Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Growing the wiki spirit in Turkey, 2023

Growing the wiki spirit in Turkey, 2023
start date2023-07-012023-07-01T00:00:00Z
end date2024-06-302024-06-30T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)1203600 TRY
budget (USD)63550 USD
amount recommended (USD)63550
grant typeWikimedia Affiliate (chapter, thematic org., or user group)
funding regionCEECA
decision fiscal year2022-23
funding program roundRound 2
applicant and people related to proposalUser:Zafer User:Basak
organization (if applicable)Dijital Bilgi Derneği

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Applicant details Edit

Wikimedia username(s):




Dijital Bilgi Derneği

G. Have you received grants from the Wikimedia Foundation before?

Applied previously and did receive a grant

H. Have you received grants from any non-wiki organization before?


H.1 Which organization(s) did you receive grants from?

Support Foundation for Civil Society (based in Turkey)

M. Do you have a fiscal sponsor?


M1. Fiscal organization name.


Additional information Edit

R. Where will this proposal be implemented?


S. Please indicate whether your work will be focused on one country (local), more than one or several countries in your region (regional) or has a cross-regional (global) scope:


S1. If you have answered regional or international, please write the country names and any other information that is useful for understanding your proposal.

T. If you would like, please share any websites or social media accounts that your group or organization has. (optional)

M. Do you have a fiscal sponsor?


M1. Fiscal organization name.


Proposal Edit

1. What is the overall vision of your organization and how does this proposal contribute to this? How does this proposal connect to past work and learning?

Information Technologies allows every internet user joining digital knowledge and content production. Our organization works to support internet users in using this opportunity. We would like to support internet users in sharing their knowledge on the internet and the proliferation of quality content freely accessible by everyone. We believe that such voluntary contributions of internet users would turn into personal and social wealth.

2. What is the change that you are trying to bring about and why is this important?

Considering the number of universities and students as well as the vibrant civil society in Turkey, we believe there is a big human potential in Turkey that would bring their volunteer work for sharing knowledge and skills, and fight against misinformation. However this big potential is not being utilized in Wikimedia projects; as the society is unaware of the functioning of the Wikimedia projects and how they could contribute. We are planning year-round activities to overcome the problem of unawareness. We would especially like to try to reach education institutions in earthquake-hit areas. Secondly, we would like to support current contributors of the projects by increasing cooperation and connection between them. We believe contributors could inspire and encourage each other in their contributions as long they stay in touch in a friendly atmosphere. Ongoing regular meetings, wiki-parties, and support for student wiki-clubs are planned for creating such an atmosphere. We would like to increase collaboration to help disinformation response efforts related to 2023 elections. We also would like to encourage the local contributors to perceive themselves as a member of the global movement, understand how the movement and its organs work, and become more active in discussions and decision-making. We would like to do so by enabling the community members to meet and work with global wikimedians in regional and global events. Secondly, we would like to support current contributors of the projects by increasing cooperation and connection between them. We believe contributors could inspire and encourage each other in their contributions as long they stay in touch in a friendly atmosphere. Ongoing regular meetings, wiki-parties, support for student wiki-clubs are planned for creating such an atmosphere. We also would like to encourage the local contributors to perceive themselves as a member of the global movement, understand how the movement and its organs work, and become more active in discussions and decision-making. We would like to do so by enabling the community members to meet and work with global wikimedians in regional and global events.

3. Describe your main approaches or strategies to achieve these changes and why you think they will be effective.

1. Students Edit Wiki Projects Program a. Wiki Assignments are planed in 15 courses at different education institutions throughout the country during the year and reach 400 students with this program. Recent earthquake has affected education very negatively all over the country; the dormitories are closed and almost every university is required to implement distance education. We would like to see if wiki assignments would be a useful activity for those instructors who had to change their course plans and find new online activities related to their courses and further develop wiki assignments together.

b. Wiki Club Activities are activities organized in partnership with student clubs. Last year the first Wikipedia Student club was founded in Istanbul. We plan supporting the activities of the club as we promised and based on those experiences establish a new one in another university.

