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Title: Wikipedia belongs to everyone: Creating local and digital activities across an entire nation


Josefine Hellroth Larsson

Josefine Hellroth Larsson is a project leader at Wikimedia Sverige with a special focus on education and learning and creating engagement in the association. She is teaching others how they can contribute to the Wikimedia platforms, collaborating with educational institutions, GLAM institutions, Swedish NGOs and other groups of members and volunteers. Photo: Josefine Hellroth Larsson CC BY 4.0 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Josefine_Hellroth_Larsson_211108.jpg

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Type: Lecture

Track: Equity, Inclusion, and Community Health

Submission state: submitted

Duration: 30 minutes

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Presentation language: en

Abstract & description[edit source]

Abstract[edit source]

Through the project Wikipedia for all of Sweden, Wikimedia Sverige aims to build local and digital activities across the entire country, recruiting members and creating awareness. The work has started in four counties from Skåne down south to Västerbotten up north, where we seek a variety of partners. Collaboration is key, because that gives us opportunities to reach existing groups of people with a multitude of interests.

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Holding activities is, of course, not a new thing for the Wikimedia Movement. But creating an offline and online member’s movement with local activities across the country on a large and focused scale, might be.

Wikimedia Sverige has applied for external project funding to finance the project, which spans over almost two years. In four pilot counties (Skåne, Östergötland, Uppsala and Västerbotten), we reach out to a multitude of potential partners. They include everything from universities and folk high schools to associations for youth or older citizens, to museums and libraries, tourist organizations and nature protection groups. Our belief is that where people gather, knowledge exists and we can create Wikimedia enthusiasm. Activities include training sessions, photo marathons, edit-a-thons and events for collecting metadata to improve Wikimedia Commons files.

This presentation aims at inspiring others by sharing our project model, as well as sharing examples from other countries where local activities are facilitated at a large scale. We will approach other affiliates to include their stories in the presentation as well.

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Qn. How does your session relate to the event themes: Diversity, Collaboration Future?

The target groups of the Swedish project are senior citizens, young people and non-men. This is because we have identified that these groups are underrepresented within the association, and we want to engage people of more diverse backgrounds. We also want to build the association stronger for the future, engaging more members and volunteers to create a more robust organization and movement. The core of the project is collaboration, both within the organization and with all of the project partners.

Qn. What is the experience level needed for the audience for your session?

Everyone can participate in this session

Qn. What is the most appropriate format for this session?

  • Empty Onsite in Singapore
  • Tick Remote online participation, livestreamed
  • Tick Remote from a satellite event
  • Empty Hybrid with some participants in Singapore and others dialing in remotely
  • Empty Pre-recorded and available on demand