Użytkowniczka:Natalia Szafran-Kozakowska (WMPL)/Aplikacja

Wikimedia Polska, polski partner Fundacji Wikimedia.
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Content creation and improvement[edytuj]

The aim of this program is to bring new content into Wikimedia projects and support the filling of content gaps in different areas. We want to achieve this goal by:

  • inviting and encouraging editors and readers to create and improve content in specific areas
  • organizing events related to specific content gaps
  • supporting Wikiexpeditions or projects in a similar format
  • acquiring cultural, historical and scientific images and media from museums, libraries and other Polish cultural institutions
  • engaging cultural institutions into contributing to Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons,

Writing contests[edytuj]

In our contests we give prizes which either can help in creating more content or support personal identyfication with the Wikimedia projects. In the 2017 edition of Wikichallenge contest winners received mugs with their usernames. The contests brought 1162 new articles and (accordint to the survey) personalised prizes were the reason to take part in it for 31% of participants

We organize editing contests aimed at filling specific gaps both in terms of quantity and quality of pages. Some of them are related to specific topics (for example the Polish branch of the CEE Spring contest or our Thematic Weeks) and some to specific problems (for example the Wikichallenge contest which supports creation of articles which have a lot of interwikis but do not exist on Polish Wikipedia).

We have also learned that contests may lead to increased participation - many participants boost their Wikimedia activity during the contests (in comparision to their regular activity. See: Wikichallenge report). And the prizes that we give are dedicated either to build a stronger connection with the movement (cups, t-shirts etc. with the winners username, a personalised and specially designed book with editing history etc.) or to fuel more contributions (sources to articles). In 2018 we want to continue with the contests that we have organised in the previous years and which proved to be succeful and introduce a new one related to the 100th anniversary of Polish independence.


  • organise at least 4 writing contests in 2018 (including CEE Spring, Wikichallenge)
  • at least 3000 new Wikipedia articles from writing contests
  • at least 5 Good or Featured Articles from writing contests
  • introduce at least one new editing contest
  • have at least 40 editors participating in writing contests


Photo contests are a good way of bringing quality images to Wikimedia Commons. Since 2016 Wikimedia Poland is organising the WikiVacation contest. It combines the goals of two worldwide Wikimedia contests - Wiki Loves Monuments and Wiki Loves Earth - with an addition of a special category, addresing a certain gap and benefiting from the freedom of panorama in Poland - pictures of public art and small architecture. In 2016 WikiVacation brought to Wikimedia Commons more than 4000 pictures of Polish monuments, nature and public art, and in 2015 - more than 5000.


  • have at least 5000 photos submitted to WikiVacation contest
  • at least 200 participants in WikiVacation contest


GLAM activities[edytuj]

Our GLAM projects are aimed at increasing the quality of Polish Wikipedia by means of illustrating Wikipedia with cultural, historical and scientific images and media from museums, libraries and other Polish cultural institutions; engaging GLAMs into contributing to Wikipedia, involving experts in the process of supporting editors (e.g. by locating/supplying subject literature and sources or pointing to gaps in existing content/articles), and encouraging new groups and communities to edit and contribute to Wikimedia Commons.

Wikimedia Polska is in partnerships with close to 20 national and regional GLAM institutions including some of the most important national museums, archives and galleries. Files contributed by GLAM institutions are widely used not only in Polish Wikipedia but in other Wikimedia projects. GLAM workshops bring people from diverse academic, scientific communities, as well as students, into the Wikimedia editing community. They also help to involve experienced editors into new subject areas and out of their thematic 'comfort zone'. We also aim to help Polish GLAM institutions to gain technical skills and basic copyright knowledge to be able to contribute their digitized collections and holdings to Wikimedia Commons, and as a result make them accessible to, and reusable by the general public (we try to run projects which encourage the circulation of files submitted by GLAMs into Commons). Approximately 10 most significant GLAM partnerships will be continued in 2018. Our partners include:

  • National Digital Archives. The Archives have selected several thousand early 20th century and interwar historical photographs for upload to Wikimedia Commons.
  • The National Library of Poland collaboration began in late 2017 and is developing (see project page). A team of 15 employees of the National Library and affiliated Adam Mickiewicz Institute will participate in editing trainings and meetups in order to add content, references, and links to Polish Wikipedia and illustrations and pdf files from the library to Wikimedia Commons. The National Library is aiming to permanently incorporate editing Wikipedia and its sister projects into its daily activities. We are also working with the library to plan a mass import of literary works data into Wikidata.
  • National Museum in Warsaw: We will run an editathon around the artworks in the museum's collection on May 26th; 100 artworks will be uploaded prior to the event. The NMW and volunteer Wikipedians will continue using glam-mnw to upload further files (min. 500 files by the end of 2018). To follow the Faras project which in 2017 received an award from the Ministry of Culture and the National Institute of Museology, the team members are working on a new thematic project to begin in autumn of 2018.
  • Other collaboration projects to be run throughout 2018 include partnerships with the Modern Art Museum in Warsaw, the Regional Institute of Culture in Katowice, the National Maritime Museum, the Warsaw University Library, the WRO Art Centre and others (see Commons Category: Commons partnerships in Poland).


