Also, in Montreal, a workshop was specifically aimed at closing the knowledge gap on Wikipedia about LGTBQ+. Almost all workshops were hosted at an university or a library. The main themes were Canadian history and music.

Number of workshops Number of workshops in English Number of workshops in French Number of workshops in Aboriginal languages Number of different cities Number of different provinces Number of participants Number of content pages created or improved
21 14 6 1 17 7 At least 159 (at least 18 newly registered) At least 163

International Francophone Contribution Month[edit]

In March 2017, once again, Wikimedia Canada lead the organization of the International Francophone Contribution Month. There have been 65 workshops in 16 different countries of the Francophonie around the world. In Canada, 9 workshops have been organized in 2 different provinces. 2 workshops have been organized in Ottawa, Ontario, the first contribution workshops in French hosted in Canada outside Quebec. Noteworthily, 4 workshops, in Montreal and Ottawa, were specifically aimed at closing the gender gap. 2017 also saw the first workshop hosted in partnership with Library Archives Canada. Contribution workshops were mainly to contribute to Wikipedia, but also Wikisource and Wikimedia Commons.

Number of workshops in Canada Number of different cities Number of different provinces
9 2 2

Mardi c'est Wiki[edit]

Once again, in 2017, Wikimedia Canada partnered with Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ), the Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas) and the Fondation Lionel-Groulx to offer monthly workshops in French on contribution to Wikipedia at the Grande Bibliothèque in Montreal, Quebec called "Mardi c'est Wiki". See the event page on Wikipedia for more details (in French).

Statistics as of December 31st 2017
Number of workshops Number of participants Number of content pages created or improved Number of files uploaded to Wikimedia Commons
10 25 235 1114

Workshops at the Cinémathèque québécoise[edit]

First workshop at the Cinémathèque québécoise

Every month since September 2017, the Cinémathèque québécoise in Montreal is hosting Wikipedia workshops around a specific animation filmmaker. The goal is to create and improve content and data about that filmmaker on Wikipedia, Wikidata and related projects. Futhermore, during the Animation Cinema Summit 2017, Wikimedia Canada in collaboration with the Médiathèque Guy-L.-Côté hosted a contribution workshop with the goal to teach filmmakers and other professionals of the animation cinema how to contribute to Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata.

  • We organized 7 contributory activities between September and December 2017: 4 monthly wiki evenings, 2 photo sessions, and 1 training workshop.
  • In total, these activities attracted approximately 120 people: 84 participated in the evenings and the workshop; 36 professionals were photographed (these numbers also include the organizers).
  • We contributed to the creation or improvement of 50 articles on Quebec animated films: 21 on Wikipedia and 28 on Wikidata, while we added 45 photos to Wikimedia Commons.
Statistics as of December 31st 2017
Number of workshops Number of participants Number of content pages created or improved Number of files uploaded to Wikimedia Commons
7 +/- 120 50 45

Aboriginal languages[edit]

Atimakew Project[edit]

Wikipedia Workshop at Otapi School, Manawan, Nitaskinan, Canada.
Read the full story on Wikimedia Foundation's blog
Read the full story on Wikimedia Foundation's blog

2017 saw the continuation of the project titled "Atikamekw knowledge, culture and language in Wikimedia projects" started in 2016. Several training sessions were hosted for the Atikamekw Community of Manawan both on site and online. The highlight of this project is obviously the official launch of the Wikipetcia Atikamekw Nehiromowin outside of the Wikimedia Incubator in June. During Wikimania 2017 in Montreal, a panel was hosted on "Indigenous Knowledge on Wikipedia: Lessons Learned from the Project Wikipetia Atikamekw Nehiromowin" to present the results of the project to the international community. Finally, the project concluded with the publication of a toolbox on "Indigenous Knowledge and Languages on Wikimedia Projects" to share all the lessons learned and the good practices learned throughout this project. This toolbox has been published on Meta to allow translation in every languages. A more detailed report of this project is available on meta there.

Outreach events[edit]

Initial outreach meeting with the Tshakapesh Institute in Sept-Îles, Quebec

In 2017, Wikimedia Canada conducted 3 outreach events to indigenous communities in Quebec. The first one was held from 14 to 16 July during the Manitou Festival in Mont-Tremblant that gathered 11 First Nations from Quebec where the chapter held a kiosk; specifically, outreach was done with Cree and Innu First Nations. Futhermore, the Wikipedia in Innu-aimun has been created in the Wikimedia Incubator during this event and 3 articles have been created by a new contributor. Articles on French Wikipedia about indigenous people have been improved and 21 pictures have been taken and uploaded to Wikimedia Commons. The second event was held on 19 and 20 August during the pow wow of the Manawan Atikamekw Community where the objective was to promote the Wikimedia movement and the newly launched Wikipetcia Atikamekw Nehiromowin. The third event was held on 11 September in Sept-Îles when two board members of Wikimedia Canada met with the Tshakapesh Institute, an organization gathering 8 Innu First Nations of the Côte-Nord Region for language, culture and education. This was an initial meeting with the objective to present the Atikamekw Project and launch the idea of creating a Wikipedia in Innu-aimun. A second meeting with Innu teachers is planned for April 2018.

