Grants:Project/Rapid/WikiMed on DVD

statusNot Funded
BamLifa/WikiMed on DVD
This project aims at burning 200 DVDs of WikiMed Content and offer to a local physicians association in Kisangani city (DRC).
targetWikiMed Project (french and English)
start dateDec 21
start year2018
end dateDec 31
end year2018
budget (local currency)2,114,000
budget (USD)1,348.00
grant typeindividual
contact(s)• news.abel(_AT_)

We would like everybody to have access to the free and open knowledge database available on Internet. What about those without (good) Internet? Kiwix makes it possible to offer Internet content to people without Internet. Kisangani is a city in the East of the DRC where less than 6% of the population have Internet access . This project aims at burning WikiMed content on DVD and offer them to a local association of physicians.

Project GoalEdit

Briefly explain what are you trying to accomplish with this project, or what do you expect will change as a result of this grant. Example goals include, "recruit new editors", "add high quality content", or "train existing editors on a specific skill".

  • Create awareness about the WikiMed content
  • Inspire ambassador of WikiMed
  • Encourage physicians to contribute to Wikipedia medical content

Project PlanEdit


Tell us how you'll carry out your project. What will you and other organizers spend your time doing?

I have a permanent contact with the president of the association. Together we will define wikimed content they need and than build a zim file with this content (size: 4.5 Gib). The next process will be to order DVDs with this content. The day of the event, with a team of 5 volunteers we will a 45 minutes workshop with 50 to 100 doctors and tell them how WikiMed Project is going on and how they, as specialist, help.

How will you let others in your community know about your project (please provide links to where relevant communities have been notified of your proposal, and to any other relevant community discussions)? Why are you targeting a specific audience?

Communication will be done by the association.

What will you have done at the end of your project? How will you follow-up with people that are involved with your project?

We will be available to help them making their first contribution to the WikiMed Project


How will you know if the project is successful and you've met your goals? Please include the following targets and feel free to add more specific to your project: We will be happy when we will see them becoming WiKiMed ambassadors

  1. Number of total participants
more than 50


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

We are a team of volunteers and we have ran so many projects in this way.

What resources do you need? For your funding request, list bullet points for each expense:

  • Order 200 DVD: 200 X 4.99$ = 998$
  • Transport and communication = 100$
  • Refreshment = 150$
  • Misc. = 100$

Total = 1348USD


Why use DVDs? Are DVD readers common? I would imagine that many physicians have cellphones. If that is the case you could just promote them downloading the offline medical app. Or they could look at Internet in a Box.Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 17:32, 23 November 2018 (UTC)

200 DVDs cost about 50 USD [1]
I am in the process of throwing out a bunch of blanks as did not think they were still of us. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 21:45, 23 November 2018 (UTC)
Yes, DVDs are still common here and one of the easiest way to offer content in term of space. Yes, we will promote apk file. But it is still difficult to have enough space on the phone for medical physicians. I don't know, but what we usually do is to order a packaging DVDs from a specialized service provider. You can see what we did for "Mois de la contribution francophone" in march 2018.
Label utilisé pour la production des dvd de WikiMooC2 lors du mois de la contribution francophone 2018 à Kisangani
BamLifa (talk) 08:45, 27 November 2018 (UTC)

There is a type of Internet-in-a-Box that uses a cellphone only for display, the rest is in a small box that will fit in a pocket. I took a picture of it here at Wikimania in Montreal (the one in the small white case, I think), but I do not know if it is available. At that time, they said the internet hot spot with the medical files on it was about $20 USD. Have you thought about giving one or two of these as gifts or door prizes? The CDs are very good for making many copies, but not for updates. If there were a few clinics where you could get updates, there are probably local people who can make new CDs. Avery Jensen (talk) 23:02, 4 December 2018 (UTC)

That's an interesting idea. I'd like to have confirmation if it is still available and see if we can offer it as a gift to the association. BamLifa (talk)


  •   Support It is easy for me to support funding for the meeting and the setup and the distribution of DVDs. I support giving out DVDs or jump drives or whatever makes the most sense, and I support using funding to make them. The price does seem high to create them, but even if the price or details get amended, I would like to see more projects like this go forward. It would also be very helpful for the project organizers to commit to report the outcomes. Reporting things like how people responded, was there any re-use, sharing photos of the event etc. make projects more worthwhile. Blue Rasberry (talk) 18:13, 24 November 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support DVDs are very cheap, cheaper than USB keys and have enough storage capacity for storing the WikiMed files. This project is a great way to spread the use od WikiMed. DVD is starting to be old tech, but that is not for me to judge since I live in a high tech part of the World. When I run projects in Senegal, it is up to me to adapt myself to the tech that the Senegalese use, and since people in DRC are used to DVD, I think that we should go that way... GastelEtzwane (talk) 19:39, 4 December 2018 (UTC)
  • Strong support. Since this is a medical association, it is a good way to get information into the hands of local health care providers where it can have the most impact. I would suggest trying to get some of the other technologies too, like Internet in a Box, so the local medical professionals can evaluate them. Avery Jensen (talk) 23:41, 4 December 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support. --Csisc (talk) 11:18, 5 December 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support with caveats noted above - the need is great and the team & intentions seem right, but the funds should be budgeted judiciously. Soupvector (talk) 19:32, 5 December 2018 (UTC)