Grants:APG/Proposals/2019-2020 round 2/The Centre for Internet and Society/Proposal form

The Centre for Internet and Society
Access to Knowledge

The Centre for Internet and Society
LocationBangalore (head office)
Delhi (branch office)
Legal statusRegistered non-profit organisation
Main officeNo. 194, 2nd 'C' Cross, Domlur, 2nd Stage, Bengaluru, 560071 (OpenStreetMap, Google Maps)
Official language(s)English
Other language(s)Kannada, Hindi[1]
Key peoplePlease see CIS-A2K team
ReportsAccess to Knowledge reports
(or read the organisation's annual reports and audit reports, or the organisation's newsletters)
Phone number+91 80 4092 6283 (Bangalore office)
E-mail addresstito (primary contact)
Remarks  The text in the document attempts to follow Wikimedia Accessibility guidelines. A WCAG 2.0 check report may be seen here.
A validation check by W3C may also be seen here

The Centre for Internet and Society (or "CIS") is a registered non-profit research organisation in India that undertakes interdisciplinary research on the internet and digital technologies from policy and academic perspectives. CIS is working in different areas such as accessibility for persons with disabilities, openness, internet governance, telecommunication reform, intellectual property rights, digital privacy, cybersecurity and research on socio-material and cultural aspects of the internet. The organisation's official website may be seen at Annual reports of the organisation may be seen at

Access to Knowledge (or "A2K") is a programme of CIS, that supports and facilitates the work of Indian Wikimedia projects located across various Indian language communities. In mid-2012, CIS-A2K received a financial grant from the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) and since then it has been actively involved in growing the Wikimedia and free knowledge movement in India. For the last few years, we have been working to build and enhance community skills and capacity, and to create sustainable programmes in enriching the Indian language content on Wikipedia. CIS-A2K's primary objectives are:

  •   supporting and serving the Indian Wikimedia communities
  •   building institutional partnerships
  •   bringing more content under free license
  •   designing and executing projects with community participation
  •   strengthening Wikimedia volunteers
  •   fostering and enabling an appropriate legal and technological ecosystem to facilitate content creation and open access

In 2019–2020, CIS-A2K conducted and supported several Wiki-events and activities all over India. Following our last year's proposal, Wikisource and Wikidata were our focused projects. Some of the major projects conducted and supported between 1 July 2019 and 31 March 2020 are:

Events conducted Events supported

Note: During the current workplan year we saw the unfortunate outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic globally (and also in India). Following Wikimedia Foundation's recommendation, all on-ground (in-person) Wiki-activities, such as national/state-level workshops, hackathons, conferences etc. have been either cancelled or postponed until 15 September 2020.[2] In the first three months of the next programme year also CIS-A2K will continue following this recommendation. Some events which are postponed currently may be conducted when the situation is back to normal and safe.


1. In order to support community review, please provide a brief description of your organization's work in the upcoming funding period.

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In the upcoming work plan year (i.e. 1 July 2020 – 30 June 2021) CIS-A2K will continue providing support to Indian Wikimedia communities. With an emphasis on editor retention, high-quality content creation and promoting activities on bridging the gender gap on Wikimedia, CIS-A2K would like to work with Indian communities, projects, and active Wikimedians for the overall development of the movement.

  • CIS-A2K will conduct and support content enrichment-related activities such as edit-a-thons, Wikidata datathon/label-a-thon, photowalks, Wikisource proofreading contest etc.
  • CIS-A2K will conduct/support skill-development workshops such as Wikidata training, MediaWiki training, personalised Wiki-training, regional Wiki-skill-development workshops, etc.
  • In addition to on-ground (in-person) Wiki-events, CIS-A2K will especially focus on online workshops and training sessions.
  • CIS-A2K would like to create high-quality movement resources. We propose to create a series of Wiki-tutorials in different formats, especially in Indian languages.
  • CIS-A2K's request page will be open to Indian Wikimedia communities for general service and support (both financial and non-financial).
  • Bridging the gender gap in Wikipedia communities will continue to be an area of focus.
  • CIS-A2K will closely follow Wikimedia Strategy, and work to implement the recommendations in India. CIS-A2K will also support Indian Wikimedia communities to organise Strategy 2030-related discussions, meetups, or will provide other possible support[3]
  • CIS-A2K will provide support as a fiscal sponsor for major Wiki-events in India.

