Grants:PEG/Figureskatingfan/WSU Autobiography project

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Basic informationEdit

Grant request detailsEdit

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Figureskatingfan (Christine Meyer)
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Project detailsEdit

Official project name
Washington State University (WSU) Autobiography Project
Project start date
October 2014
Project completion date
December 2014
Please describe the project in a few sentences
Over the course of the Fall 2014 semester, we will conduct a series of three workshops to encourage students at WSU to contribute to high-quality articles about autobiographies, and to increase and retain new editors at the WSU community.

Financial detailsEdit

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Amount and currency requested
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For organizations onlyEdit

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Are you an incorporated organization able to provide local proof of nonprofit status within your country? For-profit organizations are not eligible to receive grants through the PEG program.
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Goals and measures of successEdit

Project goalEdit

Please briefly describe what will be accomplished if the project is successful.

Project goal
The goal of the project is the creation and development of Wikipedia articles about autobiographies, and to increase the number of Wikipedia editors at WSU.

Measures of successEdit

Please provide a list of measurable criteria that will be used determine how successful the project is. You will need to report on the success of the project according to these measures after the project is completed.

Measures of success
Using the table at WP: List of autobiographies as a guide, there will be a 50% decrease of red links of articles about individual autobiographies.
After three workshops, 10% of the attendees will be regular contributors to Wikipedia.

Project scope and activitiesEdit

This section describes what will happen if this project is funded. Who will do what, and when?

List of activities
User:Figureskatingfan (Christine Meyer) will do the majority of the legwork, especially initially, and will work with WSU librarians to promote and help find a venue on campus.


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Project budget table
Total cost of project
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Resources and RisksEdit


This section is used to highlight your potential for successfully executing this project.

Consider including the following information:

  • List of team members (names or usernames): Figureskatingfan (Christine Meyer)
  • Onwiki evidence of community support (such as a project about this discussion):
  • Endorsements from community members or movement groups:
  • Special skills or qualifications this potential grantee or project lead brings to this project:
  • Evidence of past success in executing similar projects:
Christine Meyer has had extensive experience in organizations events of this kind. For example, in Toastmasters, she has successfully chaired a committee that organized a conference with almost 100 attendees. She has also planned speech contests, trainings, and social events. Additionally, Christine has chaired other committees and planned and implemented events for other volunteer organizations.

This section is used to identify key risks or threats that would prevent you from achieving your project goals and how you would mitigate those risks and threats.

Key risks:

  • Difficulty in recruiting attendees (promotion)
  • Difficulty in getting WSU librarians on board.

Mitigating risks:

  • Take advantage of established connections on campus.
  • Consistent and regular workshops to establish continuity.


In the sections below, please describe how the project is related to the Wikimedia mission and Wikimedia's strategic priorities.

Fit to strategyEdit

How will this project support the key organizational objectives of
  • increasing reach (more people will access or contribute to Wikipedia or our other projects),
  • participation (more people actually contributing),
  • quality (more content, more useful content, or higher-quality content),
  • credibility (more trust in our projects),
  • organizational maturity and effectiveness (how it will move you or the Wikimedia community forward),
  • or financial sustainability (how it will help you achieve more in the long run)?
This statement should address at least one of the strategic priorities listed here specifically. See Project and Event Grants program criteria for decision making.
This project will increase the number of articles about the genre of autobiographies, a woefully understudied topic on Wikipedia. Since many of the books listed are written by a variety of people, it will help to mitigate the systemic bias, and increase the number of editors, regardless of their interests.


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Please provide a brief statement about how the project is related to other work in the Wikimedia movement. For example, does the project fit into a work area such as GLAM, education, organizational development, editor retention, or outreach?
The project falls into

If successful, will the project have the potential to be replicated successfully by other individuals, groups, or organizations? Please explain how in 1–2 sentences.

Please list other benefits to the movement here.