Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/Wiki Finds Cemeteries - Phase II (ID: 22101428)

Wiki Finds Cemeteries - Phase II
proposed start date2023-05-30
proposed end date2023-10-30
grant start date2023-05-30T00:00:00Z
grant end date2024-04-01T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)63794 TRY
budget (USD)3367 USD
amount recommended (USD)3367
grant typeIndividual
funding regionCEECA
decision fiscal year2022-23
applicant• Adem
organization (if applicable)• N/A
Review Final Report

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Applicant Details edit

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Are you a member of any Wikimedia affiliate or group, including informal groups like Wiki Fan Clubs, emerging language communities, not recognized Wikimedia groups etc.? Please list them all.
  • Wikimedia Community User Group Turkey
  • Wikimedians of Turkic Languages User Group

Grant Proposal edit

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

Wiki Finds Cemeteries - Phase II

Q. Indicate if it is a local, international, or regional proposal and if it involves several countries? (optional)


Q2. If you have answered regional or international, please write the country names and any other information that is useful for understanding your proposal.

R. If you would like, please share any websites or social media accounts that your group or organization has.

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

To create an photo archive in Wikimedia Commos by organizing a photo walks for notable deceased persons' cemeteries, and also to use these photos in Wikimedia projects. The licensing and copyright issues we encounter frequently for biography articles make this project important and valuable.

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

Improve User Experience: Improving the experience of users on iterative projects will allow more people to join projects, access incentives and contribute.

Increased awareness about the Wikimedia Movement: Providing resources such as photography tips, short promotional videos about Commons and licencing, guides, and edit-a-thon can also be an effective strategy. This will help participants to improve their photography skills, resulting in better-quality grave photographs. Implementing this project for the first time in 2022 could attract more participants and highlight the importance of non-photo articles. It can also make the competition more accessible to those who may not have had the opportunity to learn about photography before.

Systematic approach to improve satisfaction and productivity: Providing incentives for participation is another strategy that can be effective. For example, offering prizes for the most photographs can motivate more people to participate. This strategy can also help to generate more interest and excitement about the competition, which can result in more submissions.

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

Invitation and communication stage, sending a new invitation e-mail to those who participated and interested last year, informing new participants and those who want to join about the project via the village pump, telegram group and instagram accounts.

The first stage of the photo-walk event will be to provide technical information about photography, to show short promotional videos about Commons and licensing, to brief the participants on guides and printed resources to be used. In addition, to provide detailed location information about the cemeteries to be visited and the graves of the people whose photographs will be taken will be another important focus point.

In the second stage, guiding the users according to the places where they live, according to the cities and towns to be visited within the framework of the determined plan. Taking grave photographs from desired angles and with appropriate metadata, demanding attention to technical issues such as light and exposure values.

In the third stage, the related photos are uploaded to the Commons portal with free licenses and the necessary categories are opened and added. Adding relevant grave photos and coordinates to Wikidata items and revising false birth and death information of important people will be secondary areas of work in this process.

In the final stage, to ensure that the uploaded images are used in the relevant biography pages of projects such as Wikidata and Wikipedia. Encourage the creation of biographies with photos but no articles.

4. Are your activities part of a Wikimedia movement campaign or event? If so, please select the relevant campaign below. If so, please select all the relevant campaigns from the list below. If "other", please state which.

Not applicable

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

Yes, after receiving prior positive feedbacks from last year's participants and team, I have submitted this application.

  • User: Vincent Vega (jury and volunteer)
  • User: Anerka (jury and volunteer)
  • User: Zafer (Community and Outreach Program Officer, Paid Staff)
  • User: Sureta (volunteer)
  • User: Kurmanbek (volunteer)
6. 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.

Cultural background, ethnicity, religion, racial

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

7. 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.

Public Policy, Culture, heritage or GLAM

8. Will your work focus on involving participants from any underrepresented communities?

Geographic , Ethnic/racial/religious or cultural background

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?

The target participants for "Wiki Finds Cemeteries" are individuals who are interested in photography and deceased people biographies. The competition is open to anyone who is a resident of Türkiye or has visited Türkiye. Particularly active, interested and new participants who participated in the same themed photo-walks last year are among the main targets.

Due to the increasing power of social media platforms, we plan to promote the contest and the planned photo-walks primarily via Instagram, Twitter and Telegram, share updates and communicate regularly with participants. Additionally; I am thinking of making these announcements with the Village pump, e-mail and limited Whatsapp messages.

