Grants talk:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/WikiProject Climate Change - Credible Resources and Quotables list (ID: 22028410)

Comments from I JethroBT (WMF) edit

Hello AnnetteCSteps and Loupgrru, and thanks for your proposal supporting better sourcing on climate actions integrated in the project space of en:Wikipedia:WikiProject Climate Change. I'm pleased to let you know we will be funding the proposal, and also have some questions and comments:

  • It's great you have found a useful example of a central resource with which to base the proposed work here, and I can see how the current recommended sources for this WikiProject could be improved with this example in mind. Thanks for providing this and providing a great level of detail of what improvements you expect to make.
  • To what extent will you be reaching out to existing editors or Wikimedia communities around these proposed improvements? I think one of the most significant impacts of this project will be how existing editors and contributors use the resources you will be building, but I'm not clear what outreach you may be doing to invite those communities to use these proposed resources. Some other communities or methods of outreach you could reach out to around improvements in these resources include WikiProject Agriculture, The Signpost (see the suggestions page, and the village pump. You may have some other ideas for how to reach active editors who could benefit from these resources. Would you be willing to conduct some outreach to existing contributors as a part of this project with an invitation to refer to and use these materials for their future article work?
  • What is your outreach plan specific to recruiting a Wikimedian for this project?
  • I'm not currently aware of any public-facing tools available to assess time spent on Wikipedia pages, though there are tools to look at pageview metrics.

When you're able, please respond to my questions and comments above. Let me know if you have any questions of your own, and thanks again for your proposal to improve our coverage and quality of information on climate change. I JethroBT (WMF) (talk) 22:43, 13 December 2022 (UTC)Reply

Reply from @AnnetteCSteps edit

Thank you very much I JethroBT (WMF). I think this will be a good example of sharing resources that can benefit multiple projects. In answer to Bullet 2, in this application, I did write more about reaching out to different Wikimedia groups/projects to help pool credible resources; For instance, Ariel Cetrone (WMDC) and I have been talking not only about a research project focused on food and agriculture and about tying in some great USDA wikimedians around that (who we've both reached out to now), but also holding a edit-a-thon. And I started contacting folks in WikiProject Climate Change (PCC).Wikipedia:WikiProject_Climate_change But you are right that once the actual improvements are done, outreach needs to happen. I had anticipated keeping in touch with contacts generated through the research, but I definitely am up for outreach to broader groups of contributors. Thank you for the suggestions (I love the idea of a Village pump(!) as well as a 'signpost.' My plan for outreach to help the research process has been to find and contact not only PCC but WikiEducation [1]] contributors who focus on the environment and explain the project. I also wanted to research more and determine contacts with WikiSources and Wikiquotes to see how best to link or input information. Direct suggestions here are welcome too. Finally, I also want to ask for two meetings with the members of PCC and others for ideas about the project process and for who might have great resources already available. They might have ideas for generating broader outreach. Having been away from Wikipedia a while, I definitely welcome ideas - as the goal is to get this information out there as quickly as possible. And the same answer to Bullet 3, is basically I'm still learning who potential contacts are, but that's the nice thing about Wikipedia, one can research and see who is active in an arena, and get their suggestions. Since I'm adding in work in areas that others work in, hopefully we can combine our efforts. Thank you, and happy to come on board! --AnnetteCSteps (talk) 19:57, 14 December 2022 (UTC)Reply

Request for a two-week delay of finalization of the end-of-project report edit


Although I knew the end of the year was coming, the report request caught me at a terrible time, with multiple issues happening back to back (not a day in-between) - from cat scratch on the eye, to a cold, to the tool library I jump-started in DC being broken into twice and all of our power tools, hand tools, and a sleeping bag stolen (see, to starting a fundraiser and letting our members know, to the local and national media taking up the cause to help us fundraise ( and daily meetings, to now tool donations flowing in, to a family reunion this past weekend at our house, leading directly to severe food poisoning yesterday. Yesterday was actually the first time I felt semi-normal - and I accidentally posted this request to the wrong grant!

Unfortunately, I cannot complete the report today - I am going on vacation for one week (my first in 3 years); thus the request for a TWO-week delay. My sincere apologies for being behind on this.

We actually are still finishing the final touches of the Rapid Fund Grant work. Although the bulk was done last year by our contractor and myself (a large list of quotables has been added to WikiQuotes (, and a large table of credible resources on climate change gathered across organizations and shared with WikiProject Climate Change, PCC), a critical step is still left: We still want to incorporate the recommended references into the actual PCC. My work on this has been delayed due to an increasing workload for the Tool Library, plus taking on elder care sooner than expected; thus, I transferred my management of the DC Tool Library to a management team in November, 2023 who are taking over 90% of the duties of the Tool Library.

Having turned over management of the tool library, and helped guide them through this theft and media, after this weekend, I will be able to devote 80% of my time to PCC and this report.

I hope you can extend the deadline of this project, as though it is not yet finalized, it is definitely going to be finished.

Thank you, Annette Olson, Ph.D. Project Manager, Climate Steps AnnetteCSteps (talk) 18:46, 21 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

@AnnetteCSteps: Thanks for your notice, and I'm sorry to hear that so many issues cropped up all at once for you. I'm happy to provide an extension at your request for two weeks. I'll therefore move the end date of the grant to February 21 (today), and request the final report for two weeks from today (6 March 2024). Thanks for your hard work on the project so far, and thank you for requesting additional time given these circumstances. I JethroBT (WMF) (talk) 01:19, 22 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
Thank you very much! Looking forward to outlining the progress and conclusions. Cheers, Annette AnnetteCSteps (talk) 00:12, 23 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
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