2.Grow the content program

a.Photography contest. We'll organize Wiki Loves Earth as this is a proven way of bringing newcomers to the projects and increasing visibility for the group in the media. b.Article contests. We'll take part in two international article contests (most probably CEE Spring and Turkic Wikimarathon) as a way of encouraging active contributors to contribute in different topics. c.Thematic-edit-a-thons. are organized with civil society partners usually for editing conceptual articles about their field of expertise that would be hard to edit for an ordinary editor. We’'ll organize min. 3 thematic edit-a-thons. This year we plan focusing on improving topics related to active citizenship and transparency as well as the history of the Republic of Turkey as it is the 100th year of the republic. We’ll continue gender-related thematic activities with the partners. Stronger Community Program a. VikiSalı meetings have been held online every two years. This year we plan to make half of the meetings in- person in Istanbul. b. Wiki-parties: We find wiki parties are a good way of bringing current editors together and create some excitement around wiki projects. Therefore we would like to use opportunities like wikipedia birthday, wikidata birthday for organizing fun parties followed by an event where wikipedians share their knowledge and experiences with each other and newcomers. c. Collaboration against disinformation:We’ll support disinformation response efforts related to election related articles.

4. Collaboration with Global Movement

a. Participation in global events: Historically the participation of the Turkish community to global Wikimedia events is very low. We are planning to have 3 people sent to Wikimania; 5-6 to the CEE meeting b. Hosting a co-organized event: Based on the success of the 2022 Wikidata event in Istanbul, a new joint event is being planned with Turkic wikimedians. The local community will be encouraged for larger participation in this event and active involvement in the organizational work

4. What are the activities you will be developing and delivering as part of these approaches or strategies?

  • Make 15 presentations/workshops at university courses or university clubs in total
  • Introduce Wikimedia projects to 3 secondary level education institutions*Organize 3 thematic edit-a-thons with civil society and local government partners.
  • Organize 2 wiki-parties
  • Support 2 wiki-club activities
  • Organize 20 community-meetings with average 12 participants
  • Organize 2 writing contests
  • Organize 1 photo contest.
  • Organize min. 3 thematic edit-a-thons.
  • Min. 3 representatives global wikimedia movement

5. Do you want to apply for multi-year funding?      


5.1 If yes, provide a brief overview of Year 2 and Year 3 of the proposed plan and how this relates to the current proposal and your strategic plan?


6. Please include a timeline (operational calendar) for your proposal.

7. Do you have the team that is needed to implement this proposal?

Adem Ünsal (User:Maurice Flesier)- Actively involved in partnership search and contest design (Volunteer). Ali Mert Önal (User:Justinanus)- Providing legal support and active participation at on-wiki activities (Volunteer). Başak Tosun (User:Basak) – Education and Partnerships Program Officer. Execution of Students Edit Wiki Projects and Open Culture Partnerships program. Social media management (Paid staff) C.Ö (User:Kurmanbek) - Design visual material for the group's activities and support organizing wiki club activities in his university (Volunteer). Ege Atacan Doğan (User:Egezort)- Organize outreach activities in Istanbul and finding partners (Volunteer).

İsna Sevinç - Lead activities of the Wikipedia Student Club in her university (Volunteer).

Koray Özbal (User:Pragdon) - Assist in organizing edit-a-thons (Volunteer) Yağmur Yıldırım (User:Yagmurkozmik) - Support Wikipedia Education program in Kadir Has University and organize Art&Fem event (Volunteer) Selman Utku (User:Selman_Utku)- Support community activities in Istanbul (Volunteer) Zafer Batık (User:Sakhalinio) – Community and Outreach Program Officer. Execution of Stronger Community and Grow the Content program. Organizing the contests (Paid staff)

8. Please state if your proposal aims to work to bridge any of the identified CONTENT knowledge gaps (Knowledge Inequity)? Select up to THREE that most apply to your work.