2. Name, fiscal year, and funding period.

  • Legal name of organization: The Centre for Internet and Society
  • Organization's fiscal year: 1 April – 31 March[4]
  • 12-month funding period requested: 1 July 2020 – 30 June 2021
  • Currency requested: Indian rupee (INR)
  • Name of primary contact: Tito Dutta (tito

3. Amount requested. Table 1

Currency requested US$
Total expenses for the upcoming year 16,215,380[5] 227,015.32
APG funding requested for the upcoming year 15,930,880 223,032
Amount of funding received from WMF for the current year 15,167,040 213,552

4. How does your organization know what community members and contributors to online projects need or want? Does your organization conduct needs assessments or consult the contributors and volunteers most involved with its work?

  • Throughout the year CIS-A2K communicates with Wikimedians during different Wiki-events etc. CIS-A2K also conducted one-to-one calls and discussions to understand their requirements and suggestions.
  • CIS-A2K conducts needs-assessment surveys and provides special attention to the suggestions and feedback of the community members. This year also CIS-A2K sent out a needs-assessment survey to Wikimedians in India. 41 Wikimedians filled this form.
  • In the community-facing position, CIS-A2K has appointed Community Advocates[6] and Project Advisors[7] This helps us to understand the pulse of the community and pay due attention to their specific requirements.
  • IRC, national-level or language/project IRCs conducted by CIS-A2K.

5. Please provide a link to your organization's strategic plan, and a link to your separate annual plans for the current and upcoming funding periods if you have them.

Annual plan summary


Previous proposals

Quick access
2018-2019 round 2 proposal
2017-2018 round 2 proposal
2016-2017 round 2 proposal
2015-2016 round 2 proposal

CIS-A2K is committed to promoting Wikimedia and the free knowledge movement in the Indian sub-continent. Over the years, CIS-A2K gradually developed, modified and improved our program structure, and our work model to reflect and cater to the needs articulated by the communities. CIS-A2K design and conduct programmes and activities with an objective to serve the communities to grow further. CIS-A2K is working closely with Indian Wikimedians and we are always been grateful for their encouragement, support, timely feedback, and interventions.

Priorities for 2020–2021

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The priorities of the 2020–2021 work plan year are:

  •   Content re-license: Bringing content under Creative Commons and similar free licenses are going to be a priority for this year as well. CIS-A2K has been successfully re-licensing content in different languages for the last few years and will continue approaching authors, publishers, and institutions with proposals on re-licensing content. This will bring more content on Wikisource which can be used as reference materials for different topics on Wikipedia, for which resources are currently missing or not accessible to the editors.
  •   Support towards Wikidata and Wikisource: In the last couple of years we have seen considerable growth in India in these two projects. CIS-A2K also put in a lot of effort to support Wikidata and Wikisource projects in India. CIS-A2K has appointed Project Advisors to understand the specific requirements of these areas and work towards fulfilling them. Our recent collaborations with different institutions are mainly focused on these projects. This year, we will retain the continuity of these initiatives and work further on these projects.
  •   Editor retention: Editor retention is an important part of community growth. In addition to bringing in new editors, supporting hard-working editors and editor retention-related measures are going to be a priority for this year. Experienced and dedicated editors are valuable assets to the Wikimedia movement, losing them for whatsoever reason is detrimental to the work and objectives of the free knowledge movement. CIS-A2K will therefore pro-actively work in this area to ensure better editor retention and productive engagement with communities.
  •   Online training and workshops: CIS-A2K has not fully explored the area of online training and workshops yet, as it is still a relatively new pedagogic model in some parts of the world, and also dependent on factors like digital infrastructure, access and skills. This model may, however, be necessitated by logistical reasons or unforeseen circumstances, such as the current global health crisis, and offer advantages such as reducing the carbon footprint and logistical expenses. Currently, the only online training which CIS-A2K provides is the skill-sharing initiative on Wikidata, which has been a zero budget initiative and is getting some response from the community. This year, CIS-A2K is going to further focus on this area and explore further.
  •   Bridging gender gap: CIS-A2K has worked on understanding and bridging the gender gap in the Indian language Wikipedia communities over the last few years. Please read a research paper published by User:Elisachang, a former CIS-A2K intern. This year also CIS-A2K will continue to work on activities related to bridging the gender gap, through various initiatives and studies of the field.

