Grants:PEG/WM PH/Salinfest

This was a submission to the Project and Event Grants Program from an organization in 2013-14, but was withdrawn by that organization before a funding decision was delivered.

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Official project name
Salinfest: Isang Pista ng Pagsasalin para sa Wikipediang Tagalog (Salinfest: A Festival of Translation and Knowledge Transfer for the Tagalog Wikipedia)
Project start date (include month, day, and year)
July 1, 2013
Project completion date (include month, day, and year)
December 1, 2013
Please describe the project in 1–2 sentences
A series of edit-a-thons and consultations with language experts and other concerned parties to help improve content on the Tagalog Wikipedia, culminating in a final edit-a-thon celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Tagalog Wikipedia on December 1, 2003.

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Contact information edit

Primary contact name
Eugene Villar
Primary contact username or email
seav /eugene at wikimedia dot org dot ph
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Project lead name
Josh Lim
Project lead username or email
Sky Harbor / josh dot lim at wikimedia dot org dot ph
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Project lead

Goals and measures of success edit

Project goal edit

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

Project goal
The overall goal of this project is to improve the quality of the Tagalog Wikipedia through a targeted expansion of stub articles scattered throughout the project, encouraging both new Wikipedians and veteran members of the community to contribute to this effort. Specific goals of the project include:
  • Encouraging quality, rather than quantity, as a more-appropriate benchmark of the Tagalog Wikipedia's success.
  • Boosting community morale and camaraderie by providing a venue where editors, both old and new, can interact with one another and work together towards improving the Tagalog Wikipedia.
  • Resolving long-standing disputes and differences over existing language policy on the Tagalog Wikipedia, including differences in opinion over vocabulary usage, translation, naming conventions and orthography (spelling).

Measures of success edit

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Measures of success
We will consider the Salinfest a success should the following criteria be met:
  • At least 200 articles have been de-stubbed.
  • At least ten editors edit the Tagalog Wikipedia very actively (over 100 edits/month) over a minimum of three months. This is considering that since the establishment of the Tagalog Wikipedia, there has been no more than eight very active editors a month ([1]).
  • There is a concrete agreement over language policy reform on the Tagalog Wikipedia, which shall be publicly announced for the guidance of the public.

Project scope and activities edit

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

List of activities
There will be three major activities that will take place in the course of the Salinfest:
  • Edit-a-thons
    • Edit-a-thons are the keystone activity of the Salinfest, which will be held at least three times over the six-month duration of the project. While edit-a-thons are generally limited to a particular scope of articles, for this project, the edit-a-thons will focus on general expansion of stub articles of any topic. The edit-a-thons will be partially tracked, with new editors having the opportunity to be oriented with how to edit Wikipedia before jumping into the edit-a-thon proper.
  • Consultations with groups
  • Culminating activity
    • On December 1, 2013, Wikimedia Philippines will be celebrating ten years of Wikimedia in the Philippines, and since this is the tenth anniversary of the Tagalog Wikipedia, the Salinfest will celebrate the project's tenth birthday with a final edit-a-thon, as well as other activities for the day.

Budget and resources edit

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Project budget table
Number Category Item description Unit Number of units Cost per unit Total cost Currency Notes
1 Rental Working space - - - 30,000 PHP The chapter will rent out a working space for the Salinfest in order to provide a comfortable working environment for edit-a-thon participants. Ideally, each edit-a-thon will last at least six hours, therefore working spaces will be rented for a minimum of 18 hours during the project.
2 Representation Transportation - - - 10,000 PHP This allocation is earmarked to subsidize the transportation costs of participants to and from the working space(s) where the edit-a-thons will be held. Reimbursements are subject to the WMPH expense policy.
Total cost of project
Total amount requested from the WMF Grants Program
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Non-financial requirements edit

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Impact edit

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

Fit to strategy edit

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 WMF Grants Program criteria for decisionmaking.
  • Participation and Reach. The Salinfest is intended to be a project where both veteran Filipino Wikipedians and new editors can contribute and work together to improve content on the Tagalog Wikipedia. Although the Tagalog Wikipedia is the oldest and most established of the Wikimedia projects in a Philippine language, only 4.3% of all page views and an even smaller 2.9% of all page edits in the Philippines are made on the Tagalog Wikipedia (data: [2] and [3]), with English being overwhelmingly dominant. This project seeks to address that through bringing in new editors who may be able to contribute to the future success of the Tagalog Wikipedia, as well as encouraging use by providing information which is not only readily accessible, but also of high quality, to potential readers in the Philippines, particularly those who prefer to read information in Tagalog/Filipino.
  • Quality. Unlike traditional edit-a-thons, which seek to generate new content, the Salinfest primarily seeks to target the expansion of existing content on the Tagalog Wikipedia, particularly as many articles on many topics are still stubs with no means of ever being expanded without outside intervention and editor encouragement. In the last five years, thousands of one-line stubs on a variety of topics, from species of fish, to minor planets, to even years, manga series and South Korean entertainers, have been generated on the Tagalog Wikipedia: a phenomenon which began with the controversial addition of thousands of articles on French communes on the Cebuano Wikipedia, then followed by the Waray-Waray Wikipedia a few years later. This project aims to reaffirm that it is quality, not quantity, that makes a Wikipedia, despite the belief held by some editors that numbers are really important: for example, one of the users involved in generating stubs on the Tagalog Wikipedia had declared on his/her userpage that his/her goal is to expand the Tagalog Wikipedia to 100,000 articles in order "to catch up to the 100,000-plus articles of the Warays".
  • Credibility. Improving the content of any Wikipedia has a direct correlation to how Wikipedia is perceived in terms of credibility. In 2010, GMA News and Public Affairs released a report criticizing the lack of science articles on the Tagalog Wikipedia. As the Salinfest deals with expanding existing content before adding new content, the project can encourage editors to improve articles that already exist, discourage editors from simply contributing hundreds of stubs at any one time, and, in turn, reaffirm the Tagalog Wikipedia as a credible, viable encyclopedia in Tagalog/Filipino: the only encyclopedia written in the language.

Benefits edit

If the project will benefit a specific online community, please tell us.
The Salinfest directly benefits the Tagalog Wikipedia, both in terms of bringing new contributors to the project, but also bringing in new material to improve existing articles, which will go a long way in boosting quality.
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?
This project is focused on editor retention, as it focuses not only on bringing new editors in, but also encouraging them to stay, while at the same time reigniting the interest of older editors in the project.
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.
Yes. The Salinfest is designed to be replicated for other Wikipedias with a high incidence of stubs, and we intend to roll this out with other language projects in the Philippines in due time. Other groups may also choose this approach as an alternative to traditional edit-a-thons, which emphasize the creation of new articles. As we will be documenting the output of this project throughout its lifespan, other groups who may choose to make their own Salinfest-type events can definitely refine the way the project was implemented for the Tagalog Wikipedia.

Please list other benefits to the movement here.
We expect more editors from the Philippines to participate in the projects at large, and in the process we also expect that the movement will benefit from a better perception of the projects both here in the Philippines and abroad. We are also looking at securing media coverage throughout the course of the project, and we also hope to improve Wikimedia's standing with the Filipino academe.