Content Gender gap

8.1 In a few sentences, explain how your work is specifically addressing this content gap (or Knowledge inequity) to ensure a greater representation of knowledge.

Some parts of the proposal include edit-a-thons designed for closing the gender gap by producing content on gender related issues through partnership with gender studies departments of universities and women groups. The prospect partners to work with are Sweden Embassy (Ankara), Women Filmmakers Association (Izmir), Istanbul University gender studies department.

9. Please state if your proposal includes any of these areas or THEMATIC focus. Select up to THREE that most apply to your work and explain the rationale for identifying these themes.

Education, Culture, heritage or GLAM

10. Will your work focus on involving participants from any underrepresented communities? Please note, we had previously asked about inclusion and diversity in terms of CONTENTS, in this question we are asking about the diversity of PARTICIPANTS. Select up to THREE that most apply to your work.

Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, Age

11. What are your strategies for engaging participants, particularly those that currently are non-Wikimedia?

"Grow the Content Program includes thematic edit-a-thons where we try to attract non-wikimedians who would contribute to Wikimedia projects about underrepresented topics in them. Those events are organized in collaboration with partner organizations working in those fields. (Checks and Balances Network), Support Foundation for Civil Society are helping us in reaching organizations. In the “Students Edit Wiki Projects” program is where we reach university youth. Considering that there are more than 200 universities in Turkey, we still have lots of organizations to work with and bring their contributions. We are planning to use wiki-clubs as a way of ensuring the sustainability of the activities in the universities. We use telegram group support and regular VikiSalı meetings as a way of providing support when they need and therefore retaining newcomers.

12. In what ways are you actively seeking to contribute towards creating a safer, supportive, more equitable environment for participants and promoting the UCOC and Friendly Space Policy, and/or equivalent local policies and processes?

Periodic reminders of the existence and importance of the UCoC during the community meetups and in social media conversation. Not allowing on-wiki discussions to be moved to events and community meet up by clearly setting and reminding the agenda.

13. Do you have plans to work with Wikimedia communities, groups, or affiliates in your country, or in other countries, to implement this proposal?


13.1 If yes, please tell us about these connections online and offline and how you have let Wikimedia communities know about this proposal.

We connect with other communities in the Wikimedia movement by coordinating local competitions as a part of international editing competitions. Turkic Edit-a-thon organized by Turkic Wikimedians Group, and e CEE Spring contest that the Turkish WP community has participated in every year since 2015 are two examples. We work closely with Turkic Wikimedians groups and co-organize an event in Istanbul with Turkic Wikimedians; we also provide online participation of the hybrid events of this group.

14. Will you be working with other external, non-Wikimedian partners to implement this proposal?


14.1 Please describe these partnerships and what motivates the potential partner to be part of the proposal and how they add value to your work.

Our Grow the Content Program involves partnerships with several non-Wikimedian organizations to organize edit-a-thons and trainings. We have partnership talks with those organisations: Swedeen Embassy for a Wiki Gap event at Ankara with participation of university students, Kadir Has University Gender Studies Department and Koc University Gender Studies for Art&Feminism edit-a-thon; Istanbul Paint&Sculpture Museum for an edit-a-thon related to their collection, Marmara University History Teacher Education for student assignments. In those events, partners are expected to biring the audience, provide the space, cover the expenses related to promotion of the event and sometimes the food/snacks.

15. How do you hope to sustain or expand the work carried out in this proposal after the grant?

We expect thematic edit-a-thons with civil organizations, Wikipedia-editing assignments and partnerships with cultural institutions grow in number largely. We expect the organizations already introduced with Wikimedia projects with this program to soon become self-sufficient about organizing the activities in the program they are involved in and continue similar activities using their internal sources. We especially encourage university students to do so by organizing wiki-clubs in their schools.