Programme Overview




In the following table, CIS-A2K is explaining the goals of their programmes:

📚 Programme I: Content Enrichment

🏄 Programme II: Skill Development

  • To enrich content across Indian Wikimedia projects by offering credible and verifiable resources to Wikimedians.
  • To develop high-quality content across Indian Wikimedia projects like Wikipedia, Wikidata, Wikisource, etc.
  • To collaborate with practitioners and scholars to contribute to Wikimedia projects and create high-quality content.
  • To collaborate with subject experts in specific fields (for example in agriculture, political economy, law, art, gender studies, medicine, politics etc.) to actively improve the content that receives large readership, and address those topics that may be less visible.
  • To enhance skills through workshops and events among several Indic Wikimedians that allow them to contribute to and expand the Wikimedia movement.
  • To continuously develop and maintain the Wikimedians network that can assist volunteers who are new to the movement.
  • To empower/mentor community-initiated Wikipedia or any other project through Wiki-events, both financially and non-financially.
  • To further support Wikidata and Wikisource community that helps in collaborating with open knowledge platforms.
🤝 Programme III: Partnership

🙋 Programme IV: Leadership

  • To collaborate with like-minded institutions and organisations that believe in Wikimedia's vision in order to improve and expand Wikimedia-related content and the projects' reach.
  • To provide long-term support to Wikimedians in terms of infrastructure and resources.
  • To foster content and training-focused partnerships with research organisations.
  • To conceptualise and execute projects resulting in high-quality content and recruitment of new editors.
  • To present documentary evidence highlighting the impact of Wikimedia projects in the education sector.
  • To develop a culture of multilingual collaboration across projects and communities, and sharing best practices.
  • To create leaders who help in formulating and implementing policies of diversity, inclusion and safe space across communities and community events.

Programmes and Objectives

Programme I: Content Enrichment Activities: CIS-A2K will conduct and support a series of Wiki-activities to ensure high-quality content creation in different Indian Wikimedia projects.

  •   On Wikipedia: CIS-A2K will conduct or support at least two national-level edit-a-thons (such as Indian Independence Day edit-a-thon).[8] Our focus will be on Indian-language Wikipedias, and on topics or thematics of diverse interest and readership, as well as those areas which lack visibility on the platform. CIS-A2K will support similar content-enrichment activities initiated by active Wikipedians, and based on the interests of specific language communities. CIS-A2K will also work with our partners to ensure high-quality content-creation on Wikipedia.
  •   On Wikisource: Following the discussion CIS-A2K had with the Wikisource community members during the 2019–2020 work-plan year, CIS-A2K plans to conduct at least one large-scale proofreading event. CIS-A2K will also conduct/support at least two language-specific proofreading events or similar Wikisource content enrichment events/activities.
  •   On Wikidata: CIS-A2K will conduct at least one large-scale data-thon or label-a-thon on Wikidata. This will be organised on topics of priority, as defined by the needs of the community in India. CIS-A2K will continue supporting the activities of Wikidata WikiProject India (and related Wikidata WikiProjects) in order to ensure quality-content creation.
  •   On Wikimedia Commons: CIS-A2K will conduct at least six photo-walks in India, and will support similar activities initiated by active Wikimedians in the country. CIS-A2K will also extend our support towards Wiki Loves or similar community-initiated events. This year CIS-A2K is going to invest more time and resources towards mapping GLAM content and institutions in India. This should also help in content enrichment on Wikimedia Commons. CIS-A2K will involve the institutional partners to create content (images, audio & video files etc.) on Wikimedia Commons.
  •   On other Wikimedia projects: There is no specific plan to organise activities around other Wikimedia projects as of now, but if active community members come up with such proposals, CIS-A2K will support them.