  • minimum 10 000 files from across all GLAM partnerships to be uploaded to Wikimedia Commons by the end of 2018.
  • at least 10 GLAM workshops in 2018
  • at least 40 new users
  • at least 100 new Wikipedia articles written

Audio recordings for Wikimedia Commons[edytuj]

Actors rehearsing in the studio before recording Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński's poetry. In 2017 18 audio recordings of literary works performed by four professional actors were uploaded by us to Wikimedia Commons

Since 2013 Wikimedia Polska has been funding projects which bring valuable audio content to Wikimedia Commons. This kind of material is very important for presenting knowledge related to music (see: Polish Chritmas Carols recordings. But can be also very useful for literature related content. Wikimedia Polska funded studio recordings of professional Polish actors reading important literary works (for example: Ovid's Ars Amatoria or the love and war poems by Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński. Such recordings are attractive addition to Wikipedia articles (both about the literary works and the performing actors) and Wikisource publications but they are also a good tool in education and promotion of readership. They also take benefit of the growing interest in audiobooks in Poland.

In 2018 we plan to continue with the project of recording the poetry of Cyprian Kamil Norwid, one of the most important poets of the Polish romantic era.

  • record 17 poems by Cyprian Kamil Norwid and upload them to Wikimedia Commons

Lighthouses in Wikipedia[edytuj]


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The aim of this program is to build knowledge about the Wikimedia projects and their mission among the society members. Through that we hope to strenghten the understanding of and trust in our community as well asbring new editors into the projects.

  • provide trainings and information to various and diverse groups
  • liaise with the media to spread the information about our projects, succesess, and rules
  • create favorable conditions for disseminating Wikimedia-related knowledge among the public

Workshops and edit-a-thons[edytuj]

Workshops are a good way to invite new people to Wikipedia, teach them about the Wikimedia mission, rules, and community. They give us a chance to gain new editors or at least people who understand how Wikipedia works. Wikimedia Polska has been conducting about 15-20 workshops a year. Most of the initiative initiative comes from instituions or groups interested in either getting to know Wikipedia or working on a certain project. We work with various organizations, including cultural and educational institutions.

Most of the trainings are conducted by our staff but a significant part is also done by our volunteers. The fact that Wikimedia Polska staff and community are very diverse geographically means that we can cover different areas of Poland and bring knowledge about Wikipedia to different regions.


  • at least 200 newly registered users
  • at least 15 workshops conducted
  • at least 50 new Wikipedia pages created
  • at least 10 volunteers involved


Librarians are good in working with sources and finidng information and they are passionate about knowledge. This is why they are natural allies for Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects. We want to encourage them to contribute by organising #1Lib1Ref events in partnership with the Polish Librarians Association. Our partner will help us in reaching librarians and will provide venues. We will host 3 events which will consist of Wikipedia training and adding sources to articles. The event will bring new people to Wikipedia and add to the quality of articles.


  • organise 3 1Lib1Ref events
  • at least 30 new registered users
  • sources added in at least 20 Wikipedia articles

Telling the Wikimedia story[edytuj]


This program is aimed to support a healthy, highly motivated and active Wikimedia community, willing to engage in Wikimedia projects and the chapter's work, empowered and skillful. This will (in result) lead to more content being brought into the projects and more people involved in what we do. We want to achieve this by:

  • building appreciation of our volunteers and showing them how we value their work
  • building good relationship between our organization and the community, based on mutual understanding of needs and goals
  • helping our community know the wider Wikimedia community and understand the movement better
  • supporting our volunteers in expanding their knowledge about Wikimedia and improving their skills
  • providing them with resources needed in their Wikimedia work
  • creating space for discussion, networking and connecting
  • supporting friendly and positive atmosphere in our community together with good and supportive working enviroment
  • preventing burning out of longtime community members

Conferences and meet-ups[edytuj]

In 2017 56 people took part in our Winter Retreat. In the post-conference survey more than 90% stated that the event made them feel more connected to the Wikimedia community and motivated to contribute and more than 70% that they gained new knowledge about Wikimedia projects and will use that knowledge in their work