16. What kind of risks do you anticipate and how would you mitigate these. This can include factors such as external/contextual issues that may affect implementation, as well as internal issues, such as governance/leadership changes.

Our proposal includes both online and in-person events. We are planning to increase the number of in-person events; since we observe that people are becoming fatigued from overuse of video telephony. However, this may not be possible if pandemic conditions do not get better. In this case we'll be having B Plan for making those events as online

17. In what ways do you think your proposal most contributes to the Movement Strategy 2030 recommendations. Select a maximum of three options that most apply.

Provide for Safety and Inclusion, Coordinate Across Stakeholders, Manage Internal Knowledge

18. Please state if your organization or group has a Strategic Plan that can help us further understand your proposal. You can also upload it here.  


Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation Edit

19. What do you hope to learn from your work in this fund proposal?

1. How could we support the activities of a Wikipedia club in a university and model it for other university clubs in the future? Last year the first wikipedia university club was founded in a university at Istanbul. We would like to work closely with this club and learn what sorts of activities would work best for university clubs, see in what points they need support. We want to get feedback from members about their experiences and use the knowledge obtained for establishing similar clubs in other universities.

2. What kind of wiki activities would be useful for supporting educational institutions that were unexpectedly stop their face-to-face education and implement distant education because of the earthquake disaster. We would like to report the experiences of the organizers of the wiki activities.

20. Based on these learning questions, what is the information or data you need to collect to answer these questions? Please register this information (as metric description) in the following space provided.

Main Metrics Description Target
Wiki Club Number of Wiki Club Activities organized with Wikipedia Clubs 4
Wiki Assignment types Number of different types of wiki assignment activiies 3

Here are some additional metrics that you can use if they are relevant to your work. Please note that this is just an optional list, mostly of quantitative metrics. They may complement the qualitative metrics you have defined in the previous boxes.

Additional Metrics Description Target
Number of editors that continue to participate/retained after activities Participants who continue to participate in WMTR projects since last year. 400
Number of organizers that continue to participate/retained after activities Organizers of WMTR activities who continue to participate after activities.Partn 5
Number of strategic partnerships that contribute to longer term growth, diversity and sustainability Partners of thematic-edit-a thon + partners of Education activities + GLAM institution partners 12
Feedback from participants on effective strategies for attracting and retaining contributors N/A N/A
Diversity of participants brought in by grantees N/A N/A
Number of people reached through social media publications followers at Twitter + followers at instagram 5000
Number of activities developed Biweekly community meetings + Thematic-edit-athons + Wikidata birthday event + writing contests + editing contests + talks at partner organisations + presentations/trainings at educational institutions 44
Number of volunteer hours N/A N/A

21. Additional core quantitative metrics. These core metrics will not tell the whole story about your work, but they are important for measuring some Movement-wide changes. Please try to include these core metrics if they are relevant to your work. If they are not, please use the space provided to explain why they are not relevant or why you can not capture this data. Your explanation will help us review our core metrics and make sure we are using the best ones for the movement as a whole.

Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants N/A N/A
Number of editors N/A N/A
Number of organizers N/A N/A
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target

21.1 If for some reason your proposal will not measure these core metrics please provide an explanation.


22. What tools would you use to measure each metric selected?

Outreach dashboard for number of editors and content developed through workshops and edit-a-thons Fountain tool to measure the editors and articles developed by editing contests Toolforge tool to measure number of new images uploaded and contributors.

Financial Proposal Edit

23. & 23.1 What is the amount you are requesting from WMF? Please provide this amount in your local currency. If you are thinking about a multi-year fund, please provide the amount for the first year.

1203600 TRY

23.2 What is this amount in US Currency (to the best of your knowledge)?

63550 USD

23.3 Please upload your budget for this proposal or indicate the link to it.

23.4 Please include any additional observations or comments you would like to include about your budget.


Please use this optional space to upload any documents that you feel are important for further understanding your proposal.

Other public document(s):

Final Message Edit

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