Programme II: Skill-development Activities: It is important to conduct/support skill-development activities to ensure quality content creation and more effective Wiki-involvement. This year some of the skill-development activities we propose to conduct are:

  • General Wiki-skill-development workshop: This will include discussions on various topics related to different Wikimedia projects such as tools, gadgets, policies and guidelines, manual of style etc. CIS-A2K also plans to conduct language-domain specific workshops for Wikisource, Wikipedia etc.
  • Online workshops and training sessions: Not only till 15 September[9] but throughout the year, CIS-A2K will focus on conducting/facilitating online workshops/training sessions on specific topics and skills to continue our efforts in capacity-building for the Indian language Wikimedia communities. On one hand, we will continue programmes like Wikidata skill sharing, and CIS-A2K will organise special online workshops with experts from around the world on specific subjects. CIS-A2K aims to conduct at least 6 online workshops like this.[10] CIS-A2K expects to have at least a total of 20 participants each in the Wikisource and Wikidata training.
  • MWT, Regional-MWT, and Tech-workshops: For the developers and the editors who are maintaining and working on the technical side of a Wikimedia project, CIS-A2K will conduct technological workshops such as MediaWiki Training (MWT), Regional MediaWiki Training (RMWT)[11]
  • Wiki Advanced Training: Wiki Advance Training (WAT) is a workshop that provides Advanced training on specific Wikimedia projects. In July 2018, CIS-A2K conducted the first iteration of Wiki Advance Training in Ranchi, Jharkhand, and our topic was advanced training for better content-creation on Wikipedia. In 2019, CIS-A2K conducted the second iteration of Wiki Advanced Training and our focused project was Wikisource. In the upcoming work plan year, CIS-A2K proposes to conduct the third iteration of the programme. This year the focused project will be mostly Wikidata and/or Wikimedia Commons. Editors who are actively working on content-enrichment will be the participants.

Programme III: Partnership: Strong and long-standing institutional partnerships are really important for the development of the Wikimedia movement. CIS-A2K is collaborating and working with different educational institutions and like-minded organisations such as Vigyan Ashram, Christ University etc. over the last few years. CIS-A2K will continue our collaborations with existing institutional partners and will also explore new institutional partnership opportunities to support Indian language Wikimedia projects. At the beginning of 2020, CIS-A2K initiated a partnership with National Digital Library of India (NDLI) around Wikidata and Wikisource. This year CIS-A2K will take this partnership forward and support NDLI to execute this collaborative plan, according to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Some of the institutions CIS-A2K expects to work within the upcoming year are:

Institution Skills enhancement Content enrichment in Wikimedia projects Impact on free knowledge movement
Vigyan Ashram, Pabal Editing on Wikipedia, Wikisource & Wikimedia Commons Science & technology related content Dissemination of knowledge about appropriate technologies and sustainable livelihoods
PAH Solapur University, Solapur Editing on Wikipedia, Wikisource & Wikimedia Commons, Wikidata, copyright policies Documentation of local history Integration of academic assignments and Wikimedia projects
Gokhale Institute of Politics & Economics, Pune, Maharashtra Wikidata editing, Copyright policies Copyright free digitised content, database of books/reports Rare & unique content with good reference value will be made accessible, the catalogues & databases will be linked globally
National Digital Library of India Wikidata & Wikisource editing, Copyright policies, Re-licensing process Contents enrichment from NDLI on Wikisource and Wikidata Wikidata and Wikisource linkage on NDLI website
Ramkrishna Mission, Belur, West Bengal Editing on Wikipedia & Wikimedia Commons, Copyright policies, Re-licensing process Sanskrit books OERs on Sanskrit learning
Tarun Bharat Sangh, Rajasthan Editing on Wikipedia & Wikimedia Commons, Copyright policies, Re-licensing process Content related to water and rivers of India Reliable database of rivers in India and their present status
Visva-Bharati University Editing in Wikipedia & Wikimedia Commons, Copyright policies, Re-licensing process Content from Santiniketan museum and Sangit Bhavana The visitors will have access to in-depth knowledge through QR codes to be installed
School of Cultural Texts & Records, Jadavpur University Editing in Wikipedia & Wikimedia Commons, Copyright policies, Re-licensing process Cultural texts, music archive, database of library & archives High quality, reliable and unique content on cultural history and traditional music will be available to the community
RIWATCH, Arunachal Pradesh Editing on Wikipedia & Wikimedia Commons, Copyright policies, Re-licensing process Cultural content about North-East region of India Identification and bridging of knowledge gaps about North-east region of India

"Namma Karnataka" is a project that will focus on enriching the content in Kannada on Wikidata, Wikisource and Wikipedia and we will continue working with at least three educational institutions and involve the students in different Wikimedia activities.