Lingua Libre[edit]

A volunteer recording an Atikamekw elder saying words using Lingua Libre

During Wikimania in August, a Canadian volunteer has been trained by one of the developer of the project to become the Lingua Libre coordinator for Canada with the goal of using this initiative to record Canadian Aboriginal languages, to upload the files to Wikimedia Commons and to use them on Wiktionaries. Also during Wikimania, for the first time, the Atikamekw language has been recorded for the Wikimedia projects using the Lingua Libre initiative. More than 200 words from 3 different Atikamekw dialects have been recorded. The files have been uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, added to many Wiktionaries entries and used to develop an "Introduction to the Atikamekw language" course on the French Wikiversity. See all the words recorded on Wikimedia Commons.

Number of participants Number of sound files
6 +800

Photographic activities[edit]

Wiki Loves Earth[edit]

Long Beach in the Pacific National Park Reserve in British Columbia, the winning picture of Wiki Loves Earth 2017 in Canada

2017 was the first edition of the international contest Wiki Loves Earth in Canada. The goal of the contest was to encourage people to take pictures of natural protected areas of Canada and to put them under a free licence on Wikimedia Commons to allow others to access them through the Internet. 2017 was the ideal year for this first edition since it coincided with the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation during which Parks Canada offered free admission to all national parks of Canada. The contest ran for the whole month of June. The pictures could be taken at any time, but must be uploaded to Wikimedia Commons during the month of June. The contest saw the participation of 403 different photographers and a total of 1870 pictures representing different protected areas of Canada.

Number of participants Number of pictures
403 1870

Wiki Loves Monuments[edit]

Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, Quebec, winner of Wiki Loves Monuments 2017 in Canada

For the 2017 edition of Wiki Loves Monuments taking place from September 1st to 31st, Wikimedia Canada invited participants to upload their photos of some 12,000 monuments listed on the Canadian Cultural Heritage Site, which we transposed into the lists available on Wikipedia. More than 2000 free licensed photos were uploaded by 109 participants. Of these images, 11 photos are featured pictures and 121 are quality images, evaluated according to the criteria of the image guide. The 11 national judges chose the top 10 Canadian photos submitted to international judges. The photo beside is in first place according to the Canadian jury, and selected in the world top 15 best photos of the competition of 2017, positioned in the 8th rank (see world's top 15).

Number of participants Number of pictures World's top 15
109 2070 1

Nitaskinan in pictures[edit]

Picture of a beaver uploaded during the Nitaskinan in pictures contest

For the first time, a photographic contest has been organized on the Nitaskinan, the ancestral territory of the Atikamekw in order to document it for Wikimedia Commons and modernize the image of the Atikamekw First Nation on Wikipedia. All pictures can be seen on Commons: Category:Nitaskinan en photos.

Number of participants Number of pictures
15 197

Archives Scan-a-thon[edit]

Read the full story on Wikimedia Foundation's blog
Read the full story on Wikimedia Foundation's blog
A Montrealer placing negatives in the digitizer rails

During Wikimania 2017 Montreal, Wikimedia Canada and Bibliothèque et Archives du Québec (BAnQ) organized the first scan-a-thon in Canada, meanning citizen digitization. Like all archive centers around the world, the digitization department is undergoing budget cuts and archives are making a choice of archival holdings to digitize. Frédéric Giuliano, a masterpiece of the archivist-coordinator, reported on five archival collections abandoned by the digitization department to the Montreal archives center, located a few blocks from the site where Wikimania. These archival fonds were established on the Aboriginal peoples and the First Nations of Quebec. One of these archives was particularly damaged by the oxidation of the negatives; it was urgent to digitize it. Subsequently, Wikimedians skilled with image software, damaged images of historical interest and / or encyclopedic.

The chapter turned out to be a special digitizer for the negatives, with the aim of inviting the Wikimedians and the most useful ones to come and help the archivists to digitize these 5 archives. For almost eight hours, participants followed each other at different positions in the production chain; some put the negatives in the rails, others digitized and cut out the files, the archivists conducted with quality control and finally, the most skilled with Wikimedia Commons uploaded the images massively.

In total, more than 500 images were digitized by nearly a hundred participants. Bibliothèque et Archives du Québec already offers several other types of events in its 10 archives.