We support our community by organizing meet-ups and conferences. This gives them an opportunity to meet and discuss and this in turn leads to better mutual understanding and lowering tensions within the community. Building a strong and kind community prevents burnouts (people have colleagues who can provide support in difficult situations) and creates a welcoming atmosphere. At the same time meet-ups support knowledge transfer between the volunteers and create space to seek solutions to challenges and start working together. Also, smaller meetings can support building and maintaining strong communities built around a certain Wikimedia project or a certain region. And in organizing those events we try to make sure that our staff works hand in hand with the volunteers giving the latter the chance to engage in chapter's activities and help in shaping the meetups.

In 2018 we want to organize 3 major meetups: a Winter Retreat (a conference focused on gaining new skills through training and working together on certain problems with a strong socializing program helping the participants to get to know each other better), Wikimedia Polska Conference (the obligatory meeting for our annual General Assembly and board election) and Źródłosłów (a combined conference of editors of two growing Polish sister projects - Wiktionary and Wikisource). Each of these meetings will be held in a different locations so that we can engage different local communities in the organization process and make sure that people from different regions have easy access to at least one event.

We would also want to have some small and informal local communities focused on creating friendly relationship between local community members.

Acts of appreciation[edytuj]

Creating a culture of appreciation makes our volunteers feel valued and stay motivated. In 2018 we will start to send personalised thank you letters and small souvenirs to all voluneteers involved in organising our projects. This will help to keep our core community active and motivated but at the same time create an inviting atmosphere for those who occasionaly work with us. By making an effort to personalise every thank you we will show exactly what was special and valuable in each performance. This way of showing appreciation worked very good towards our volunteer team engaged in CEE Meeting 2017 (see: Learnings in the grant report) so we want to apply it to more of our volunteers.

We also want to try if appreaciation showed in the first signs of burning out can help volunteers stay in the project. We will be using a bot to trace whether any of the most active users has been showing decreasing activity so that we can have a chance to reach out, appreaciate the work already done by them in the project and ask if there is any assistance we can provide (for example through the microgrant program or an invitation to a meeting). This will help us to reach those community members who feel unapppreaciated or need additional motivation and act to keep them in the projects.


Wayside chapel in Marcinów. One of the more than 2000 media files uploaded in our microgrant project in 2017

This program supports our community by providing them with tools and materials which can help them in fulfilling their editing goals and helping them to bring content which they are passionate about or fill the knowledge gaps in areas they find important. Wikimedia Polska microgrant program has been successful in providing that kind of support since 2010. The program lets editors apply for reimbursement of sources, tickets to events and institutions or travel costs. The program is designed to be as easy, trust-based, and quick as possible. When requesting a small grant the grantee needs to fill in simplified docummentation and (both in the case of a small and a large grant) the applicants receive the answer within 72 hours. This way we not only support our volunteers in their work and ideas but we also work on establishing good relationships between the chapter and the community by showing our volunteers that getting our help is simple and quick. In 2018 we want to continue with the program and maintain the performance on the same high level as in the last 3 years.

A fun Wikimedia experience![edytuj]

As strange as it might sound having fun is one of the sources of motivation to edit. We will support that by introducing Wikipedia-themed board games for our meetings or organising fun, prize-less challenges in the projects. The board games will help in socialising during events and challenges will bring new content but their main purpouse is to help in mantaining the pure joy of contributing and finding fun and new goals and in result fueling motivation and helping in feeling good in the projects (something that may be lost in the long run, due to conflicts and effort required to do some Wikimedia work).

Good internal communication[edytuj]

In order to provide a good understanding between the community and the organisation we want to make sure that our members and volunteers are well informed about what we are working on and what our goals are. This is why we create a newsletter for our community. In 2018 we also want to improve the pages on our wiki, making it easier for our volunteers to find information about how we can help them and to find ways in which they can engage in our activities.

Scholarship program[edytuj]

We want to continue to provide scholarships for our volunteers to international Wikimedia conferences. It helps to connect our community with the worldwide movement and lets our voluneteers take part in international exchange of ideas and thoughts. We believe that learning from each other is one of the most valuable experiences in the Wikimedia movement and that bringing Wikimedians from different communities together provides a good opportunity for that. This is why wy support the attendence of our volunteers in different conferences and meetups outside Poland, including (but not restricted to) Wikimania and CEE Meeting. And because all scholarship receipients need to document and report their experience (as per a bylaw adopted by the Board) we know that the wider community will also have an opportunity to benefit from their learnings and findings.