Institution Edit-a-thon Skill building Photothon Wikisource
Christ University, Bengaluru  Y  Y  Y  Y
SDM College, Ujire  Y  Y
Alva’s College, Moodbidri  Y  Y  Y  Y

We will continue our efforts to bring new institutional partners in the movement from Karnataka, such as Dayananda Sagar College of Engineering, Mysore University, International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore and Mangalore University.[12]

Programme IV: Leadership: The Wikimedia movement across the world and in India has been able to grow and sustain due to excellent community leaders and their leadership. They not only embody volunteerism but also inspire many others to contribute to the movement. In the past, CIS-A2K has consistently worked to enhance leadership skills among Indian Wikimedia community members. This year also we propose to conduct/support activities to enhance leadership skills.

  • Movement resources: It is crucial to invest resources in order to create important and much-required movement resources that will benefit many Wikimedians and also new members. Movement resources include materials in the form of videos, tutorials, handbooks, animations, and infographics, etc. CIS-A2K will create resources on different Wiki-topics such as handbook/tutorials on policies, guidelines, manual of style, best practices for Wiki-events, workshops, meetup, outreach and other programs; tools, gadgets etc.
    The movement creation process will also witness collaboration with community members which will ensure leadership and skill development. Work such as video editing may be outsourced to professionals. This year, CIS-A2K intends to create high-quality movement resources in Indian languages, in addition to content in English. Instead of regular recordings, CIS-A2K will focus on creating video tutorials. This will profit a major section of Wikimedians whose native language is not English.
  • Supporting meetups: CIS-A2K has experience of working with city-based Wikimedia communities in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Punjab, Odisha, West Bengal etc. The community members meet, conduct or participate in Wiki-events (workshops) on a regular basis. CIS-A2K Will continue supporting city-based or theme-specific meetups. In the upcoming year, we expect to conduct/support at least 8 such meetups in India.
  • Supporting community leadership activities: CIS-A2K has supported leadership and skill-building initiatives proposed by active Wikimedians/Wikimedia communities last year and our collaboration with Vigyan Ashram, Maharashtra and VVIT WikiConnect are such examples. VVIT WikiConnect is a student-lead Wiki club at Vasireddy Venkatadri Institute of Technology, an engineering college in Andhra Pradesh. This club was supported by CIS-A2K last year and some of the major activities. Similarly this year too, CIS-A2K aims to support meaningful initiatives by active Wikimedians which will help build these skills among community members. CIS-A2K would also like to learn from the experienced Wikimedia community members about best practices for engaging community members. With this support and engagement, CIS-A2K would like to develop a leadership programme that provides a big picture of the Wikimedia movement.
  • Request page: CIS-A2K request page is a portal for Indian Wikimedians where they can ask for support towards activities and events in their respective communities or specific Wiki-projects. The Request page supports a variety of requests, including support for organising events, support for participating in events, non-financial requests such as merchandise, etc. A request generally undergoes the following steps before approval: event page creation, community discussion and endorsement, and review by CIS-A2K. Between 1 July 2019 and 31 March 2020 we have received 14 requests.
  • Regional Train-the-Trainer: CIS-A2K has conducted seven iterations of the Train-the-Trainer. This year CIS-A2K doesn't have a plan to conduct a national-level large-scale Train-the-Trainer. However, CIS-A2K would like to support regional Train-the-Trainer events.
Language Count
Santali 1
Tamil 3
Punjabi 2
Telugu 1
Kannada 2
Tulu 2
Bengali 1
Others 2

CIS-A2K will continue providing this support towards community activities through the request page. This year CIS-A2K would not have a separate request page for technological support. A community-led initiative, Indic-TechCom was formed after Wiki Advanced Training, Ranchi. CIS-A2K shall redirect the requests for technological support to Indic TechCom. CIS-A2K will continue supporting Indic-TechCom by trying to involve developers in the group, doing the necessary promotion of this work, and conducting online/on-Wiki events in collaboration with TechCom.

Research work: In the last work-plan CIS-A2K added a research component in our work. This addition was made after we felt the necessity of better utilising the research expertise at the Centre for Internet and Society. The research work CIS-A2K has done so far in the current year may be seen here. The research plan for 2020–21 will continue to build upon some of the work from the previous year, and attempt to engage with specific project areas, with a focus on priorities identified by different language communities in work undertaken by the team.

