Grants:PEG/Wikimedia Community Ireland/WLM 2016

Wikimedia Community Ireland/WLM 2016
Ireland will be running the third annual WLM contest in 2016. We are taking advantage of the centenary celebrations of important historical events to expand the contest this year and add a writing component to it.
targetWikimedia Commons, English Wikipedia, Vicipéid
strategic priorityIncreasing reach of Commons, Wikipedia and Vicipéid, Improving quality of images on Commons and articles on Wikipedia and Vicipéid
start date28 August
start year2016
end date17 December
end year2016
budget (local currency)2464 EUR
budget (USD)2703 USD
grant typeGroup
non-profit statusNo
contact(s)• wikimediaireland(_AT_)gmail.comRebecca O'Neill
organization• Wikimedia Community Ireland User Group


As in previous years our goal is improve the quality and quantity of images of Irish monuments on Commons. We will run a writing contest in conjunction with the photo contest to improve the quality and quantity of articles on Irish monuments on English Wikipedia and Vicipéid.


Background: 2016 is the Centenary year of the 1916 Easter Rising, which was a pivotal date in Irish history. We are taking advantage of interest in this important event to increase participation in WLM. To facilitate this we will be running 2 categories in the WLM photo contest: one for monuments and one for places associated with the Easter Rising. We will also run a writing contest with 3 categories: Irish Monuments, 1916 people and places, and articles on Vicipéid, the Irish language Wikipedia. The photo contests will run during the month of September as usual. The writing contests will run during the month of October. All prizes will be given at the awards ceremony in late November.


Event Schedule
  1. Launch event-28 August-We will again be launching WLM at Archaeofest. This was very successful last year, allowing us to reach a large amount of potential participants in a short period of time.
  2. Upload event-mid September-We will host an upload event in Dublin in the middle fo September to facilitate the uploading of images to Commons for the contest.
  3. Vicipéid writing event-NUI Galway Early October-We will host an edit-a-thon targeting articles on Vicipéid
  4. 1916/Monuments writing event-mid-October-We will host an edit-a-thon event in Dublin to create and improve articles
  5. Awards event-Late November-We will award the prizes for all of the contests at this event


Target readershipEdit

  • Commons
  • Wikipedia
  • Vicipéid

Fit with strategyEdit

What crucial thing will the project try to change or benefit in the Wikimedia movement? Please select the Wikimedia strategic priority(ies) that your project most directly aims to impact and explain how your project fits. Most projects fit all strategic priorities. However, we would like project managers to focus their efforts on impacting 1–2 strategic priorities. Examples of strategic priorities can be found here.

  • Increasing Participation
    • We will increase participation in Commons uploads
    • We will increase the amount of editors of Wikipedia and Vicipeid.
  • Increasing Quality
    • We will improve the quality of images uploaded to Commons
    • We will improve the quality of articles on Irish subjects on Wikipedia and Vicipéid.

Measures of successEdit

Please provide a list of both quantitative and qualitative criteria that will be used to 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. See the PEG program resources for suggested measures of success.

  • We will measure the success in the photographic contest using the following parameters:
    • We will increase participation by 10% from 2015 to 323 participants, with 75% of new users.
    • We will increase the number of uploaded images by 20% from 2015 to 2000 images.
    • We will hold at least one upload event during the contest period.
    • We will increase usage of WLM images to 15%
  • We will measure the success of the writing contests using the following parameters:
    • We will have at least 25 participants/groups over the 3 contests.
    • We will hold at least 2 edit-a-thon events to target editors of Irish content on Wikipedia and on Vicipéid.
    • There will be at least 15 new articles created on Irish monuments/1916 people and places.
    • There will be at least 10 new articles created on Vicipéid.
    • There will be 10 articles on Irish monuments/1916 people and places improved.
    • There will be at least 10 articles improved on Vicipéid.

Note: In addition to your project-specific measures of success, you will also be asked to report on some global metrics at the end of your final report. Please keep this in mind as you plan, and we'll support you as you begin your project.

Resources and risksEdit


  • We have successful run WLM for the previous two years.
2014 Grant
2014 Report
2015 Grant
2015 Report
  • Team Members
Shannon Eichelberger
Rebecca O'Neill
Sharon Flynn
Eugene Eichelberger
Joseph Quinn
Emma Clarke


There is a slight risk with the writing contests as we have never run one before. But we are confident that the team will be able to rise to the challenge.


Please provide a detailed breakdown of project expenses according to the instructions here. See Budget Guidelines.

Grantees are subject to line-item scrutiny of expenses. Changes to the approved budget beyond 10% in any category must be approved in advance.

Project budget table
Number Category Item description Unit Number of units Cost per unit Total cost Currency Notes
1 Office Supplies Winning Images Posters 1 13 25 325 EUR Top 10 monument images and top 3 1916 images printed on coreboard for display
2 Office Supplies Flyers 500 1 25 25 EUR Flyers to be sent to heritage sites and handed out at launch event
3 Office Supplies Postage 100 EUR To post prizes to winners that cannot attend the awards ceremony and to post flyers to heritage sites
4 Office Supplies Certificates 1 25 .40 10 EUR Certificates for the winning images
5 Awards Cash Prizes 550 EUR 1st place €200, 2nd place €100, 3rd place €75, 4th-10th places €25 for monument images
6 Awards Bags 1 25 8 200 EUR Bag with logo for top 10 monument images, top 3 1916 images, and winners of writing contests
7 Awards Calendar 1 25 10 250 EUR Top 3 monuments images will receive a calendar. The rest we will sell
8 Awards Books 1 12 17 204 EUR Books for top 3 1916 images and top 3 in the monument, 1916, and Vicipéid writing contests
9 Catering Venue Rental 400 EUR Launch venue rental
10 Catering Refreshments 300 EUR Refreshments at awards ceremony
11 Technology Website Hosting 100 EUR Our website hosting was donated until this year. This will cover the two months of the contest.
12 Media PR 1500 EUR As we are expanding the contest this year we would like to increase our PR budget. We are planning on requesting the grant we received last year from the government. This amount added to that grant would allow us to expand the PR to cover the entire contest.
13 Miscellaneous Contingency 100 EUR To cover unexpected costs.
Total cost of project
3564 3464 EUR
Total amount requested from the Project and Event Grants program
2564 2464 EUR
Additional sources of revenue that may fund part of this project, and amounts funded
1000 EUR grant from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht for PR coverage.

Non-financial requirementsEdit

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Requests for non-financial assistance, if any


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  • This will be our third year running the contest, and it has been a successful high point in our calendar. This expansion/development of the competition will increase the dividends we get in exposure and engagement. Smirkybec (talk) 23:00, 28 June 2016 (UTC)