Number of participants Number of pictures
~100 ~500

Photographic activity at the Cinémathèque québécoise[edit]

Taking pictures of the artists for Wikimedia Commons
Read the full story on Wikimedia Foundation's blog
Read the full story on Wikimedia Foundation's blog

November 2017, during the Animation Film Summits, the annual festival organized by the Cinémathèque québécoise in Montreal, Wikimedia Canada and the Café des savoirs libres places its booth along the "red carpet". Equipped with a camera and a lighting game, a Wikipedian invites artists to be photographed to illustrate their article Wikipedia.

Although some artists do not have articles in Wikipedia, photos are still uploaded to Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata items are created. Related benefits of these photo shoots include indexing in search engines and the presence of freely licensed images in Commons allows for wide dissemination, especially in traditional media.

It may be surprising to note that artists are easy to play. Recognizing the importance of Wikipedia, widely used by the general public, but also by traditional media, artists and production houses quickly understand the interest of this approach.

Number of participants Number of pictures
25 56

Photographic walk in Montreal[edit]

On March 19th, a photographic walk in the Villeray neighbourhood of Montreal has been organized by a librairian and a Wikimedian. The participants uploaded more than 300 pictures on Wikimedia Commons in the category Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension.

Number of pictures
At least 300

Remembrance Day in Ottawa[edit]

Remembrance Day 2017 in Ottawa

Two Wikimedians photographed and videotaped the Remembrance Day ceremony at the National War Monument in Ottawa in November 2017. The pictures and videos can be found in the Category:Remembrance Day 2017 in Ottawa on Wikimedia Commons.

Number of participants Number of pictures Number of videos
2 58 2



At a gathering of Wikimedia Canada, the Café des savoirs libre and representatives of Open Street Map, ACFAS and the Lionel-Groulx Foundation, a WikiCheese was organized. 10 cheeses were photographed and pages were created or improved. This was the first WikiCheese organized by the Montreal WikiClub and it was with the equipment of the Club that the photos were taken (a Canon camera with a 50mm lens and a softbox).

Number of participants Number of pictures
16 33

GLAM Parternships[edit]

Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec[edit]

In 2017, Wikimedia continued its very successful partnership with Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) in Montreal. Futhermore, members of the board met with Danielle Saucier, archivist-coordinator of the Côte-Nord Archives Centre of BAnQ in Sept-Îles, and an archivist colleague. The goal of this meeting was to set the base for a long term collaboration.

Library and Archives Canada[edit]

Presentation at Library and Archives Canada by Wikimedia Canada and Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec

In 2017, Wikimedia Canada initiated a partnership with Library and Archives Canada (LAC) in Ottawa. It started with the first contribution workshop in French hosted outside of Quebec during the International Francophone Contribution Month. On September 18, two members of the board of Wikimedia Canada and two archivists of BAnQ are invited to LAC to present the GLAM projects carried at BAnQ for the past 3 years: uploading of archives in Commons, transcription of books and manuscripts in Wikisource, scan-a-thon and voice recording in Lingua Libre. About 40 archivists from across Canada attended the presentation either on site or by videoconference, including the Librairian and Archivist of Canada in person, Guy Berthiaume. This meeting translated into the creation of a Wikipedian in Residence position and a Wikimedia Working Group at LAC followed by two edit-a-thons, one internal and one public.

Wikimedia Canada in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean[edit]

Activity at the Collège d'Alma

This Wikimedia Canada tour, formed by 4 members of Wikimedia Canada including two Board members, took place from November 25 to 27 of 2017. It began on Saturday with an interactive conference to demystify Wikipedia which was presented to the library of Alma in the presence of citizens, members of the history society and historians of the region. On Sunday, WMCA members met with the head of the Bibliothèque des sciences sociales in Chicoutimi to discuss free access with another Wikimedia Canada member living in the area. On Monday, a second interactive conference was held in front of more than four classes of Alma College students and library staff from Alma College and Chicoutimi College. This short video provides an overview of how the tour went.

Number of participants Number of pictures
82 24

Commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the City of Montreal's Library[edit]

Image created for the event

This half day of commemoration was made possible thanks to the collaboration between Libraries of Montreal, Library and National Archives of Quebec, the Café des savoirs libre, the School of Library and Information Science (EBSI) of the University of Montreal, ACFAS and Wikimedia Canada. A scientific symposium on the history of libraries was presented to participants. Four library specialists were heard: Jean-René Lassonde, Éric Leroux, Stéphane Legault, and Michèle ... Subsequently, a presentation of the BAnQ (Tuesday Wiki) project was presented and a training on Wikipedia collaboration was offered. It was followed by a contributive workshop where participants could put into practice what they had learned by adding content to Wikipedia.

Number of participants Number of pictures
89 1


Global metrics[edit]

Program name Participants Newly registered Content pages Files uploaded
Target Final Target Final Target Final Target Final
Workshops 70 +304 20 +18 70 +398 0 +1159
Indigenous languages 15 +17 5 +2 30 +11 350 +800
Photography 70 +574 5 +374 30 +274 350 +4334