  • Support towards Content Enrichment and Outreach:
  1. In continuation with the work undertaken on mapping GLAM institutions in Maharashtra this year, we will extend this work across two states to map offline and digitized collections, technical infrastructure and human capacities at various GLAM institutions. Collaboration with projects such as Wikimedia Commons, Wikisource and Wikidata, and possibilities of replication across other languages if possible will be explored. The work will be a pilot towards developing a broader GLAM strategy for Indian language Wikimedia projects.
  2. In continuation with work on Bridging Gender Gap on Wikimedia, with a focus on Indian language communities, a mapping of knowledge repositories available with institutions working on gender, with a focus on women and LGBTQIA+ related content and resources will be undertaken, and possibilities of bringing this content on Wikimedia will be explored. These efforts will be led by collaboration with the active participation of individuals and organisations working in the field.
  • Community Engagement and Capacity Building:
  1. A consultation on Wikimedia, free and open knowledge research in India, its prospects and potential strategy will be conducted with key stakeholders to identify what are priority areas of research for the movement, and the community management resources required for the same.
  2. As with the previous year, capacity building for team/community members will be undertaken through short sessions/evening group discussions conducted during main team events. These will focus on thematics such as introduction to Wikimedia, free and open knowledge research, methodologies and documentation practices, research ethics and privacy, design of outputs and outreach. These sessions will be conducted on a small scale, based on the needs and interests of the community.


Line item number Budget Head FDC(INR) FDC(USD) Comments/Explanation
Conversion rate:   1 → US$ 0.0140
1. Programme Expenses
1.1 Programme Director 168,000 2,352 20% of Program Director's remuneration has been shown in Program Expenses. The Program Director will take part in different Wiki-programs to strengthen the communities, or improve the activities
1.2 Programme Manager 840,000 11,760 70% of Program Manager's remuneration has been shown in Program Expenses. The Program Manager will lead most of the A2K wiki-programs and activities
1.3 Research officer 840,000 11,760 Leading the research works conducted by CIS-A2K
1.4 Programme Officer (GLAM) 678,000 9,492 90% of the Programme Officer (GLAM[13])'s remuneration has been shown in Program Expenses.
1.5 Programme Officer 495,000 6,930 75% of the remuneration has been shows in Program Expenses.
1.6 Wikisource Advisor 456,000 6,384 Advisor for Indic Wikisource projects for CIS-A2K
1.7 Wikidata Advisor 456,000 6,384 Advisor for Indic Wikidata project for CIS-A2K
1.8 Community Advocates/Programme Associates 1,800,000 25,200 Remuneration for Programme Associates/Community Advocates
1.9 Tech associate 540,000 7,560 We intend to have a developer/tech-person in the team to provide tech support for the Wikimedia projects in India
1.10 Regional Wiki Events 800,000 11,200 This budget line will support conduct/city-based or regional Wiki-events
1.11 Partnership activities 450,000 6,300 This budget line is intended for partnership building and codncuting Wiki-activities with their support
1.12 Staff travel & stay 440,000 6,160 A2K members' staff travel and stay for events, meetings etc in India[14]
1.13 Skill Builiding Initiatives (Offline) 2,450,000 34,300 Major skill-building initiatives, mostly national-level, or large-scale events.
1.14 Skill Building Initiatives (Online) 0 0 Online training etc. We don't see any expense here. CIS already has an organisation Google Meet account. Unforeseen miscellaneous expense will be under "Miscellaneous" budget line
1.15 General Community Support 400,000 5,600 General support to the community, includes support to request page requests
1.16 Creating movement resources 800,000 11,200 Budget line for creating movement resources (tutorials, videos, etc.)
1.17 Miscellaneous 150,000 2,100 Unforeseen and miscellaneous expenses
1.18 Indian Wikimedians' Global Engagement 320,000 4,480 Supporting Indian Wikimedians to participate in major international Wiki-events such as Wikimania
1.19 CIS-A2K members Global Engagement 140,000 1,960
Program Expenses Sub-total 12,223,000 171,122
2. Operational Expense
2.1 Programme Director 672,000 9,408 80% of Programme Director's Salary has been shown in Operational Expenses
2.2 Programme Manager 360,000 5,040 30% of Programme Manager's Salary has been shown in Operational Expenses.
2.4 Finance Officer 804,000 11,256 10% has been shown in this budget line
2.5 Programme Officer 165,000 2,310 25% has been shown in this budget line
2.6 Institutional development 1,706,880 23,896 This amount is spent for institutional development and includes expenses like office rent, electricity, office internet, newspaper, maintenance, office support etc.
Sub-total Operational Expenses sub-total 3,707,880 51,910
Total Total program budget 15,930,880 223,032

