Grants:IdeaLab/Country Specific Historical Data

Inspire NewReaders icon still.png
Country Specific Historical Data
Economist, students, and statisticians
Hex icon with lightning white.svg
idea creator
this project needs...
Hex icon with hand black.svg
Hex icon with flask black.svg
Hex icon with lightning black.svg
Hex icon with star black.svg
project manager
created on11:09, 13 January 2018 (UTC)


Who are the people you want to introduce Wikipedia to?Edit

Try to be as specific as possible about this group.
people who want complete statistics about a particular subject like economy, population or finance

In what languages do they search for information, online or otherwise?Edit

English or Filipino

In what ways does this group communicate with each other?Edit

This can include services and apps in social media, mailing lists, physical spaces like conferences or lectures, or at specific institutions like at a library.
Facebook mostly

What are some reasons this group would use Wikipedia? How would they benefit from it, or what would they find useful?Edit

Think about what they would be interested in reading and learning about; does Wikipedia provide better access to information this group cares about?
Fake news is all around the social media. And what a great way to spread truth out of this lies/fake news is by providing unbiased and accurate statistics where they could make assumptions just by looking at numbers and general analysis of the recorded data.

Project ideaEdit

What language Wikipedia projects will you promote to new readers?Edit

English, Filipino

How will you communicate with new readers? Will you be communicating with them online, in-person, or both?Edit


Describe your idea to engage new readers. How might it be implemented? What will you tell people about Wikipedia?Edit

Think about the steps that might involved to make this idea happen, and what you might teach people about your experience or others' experiences using Wikipedia.
By providing one stop accurate and updated statistics, new readers wouldn't have to search the web for hours just to look for specific statistics that are otherwise provided in the web but in a fragmented manner.

How will you know if this project is successful? What are some outcomes that you can share after the project is completed?Edit

If you’re not certain about how to respond to this question when starting your idea, you do not need to answer it right now. Campaign participants and Wikimedia Foundation staff can help you consider some options.

Do you think you can implement this idea? What support do you need?Edit

Do you need people with specific skills or resources to complete this idea? Are there any financial needs for this project? Do you need advising from Wikimedia Foundation staff?
I can do this, since I'm already doing a blog out of it by compiling historical data from different websites. Specifically, countries annual growth rate dating back to 1950s-60s to present, currency exchange rates, balance of trade statistics,per capita income every year, and the size of its economy.

And If I may say, just to prove that something is wrong by searching for this facts, I've already spent hours just to do that. So in order to not search again when time comes that I need that specific research and data again, I've put it in a blog just for reference purposes. Had this been on wikipedia the whole time, I wouldn't have spent this many hours even days just to find them. And instead of going to numerous websites, I could have just gone here and look to all of in in one place. Hopefully at least, something like this is put in wikipedia or otherwise at least compiled and not fragmented as it is now.

Get InvolvedEdit

About the idea creatorEdit

Currently a college student that spends most of my time collecting information from different parts of the web just to gather enough data to do thesis, research papers and sometimes assignments.



Expand your ideaEdit

Would a grant from the Wikimedia Foundation help make your idea happen? You can expand this idea into a grant proposal.

Expand into a Rapid Grant

No funding needed?Edit

Does your idea not require funding, but you're not sure about what to do next? Not sure how to start a proposal on your local project that needs consensus? Contact Chris Schilling on-wiki at I JethroBT (WMF) (talk · contribs) or via e-mail at cschilling for help!