10. In what ways are you actively seeking to contribute towards creating a safer, supportive, more equitable environment for participants?

There are several ways to creating a safer, supportive, and more equitable environment for participants; Referring to a page that is clearly written about what is expected from participating editors. As in the last year, it will support a more equitable process that organizer and jury members can participate in walks, take photos, but cannot receive any prizes in any way.

11. Please tell us about how you have let your Wikimedia communities know about the planned activities and this proposal. Use this space to describe the processes you carried out to make the community more involved in planning this proposal. Please link the on-wiki community discussion(s) around the proposals.

After the successful and good outcomes last year, the idea of a new competition for cemeteries not visited and tombstones not photographed for this year (2023) was strongly supported by the community. As last year, we will write an updated project page on the Turkish Wikipedia with the rules, terms of participation and technical details. (See: project page) In this process, we plan to create a schedule and calendar with the opinions of two jury members. The WMTR community Telegram group will also the most effective communication method I have used during and after the project.

12. Are you aware of other Rapid Fund proposals in your local group, community, or region that are being submitted and that align with your proposed project?


If yes:

12.1 Did you explore the possibility of doing a joint proposal with other leaders in your group?
12.2 How will this joint proposal allow you to have better results?
13. Will you be working with other external, non-Wikimedia partners to implement this proposal? Required.


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

I shared the project idea with Üsküdar University Wikipedia Student Club, which was established this year. Both the new club and the photography club members within the university provided positive feedback. Also, I plan to make contact with the photography club of the Yıldız Technical University I graduated.

The main mission of the cooperation here is to use human resources in the most efficient way and to raise awareness by mentioning the project on club pages and social media accounts.

14. 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.

Increase the Sustainability of Our Movement, Improve User Experience, Evaluate, Iterate, and Adapt

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation edit

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

Wiki Finds Cemeteries - II will offer an opportunity to fix the deficiencies and mistakes last year's lead. Successful implementation of the project; can provide valuable learning opportunities in key strategies, community engagement, project management, partnership building, technical skills, content and archiving. Also these skills and experiences can be useful in many other contexts and can help to build a strong foundation for future projects and initiatives. Interest-themed photo walk events are likely to be among them.

16. 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 spaces provided.
Main Open Metrics Data
Main Open Metrics Description Target
Number of photo-walks It includes how many photowalks are planned for 16 weeks. 32
Number of photos uploaded to Wikimedia Commons This includes how many notable people's graves, gravestones, mausoleums, tombs and general photographs of inside of cemeteries will taken. Added to this number are photographs taken from several angles and the names of more than one notable person in a grave. 1750
Number of photos used on Wikimedia projects The main mission of the project is to make the most use of photos in projects such as Wikipedia and Wikidata. 900
Number of create a new Wikidata item and Commons category It includes regular archiving by adding relevant tomb pictures and coordinates to Wikidata items and revising false birth and death information of important people, as well as creating categories for tomb owners and cemetery articles on Wikimedia Commons. 400
Number of new articles It includes biographies of deceased people photographed and the creation of non-existent cemetery articles. 20
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants The total number of individuals who actively participate in the project by uploading photographs to Commons. This includes both amateur and professional photographers, as well as individuals who may have never contributed to Wikimedia platforms before. 20
Number of editors The total number of individuals who actively edit, enhance or use the uploaded images to Wikimedia platforms such as Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons, Wikidata, etc., as a result of the photo-walks. This includes individuals who may have never edited Wikimedia platforms before or those who may have started editing as a result of the project. 20
Number of organizers The total number of individuals who are involved in organizing and managing the project, including the planning and implementation of communication strategies, training and capacity-building activities, and the overall management of the project. 2
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikipedia Number of new articles to be created on Turkish Wikipedia 20
Wikimedia Commons Number of new photos to be uploaded on Wikimedia Commons 1750
Wikidata Number of create a new Wikidata item 50
17.1 If for some reason your proposal will not measure these core metrics please provide an explanation.

18. What tools would you use to measure each metric selected? Please refer to the guide for a list of tools. You can also write that you are not sure and need support.

Event Metrics

Financial Proposal edit

19. & 19.1 What is the amount you are requesting from Wikimedia Foundation? Please provide this amount in your local currency.

63794 TRY

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

3367 USD

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