In-kind support

Line item number Revenue source Anticipated(INR) Anticipated(US)
Conversion rate:   1 → US$ 0.0140
1 Volunteer support 81,000 1,134
2 Travel & Stay 50,000 700
3 Event organization and logistics 153,500 2,149
Total Total in-kind support 284,500 3,983

Metrics and Evaluation

Shared metrics

  • Participants: The number of people who attend your events, programmes or activities, either in person or virtually. This definition does not include people organizing activities, social media followers, donors, or others not participating directly.
  • Newly registered: The number of participants that create new accounts on a Wikimedia project. These include users who register up to two weeks before the start of the event.
  • Content pages: A content page is an article on Wikipedia, an item on Wikidata, a content page on Wikisource, an entry on Wiktionary, and a media file on Commons, etc. This metric captures the total number of content pages created or improved across all Wikimedia projects.

Grantee-defined metrics

  • Footprint tracker: CIS-A2K team would like to continue with the "Footprint tracker" metric. This metric is useful to understand active Wiki-communities, locations with frequent Wiki-engagements, and identify institutional partners for supporting active Wiki-communities. It has helped CIS-A2K understand its reach over the current plan period, and address concerns of not engaging non-FLA communities. This metric will track the number of outreach events that are organised by Indian Wikimedians with our support. This metric will be able to provide insights to support Wikimedia projects by local bodies and through the interest shown by communities. Further, this metric will help in devising efficient follow-up mechanisms and will avoid 'reinventing the wheel' regarding social events and needs assessment. A2K team would only count one footprint per city per project irrespective of the frequency of follow-up events or multiple venues for the event. This metric would utilise the geographical distribution of Wikimedians in India and also provide an excellent opportunity for participants of TTT to expand the reach of Wikimedia projects in their communities.
  • Gender ratio: CIS-A2K would like to continue with the metric on Gender ratio. This metric will help us understand the diversity of participants in the events conducted by the team, on the basis of gender identity as self-identified by participants. In keeping with broader efforts in the Wikimedia movement and in the Indian language communities to bridge the gender gap, we will do our best to ensure that events are diverse and inclusive, with the participation of at least 25% women in activities conducted by CIS-A2K.
Programme Participants Newly registered Content pages Footprint tracker Gender ratio or Diversity
Content Enrichment 1,200 500 8,700 9 25%
Skill Development 500 50 1,200 9
Partnerships Development 1,950 800 12,200 8
Leadership Development 600 100 2,000 3
Total 4,350 1,450 24,100 29


  1. This includes only the state languages where CIS have offices. It definitely does not mention the language communities we are serving. CIS promotes diversity and inclusiveness, and respects all languages of the country.
  2. This is the date recommended to us.
  3. For example if a community wants to create a help manual in the local language to explain the recommendations, CIS-A2K will provide support with graphic design, or take care of printing/preparation of the content.
  4. "Why financial year & calendar year differ in India?". Reuters. 10 November 2008. Retrieved 31 March 2020. 
  5. APG requested fund + expected in-kind support
  6. Community advocates work with a specific community such as Punjabi, Marathi etc.
  7. We have two project advisors now for Wikidata and Wikisource
  8. This does not include Project Tiger edit-a-thon.
  9. Please see the Wikimedia Foundation's COVID-19 notice
  10. This count does not include one-to-one skill-sharing.
  11. Earlier we used the term "Mini" such as Mini Train-the-Trainer, or Mini MediaWiki Training. However, we have realised that these regional/zonal workshops are equally important like the national-level workshops. So, we are using the term "Regional" in the proposal.
  12. We have either started conversation with some of these institutions, or we are planning to approach them, and we expect to initiate the collaboration in the upcoming work plan year. Please consider the institutions' names as examples/placeholders.
  13. currently User:Subodh (CIS-A2K)
  14. You may see CIS SOP for work-related travel

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Please sign here once this proposal form is complete, using four tildes. On behalf of CIS-A2K, with good wishes. --Tito (CIS-A2K) (talk) 23:25, 31 March 2020 (UTC)