Grants:Project/Rapid/ROU-MDA/Wiki-History Program 2019

statusFunded
ROU-MDA/Wiki-Education Program 2019
The overarching goal of the project is to persuade the Academic institutions and associations about the value in training their members to improve Wikipedia articles related to the discipline as well as to attract new subject-matter editors.
start date04/10
start year2019
end date12/31
end year2019
budget (local currency)7,900 RON
budget (USD)1,975 USD
grant typeUser Group
granteeMacreanu Iulian
contact(s)• macreanuiulian(_AT_)yahoo.com
organization (if applicable)Wikimedians of Romania and Moldova User Group
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Project GoalEdit

Wikimedians of Romania and Moldova User Group (WMROMD) has in its plan for 2019 a series of projects focused on historical subjects, that will be developed in partnership with some of the most important universities and other cultural and scientific institutions.

The program supports achievement of some of the main strategic objectives of the WMROMD-UG, namely to develop writing of good quality content on Romanian Wikipedia as well as to alleviate structural geographical gap, by attracting contributors from those region of our countries (Romania and Republic of Moldova) that are underrepresented in Romanian Wikipedia today. In this respect, we will follow the next operational goals:

  1. Raising awareness about Wikimedia projects and WMROMD projects
  2. Increasing the level of integration between the Wikipedians from Romania and Republic of Moldova and exchanging the good practices and lessons learned
  3. Persuading the Academic institutions and associations about the value in training their members to improve Wikipedia articles related to the discipline
  4. Increasing the level of integration and acceptance of Romanian Wikipedia in the local cultural and scientific communities
  5. Encouraging potential contributors to participate and recruiting new subject-matter editors
  6. Alleviating the existing gender gap on Romanian Wikipedia
  7. Developing skills for existing editors
  8. Creating or improving a significant numbers of articles related to different area of interest
  9. Demonstrating and learning how collective editing works
  10. Providing quality training and support for the new editors
  11. Developing a friendly and collaborative work environment

Project PlanEdit

ActivitiesEdit

Tell us how you'll carry out your project. Be sure to answer the following questions:

1. Are you doing one editathon or training or a series of editathons or trainings?

The Wiki History Program 2019 includes the next projectsː
- 2 editathons
- 1 writing contest
- 1 Wiki-documentation camp
  • ”Medical personnel and the Great Union” - developed in partnership with the University from Târgu Mureș. The projects was developed at the request of the university during the first Wikipedia Education Program workshop, Decembre 2018, Târgu Mureș, Romania
- 2 editathons
- 1 writing contest
  • ”Personalities from the Republic of Moldova” - developed in partnership with the University from Chișinău. This will be the first educational project conducted in partnership with a university from Republic of Moldova
- 2 editathons
- 1 writing contest

2. How will you let your community know about the event? Please paste links below to where relevant communities have been notified of your proposal, and to any other relevant community discussions.

3. Do you have experienced Wikimedia editors to lead the event?

Yes. The project will be coordinated by Macreanu Iulian and supported the members of Wikimedians of Romania and Moldova User Group as well as by the editors that were trained during the activities from 2018.

4. Do participants have the equipment or skills needed to participate and contribute high quality content? If not, how will you support them?

From our previous experience and having in mind the specificity of each project, we expect that some people will require a specific training, on such issues as writing texts and creating the basic structure of Wikipedia articles. For this reason, we planned a brief training session at the beginning of the editathons, as well as a dedicated training workshop within for each project.
We try to ensure that the majority of participants have their personal equipment to edit. In case this does not happen, we are able to make available some tablets.
We expect to have free access to the internet for all the activities that will be carried out in Romania, but we expect to have some issues with the internet access for the activities that will be developed in Republic of Moldova, due to the lack of the specific infrastructure. This is why we envisage to acquire a mobile wi-fi modem to be used by the Wikimedians from this country.

5. How will you engage participants after the event(s)?

Our intention is to follow a series of activities, such as:

  • sending a welcome message to new editors after the event
  • monitoring the work done by new editors between the edtitahons so they can answer questions and offer feedback; most probably using hashtags in edit descriptions
  • disseminating the results through articles in Wikipedia, photographs and media release
  • implement a mailing list for sending informative and motivating emails to the subscribers.

6. Is there anything else you want to tell us about this project?

The project is part of the second Annual Plan of the new-constituted Wikimedians of Romania and Moldova User Group.

ImpactEdit

How will you know if the project is successful and you've met your goals? Please include the following targets:

  1. Number of events - minimum 4
  2. Number of participants - minimum 40/program
  3. Number of new editors - minimum 30/program
  4. Number of of articles created or improved - minimum 200

ResourcesEdit

What resources do you have? Include information on who is organizing the project, what they will do, and if you will receive support from anywhere else (in-kind donations or additional funding).

  • free of charge venues - provided by the partners
  • free of charge access to broadband internet (in Romania) - provided by the partners
  • free of charge accommodation in Cluj and Târgu Mureș for the WMROMD representative
  • a team of already trained trainers (3 teachers and 6 students)

What resources do you need? For your funding request, list bullet points for each expense and include a total amount.

Project Resources Funds
”Post World War I military operations”
  • Food and drinks = $ 40
  • Prizes = $ 90*
  • Reference materials on the subjects of the editathons = $ 50
  • Documentation wiki-camp at the National Military Archives (Pitesti) - 3 Wikipedians students
    • Travel - round trips 3 x $ 20 = $ 60
    • Accommodation in Pitesti 3 x 3 nights x $ 30 = $ 270
    • Meals and incidentals: 3 x 3 days x $ 25 = $ 225
  • Participation of the WMROMD representative
    • Travel - round trip from Bucharest to Cluj 2 x $ 100 = $ 200
    • Meals and incidentals: 2 days x $ 25 = $ 50
$ 985
”Medical personnel and the Great Union”
  • Food and drinks = $ 40
  • Prizes = $ 90*
  • Participation of the WMROMD representative
    • Travel - round trip from Bucharest to Târgu Mureș 1 x $ 75 = $ 75
    • Meals and incidentals: 2 days x $ 25 = $ 50
$ 255
”Personalities from the Republic of Moldova”
  • Food and drinks = $ 40
  • Prizes = $ 90*
  • Mobile internet modem = $ 80
  • Participation of the WMROMD representative
    • Travel - round trip from Bucharest to Chișinău 2 x $ 100 = $ 200
    • Accommodation in Chișinău 3 x $ 50 = $ 150
    • Meals and incidentals: 3 days x $ 25 = $ 75
$ 625
Common expenses for the program
  • Promotional materials (posters, banner, t-shirts (1/project for the local coordinator), brochure, pins, stickers, certificates etc.) = $ 100
  • Office supplies = $ 40
$ 140

Total= $ 1,975

* The prizes will not be granted in money but in objects and/or vouchers/gift cards

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