Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/Introducing Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons to GWC (ID: 22490101)

statusNot funded
Introducing Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons to GWC
proposed start date2024-07-01
proposed end date2024-07-31
budget (local currency)22700 GHS
budget (USD)1816 USD
grant typeGroup of individuals not registered with an organization
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2023-24
applicant• cdilalo47
organization (if applicable)• Ghana Wiki Connect

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Applicant Details edit

Main Wikimedia username. (required)



Ghana Wiki Connect

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I'm a group leader of an informal Wikimedia group.

Describe all relevant roles with the name of the group or organization and description of the role. (required)

I am a Co-founder of Ghana Wiki Connect, in charge of; developing and implementing strategic plans to advance the mission and vision of Ghana Wiki Connect, ensuring alignment with Wikimedia principles and UCoC. Coordinate with stakeholders to identify opportunities for growth and expansion, lead the evaluation of projects and initiatives, assessing their impact and effectiveness, represent Ghana Wiki Connect in external engagements, including partnerships, collaborations, and networking events.

Main Proposal edit

1. Please state the title of your proposal. This will also be the Meta-Wiki page title.

Introducing Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons to GWC

2. and 3. Proposed start and end dates for the proposal.

2024-07-01 - 2024-07-31

4. Where will this proposal be implemented? (required)


5. Are your activities part of a Wikimedia movement campaign, project, or event? If so, please select the relevant project or campaign. (required)

Not applicable

6. What is the change you are trying to bring? What are the main challenges or problems you are trying to solve? Describe this change or challenges, as well as main approaches to achieve it. (required)

The membership of Ghana Wiki Connect (GWC) is made up of young and vibrant young men and women who are also academics. A majority of members are young volunteers from the universities and a handful of A Level students of a few Cambridge International affiliated schools. Being new to the wikimedia movement, about 80 percent of members have little or no idea at all with regards to Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons. Below is a link to the current stock of our membership, even though we plan to recruit new members by the end of this project.

In summary we hope via this project to do the following: Introduce members of Ghana Wiki Connect to Wikidata Introduce members of Ghana Wiki Connect to Wikimedia Commons Shore up the membership of Ghana Wiki Connect by recruiting and training new members. Create Wikidata items in various local languages.

7. What are the planned activities? (required) Please provide a list of main activities. You can also add a link to the public page for your project where details about your project can be found. Alternatively, you can upload a timeline document. When the activities include partnerships, include details about your partners and planned partnerships.

We will hold an online meeting to deliberate on the upcoming training or workshops. We will also urge members to invite their friends to be part of the program.

There will be an in-person meeting to discuss the Wikimedia Foundation, Wikipedia and its sister projects. In the course of this meeting, we plan to assist first timers to obtain their wikimedia usernames.

There will be two physical workshops/training to be held separately for Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons respectively. These are going to be very practical and demonstrative, with participants occasionally given the opportunity to try out their skills.

We will gather data on notable traditional structures like the chief’s palace, the local markets, community centers, wells, etc. with which participants will be able to contribute to the store of wikidata items in their various local languages.

We will organize an edit-a-thon for members after the training. As participants partake in the contest, facilitators will keep tabs on their contributions to ensure that mistakes are corrected to increase the quality of edits.

We plan to make available to participants the opportunity of an online review session with workshop trainers and facilitators after the edit-a-thon. Among other things, participants can seek further clarification on things they missed out on and also get to give us feedback on their impressions about the whole program.

Participants who are without user accounts will be assisted to create themselves.

8. Describe your team. Please provide their roles, Wikimedia Usernames and other details. (required) Include more details of the team, including their roles, usernames, Wikimedia group, and whether they are salaried, volunteers, consultants/contractors, etc. Team members involved in the grant application need to be aware of their involvement in the project.

User: Cdilalo47 - I am a co-founder of Ghana Wiki Connect; a very regular and experienced contributor to wikimedia; a passionate IT specialist, I will lead this project.

User: Stephany 5757- Miss Stephany is a very active volunteer and has won several awards in community contests, she will support this project in terms of logistics.

User: Hakamal- Mr Kamal teaches Information and Communication Technology and is a regular contributor and resource person to the community, he assists newbies in account creation and how to avoid blocks.

9. Who are the target participants and from which community? How will you engage participants before and during the activities? How will you follow up with participants after the activities? (required)

The target participants for this project are both existing members and newly-recruited persons for the Ghana Wiki Connect community. From the onset, participants will be engaged to help in publicizing our program. Regular whatsapp conversations will be had to keep participants updated and to keep the excitement high. During the program itself, participants will mainly be engaged in hands-on training in the two workshops or training, Further, participants will be engaged via the organization of an edit-a-thon for Wikidata and Wiki Commons. For useful feedback on the success of the program, we plan to engage participants through online meetings and questionnaires to gauge the impact of the program on them.

10. Does your project involve work with children or youth? (required)


10.1. Please provide a link to your Youth Safety Policy. (required) If the proposal indicates direct contact with children or youth, you are required to outline compliance with international and local laws for working with children and youth, and provide a youth safety policy aligned with these laws. Read more here.


11. How did you discuss the idea of your project with your community members and/or any relevant groups? Please describe steps taken and provide links to any on-wiki community discussion(s) about the proposal. (required) You need to inform the community and/or group, discuss the project with them, and involve them in planning this proposal. You also need to align the activities with other projects happening in the planned area of implementation to ensure collaboration within the community.

The Community has been notified through the community's Meta page.

12. Does your proposal aim to work to bridge any of the content knowledge gaps (Knowledge Inequity)? Select one option that most apply to your work. (required)

Content Gender gap

13. Does your proposal include any of these areas or thematic focus? Select one option that most applies to your work. (required)


14. Will your work focus on involving participants from any underrepresented communities? Select one option that most apply to your work. (required)

Not applicable

15. In what ways do you think your proposal most contributes to the Movement Strategy 2030 recommendations. Select one that most applies. (required)

Invest in Skills and Leadership Development

Learning and metrics edit

17. What do you hope to learn from your work in this project or proposal? (required)

1. I would like to gain adequate expertise in events organization and management.

2. It would be exciting to see how this project contributes to the general wikimedia goal of digitizing indigenous languages especially around my community.

3. I am hopeful that this work will be responsible for adding quality to our members’ level of competence in Wikimedia volunteerism.

4. I would like to learn how to manage individual as well as institutional expectations for a project of this sort.

18. What are your Wikimedia project targets in numbers (metrics)? (required)
Number of participants, editors, and organizers
Other Metrics Target Optional description
Number of participants 30 General participants
Number of editors 10 Existing editors
Number of organizers 4 Team members
Number of content contributions to Wikimedia projects
Wikimedia project Number of content created or improved
Wikimedia Commons 150
Wikidata 100
Wikimedia Incubator
Wikifunctions or Abstract Wikipedia
Optional description for content contributions.


19. Do you have any other project targets in numbers (metrics)? (optional)


Main Open Metrics Data
Main Open Metrics Description Target
20. What tools would you use to measure each metrics? Please refer to the guide for a list of tools. You can also write that you are not sure and need support. (required)

Outreach dashboard

Financial proposal edit

21. Please upload your budget for this proposal or indicate the link to it. (required)

22. and 22.1. What is the amount you are requesting for this proposal? Please provide the amount in your local currency. (required)

22700 GHS

22.2. Convert the amount requested into USD using the Oanda converter. This is done only to help you assess the USD equivalent of the requested amount. Your request should be between 500 - 5,000 USD.

1816 USD

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